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The   histories   of   Aberdare   Town   and   Aberaman   Athletic,   clubs   separately   formed   in   1892,   have   been   intertwined   for over 90 years. In   the   early   years, Aberdare   were   the   most   successful,   dominating   the   then   Glamorgan   leagues   and   in   the   new   domestic   format,   winning   the   Welsh   League   in   its inaugural season of 1905 with further success in 1909, 1912 and 1921. We were also finalists in the Welsh Cup on three occasions during that period. Aberaman Athletic also reached a Welsh Cup final in 1903 and won three South Wales and Monmouthshire Cup finals before the outbreak of the First World War. In   1920   Aberdare   Town   re-formed   as   Aberdare   Athletic   and   the   fledgling   club   entered   both   the   Southern   league   and   Welsh   League   finishing   runners   up   and champions respectively. It is interesting to note that the local Welsh League derby with Aberaman in that season attracted a crowd of 8,000. The   summer   of   1921   produced   an   extraordinary   chapter   in   our   history   when   we   were   elected   to   the   Football   League   –   one   of   only   six   Welsh   clubs   to   do   so   –   the others being Cardiff City, Swansea City, Wrexham, Newport County and Merthyr Town. With   a   population   of   75,000   and   a   ground   capacity   of   23,000   at   the   Ynys   Stadium   allied   with   a   strong   “marketing”   campaign,   we   topped   the   poll   for   election   to   the Third division being joined by Charlton Athletic. We   spent   the   years,   1921-1927   in   Division   3   (South),   for   younger   readers   the   equivalent   to   League   1,   with   a   best   finishing   position   of   8th   and   a   highest   home   gate recorded at 16,000 against the then mighty Preston North End for a third round FA Cup tie in 1923. On   7   November   1923   fire   destroyed   the   main   stand   and   offices   along   with   all   the   players'   kit. An   appeal   for   help   led   to   the   donation   of   boots   from   all   over   the   district and for their next home game against Brighton, the team wore amber and black striped tops, possibly given to them by Newport County. Alas,   with   the   beginning   of   the   Great   Depression   bringing   severe   unemployment   to   the   area   and   the   knock   on   effect   of   lower   crowds   and   thereby   income   to   sustain a Football League club, our days were numbered and we were replaced at the end of 1927 by Torquay United. A controversial merger followed with who had become the junior club, Aberaman Athletic. The   sale   of   the Ynys   Stadium   in   the   town   centre   and   a   move   to Aberaman   Park,   saw   the   name   changed   to Aberaman Athletic   who   happily   more   than   held   their   own in the Welsh League. As   an   acknowledgement   of   the   brand   of   football   exhibited,   we   were   invited   to   be   members   of   the   Football   League   Western   Division   during   the   war   years   of   1939- 45. A record crowd at the Park of 2,500 attended a Cup match against Bristol City whilst participating in the league. The   club   produced   two   stars   of   that   era   in   Welsh   international,   Bryn   Jones   who   was   sold   to   Wolves   and   then   moved   to Arsenal   for   what   was   at   the   time   a   transfer record between English clubs of £14,000. From   the   neighbouring   village   of Abercwmboi   came Alf   Sherwood   (pictured   right)   who   was   regarded   at   his   peak   as   the   finest   left   back   in   the   British   Isles   and   who represented Cardiff City and Wales with great distinction. One of Alf’s caps is now proudly on display in the Club house thanks to his son Robert. Another former player Jack Smith (who had played for both Aberaman and Aberdare went on to become the first ever manager of West Bromwich Albion in 1948. In the late 1940’s Aberdare and Aberaman again merged for a short while before the Aberaman Athletic name was restored. Highlights   of   that   period   included   being   runners   up   in   the   Welsh   League   to   Barry   Town   before   the   advent   of   the   Welsh   Premier,   reaching   the   final   of   the   FAW Trophy, and winning the Welsh League in 2009 under the sponsorship of ENTO and managed by David Morgan. In   2012   we   decided   for   commercial   reasons   to   rename   the   club   Aberdare   Town   and   we   can   all   look   back   with   pride   on   the   125   years   of   football   and   to   a   future based on our well founded ambitions to reach the Welsh Premier League. Over   the   last   few   years Aberdare   have   expanded   considerably,   now   having   a   Welsh   League   Division   Two   side,   a   Ladies   side   as   well   as   our   hugely   successful   mini and junior sections for both boys and girls. Season   2017/18   was   a   difficult   one   for   the   Club   on   and   off   the   pitch   and   over   the   summer   it   was   decided   that   a   new   direction   would   be   taken   and   trying   to   get   the Club   back   into   the   community.   As   much   as   the   change   was   needed   and   the   future   is   looking   promising   on   the   pitch   the   team   were   relegated   and   will   now   be looking to bounce back as quickly as possible.
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A Brief History
The     histories     of     Aberdare     Town     and     Aberaman Athletic,   clubs   separately   formed   in   1892,   have   been intertwined for over 90 years. In   the   early   years, Aberdare   were   the   most   successful,   dominating   the   then Glamorgan   leagues   and   in   the   new   domestic   format,   winning   the   Welsh League   in   its   inaugural   season   of   1905   with   further   success   in   1909,   1912 and 1921. We   were   also   finalists   in   the   Welsh   Cup   on   three   occasions   during   that period. Aberaman   Athletic   also   reached   a   Welsh   Cup   final   in   1903   and   won   three South   Wales   and   Monmouthshire   Cup   finals   before   the   outbreak   of   the   First World War. In   1920   Aberdare   Town   re-formed   as   Aberdare   Athletic   and   the   fledgling club   entered   both   the   Southern   league   and   Welsh   League   finishing   runners up   and   champions   respectively.   It   is   interesting   to   note   that   the   local   Welsh League derby with Aberaman in that season attracted a crowd of 8,000. The   summer   of   1921   produced   an   extraordinary   chapter   in   our   history   when we   were   elected   to   the   Football   League   –   one   of   only   six   Welsh   clubs   to   do so   –   the   others   being   Cardiff   City,   Swansea   City,   Wrexham,   Newport   County and Merthyr Town. With   a   population   of   75,000   and   a   ground   capacity   of   23,000   at   the   Ynys Stadium   allied   with   a   strong   “marketing”   campaign,   we   topped   the   poll   for election to the Third division being joined by Charlton Athletic. We   spent   the   years,   1921-1927   in   Division   3   (South),   for   younger   readers the   equivalent   to   League   1,   with   a   best   finishing   position   of   8th   and   a highest   home   gate   recorded   at   16,000   against   the   then   mighty   Preston North End for a third round FA Cup tie in 1923. On   7   November   1923   fire   destroyed   the   main   stand   and   offices   along   with all   the   players'   kit.   An   appeal   for   help   led   to   the   donation   of   boots   from   all over   the   district   and   for   their   next   home   game   against   Brighton,   the   team wore   amber   and   black   striped   tops,   possibly   given   to   them   by   Newport County. Alas,     with     the     beginning     of     the     Great     Depression     bringing     severe unemployment   to   the   area   and   the   knock   on   effect   of   lower   crowds   and thereby   income   to   sustain   a   Football   League   club,   our   days   were   numbered and we were replaced at the end of 1927 by Torquay United. A    controversial    merger    followed    with    who    had    become    the    junior    club, Aberaman Athletic. The   sale   of   the   Ynys   Stadium   in   the   town   centre   and   a   move   to   Aberaman Park,   saw   the   name   changed   to   Aberaman   Athletic   who   happily   more   than held their own in the Welsh League. As   an   acknowledgement   of   the   brand   of   football   exhibited,   we   were   invited to   be   members   of   the   Football   League   Western   Division   during   the   war years of 1939-45. A   record   crowd   at   the   Park   of   2,500   attended   a   Cup   match   against   Bristol City whilst participating in the league. The   club   produced   two   stars   of   that   era   in   Welsh   international,   Bryn   Jones who   was   sold   to   Wolves   and   then   moved   to   Arsenal   for   what   was   at   the time a transfer record between English clubs of £14,000. From   the   neighbouring   village   of   Abercwmboi   came   Alf   Sherwood   (pictured right) who was regarded at his peak as the finest left back in the British Isles and   who   represented   Cardiff   City   and   Wales   with   great   distinction.   One   of Alf’s   caps   is   now   proudly   on   display   in   the   Club   house   thanks   to   his   son Robert. Another   former   player   Jack   Smith   (who   had   played   for   both   Aberaman   and Aberdare   went   on   to   become   the   first   ever   manager   of   West   Bromwich Albion in 1948. In   the   late   1940’s   Aberdare   and   Aberaman   again   merged   for   a   short   while before the Aberaman Athletic name was restored. Highlights   of   that   period   included   being   runners   up   in   the   Welsh   League   to Barry Town   before   the   advent   of   the   Welsh   Premier,   reaching   the   final   of   the FAW   Trophy,   and   winning   the   Welsh   League   in   2009   under   the   sponsorship of ENTO and managed by David Morgan. In   2012   we   decided   for   commercial   reasons   to   rename   the   club   Aberdare Town   and   we   can   all   look   back   with   pride   on   the   125   years   of   football   and   to a   future   based   on   our   well   founded   ambitions   to   reach   the   Welsh   Premier League. Over   the   last   few   years Aberdare   have   expanded   considerably,   now   having a   Welsh   League   Division   Two   side,   a   Ladies   side   as   well   as   our   hugely successful mini and junior sections for both boys and girls. Season   2017/18   was   a   difficult   one   for   the   Club   on   and   off   the   pitch   and over   the   summer   it   was   decided   that   a   new   direction   would   be   taken   and trying   to   get   the   Club   back   into   the   community. As   much   as   the   change   was needed   and   the   future   is   looking   promising   on   the   pitch   the   team   were relegated and will now be looking to bounce back as quickly as possible.
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