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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   womens   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   with   the   COVID-19   pandemic   hitting   in   early   2019   the   season   was eventually   ended   by   the   Welsh   FA   on   a   points   per   game   basis   (although   the   team   still   had   11   of   their   15   home   matches   left   to play!)   leaving   Aberdare   one   from   bottom   in   the   division   and   were   relegated   out   of   the   top   tiers   of   the   Welsh   game   for   the   first time. A new era is set to dawn!
Welsh League Champions (1907, 1909, 1912, 1921) Aberdare Valley Football League Div 2 Champions (2017) Gilbert Morgan Cup Winners (2018) Welsh Cup Runners Up (1904, 1905, 1923) Southern League Runners Up (1923) Members of Football League 3rd Division (1921-1927) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football League Champions (U12) (2017) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football League Champions (U13) (2018) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football League Cup Winners (U13) (2018) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football Mini League Bowl Winners (U13) (2018) South Wales Women’s & Girls League Division Three Winners (U12) (2020) As Aberaman… Welsh League Champions (2009) Welsh League Runners Up (1936) Welsh League Division One Runners Up (1990) Welsh League Division Two Champions (1978) Welsh League Division Two Runners Up (1972) Welsh Cup Runners Up (1903) FAW Trophy Runners Up (1994) Welsh Challenge Cup Runners Up (1939) Welsh Amateur Cup Runners Up (1913) South Wales & Mon. Senior Cup  Winners (1903) South Wales & Mon. Amateur Cup Winners (1912, 1913) Abacus Youth Cup Winners (1991, 1993, 1994) Abacus Youth League Runners Up (1994) McWhirter NYL Cup Runners Up (1994, 1995, 1996) Astoria Youth Cup Runners Up (1996) Aberdare League Millenium Tournament Winners (2000) Aberdare Valley Under 16’s League Champions (2007) Tom Pugsley Under 16’s Cup Winners (2007, 2011) Members of the Football League Western (War Years) (1939-1945)
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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   womens   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     with     the     COVID-19 pandemic   hitting   in   early   2019   the   season   was   eventually ended    by    the    Welsh    FA    on    a    points    per    game    basis (although   the   team   still   had   11   of   their   15   home   matches left   to   play!)   leaving   Aberdare   one   from   bottom   in   the division   and   were   relegated   out   of   the   top   tiers   of   the Welsh game for the first time. A new era is set to dawn!
Welsh League Champions (1907, 1909, 1912, 1921) Aberdare Valley Football League Div 2 Champions (2017) Gilbert Morgan Cup Winners (2018) Welsh Cup Runners Up (1904, 1905, 1923) Southern League Runners Up (1923) Members of Football League 3rd Division (1921-1927) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football League Champions (U12) (2017) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football League Champions (U13) (2018) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football League Cup Winners (U13) (2018) Aberdare & Rhondda Junior Football Mini League Bowl Winners (U13) (2018) South Wales Women’s & Girls League Division Three Winners (U12) (2020) As Aberaman… Welsh League Champions (2009) Welsh League Runners Up (1936) Welsh League Division One Runners Up (1990) Welsh League Division Two Champions (1978) Welsh League Division Two Runners Up (1972) Welsh Cup Runners Up (1903) FAW Trophy Runners Up (1994) Welsh Challenge Cup Runners Up (1939) Welsh Amateur Cup Runners Up (1913) South Wales & Mon. Senior Cup Winners (1903) South Wales & Mon. Amateur Cup Winners (1912, 1913) Abacus Youth Cup Winners (1991, 1993, 1994) Abacus Youth League Runners Up (1994) McWhirter NYL Cup Runners Up (1994, 1995, 1996) Astoria Youth Cup Runners Up (1996) Aberdare League Millenium Tournament Winners (2000) Aberdare Valley Under 16’s League Champions (2007) Tom Pugsley Under 16’s Cup Winners (2007, 2011) Members of the Football League Western (War Years) (1939-1945)
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