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Aberdare in triple swoop Friday 5th January 2018 article by Ian Pearce Following a tough few weeks for Aberdare they have bolstered their squad with three new faces. Joining up is left sided player Kilian Kingston from Risca United who has also played for Cardiff Met and two midfelders in Mario Scaccia from Penriwceiber Con and Tom Rees from Cardiff Met in the Welsh Premier League. We welcome all three players to the Club and hope they have a successful and enjoyable spell at Aberaman Park. Meanwhile Luke Jones and Lewis Holders have both joined Ton Pentre, Josh Powell is in the process of signing for Abergavenny Town while Richard Ingram has also left and will be concentrating on triathlons in 2018. AFC Porth game doesn’t beat the freeze Friday 1st December 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town’s game at home to AFC Porth was postponed by the match referee due to the freezing temperatures. With the temperatures being so low over the last week the pitch was still deemed playable during the afternoon but with a drop on the thermometer the referee decided with 20 minutes till kick off that the game should not be played. Aberdare Town goes full time to support Heroine Day Wednesday 29th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce On Friday Aberdare Town are delighted to be supporting NewLinK Wales as they look to kick the stigma of substance misuse and mental health problems. Mark Anthony, Commercial Manager of Aberdare Town said: “Its an absolute pleasure to have teamed up with NewLink who will be at our game against AFC Porth on Friday as part of their ‘Heroine Day’. We’re working together to raise awareness in the area about mental health problems and substance misuse and we’re really excited to be organising a bigger event next year”. ‘Heroine Day’ has been created with the deliberate intention of starting a serious message about substances and mental health. Lindsey Cordery-Bruce is the Chief Executive of NewLink Wales, a charity that for 15 years has been providing young people, practitioners and communities with the knowledge and skills needed to prevent substance misuse and reduce harm. She said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have the support of Aberdare Town and it will help raise the awareness of the campaign”. On Friday everybody is urged to take part in ‘Heroine Day’ by dressing as their favourite superhero for a donation of £1 to NewLink Wales. Donations can be made by texting HERO03 £1 to 70070 or via their website at Walters in as Forbes departs Tuesday 28th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town are pleased to announce the signing of Wyn Walters from Port Talbot Town. Wyn is a vastly experienced goalkeeper having played in the Welsh Premier League for both Carmarthen Town and Neath while also playing for clubs in the Welsh League including Taff’s Well, Llanelli and Pen-y-Bont during an illustrious career. In the meantime Clint Forbes has decided to leave the Club and has joined Penrhiwceiber Rangers. We wish Clint all the best for the future and thank him for his efforts while with Aberdare Town while also welcoming Wyn who we hope has an enjoyable and successful time at Aberaman Park. Town complete signing of Clarke Wednesday 22nd November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town are pleased to announce the signing of Phil Clarke from Ton Pentre. Phil is returning to Aberdare after a spell with the Bulldogs so is no stranger to Aberaman Park and boss Wayne Powell was pleased to have completed another new signing for the Town: “Phil will add exactly what we need to the team at the moment and thats a bit of experience to our squad. He is in good shape. I’m really pleased he has agreed to come back to the Club as we look to rebuild and more install the confidence again which ultimately results will do.  We are continuing to talk to players and there are a couple of irons in the fire at the moment so we will wait and see”. Welcome back Phil and we hope you enjoy your time once again with Aberdare Town. If you would like to sponsor Phil and have your name in the new look matchday programme and on this website please email New boss sets out his stall for the future Thursday 16th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Following his appointment earlier this week as permanent manager of The Town Wayne Powell has made his thoughts known on the disappointing start to the season, the current squad, the chance of being handed the reins and what he thinks could be a bright future for Aberdare. After taking his first training session on Wednesday evening he said: “Firstly I am deeply honoured at being asked by the committee to take on the job. A major factor of agreeing to it was both Gareth (Harbord) and Rob (Hudson) also confirming they will stay on.  Mark Anthony, who has been helping out with both the first team and Reserves this season, will also be on hand to assist us as well. “Everybody knows how big a job it is but we will be giving it everything we have at turning things around.  I have said to the players already that as a team we got the Club into this mess and now need to get them out if it.  Without doubt it’s important everybody gives 100% to achieve that. First things first and we need to cut out errors in our play and get a positive vibe into the squad – people always say winning is a habit but so is losing!  As soon as we get that first win in the league I hope that will be a turning point. As a former striker myself I know changes have to be made to how our play is going forward to make sure our goal scoring improves – we start that with the players already here before adding to it”. In terms of the players already signed on Wayne will be giving everybody a clean slate to stake a claim for a place in the team but there may also be some new arrivals: “I’ve spoken to the lads and I think they know what we are trying to achieve and how I expect things to work.  I will be looking to add to the squad but any additions will have to be better than those already here.  There will be one new face announced soon who has agreed to join but are waiting now for confirmation of his signing with the league but he has experience from a higher standard”. It’s not just on the field that Wayne is looking to make additions as he casts his net over possible additions to his backroom staff: “Obviously we already have Gareth, Mark and Rob helping out but I would like to add in a player/coach as well and I have been talking to a few candidates about coming in. There is always so much for a management team to do on training nights and match days so having a good team around you in the dugout is important”. One things for sure Wayne is positive on the future of the Club: “There is so much potential at Aberdare but it’s down to everybody to make sure that it’s achieved. We have had a couple of younger players step up this season and have adapted to Welsh League football. We need to get ourselves out of the situation we are in at the moment but going forward I would like to see an emphasis on us developing our own players through increasing our youth section and having a proper pathway from youth football through to the senior side”. Powell appointed first team manager Tuesday 14th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town are pleased to announce we have appointed Wayne Powell as our first team manager. Wayne has a wealth of experience and is a former player with Bristol Rovers, Hereford, Bath City, Minehead and Merthyr while he went on to become successful as head of youth development at Swansea City and then spells in charge of Clevedon Town and Leamington.  He holds a UEFA A coaching qualification. Wayne will be assisted by Gareth Harbord who we are delighted has agreed to remain with the Club along with physio Rob Hudson. On behalf of the Committee, Chairman Garry Williams said of the appointments: “We are pleased that Wayne has agreed to take up the position on a permanent basis after a difficult time for the Club that currently see us at the wrong end of the table.  We are confident that he will help us develop as a whole and has the full backing of the entire committee.  Keeping Gareth on board was equally as important and with the possible arrivals of new players we hope for a strong remainder of the season and then will look to build going into the summer”. Coles returns while two depart Tuesday 7th November 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town are delighted to announce they have completed the signing of Jordan Coles. Jordan, who can play either in defence or midfield, has played for Ton Pentre, AFC Llwydcoed, Penrhiwceiber Rangers, Cambrian & Clydach and of course Aberdare. Joint interim boss Wayne Powell was pleased to have completed the signing ahead of Friday nights game at home to Abergavenny: “We are delighted to bring Jordan in and will add quality to our squad and is a player who can fill a number of positions and is a welcome addition. As long as the paperwork is all competed and approved by the authorities he will be in the squad for Friday night”. Meanwhile leaving the Club is striker Rikki Evans who is set to join AFC Llwydcoed and defender Lee Hartshorn who is heading to Risca. We would like to wish both players well for the future and at the same time welcome back Jordan to the Club. Interim boss looks to galvanise squad Friday 20th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce After a difficult week when close friend Matt Driscoll left the Club our interim manager Gareth Harbord has been working hard to try and galvanise the squad and get them prepared for a tough game on Saturday away to Pontardawe. Gareth and Wayne Powell have had a busy week talking to players and making sure that the news from last week acts as a spur to a change of fortunes this weekend: “Its been pleasing that all the boys have shown us support and we had a fantastic turnout to training in the week.  Most importantly the boys had a good workout but the session was a bit of fun to try and get them enjoying their football again.” There has been some squad movement this week with one player being released and another familiar face rejoining as Gareth explained: “We have decided to release Rhys Jones and we thank him for his time with the club but we welcome back Rhys Williams who goes into the squad for the game at Pontardawe. Rhys is a young defender and is popular with the players and will add strength and youthfulness to our defence, Both Wayne and myself are confident that with the squad we have, and maybe with one or two new additions, we will improve sooner rather than later”. Saturday sees Aber make the tough trip to face league leaders Pontardawe Town and Gareth is expecting a tough game: “They have had a great start to the season and its one that we are looking forward to and there is no better way to turn our fortunes around than with a good performance and hopefully getting a good result there”. Finally Gareth took time to reflect on the departure of Matt last week saying: “Myself, Wayne and Mark (Anthony) would like to go on record to thank my long term friend Matt for bringing us to the Club and for all his hard work and effort. His heart is definitely with Aberdare Town and I’m sure we will see plenty of him in the near future”. Chairman leads tributes to departing boss Tuesday 17th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce With the dust settling over the news from the weekend of the departure of manager Matt Driscoll who resigned after the defeat to AFC Llwydcoed, Club Chairman Garry Williams led the tributes to the former boss. “We all know that results haven’t been what any of us would have wished for so far this season, including Matt, but saying that he had a huge issue to deal with in regards to player availability. Nobody can question the commitment, efforts and passion that Matt showed and put into Aberdare Town every day.  When he informed me of his decision to step down you could see how disappointed he was”. Garry went on to further praise and reflect on the tough job that Matt had since joining the club as gaffer: “He took over as manager at a difficult time, galvanized the team and almost saved us from relegation from Division One. While we missed out on achieving that by the narrowest of margins he then had to completely rebuild the squad for last season and a campaign in Division Two. “I would like to thank Matt for all his efforts with us and he is always welcome at the Club at any point in the future but we hope he enjoys some well deserved quality time with his family and to recharge his batteries.  People really don’t realise just how much work is involved as a Manager. “Looking forward its been agreed that Gareth Harbord and Wayne Powell will look after the team on an interim basis while we look at all the options open to us as a committee in order to take Aberdare Town forward”
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