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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” Drisc calls time on Aberdare tenure Saturday 14th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town manager Matt Driscoll has resigned from his role following today’s defeat at home to AFC Llwydcoed. Matt became Manager back in 2015/16 season and almost guided the team to a remarkable relegation survival only for the team to end up relegated on the last day. We would all like to place on record our thanks to Matt for this dedication, hard work and enthusiasm and wish him nothing but the best for the future and he will always be welcome at Aberaman Park. In the meantime Gareth Harbord and Wayne Powell have agreed to remain with the Club in an interim capacity while the Committee assess all options. Club Statement: A Team Saturday 14th October 2017 article by Club Committee Aberdare Town have been notified by their A Team in the Aberdare Valley Football League of their intention to leave the Club. The Club have been funding the majority of expenditure of the teams running costs including league fees, a quality insurance scheme, trophies, pitch hire and fines. Whilst the Club fully intends to try and support local players, and encourage the use of the clubs facilities at all times, it is unable to sustain the current level of expenditure and changes have had to be made. The A Team funded themselves for kit, training and referee fees through sponsorship they arranged and weekly subs. The Club at its AGM informed all officials and mangers that the existing nominal membership fee was to be rigidly adhered to this season and as such all adult teams and officials were informed that membership was to be paid by September 30th. Despite reminders only 1 registered from the A Team. The amount of money requested, which equates to approximately £1 per player per week, would come from the existing level of subs paid. No additional money was requested from players and would have paid for the costs mentioned above. Following a meeting with the AVFL team manager it would appear that the players in the team do not wish to contribute towards the running of the Club, as the majority of its players do not return to the Club following home games and have no desire to frequent the club at any other time. As is well known, clubs need patronage of players in the bar following games to help pay bills hence the need for a weekly contribution. We wish Nick Chappell and his team all the best for the future and thank them for their efforts on the pitch which saw them claim the league title last season. Cheques presented from charity game Monday 10th October 2017 article by Ian Pearce Before the Welsh Cup game against Ammanford the club presented cheques from the recent charity game against Cardiff City Legends to Macmillan Cancer Support In attendance to receive the cheque was Nick Watkins from Macmillan and friend of the Club Cheryl Brown who received the cheques from chairman Garry Williams and vice-Chairman Bob Price. We would like to thank everybody who contributed to the event from players, supporters, sponsors and of course Cardiff City. Ladies start season with big win Sunday 24th September 2017 article by Chris Churchill The Ladies travelled to Whitchurch on Sunday to kick off their season against Rhiwbina ladies. The day turned out to be one of frustration, with the ladies all warmed up and ready to go, the match ref called in sick. The match was then rescheduled to kick off 15 mins later which also came and went, the match finally kicked off 45 minutess late. From the start Aberdare completely dominated proceedings but were unable to finish and several good chances went begging, before Hannah Rowburrey put in a beautiful cross from the left for Heather McLoughlin to head in strongly at the back post on 7 minutes. Constant pressure lead to Jade Connors scoring from a fine solo effort on 30 mins. A few changes were made at half time and immediately bore fruit when Heather got on the end of a Jody Powell cross to hit her 2nd of the game. 4 minutes later Sharon Jones burst through to score and make it 0-4 to the visitors. The home side never stopped trying, and eventually won a free kick about 30 meters out which was placed right into the top corner to pull one back. Town were still struggling to get any rhythm  in their game and it wasn’t until the 80th minute that things finally clicked, with Jody running half the pitch to score, Jade grabbing her second and Myckala Jones and Carly Jones popping a few at the death to make the final score 1 – 8 to the visitors. Woman of the match award went to Amilia Cowdry, the youngest player in the side at 16 and 2 weeks old, she was outstanding at right centre back in a back three in which the oldest player is only 19. Town drawn at home to Ammanford Monday 11th September 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town have been drawn at home to Ammanford in the 1st Round of the FA Welsh Cup. Fellow Welsh League Division Two side Ammanford beat Merthyr Saints 5-2 on Saturday and will be visiting Aberaman Park on Friday 6th October. Match and ball sponsorship are both available for these games so please get in contact with us for details. Aberdare complete double capture Thursday 6th September 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town are delighted to announce they have completed the signing of Seb Haggett from Welsh League Division One side Afan Lido. The 27 year old former Risca United striker was being chased by numerous Clubs and we are pleased to have convinced Seb to move to Aberaman Park. If all paperwork can be completed in time we hope to be able to include him in Saturday’s cup tied against Dinas Powys. Our thanks to Afan Lido for their help in completing the transfer so swiftly. We are also pleased to confirm that Levi Jones has returned to the Club following spells with Cribbs in the Western League in England and AFC Llwydcoed. International clearance has been gained already and is available for immediate selection. We welcome Seb and Levi to the Club and hope they have a long and successful time with Aberdare Town. Reserves game abandoned Friday 26th August 2017 article by Ian Pearce The Reserves opening league game at Briton Ferry was abandoned due to a serious injury to Abers Mickey Edwards. The game was heading towards half-time when the accident occured and while an ambulance was being waited for it was decided to abandoned the game. Mickey is set to undergo an operation and we all wish him a speedy recovery from everybody at the Club. Club Membership Tuesday 22nd August 2017 article by Ian Pearce Aberdare Town Football Club are classed as a members club and as part of our constitution and in order to comply with the Insurance Act of 2015 we are required by our insurers to ensure that all adults affiliated to the Club including club officials, committee members, players, coaches and managers are fully paid up members by 30th September in each year. It has been agreed by the clubs committee that the annual membership fee shall be set at £10 per adult per annum and will be reviewed on a yearly basis. Members should also ensure that they carry their membership card with them while on the premises and can be asked to present it at any point. The card wlll also need to be shown to access any membership benefits. On football match days supporters and visiting clubs will be treated as guests and will be able to use the club facilities but will not receive any benefits of membership and the guest pass ceases after that day. To become a member of the Club please complete the membership application form which will be able to be downloaded from the official website or by seeing Clare Wilcox from behind the bar.
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