There will be an 1896BULLDOGS meeting in the Ton Pentre AFC Clubhouse on 19 June at 7.15pm.
There’s lots to discuss so we look forward to seeing you there.
If you’re not a member and would like to join, please pop along.
Up the Bulldogs!
Ton Pentre Football Club have a new colour after the 1896BULLDOGS donated a new away/third kit to the Ynys Park outfit.
Following much fundraising throughout the season by our members, the 1896BULLDOGS decided to provide Ton Pentre AFC with a new kit, which carries our logo across the shoulders.
It is a break from tradition for Ton Pentre who have almost always played in red at home and blue when away.
The 1896BULLDOGS decided on green as the colour for two reasons.
Firstly, it honours the support that Jill Evans MEP (whose logo appears on the front of the shirt) has provided to the Club over many years and secondly it was identified as a colour that is rarely worn by Ton Pentre’s opponents.
The kit was worn for the first time in the Rhondda Derby match that took place at AFC Porth on Saturday, 25th January 2014. The match finished AFC Porth 1-1 Ton Pentre.
The 1896BULLDOGS are hoping to attract new members to the Ton Pentre AFC supporters movement throughout the 2013/2014 season. In an aim to achieve this, we have published our newly devised 1896BULLDOGS Constitution, which was agreed upon at a recent meeting.
It is our hope that the Constitution demonstrates our commitment to raising funds for Ton Pentre AFC in a bid to help football flourish at Ynys Park.
Please get in touch if you would like to join the 1896BULLDOGS by emailing 1896BULLDOGS@gmail.com for more details.
The 1896BULLDOGS Constitution can also be viewed in PDF format here:
The objectives of the 1896BULLDOGS shall be:
1. To improve fundraising.
2. To decide how the fundraising should be spent.
3. To assist all association in promoting the best interests of Ton Pentre AFC.
1. The 1896BULLDOGS shall consist of members, who join through their affiliation to Ton Pentre AFC.
2. All Secretaries shall maintain a register of members.
3. Each member shall be a direct member and not as a member through a registration of one of the 1896BULLDOGS.
1. All members should make subscriptions of £1 (one pound) every week.
2. All subscriptions shall be paid to the Treasurer or Officers of the 1896BULLDOGS.
3. If members become more than one month in arrears their membership will be reviewed.
1. All monies received are to be banked on behalf of the 1896BULLDOGS. They shall be paid in full into the 1896BULLDOGS’ bank account.
2. The 1896BULLDOGS Statement of Accounts will be presented by the Treasurer at every meeting.
For a meeting to take place, one third of the membership should be present with at least two (2) Officers in attendance.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
1. Officers of the 1896BULLDOGS shall be appointed every year at the 1896BULLDOGS Annual General Meeting.
2. Any 1896BULLDOGS member can nominate themselves but must have a Seconder.
TERMS OF OFFICE
The Honorary: Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary shall retire annually but will be eligible for re-election.
This is to consist of the three (3) elected Officers and a minimum of two (2) other members. They have the power to co-opt and take any action that they consider necessary, but must report back to the membership at the very next meeting of the 1896BULLDOGS.
All meetings shall be called by the Officers. The Secretary will email all members of the 1896BULLDOGS, who are encouraged to attend.
The wait for some football action is nearly over as Ton Pentre AFC begin their pre-season friendlies next Saturday (20th July).
Last season came to an abrupt end as Ton’s final two games of the season were cancelled after Barry Town were withdrawn from Welsh League Division One by their maniac owner. Everything since then has been well documented and the new fan owned Barry Town United have our full support. We hope they continue to fight.
Since then, news out of Ynys Park has been scarce. We know the committee has worked hard on touching up Ynys Park and we know our pre-season opponents (Check http://www.tonpentreafc.com for more).
However, there’s been very little news on new signings and which players will be staying at the club.
We’re aware that Dean Morris (Manager) has been working his squad hard over the last few weeks to get them fit for the friendly games and we’re all looking forward to seeing who he’s managed to attract to the Bulldogs on Saturday.
As always, Deano and his back room staff will have our full support, as will the squad of players that they have assembled.
We can’t wait for the action to return, so roll on Radstock Town and…
…UP THE BULLDOGS!
We are so sad to hear the news regarding Andrew Pring. He was a founding member of the 1896BULLDOGS and did all that he could to help Ton Pentre AFC.
He will certainly be missed by all at the Club, in particular by his fellow fans.
Ton Pentre AFC have released a lovely tribute to Andrew on their official website and we have reproduced it below:
Once again it is with regret that we must inform you of sad news here on TonPentreAFC.com as the Club has been informed that Bulldogs fan and former committee member Andrew Pring has passed away.
Andrew Pring was a valued committee member and supporter.
Andrew, who was very popular around Ynys Park, had been battling illness for some time and the news has been met with sadness by Ton Pentre AFC officials and fans.
Until recently, Andrew was a committee member with the Bulldogs and would regularly be seen manning the main entrance to Ynys Park with a friendly smile.
Andrew enjoyed supporting the Bulldogs and attended the majority of home and away games, pacing back and forth during nervous match moments.
Andrew was also a founding member of the 1896BULLDOGS supporters group which funded tracksuits for the players at the start of the 2012/2013 season.
A club spokesperson said: “Andrew was a lovely and kind gentleman. He adored watching Ton Pentre and those around him at Ynys Park enjoyed his company.
“Andrew was also committed volunteer who always raised his hand when the Club was asking for assistance. He was a valued committee member and supporter. He will certainly be sorely missed by all at Ton Pentre Football Club. At this difficult time our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
It’s been a frustrating few months for fans of Ton Pentre AFC as the fixture schedule has been severely disrupted by bad weather.
Ton’s fixture problems to back to the Welsh Cup Round One match against Dinas Powys on 6th October, which was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The game suffered the same fate a week later and was then switched to Ynys Park on 20th October.
The knock on effect of that saw League games cancelled and a League Cup match at Monmouth Town re-arranged for 27th October.
November wasn’t much better as after Ton’s 0-0 draw with Cambrian & Clydach Vale on the 2nd, the Bulldogs Welsh Cup game on the 10th was postponed by the referee after the teams had arrived at Pontardawe Town’s ground.
The Pontardawe game was played a week later on the 17th with the Bulldogs crashing out 2-0.
Due to other postponements Ton’s scheduled League match against West End on 24th November was postponed due to their involvement in the League Cup.
December was even worse for the Bulldogs as it started with a frozen Ynys Park pitch preventing Haverfordwest County’s visit on the 1st of the month.
The Bulldogs were fortunate to play at Bryntirion Athletic on 7th December where they achieved a fine 2-1 win. However, since then there’s been more fixture misery as matches against AFC Porth (14th) and Tata Steel (22nd) have fallen to rain.
Ton Pentre were due to play Pontardawe Town in the League on Saturday, 29th December but this match has already been cancelled. Pontardawe have been trying to play their Welsh Cup Round Three match against Goytre (Gwent) since 8th December and due to postponements the match is now scheduled for 29th December. It really is a case of bad luck for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs have played just five times in three months, that’s five games out of a possible thirteen match days.
Ken Jones, the Ton Pentre Secretary, has had his work cut out this season with all of these postponements and we don’t envy him.
UP THE BULLDOGS!
We were afraid that our recent lack of football would see the Bulldogs underprepared for the test at Bryntirion Park, but what we saw was remarkable as following Joe Leahy’s red card Ton had to play over an hour with just ten men.
The players looked incredibly fit as they attempted to protect the two goals that were scored by Shane Brewer and Jaymie Wearn in the opening 10 minutes.
It was quite simply a committed performance by the squad and Dean Morris must be happy with what he saw.
When Bryntirion scored in the last five minutes, those of us spectating thought all of the good work was going to be unfairly undone.
However, the players stood strong and ensured that all three points were going on our Division One record.
Well done to all of the players on a super performance.
UP THE BULLDOGS!