Bulldogs Exit Welsh Cup

Posted: 19 November, 2012 in News Blog
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The dream of winning the FAW Welsh Cup (okay, we know that was a long shot, we can but dream) is over for another season following Ton Pentre’s exit in the Second Round at the hands of Pontardawe Town.

This was always going to be a tough match, particularly at Pontardawe’s Recreation Ground, which doesn’t lend itself to comfortable spectating.

In the first half the Bulldogs looked strong and likely to hit the back of the net but the fans had a feeling that having not made any chances count, the second half would throw up some disappointment.

Ton found themselves 2-0 down following the opening ten minutes of the second half after Pontardawe came out the changing rooms fired up and ready to give the Bulldogs a shock having struggled in the first period.

It’s such a shame to be out of the competition so early on as it would have been great to have had a go at getting past Goytre (Gwent) in Round Three before seeing the Bulldogs up against a crack Welsh Premier outfit.

That dream will have to wait until next season…again!

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Tributes Pour In For Ton Fan

Posted: 14 November, 2012 in News Blog

Following the sad news that fellow Ton Pentre fan Mark Reynolds has passed away we would like to share the tribute that has been published on TonPentreAFC.com:

Ton Pentre Football Club has been been left in a state of shock following the sad and untimely passing of lifelong Bulldogs fan and volunteer, Mark Reynolds.

Mark Reynolds will be sorely missed.

Club Chairman Bryan Bees broke the sad news by saying: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce the sudden and tragic death of Mark Reynolds. All our thoughts and condolences go to his brother Kevin. Rest in Peace.”

Mark, who was 38, had a vital role at Ynys Park volunteering his time on a match day to put up the nets, prepare the changing rooms and training equipment, perform ball boy duties and act as a steward around the ground amongst many other pivotal tasks.

All of these duties were performed alongside his brother Kevin, with both having carried on the Reynolds family link with the Bulldogs throughout a large part of the Clubs history.

Mark, who was born on the 24th September 1974, grew up with the Club at heart and enjoyed watching Ton Pentre achieve multiple Welsh League titles and had a wonderful experience travelling up and down Wales on the team bus during the Club’s League of Wales years giving numerous renditions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” due to his fondness of Liverpool FC. In addition to this he witnessed the Bulldogs playing European football in the UEFA Intertoto Cup and saw them reach the First Round of the FA Cup.

Mark (right) and his brother Kevin celebrating Ton Pentre’s Welsh League Division Two title triumph in 2011.

Following the tragic news, tributes have poured into Ton Pentre Football Club via Twitter and Facebook with friends, fellow fans and past and present players leaving messages of remembrance and condolences.

Current Bulldogs Captain, Adam Lewis wrote: “I can’t believe this news, very sad! My thoughts go out to his family and also his brother Kevin! I think I speak on behalf of all the players in saying Mark will be sorely missed at the club.”

Brian McGrath commented upon the links between the Reynolds family and Ton Pentre: “Very sad news. Mark had continued the Reynolds family tradition of excellent service to Ton Pentre Football Club.”

Kevin Moon wrote: “RIP Mark, Bulldogs Legend” and Robert Voyle added: “Very sad news, known Mark since form 1, and always loved his football.”

Former Ton Pentre Captain and midfielder Andrew Hughes expressed his feelings: “Mark, having known you for well over 25 years, through the highs and lows of a great club, I know you’ll continue to follow from up above. I’m sure that if you were split in two, Ton Pentre would be flowing through your veins. It’s been a pleasure knowing you, R.I.P take care. Thoughts are with you Big Kev.”

Alyn Jones, a former Bulldogs striker, wrote the following tribute: “Totally shocked and gutted. Thoughts are with Kevin at this sad time. A true Bulldog and great ambassador for the club, will be sorely missed by all at Ynys Park. R.I.P Buddy. Kenny Bowen will take care of you fella. xxx”

If you would like to read the tributes or leave a message of remembrance please visit www.facebook.com/TonPentreAFC.

Everyone’s thoughts at Ton Pentre Football Club are with Mark’s brother Kevin at this sad time and the Club will look to support him through this difficult period.

Mark Reynolds. May You Rest In Peace.

Welsh Cup Excitement

Posted: 10 November, 2012 in News Blog
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It’s Welsh Cup day and the nerves have set in as Ton Pentre go to Pontardawe Town in Round Two of this fantastic competition attempting to put themselves in the hat with the big boys from the Welsh Premier League.

Welsh Cup matches are always exciting and the 1896BULLDOGS are dreaming of a Cup run and the prospect of someone like Bangor City away in the next round is a mouthwatering possibility (although we’re sure the Club officials would rather such a draw home for a bumper crowd!). There would even be a possibility of Ton Pentre being live on television!

However, it will be a difficult task as Pontardawe are a good team.

Quite rightly, TonPentreAFC.com states in their match preview that the west Wales club will be favourites for this game but we’re sure Deano’s men will be up for the challenge with the fans and the 1896BULLDOGS getting right behind them and showing our support.

The Welsh Cup is one of the oldest competitions in the world, check out Wikipedia for some brief history, and it’s been a while since Ton Pentre had a good run in it.

Our fingers will be crossed, lucky pants worn, along with any other superstitious thing we can think of to give the Bulldogs that little extra chance of reaching the Third Round.

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It’s been a little while since we updated the 1896BULLDOGS blog with Ton Pentre having played two matches in that time.

The first game saw the Bulldogs beat Dinas Powys of Welsh League Division Two in the First Round of the FAW Welsh Cup.

It was quite a good game as Dinas Powys created some excellent chances to score but a man of the match performance from Jonathan Howe denied them and Ton eventually won the game 3-1.

Prior to that game both teams took part in Show Racism the Red Card’s Fortnight of Action which the 1896BULLDOGS fully supported.

In their last match the Bulldogs lost 2-0 at Monmouth Town in the Nathaniel Car Sales League Cup.

Not many Ton fans were able to make the trip but those that headed east witnessed a good game. Both teams looked to play football but overall Deano’s men deserved to win that made the defeat harder to take.

It was such a good display from the team and was a joy to watch us playing some lovely sleek football.

It could have all been so different had Jaymie Wearn’s goal just after half-time stood instead of being incorrectly ruled off side by the assistant referee. The match report on www.tonpentreafc.com accurately describes the incident. It really could have turned the game.

Despite the loss, the 1896BULLDOGS are happy that out of the two cups it is the Welsh Cup that we progressed in. It’d be great to have a run in that this season.

We now look towards Friday’s plum Welsh League Division One match as Cambrian & Clydach Vale come to Ynys Park. You can’t beat a Rhondda Derby and we’re sure there’ll be a bumper crowd.

Ton are certainly the underdogs for this but you never know…

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We’re all sitting around and waiting for the FAW Welsh Cup match between Dinas Powys and Ton Pentre to finally go ahead.

Bad weather has seen the clash postponed twice for a waterlogged pitch. As http://www.tonpentreafc.com reports, the First Round match will now be played at Ynys Park on Saturday 20th October.

That’s great news for the 1896BULLDOGS as we can provide the players with some of our noisy home support.

If anything, the break in football may very well have done us all a load of good as both the fans and players will come back for this Cup match full of energy.

Our lives of course, have not been completely without football as the Wales national team finally got going under Chris Coleman as they came from behind to dramatically beat Scotland 2-1 with Gareth Bale putting in a world class performance and scoring both goals.

Hopefully the feel good factor that victory brought can filter down through all of Welsh football and in particular the Rhondda Bulldogs, as we would love to have a Welsh Cup run this season!

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The Bulldogs returned to winning ways last Friday night after a strong performance saw them beat Bridgend Town at Ynys Park.

Just as many were expecting Ton Pentre to suffer their fifth consecutive defeat, the Bulldogs played some lovely football and won the game with goals from Tom McCarthy and Ross Fowler.

It must’ve had something to do with the new tracksuits that the 1896BULLDOGS have supplied to the players as they were sharp on the pitch and looked smart off the pitch.

There’s a match report for the game over on http://www.tonpentreafc.com.

We’re on the road from now until 20th October so the 1896BULLDOGS will be in a town near you!

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Ton Pentre lost to Tata Steel on Saturday 8th September and are now without a win in four matches.

It’s important that nobody at Ynys Park panics following the latest demoralising defeat against bottom of the table Tata Steel. By sticking together things will soon improve and we can all start having fun again.

The Bulldogs created plenty of chances and when some of those start hitting the back of the net we will get our season back on track.

On the plus side the squad were given their Ton Pentre AFC tracksuits and t-shirts courtesy of the 1896BULLDOGS before the match, which is the result of some committed fundraising from our members.

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The 1896BULLDOGS constitution etc. will soon be published, following which membership will be opened up to anyone that wants to join.

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