Posts Tagged ‘Ton Pentre’


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.

Ton Pentre AFC have a new colour.

Ton Pentre AFC have a new colour.

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.

Jaymie Wearn celebrates his goal against AFC Porth in the new kit donated by the 1896BULLDOGS.

Jaymie Wearn celebrates his goal against AFC Porth in the new kit donated by the 1896BULLDOGS.


Weather is the Winner

Posted: 23 December, 2012 in News Blog
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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.


Ton Pentre achieved an excellent win on Friday night (7th December) with a 2-1 victory at Bryntirion Athletic.

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.


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!



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, 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.



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 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…



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 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!


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

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


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.


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