Away matches? What to do?

What is a Martyr to do when the lads are off in foreign climes?

23rd August

Mmm, a conundrum. DMFM recommends visiting the Willows to take in Troedyrhiw's match against Seven Sisters. Travel to the capital village of the Plymouth Ward is easy, try either a 81 bus from stand 10 of Merthyr Bus Emporium or even risk the Arriva train from Merthyr Central to Troedyrhiw General, en route to the stadium why not sample a beer or two in the Ex-servicemans Club? A proper workingmens club serving good beer at affordable prices, post-match munchies could be sated at the Pak Ho chip shop on the square before heading north back to Merthyr to celebrate that win at Cambridge.

For those of a more cultural persuasion we recommend heading west to Jackland to see the Ray Cooney farce “Run for your Wife” at the Grand Theatre. There’s nothing like a good farce after all.

For those of you just fancy a few beers why not head to the Mumbles & Swansea Bay Beer Festival running at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea from 21-23 August. Entry is just £5 and the drinks are available between 12 noon and 11pm. At the cider stalls we’re advised that the perry is very well received.

Or you could just head to the Rhondda to cheer on the plucky lads from the Brunswick as they compete in the FAW Trophy for the first time!

But if you change your mind and fancy the journey to Cambridge then why not give young Richard a tinkle on 07852 950486, there’s a charabanc trip to be enjoyed!

Whatever you decide, remember ……. Choose wisely!!


Chairman Mao said…
Ferndale in the Rhondda. A Saturday afternoon in August. FC Brunswick, probably the lowest ranked football team in the FAW Trophy, face Ferndale Boys Club of the South Wales Amateur League. A daunting task you may think but not for the brave lads of the Brunswick. The pre-match meal of bacon sandwiches in their home pub under their belts it was soon down to business on the excellent Maerdy park pitch. The broad canvas of the pitch appreciated by the football skills of the underdogs. Could they do it? Could they pull off an unlikely result? Alas no, but not without scaring their higher level opponents. The Brunswick boys found themselves 2-0 up at the break with Batesy and Matt scoring to shock the hosts. Could they hold on? A quick response by the Ferns looked ominous but 2 quick Mike Murphy goals had the visitors dreaming of the 1st round. However injuries to team captain Adam, influential midfielder Noddy and hardworking full back Spud had the lads defending deeper and deeper as the game neared the end. 4-1 with 10 minutes to go, but football is a cruel game and the plucky minnows faced extra time after 3 late goals for the relieved hosts. Into extra time and a penalty saved by Dai in the Brunswick goal only for the rebound to be slammed home. By then the outsiders had been reduced to 10 players after veteran Lee Tregonning limped off. Another penalty, the dismissal of the keeper and the final score of 8-4 flatters the Ferndale club. But thats football and good luck to them on the road to the Final! Foe me, it was a great game to watch, end to end stuff, and FC Brunswick were a credit to Merthyr. Now they get to concentrate on the League.

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