Staggering news - we said there would be no more Dial Ms in print, but as usual we couldn't resist once more day in the sun. Issue 47 goes on sale outside Penydarren Park before tomorrow's Merthyr game versus Brackley. Price 50p.
My wife reckons that summer officially starts on the day after the winter solstice, I think she’s clutching at straws but to be fair the days will become longer as we head into 2022 and the second half of this intriguing season which was full of hopes of consolidation but has become more of a fight of attrition against relegation. It’s never been easy to be a Martyr, that goes without saying, but we are about to be tested once again with our club’s fight for survival in this our spiritual home in the top division of the Southern League. A season in hibernation within a global pandemic has required us to basically start a football club all over again. Thankfully we were able to keep the off-field business alive albeit in much reduced circumstances, the Wales matches in the Euro2020 tournament certainly helped raise both funds and morale at Penydarren Park especially with TalkSPORT basing their coverage at our ground. The ever - present uncertainty over Covid restrictions ensu
Word has reached us that our Board has been meeting with the FAW regarding the possibility of Merthyr Town FC joining the Welsh pyramid system in the near future. There can be no issue with that, we need to understand the financial benefits to us giving up 111 years of history to make a leap of faith into the Cymru Leagues. Many of us remain unconvinced and the odds of the owners voting to abandon our current membership with a 75% majority, as per our constitution, must be pretty high. If the FAW are looking for a repeat of Colwyn Bay’s damascene change of direction at Penydarren Park then they will need to convince us that they respect us and what we will need to leave behind in order to leave our spiritual home in the Southern League once and for all. It would seem that there is a steady stream on social media of Welsh football fans who think we are insane to continue our lonely furrow within the non-league scene in England. That is understandable. For every Merthyr Town fan the
There are not many tangible links with our decade of membership in the Football League available to us at Merthyr Town. The holy grail of a home match programme continues to elude the museum project, there are always a few Merthyr Town issues up for auction but their rarity means that their reserve prices are always way outside our budget. We’ve got a few away game programmes in the collection in preparation for future exhibitions but a copy produced and sold at Penydarren Park escapes us. However around 100 years ago our squad of players preparing for a season in the Football League alongside teams such as Watford, Watford and Millwall were photographed for inclusion in one of the great promotions of the age; the cigarette card. The cards were originally included in the packaging as “stiffeners” to prevent the cigarettes from bending or breaking but very soon became collectors ’ items in their own right and another way to advertise the brands in a very crowded tobacco