The Martyrs of 87

The Martyrs of 87 film is amazing. If you're from Merthyr, whether you follow the Martyrs or not, it should be essential viewing for everyone. Matthew Davies has excelled in bringing together everything about that year that made Merthyr Tydfil the hub for Welsh football. From the players to the fans it resonated with everyone who viewed the premiere on Friday in the new Romans room at our brand new clubhouse facility. It was especially poignant to see John Reddy speaking on the film, his vision now rightly being recognised by everyone. Here was a man who refused to allow Merthyr to be second best, be that in kit, stadium or even friendly opponents. It was great to see the new film dedicated to his memory. The goals, the fashion, the tackles, the hair styles and even the spaghetti took us back to another time when our town was at the centre of the perfect storm of football. Baird, Beattie, Latchford, Webley, Georgie and of course Lyn Jones (is God) all sharing their memories of an unbelievable 12 months of football. Matthew has edited the film superbly and it finishes wonderfully with die-hard fan Steve Rees bringing us full circle to the battles we have won more recently at Penydarren Park. It's a great time to be a Merthyr fan as it always has been to be honest.


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