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Merthyr Town FC Charity 2014/15 season

Each season since the start of the Supporters Trust at Penydarren Park a charity has been nominated to benefit from a fundraising event over the Christmas or New Year period. Two seasons ago the idea of a special shirt to commemorate the day was started, you may remember the Pink & Black striped shirt for Cancer Aid or the Gold shirt last season for the Trinity Fields special school. This year the chosen charity is the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The charity has been chosen to remember Stephen Jarrett who followed the Martyrs but sadly recently died after a 15 year battle with this dreadful disease. 100 years ago Merthyr Town wore a Red shirt with a Green "V" on the chest, we're hoping to resurrect that shirt design for the Boxing Day fundraiser v Cinderford Town. We hope you will once again support Merthyr Town FC and our chosen charity for 2014/15 season.

Jabez Cartwright

Jabez Cartwright began his football career at Mapperly and Grantham Town in February 1912. He was a right back who very soon transferred for £110.00 to Bolton Wanderers but for some reason he never played for the Burnden Park club. He joined Merthyr Town FC in January 1914 and played in the Southern League fixture at Portsmouth. His appearances were mainly in The Southern League Charity Cup and South Wales Senior Cup. He was released by Merthyr Town at the end of the season and he rejoined Grantham Town in 1914. Private Jabez Cartwright of the Lincolnshire Regiment was killed in action on 4th October 1917 and he is remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial .

Merthyr Town supporters test

So how big a Merthyr Town fan are you? Are you a Super fan? How would we judge the merits of individual fans if we needed to award medals for services to the Black & White (and Green & Red of course) heroes who grace the lush carpet at Penydarren Park?   Hulby has come up with the following competency test for you to complete to see where you fit in the pantheon of great fans who have stood on the Wank Bank over the decades.   Where do you come in the Martyr Test?   CATEGORY Attended a MTFC home match                                                   1 Attended a MTFC away match                                                    2 Own a Black & White scarf                                                            1 Own a Green & Red scarf                                                              2 Attended the Atalanta match                                                     1 Attended Hungerford play-off match               

Super Cup programme information

Merthyr Tydfil FC v Atalanta BC European Cup Winners’ Cup first round 1987/88 Fittingly, given that Wales’s great footballing legend John Charles ended his playing days at Penydarren Park, the finest night in Merthyr’s history came against a club from Italy, where Charles made such an indelible impression with Juventus. The reward for Merthyr’s third Welsh Cup triumph was a tie against Serie A side Atalanta. On a weather worn pitch, better suited to the Welsh side’s more direct style than Atalanta’s passing game, set-piece goals from Kevin Rogers and Ceri Williams secured a 2-1 home win in front of 14,000 delirious supporters. Away tickets for the return leg soon sold out. “Half of Merthyr were in Italy, it seemed,” skipper Andy Beattie later recalled. The Martyrs went down 2-0 on the night – and exited the competition 3-2 on aggregate – but even defeat couldn’t dampen the travelling supporters’ spirits. “Afterwards the players and the fans all went to the pub to cel

William Kirby 1913/14 season at Merthyr Town

William Kirby was born on 21 st June 1882 in Preston. He was known throughout his career as “Sunny Jim”. His first club was Emmanuel Rovers but he was soon spotted and signed for Football League giants Preston North End in November 1900. A spell at local team Oswaldtwistle Rovers followed. Preston North End retained his registration between 1901 and 1911 and so his time with four Southern League clubs in that period were in effect loan spells. August 1902 Sunny Jim signed for Swindon Town where he played 33 games and showed his potential as a forward by scoring 11 goals but very soon he was on the move again this time to the East End of London where he signed for West Ham United scoring on his debut and once again proving a useful signing by scoring 11 goals in 36 appearances. However at the end of the 1903/04 season he returned to the County Ground where he resumed his career with Swindon Town scoring 4 goals in 21 games in the red shirt. It was in March 1905 th

Tribute to Frank Costello

Frederick “Frank” Costello was born in Birmingham during 1884. After failing to make the grade at his first club of West Bromwich Albion he moved to Halesowen Town before heading to the south coast to join Southampton then of the Southern League in 1907. Frank made his professional debut on 14 th September 1907 scoring in a 2-0 win at Luton Town. Despite being described as “a trifle slow, he was clever with the ball and had a habit of disconcerting the opposition by making for goal when he was expected to make a pass”. In his first season he scored nine goals in 28 league appearances. It was during the Saints run to the FA Cup semi-final during the same season that Frank played his best game, scoring a goal in the first half against Everton and then scored an amazing headed goal to seal the home team’s 3-2 win. However Frank was injured for the majority of the 1908/09 season and by March he was transferred to West Ham United. He made twelve appearances for the Hammers bef

Next issue out on Bank Holiday

The next issue of Dial M For Merthyr fanzine will hit the Penydarren Park terraces on 23rd August. All articles are welcomed as always, if you want to see your thoughts, dreams maybe even nightmares preserved for eternity in print please drop us a line via

25 years of Dial M For Merthyr Fanzine

I was actually there when he came up with the name. It was Walsall v's Sunderland in '88 and we were talking with the Editor of the new Sunderland Fanzine, Wise Men Say.. 'So, what's your called then?' Asked the Mackem... 'Dial M for Merthyr' replied Wolvesy. The guy laughed. I laughed. He turned to me and said, 'I just made that up'. 'It's good mate. Not sure how many people on the Wank Bank will be aware of Hitchcock's brilliant suspense masterpiece but it's better than my idea for the name'. (I was all for 'You sexy Merthyr F*ckers' as Prince was big with the song at the time). And so that was it, 'Dial M for Merthyr' was born. The rest, as they say, is a mystery...   The one thing about Mark Evans is that he's a born leader. It's true. He may get 'all shucks' about it but his legacy is astonishing. I'd never be doing what I'm doing now if it wasn't for