Saturday, 29 January 2011

Ferndale Boys Club

29 August 2009
Ferndale Boys Club 2  Cwm Ni 2
South Wales Amateur League, Division Two
Attendance: 236*
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Based in Maerdy, South Wales, the original formation of Ferndale Boys Club dates from 1958, when a local Police Officer brought together a group of youngsters to compete against other teams at Under-10 level.

The club's first venture into senior football did not come until 1970 when it was elected into the local Rhondda League, playing home fixtures at Darran Park on a red artificial surface. In the mid-1990s however, Ferndale relocated a short distance to Maerdy Park which, like many lower league venues in the UK, boasts great scenery rather than accommodation for spectators.

The official attendance for this 10:30 kick-off was substantially increased by a coachload of 'groundhoppers', plus many more traveling independently, who descended on South Wales for the annual 'Welsh Hop'.

Although I like to visit new grounds, I'm not really a fan of organized 'hops', when a club whose usual attendance is only in double figures, invariably attracts ten times that number*. Great for the home club of course, but rather unreal.

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