Saturday, 29 January 2011

Treharris Athletic Western

29 August 2009
Treharris Athetic Western 0  Caerau Ely 3
Welsh League Division Two
Attendance: 30 approx.
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Treharris Football Club was founded in 1889 and claims to be the oldest club in South Wales. The village itself is not much older and was created around the sinking of a coal mine in 1873, known as the ‘Harris Navigation Colliery’, named after its owner Frederick Harris. Football was brought to the area by the men who arrived to work in the mine. Prior to formation of the Welsh Football League in 1902, Treharris were also founder members and inaugural champions of the South Wales League.

Currently competing in Division Two of the Welsh League as Treharris Athletic, the previous season had seen a further extension of the name following a merger with another local club, Treharris Western; hence the somewhat unusual Treharris Athletic Western FC.

Although in South Wales ostensibly for the ‘Welsh Hop’, fellow grounds enthusiast Mike Floate and I decided to leave the crowds of groundhoppers behind and instead headed for the Athletic Ground, which Mike had predicted I would love. He was right.

Caerou Ely (yellow strip) were the visitors and proved far too good for the home side, who nevertheless won us over with their hospitality, including half-time tea and biscuits in the smallest Committee Room I have ever seen. It was a difficult start to the season for Treharris, but they rallied and went on to finish in a respectable seventh place, with Caerou doing even better in third.

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