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Pontyclun 2017 Gents Evening

Pontyclun Football Club will be hosting their  Annual Gentlemans Evening on Friday 19th May 2017 at Pontyclun Athletic Club. The Club are delighted to announce that this years guest speaker , will be ex Derby, Liverpool and Welsh International Dean Saunders.

Now becoming one of the most sought after speakers on the circuit Dean Saunders is a former player with a wealth of stories about his vast career which has taken him too many places.

In his football career Dean started at Swansea City, joined Cardiff City on loan before moving on to Brighton, Oxford United, Derby County, Liverpool, Galatasary, Nottingham Forest, Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United, Benfica and Bradford City. He now appears regularly on BBC TV and SKY as a summariser and is constantly in demand.

Dean played in over 700 games and scored 254 goals, capped by Wales on 75 occasions, scoring 22 goals for his country.

After retiring from football in 2001 he became a coach and then moved on to Newcastle United in 2004 initially as strikers coach, and then first team coach under old boss Graeme Souness. He left Newcastle in 2006 and took his coaching badges and was appointed assistant manger of Wales in June 2007.

He was one of the Welsh national side’s most prolific scorers. Made his debut as a 21 year old against Ireland in 1986, no Welsh fan will ever forget his goal which secured a famous 1-0 win over Brazil in Cardiff in 1991. He won the last of his caps against Ukraine in 2001 just a few months short of his 37th birthday.

A first class speaker with a first class reputation.

The night promises to be one of the best with comedy and compering provided by Jed Stone and some surprises in store for the auction, which last year included signed shirts from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Tickets are £35 and include a 4 course meal. As always they sell out fast with a large proportion sold to returning happy guests!

If you would like any more information or reserve your table then please get in touch directly with Tyrone Pope on 0773 329756 or tyronepope@uwclub.net

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Pontyclun FC 120th Anniversary

Pontyclun FC are proud to be celebrating our 120th anniversary since being established in 1896. The club continues to be at the heart of the village with teams from U6’s through to two Senior teams.

To celebrate the 120th anniversary the club have had produced commemorative cufflinks and pin badges (pictured above). The cuff links are £10 and the badges £3 with both being available from Phil Sweet on match days.

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Disco/Singer Fundraiser

Pontyclun FC are holding a fundraiser this Saturday at Pontyclun Athletic Club. The night will begin with a performance from local singer Lowri Morris and this will be followed with a disco until late.

Doors will open at 7.30pm and tickets are available from the Athletic Club or from any of the players.

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Pitch Perfect

Pontyclun FC would like to thank the ongoing ground maintenance services they are receiving from Marcon Services. The torrential rain over the last week claimed the majority of games this weekend in South Wales but thanks to the work done by Marcon over the summer Ivor Park’s pitch was in good condition to allow Pontyclun’s game to take place.

Pontyclun FC approached Mark Convery, Managing Director of Marcon Services, at the end of last season following a season of mass fixture disruption due to the weather during the season. A lot of time and effort has gone into the pitch by Mark and his team over the last few months which is already starting to pay dividends.

A key part of the success is the aeration process that has taken place which is possible from the machinery that Marcon have at their disposal. The club are delighted with the service and results they have received.

If you would like to also take advantage of the superb services Marcon offer then you can contact them on 01443 800719, sales@marconservices.co.uk or check out their website www.marconservices.co.uk.

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Pontyclun FC 2016 Golf Day

Pontyclun FC are delighted to confirm that the 2016 Golf Day will take place on Friday September 9th at Llantrisant & Pontyclun Golf Club. All proceeds from the day will go towards the costs of running the club and developing the facilities at the ground.

Teams for the day will cost £160 (£40 per head) and this will include a bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes of golf, evening meal, prizes for various competitions and an after dinner comedian. Tee times will be from 11.45am on wards.

There are limited spaces available so if you would like to reserve a team for the day or reserve a place for yourself then get in touch with either Oliver James on 07547 123354 or Eliot Davey on 07931 707320.

Also if your business would be interested in sponsoring a hole for just £30 then please get in touch with the above.

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Thank You Whitbread!

Pontyclun FC would like to thank everyone involved in helping raise £750 for the club donated generously by Whitbread, the UK’s largest hospitality company.

The certificate below was sent to the club and everyone at the club I know is extremely grateful for this kind contribution.

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Pontyclun FC 6 a-side Tournament

The annual 6 a-side tournament, hosted by Pontyclun FC, will take place this Saturday (23rd July) at Ivor Park. As always it promises to be a great day with lots of good football on display (and some not so good!). All proceeds from the day go to help funding the running costs of the club including the new clubhouse.

It would be great to see as many people from the community on the day attending and supporting your local football club especially after such a great summer for Welsh football.

The day kicks off at 10.30am and runs into the evening with plenty of food & drink to purchase with volunteers running the BBQ and bar.

(Photo is of Pontyclun FC’s side who won the tournament last year)

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New Coaching Team for 2016-17

Pontyclun FC are delighted to announce that Eliot Davey & Martin Lawrence will be taking over as First Team Coaches for the 2017 season. This follows Adrian James stepping down at the end of the 2017 season,  everyone at the club would like to thank Adrian for everything he did for the club. Adrian helped bring stability following our relegation from the Welsh League and led the club to their first cup final in many years. He has left a young, talented squad for Eliot & Martin to work with and everyone will remember the work he put in over the last 4 years.

Eliot returns to the club following his retirement from playing at the end of 2012 and has previously managed the club during their time in Welsh League Division 2. He has been involved with the club for almost 15 years and brings a wealth of footballing and local knowledge to the team.

Martin has won the clubman of the year multiple times and has been managing the youth team for several years. Martin has received many plaudits for the amount of players he has helped come through into the senior setup and the club were delighted when he accepted the opportunity to be involved in the First Team coaching setup.

The two coaches will support First Team Manager, Barry Quinn, and be assisted by Joel Woodington (Assistant Coach) and Huw Jones (Goalkeeping Coach) for the 2016-2017 season.

Pre-season begins Tuesday 5th July, 6.30pm at Ivor Park and everyone at the club wishes all new and old personnel the best of luck for the season.

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Book Your Place – Pre-season Taunton Trip

Pre-season is nearly upon us and that means our annual pre-season trip to Taunton has arrived. The trip is always a good first team bonding session of the year and has grown in numbers year on year.

This year we will be leaving the familiar settings of Taunton Town’s hospitality and instead we will be facing Staplegrove FC of the Somerset Counties League. The game will be played on a 3G facility in Taunton and we will then go back to Staplegrove’s clubhouse to enjoy their hospitality.

The trip will involve an overnight stay in Taunton, with a bus leaving on the morning of Saturday 30th July and returning on the afternoon of the 31st July.

If you would like to reserve a place on the bus please put your details below or contact Barry Quinn on 07732855882. There will be limited spaces on the bus outside of the playing/coaching staff so please make sure you book on in advance as places fill quickly.

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Pontyclun FC 10th Annual Dinner

Pontyclun Football Club will be hosting their 10th Annual Gentlemans Evening on Friday 20th May at Pontyclun Athletic Club. The Club are delighted to announce that this years guest speaker , will be ex Burnley, Wolves and England B International Steve Kindon.

One of the genuine “characters” of football, Steve Kindon is a great raconteur whose contribution to any dinner is guaranteed to have the audience rolling with laughter.

With over 160 first-class goals to his credit, this former strikerleft winger starred with Wolves, Burnley and Huddersfield in the 70’s and 80’s and he also won caps for England in the Youth team, the under-23’s and England B.

For seven years running, he gained the title of the fastest footballer in Britain at the annual competition at the Meadowbank Stadium.

Nowadays, “Kindo” – as he is affectionately known – prefers to take a more leisurely pace, though travelling the length and breadth of the country at sporting and corporate dinners throughout the land where his humorous reminiscences always leave the audience wanting more.

He is now very much in demand on the after dinner circuit, as he is certainly one of the best football speakers around.

The night promises to be one of the best with comedy and compering provided by Jed Stone and some surprises in store for the auction, which last year included signed shirts from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

Tickets are £35 and include a 4 course meal. As always they sell out fast with a large proportion sold to returning happy guests!

If you would like any more information or reserve your table then please get in touch directly with Tyrone Pope on 0773 329756 or tyronepope@uwclub.net

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