It is with much sadness that Ton Pentre Football Club reports the passing of lifelong Bulldogs fan John Jones at the age of 83.
John, who passed away on Saturday 13th April, was a very popular figure around Ynys Park with fellow fans and Bulldogs players for many years, and he was fundamental in the setting-up of the Ton Pentre AFC Supporters Club.
He showed commitment to the club through his fundraising and enjoyed many wonderful moments supporting the Bulldogs experiencing much success, such as the Bulldogs European excursion in 1995 when he travelled to Denmark with the Supporters Club to watch Ton Pentre in the UEFA Inter-Toto Cup.
A club spokesperson stated: “We are deeply saddened to hear the news about John, he was an individual that provided his support to the club in many ways through his hard work.
“John had an infectious personality that was embraced by both players and supporters young or old. He will be sorely missed by everyone connected to Ton Pentre Football Club.
“At this sad time, our thoughts are with John’s family and close friends.”
John’s funeral will take place on Thursday, 25th April with a service at the family home in Queen Street, Pentre at 11.50am followed by a cremation at Glyntaff at 12.45pm. Everyone is then welcome to attend the Ton Pentre AFC Clubhouse afterwards.
Here are some of the tributes that Ton Pentre AFC have received in response to this sad news:
“Our thoughts are with his family and Ton Pentre Football Club.” – Maureen Weaver
“Sad news .thoughts are with John’s family.” – Shelley Rees-Owen
“Another Ton man lost RIP from myself and players.” – Dean Morris
“RIP John. A lovely genuine bloke who will be dearly missed at Ynys Park. Thoughts are with Joan and the rest of the family at this sad time. x” – Alyn Jones
“Very sad news , thoughts are with Joan and the rest of the family.” – Christopher Jones
“Another stalwart gone RIP John.” – Stuart Jones
“RIP John.Thinking of your family at this sad time.So many good memories.” – Gaynor Dowling
“John was such a lovely man. I have great memories of him since I was a little boy. I remember him going on his first fair ride in Copenhagen when I was younger and he lost his glasses Was a funny memory of mine. And all the trips on the bus to north Wales when we were in the premier league. And he always thought of others, even buying me a card when I passed my driving test. Everyone thinks the world of John, he will be sorely missed. RIP John” – Andrew Dowling
“RIP John, thoughts are with with his family. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.” – Gary Matuszczyk
“This really is very sad. John will be missed. He was such a prominent character around Ynys Park when I was growing up watching the Bulldogs and inspired me to help the club wherever possible. I have great memories of travels in John’s company throughout Wales and Europe watching Ton Pentre. Over the past few years he has even been a neighbour of mine. My thoughts are with John’s wife Joan and the rest of his family. Rest in Peace.” – Rob Dowling
“So so sad… he used to always give me a big hug and come and sit by me on his little chair – such a lovely gentleman x” – Leanne Jones
“John was kind do any thing for you , we had loads of laughs together he always brought a chair with him for me to watch the games ,so so sad thoughts are with family at this sad time .” – Merryl Morgans
John Jones. May You Rest In Peace.