Ton Pentre AFC recently welcomed a former Bulldogs player from the 1950s to Ynys Park, who was visiting the Rhondda whilst on holiday with his family from Canada.
Derek Wisdom, who was born in Porth during April 1934, played for Ton Pentre during the early 1950s before emigrating to Canada. On his visit to Ynys Park he was eager to take a look around the stadium and found a picture of himself in a team photo in the Clubhouse. Fortunately, Bulldogs Chairman Bryan Bees and Secretary Ken Jones were at Ynys Park for Derek’s unexpected visit and both could remember him playing.
After playing for the Bulldogs, Derek committed his life to football in Canada and in 2009 he was inducted into the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame for his achievements. Other inductees include former Fulham striker Paul Peschisolido and former Manchester United player Jimmy Nicholl.
Derek’s entry states:
“Derek Wisdom is known throughout New Brunswick as “Mr. Soccer.” His involvement in soccer in the province began in 1965 and spanned 41 years. He helped establish Soccer New Brunswick in the mid 1960s and served as Executive Director from 1992 to 1998. His organizational skills and passion for the sport are credited with its phenomenal growth throughout the province from 350 registered players in 1966 to over 17,000 in 2005.”
Derek’s induction video above also provides further information on his football career and at 47 seconds you will see the photo of the Ton Pentre team that he played in.
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