The last Rhondda team to win the FAW Youth Cup was 43 years ago when Ystrad Rhondda Boys Club defeated Bala Town 2-1 in the Final at Newtown.
Ton Pentre welcome Bala Town to Ynys Park on Sunday (1 February) for an FAW Youth Cup Quarter Final, with the Bulldogs aiming to match the achievements of Ystrad Rhondda BC and become the next Rhondda club to win the trophy.
However, this is a very tough task as fellow Quarter-Finalists Airbus UK Broughton, Bala Town, Port Talbot Town and The New Saints all receive significant funding from UEFA for their Academy teams, while Cardiff, Newport and Swansea are professional outfits.
The Youth Cup winning Ystrad Rhondda BC team included at least seven players that went on to play for Ton Pentre and some of them will be present at Ynys Park on Sunday after being invited by the Bulldogs to honour their achievement back in 1972.
Attending the FAW Youth Cup Quarter Final match between Ton Pentre and Bala Town will be:
Emrys Evans will also be in attendance and was the Ystrad Rhondda BC manager at the time. Evans was a talented footballer that not only played for Ton Pentre but also turned out for Tottenham Hotspur and Newport County. Evans has also managed the Bulldogs and also spent time in the hot-seat at Merthyr Tydfil.
Other players to have worn the Ton Pentre shirt from the winning Ystrad team included Gareth Davies, Steve Strawks and Ray Adams.
The first Rhondda team to achieve Welsh Youth Cup success was Treorchy Boys Club in 1966.
The match on Sunday kicks off at 2.00pm with a £2 entry and free for 16 and under.
FAW Youth Cup Quarter Finals
Cardiff City v The New Saints
Swansea City v Airbus UK Broughton
Ton Pentre v Bala Town
Port Talbot Town 3-5 Newport County (played on 25 January)
ABOUT THE MATCH SPONSOR
Sunday’s match is kindly being sponsored by Coleg y Cymoedd, who are recognising the achievement of the Ton Pentre Youth Team.
In August 2013, The College Ystrad Mynach and Coleg Morgannwg merged to become Coleg y Cymoedd which means college of the valleys.
The College Ystrad Mynach served the Caerphilly County Borough and Coleg Morgannwg served the Rhondda Cynon Taff County with sites in Aberdare, Nantgarw and Rhondda.
By joining together, Coleg y Cymoedd is now one of the largest further education provider’s in Wales with an estimated 20,000 learners choosing to study and over 1000 members of staff.
For more information on Coleg y Cymoedd, please visit www.cymoedd.ac.uk.