Bulldogs News


Ystrad Rhondda Boys Club's winning Welsh Youth Cup team to be honoured

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:

Brian Evans
Neil Youlden
Stephen Jonathan
Brian Roberts

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)



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.



  1. Your facts are completely wrong ! Ystrad Rhondda beat Bala Town 1-0 in the final at Aberystwyth in 1972.I am not making excuses for our defeat,but,our captain, Les Tibbott,signed for Ipswich Town a couple of weeks before the final and he was ineligible to play, and his absence totally disrupted our team and, on the day, we did not play to our full potential.Yours Alan Roberts.(BALA TOWN YOUTH TEAM GOALKEEPER).

  2. Alan Roberts // January 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm // Reply

    The 1972 Welsh youth cup final result was 1-0 to Ystrad Rhondda and the game was played at Aberystwyth!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: