Ton Pentre welcome Newport County to Ynys Park on Thursday (28 July) for a special match that will see the teams challenge for The Brian Lomax Supporters Direct Cup.
A healthy crowd is expected for the match as the Bulldogs take on opposition from English Football League 2. Newport come into the match following an 8-1 pre-season victory over Weston Super Mare, meanwhile, the Bulldogs are undefeated so far in pre-season after their 3-2 win over Ton & Gelli BC on Tuesday evening.
This will be an incredibly tough test for the Bulldogs as they come up against a professional outfit and the match will see recent signing Corey Shephard up against some of his former Newport County teammates.
Ton Pentre manager Lee Phillips is a former Newport County player having made 44 appearances for the Amber Army and relishes the challenge ahead: “County will provide us with a real tough test at Ynys Park. It will be one of our biggest challenges to date but we have been working hard during pre-season and my squad will be up for the match.”
Attending The Brian Lomax Supporters Direct Cup will be Leanne Wood, Rhondda Assembly Member and the Leader of Plaid Cymru, and she will be joined by Tim Hartley, Vice Chair of Supporters Direct & Chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters Association, both of whom will assist with the presentation of the Brian Lomax trophy.
The Supporters Direct Cup is an annual invitational competition held between community-owned football clubs to celebrate the role fans play in owning and supporting their own football clubs up and down the country.
The trophy is sponsored by Supporters Direct and is kindly funded by fans from all over the country that helped raise the money to purchase them.
This year the Supporters Direct Cup has been renamed ‘The Brian Lomax SD Cup’ in memory of the former SD Managing Director, considered to be the “founding father” of the Supporters Trust movement, who sadly passed away last year.
This fixture is a celebration of supporter-ownership and designed to show appreciation to the commitment and dedication of those fans who, like Brian, would brave the wet and cold of our British climate and travel hundreds of miles to support their clubs.
TON PENTRE AFC LTD – A COMMUNITY BENEFIT SOCIETY
Following ratification by the FAW Council on 21 April 2016, Ton Pentre AFC has achieved its goal of establishing a new Community Benefit Society structure for the Bulldogs. The new governance structure and associated charitable objects will define how the new look Ton Pentre AFC Ltd will be managed within a transparent and democratic framework.
The club’s structure will enable the Bulldogs to be better prepared for future challenges. These challenges include fully embracing a community led ethos, securing investments to develop infrastructure, the development of community partnerships and the growth of a wide range of footballing participation within the Valley.
The club will now tackle these multiple agendas with a democratically elected Board of volunteers delivering to a transparent set of Society rules and objects. The Board will be elected by the club’s members and it is these members who will own the club.
Further information will be circulated in due course regarding the very simple processes that will be introduce to acquire a membership stake in the club. A simple principle will apply: one member, one vote.
Ton Pentre puts on record its huge gratitude to Supporters Direct who have provided the Bulldogs with expert guidance, advice and support throughout this exciting process that has seen Ton Pentre AFC convert to a CBS. Additionally, the club is hugely grateful to the support and can do attitude of its colleagues in the FAW who have shown considerable foresight in helping a Welsh League club convert to this new exciting governance structure.
These are exciting times for the Bulldogs – please jump on board with our journey.