AFC Porth Welsh League Division One - 2013-2014
AFC Porth recently held their Welsh League Division 1 and Rhondda League Presentation Evening at Porth Harlequins RFC.
Chairman Mr Neil Dowler welcomed the large audience, and began by thanking Mr Clive Booth, Treasurer, Mr David Sullivan, Chairman of Porth Harlequins for the hospitality and sponsorship shown to club by the Quins. Neil talked about a very successful first season, for new manager Adrian Needs since taking over from Scott Young who had left for pastures new as Coach of Welsh Premier League Port Talbot Town.
Neil then thanked assistant manager Rob Lewis, coach Mathew Driscoll and physio Wayne Cushing and all the players for a solid 6th place finish in Division 1. Special thanks went to Scott Young and Port Talbot Town for Steven Hall, Keiron Coles who returned on loan, to help us establish ourselves in the top tier of Welsh Football League.
Neil went on thank Debbie Lent and Kim Evans for their sterling work in the Tuck Shop and Tracy and Wayne Wright for manning the Top gate in all weathers and the girls were presented with flowers sponsored by Gifts Nature Florists, Porth.
Mr Chairman then thanked all the many sponsors involved in the day today running of the club, main sponsors being Rhondda Discount Tiles, Porth Harlequins RFC, Evergray Ltd, Evans Powell Roofing, Carpets-4-u, Mark Wilson Plastering, D. Jones & Son Builders, Gill Waste Recycling, DKL Utilities Ltd and all programme sponsors for your help is very much appreciated.
Neil then went on to the Rhondda league side who finished runners up in the league, and were cup semi-finalists, and thanked Ant Dowler and Dylan Lewis for their efforts.
Many thanks go to DJ Aaran Wright for entertaining the crowd after the awards.
On to awards:
Welsh League Awards
Golden Boot: Dean Lewis (not available)
The aim of AFC Porth is to provide organized football to the highest possible standard for all sections of the club, whilst promoting sportsmanship and teamwork.
It goes without saying that a football club does not run itself and whilst the management team and players are, to the public the most visible club representatives, there are a number of people working away behind the scenes to ensure that the club functions in the best possible way to achieve their aims.
Huw Jones (Sec)
Newly appointed manager Adrian Needs has completed his coaching line up for the coming season Rob Lewis, Billy Young are returning and welcome new player coach Mathew Driscoll. Mathew, 32, has a wealth of experience at both Welsh Premier and Welsh League level, welcome Mathew!
Thanks to our main sponsors Rhondda Discount Tiles who are once again involved and to local buisnesses Mark Wilson Plastering, Powell & Evans Roofing and Carpets-4-U for kit sponsorship again in 2012/13.
Once again for the 20th succesive season D.Jones & Son Builders will be involved with kit sponsorship, with a brand new away strip, as well as 1st team track-suit sponsors.
Polo shirts sponsorship will once again be provided by Mr Rob Lewis of Evergray Ltd. many thanks to them and indeed all our advertising,match day programme sponsors it is very much appreciated by all at the Club.
THE MAKING OF AFC. PORTH “THE BLACK DRAGONS”
AFC Porth are the latest in a number of sides to have represented the town of Porth, situated at the junction of the Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach valleys, and a hot bed for the game of association football for 100 years. In the 1902-03 season, Porth, under that name, entered into the newly formed South Wales League, together with nine other teams, covering a wide geographical area for those days of difficult travelling conditions. Porth failed to make any impact of note, but remained in the league till the end of the 1911-12 season.