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In 2013, a groundbreaking deal between the 2 biggest clubs in the Bridgend County put aside their differences and formed together to create Penybont FC. Penybont FC are looking to become one of the biggest clubs in Wales and we hope you can join us on our journey to the pinnacle of the Welsh Football Pyramid.

PENYBONT FC – A BRIEF HISTORY

Penybont FC was formed in 2013 with the merger of the two premier clubs in the Bridgend County in the form of Bryntirion Athletic and Bridgend Town. The Directors of both clubs put aside their rivalries and decided for the good of football in the borough, that the clubs should unite as one and push forward in their pursuit of the higher echelons of the Welsh football pyramid and also become a club with its community at its heart.

Emlyn Phillips was voted as the first ever Chairman of the new Penybont FC club, with his deputy being Colin Mawer. With eight other directors, this off the field team has the highest visions for the newly merged club and will continue to push Penybont FC forward in its thinking and playing values.

Francis Ford was the outstanding candidate to be Manager of the new club and with his experience of playing and managing in the Welsh League, coupled with his professional experience as a former Cardiff City player; we know we have the right man for the job. Francis has again retained his coaching staff with Paul Wiseman as his assistant, Nigel Jordan as the 1st Team Coach and Andrew ‘Chubbs’ Needs as his physio. With players from the old Bridgend Town and Bryntirion Athletic clubs at his disposal, coupled with other new signings, the squad looks very strong for its first journey as a club in the Welsh Football League.

 Along with turning Penybont FC into one of the top clubs in Welsh Football, our new Directors also wanted to make a bigger impact with our local community of Bridgend County and decided a new 3G FIFA approved artificial pitch was to be installed on the old Bryntirion Park main pitch. This will minimize the impact of the harsh weather we receive in the winter months and allow the Penybont FC teams to continue to play their league matches and also be a place for other local teams of all sports to train / play through the winter months. This will be a fantastic aide to local community sports clubs and also the local schools who now have a top class facility to be able to use on their doorstep..

The Club House was next on the agenda and again the Directors have pulled out all the stops and will be extending the Club House with a new ‘Sports Bar’ themed bar, which will then allow us to have a function room at the Club House. Already one the places to go in Bridgend, our Club House will become even more welcoming to all and we can host all types of parties for the local community.

 

 

On the playing side, we at Penybont FC have a whole host of sides playing from the top level of the Welsh Football League to Youth and Veterans sides. Our 1st Team plays in the 1st Division of the Welsh Football League; our Reserve Team are members of the Welsh Football Reserve League and our 3rd Senior Team are members of the Bridgend & District Football League. We have an Under 19’s Team which play in the Welsh Football Youth League, an Under 18’s Team which play in the South Wales Youth League and also a Veteran’s side who are members of the Welsh Veterans League.

To tie in with our Youth policy at the club, we have two feeder clubs feeding into the senior section of Penybont FC in the form of Bridgend Town Juniors and Bryntirion Athletic Juniors. These two great junior clubs have supplied some fantastic talent in the past and present. We have also created a new partnership with Bridgend College and their top class sports department, which will provide excellent links to the College and also Penybont FC for its athletes. We have also spent another £20,000 on the 2nd pitch at Bryntirion Park to aid the drainage issues we were having, and this will help our Penybont FC sides as well as the young junior and mini teams who play on this pitch. This was able to be brought about thanks to our excellent partnership with our local Laleston Community Council in which we are deeply indebted to.

In 2015, we secured another milestone for our club as we re branded Bryntirion Park. It is now known as the Kymco Stadium and thanks to our partnership with Kymco Healthcare UK Ltd, we are closer to achieving our goals.

Helen Jones is our Club Stewardess, and the clubhouse continues to shine and affords a warm welcome to customers old or new. Whilst our Chairman; Emlyn Phillips is as ambitious as ever and the life force behind this thriving club and takes us forward into our new exciting future.

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Bridgend Town and Bryntirion Athletic histories are below so we don't forget what these 2 great clubs achieved before coming together.

Bridgend Town 

Bridgend Town were originally formed in the early 1920's playing in the Welsh section of the Southern League. Despite finishing 6th, 14th and 4th, the side disbanded.

The club re-emerged in the 1960's playing in the Welsh League. In the 1976/1977 season Bridgend reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup, losing to Cardiff City. The following season Bridgend rejoined the Southern League and were promoted to the Southern Premier Division. In 1979/1980, Bridgend were crowned overall champions of the Southern League, having won the Midland Division of the Southern League, beating Dorchester Town 5-1 in the Championship play-off.

Bridgend returned to the Welsh pyramid in 1983, where they finished runner-up in the National Division twice. After being relegated to the Welsh League First Division and subsequently the Second Division, the club were eventually promoted back to the First Division in 2002/2003, where they have remained since.

Bridgend Town vacated Coychurch Road in 2006 - their home for many years - to make way for associated works related to a new supermarket. They finished up with a comprehensive 7-0 win in their last ever fixture at the ground.

Bridgend Town have recently announced a ground breaking deal where by the club now shares the Riverside Hardware Brewery Field in Bridgend with Bridgend Ravens (Rugby Union).

Bryntirion Athletic

Bryntirion Athletic football club was formed in 1956 by Mr Bill Rosewell with the help of Mr Tom Evans and Mr Percy Pudge. The club's first trophy, the Open Cup, was won in the 1959 season after drawing the first game 3-3 and winning the reply 3-0. Then, in 1964, Bryntirion entered the South Wales Amateur League. Mr Bill Shales then became extensively involved in the club and without his intervention the club, arguably, would not have survived.


In 1972 Ray Warner joined the club and was to serve Bryntirion for 25 years before handing over the reigns to Vic Carpenter.


The early years were a struggle to survive with the club having to seek re-election due to poor playing performances. However, in 1981 the club won the 2nd division Championship. Unfortunately, life in Division 1 was to last just 3 seasons before relegation occurred after a huge battle was lost to survive the 83/84 season.


In 86/87, Bryntirion took the bold decision to ground share with Bridgend Town which was to be their 1st team home for the next 10 seasons. Promotion was won at the first time of asking and in 88/89 season saw Bryntirion finish in a commendable 4th place, their highest ever placing in the 1st Division. However, between 1990 and 1994 they suffered a somewhat "yo-yo" existence between the two divisions, but then between 1994 and 1998 the club regained stability and continued to earn respect as a well run and progressive club!


But, to progress further up the Pyramid System, Bryntirion would have to develope their own ground. in the 1996/97 season, land was acquired courtesy of Bridgend County Borough council and a local developer and Bryntirion Athletic formed a steering committee to embark upon a massive fund raising exercise. Lottery funding was obtained and further fiancial assistance was also gained in the form of a loan from Brains Brewery, but more importantly £120,000 was raised by donations and gifts from Dennis and Sally Evans of Regal Travel, Vic Carpenter of Ocean Construction, Dai Brett of Rapide Transport and Emlyn Phillips of Mid Glamorgan Provisions Ltd.


In 1997 the club returned to Bryntirion Park only to find the drainage system did not extend to the 1st team pitch! Further expenditure to rectify this resulted in the projects costs spiralling past the £400,000 mark. Despite this and major building costs, the doors of the clubhouse finally opened on 23rd December 2000.


In 1998 Bryntirion recorded their first ever Corinthian Cup win with an exciting 3-2 extra time victory over British Steel. In 2000 Bryntirion reached the final of the prestigious FAW Trophy, but were beaten by Trefelin Boys Club.


After winning the South Wales Amateur League Championship in some style in 2002 and having met the strict ground criteria imposed by the Welsh FA, Bryntirion were forced to play-off against South Wales Senior Champions, Bridgend Street, who in fact failed to meet the necessary criteria. On the day justice was done when Bryntirion recorded a convincing 4-0 victory with goals from Lee Stevens, Darren Nota(2) and Nigel Jordan.


The first season in the Welsh League ended in a commendable 5th position despite being among the frontrunners for the majority of the season.


The 2004/05 season was to prove to be one of Bryntirion's greatest seasons with the 1st team capturing the Third Division Championship and the Youth team becoming only the 3rd team to win the prestigious McWhirter Youth League at the first team of asking under the management of Jason Bekker and Owen Roberts. The only other 2 teams being none other than Cardiff City and Swansea City.


This achievement followed on from the Youth teams previous Cup and League double in the South Wales Youth League when the management comprised of Harry McLean and Richard Duckfield.


It has been an intoxicating six seasons for Bryntirion's 1st team under the expert guidance of Manager Phil Clay and coach Peter Francombe. Both Phil and Peter have now departed, but the club will be forever indebted to them both for their commitment, professionalism and sheer hard work, culminating in the 2004/05 season with promotion to Division 1. Phil's achievement in taking the club from relative amateur league obscurity to the top flight of the Welsh League in just 4 seasons is remarkable and Phil has been justly rewarded for his efforts by being made Bryntirion's only second Life Member, the illustrious Ray Warner being the first.


In 2006 Vic Carpenter stepped down as Secretary after 14 years, handing over control to Clive Layne. Clive's administration experience with the Bridgend League and Brynna F.C. has stood him in good stead and he settled in well, quickly establishing a relationship with both players and management. Clive is also a qualified referee.


In the same year the club also welcomed a new manager in the form of Francis Ford. Francis played for Cardiff City in the Football League and has both managerial and playing experience at a number of Welsh League clubs, most notably Bridgend Town and Barry Town. Francis is now starting his 6th season for Bryntirion AFC.


Season 2007 / 2008 was undoubtedly one of the Club's most successful to date. Under the guidance of Francis Ford and Matthew Bishop the side finished fifth in Division One, reached the Nathaniel Car Sales Welsh League Cup Final, narrowly losing out to Goytre United and were just edged out by League of Wales side Welshpool Town in the the fourth round of the Welsh Cup. The Reserve team also had a great season with joint managers Derrick Jones and Matthew Lewis winning their League and reaching the final of the Harris Printers Shield where unfortunately they too narrowly lost out, this time to Caerleon.


Not to be outdone, the 3rd team, playing in the Bridgend & District League, also had had their share of success. Peter Goodwin's side reached the semi final of the League Cup and achieved promotion to the Premier Division.


And last but by no means least, Bryntirion's Home Guard or Vic's Vets as they became known, won the inaugural Welsh Veterans Championship Cup beating a strong Abercarn side 3 - 1 in a memorable final.


In 2008 / 2009 we welcomed onboard Harry McLean as first team coach and Gareth 'Gaz' Morgan as MacWhirter Under 19's Welsh League Youth coach. Harry is well known to the club through his links with Cardiff City and the Pencoed Football Academy. Gaz was in charge of Llantwit Major Youth winning the South Wales Football Association Under 18's League before joining Bryntirion FC.


In 2009/2010 saw the club match their highest ever finish in the Welsh League Division 1 in what was one of the tightest League run in for many a season. Our facilities here at Bryntirion Park has now seen the club rewarded with two International matches being held in August 2010, where Wales Under 16's Schoolboys play Switzerland Under 16's and then we host the Wales Under 17's Ladies v Belgium Under 17's. This is an honour for our club as it shows we won't stand still in improving our facilities to make it a top venue for our community.


The last 5 years have seen major changes to the facilities here at Bryntirion Park. We have put new floodlights around the first team pitch, a new all seated stand and with the aid of an FAW grant we have now layed two flights of steps and a concrete pathway around the pitch together with disabled access direct from the car park to the stand. We have just finished installing a new perimeter fence which has aesthetically enhanced the ground and also improved the security of the ground. This also fulfils League of Wales criteria. (FOOD FOR THOUGHT!). The start of season 2010 / 2011 has seen our ground enhanced further by demolishing the old block dugouts which seated 4 in each to new perspex dugouts which seat 8 people. New advertising boards have been introduced thanks to our partnership with Nathaniel Car Sales which now incorparates the new main stand and the pitch under the supervision of Mark Fowler is looking the best it has ever been.


These changes enhance our excellent clubhouse facilities which under Manageress Helen Jones has gone from strength to strength and continues to be one of the places to be in Bridgend for a good night. With a friendly atmosphere, Bryntirion FC clubhouse welcomes all.


Our Chairman, Emlyn Phillips is as ambitiious as ever and the life force behind this ambitious and progressive club and is always looking to see new ways to push the club forward.


The 2010 / 2011 season was to be the greatest season ever in our club's history when Manager Francis Ford and his squad brought home the Welsh Football League Division 1 Championship for the 1st time in our history. The squad led by Captain Reliable Paul Evans won the league by 5 points from Afan Lido to create a party atmosphere around the Bryntirion Park club. Bryntirion Athletic even pushed the eventual Welsh Premier League Winners Bangor City in the Welsh Cup at their Farrar Road ground and only lost 1 - 2 in a game many Bangor City supporters was the closest they have come to losing in the season at the time. Bryntirion Athletic now have to continue to be amongst the top teams for the foreseeable future whilst we bring our ground up to the Welsh Premier League standard and with Emlyn Phillips at the reigns, we are getting closer and closer every year.

The 2011 / 2012 season was to be another decent season (in the end) as we finished 4th in the division and only 2 points off the runners up spot. With our new training pitch taking shape and new floodlights added for the training area, we continue to add to our facilities.  

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Results
 
Date: Tue 25 Apr Time: 18:15
Goytre United 0 vs 2 Penybont
 
Date: Sat 22 Apr Time: 14:30
Penybont 2 vs 1 Goytre
 
Date: Wed 19 Apr Time: 18:30
Monmouth Town 0 vs 5 Penybont
Table
Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Barry Town United 28 60
2 Penybont 29 58
3 Goytre 28 52
4 Haverfordwest County 28 51
5 Cwmbran Celtic 30 45
6 Caerau (Ely) 28 45
7 Undy Athletic 29 41
8 Afan Lido 29 41
9 Taffs Well 28 40
10 Goytre United 29 38
11 Cambrian & Clydach 29 37
12 Ton Pentre 28 35
13 Monmouth Town 30 33
14 Port Talbot Town 27 31
15 Caldicot Town 29 22
16 Risca United 29 20
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