Sgorio Spear Summer Sham
 
  A scientific
study by a member of the Sgorio team has harpooned the annual claims for summer football.
  Claims which usual surface after Welsh clubs are knocked out of Europe.
  The article produced by Seirol Hughes is available on the programme's website and look
s back at twenty years or so of Welsh Premier teams exploits in Europe.
  And effectively confirms that the WP clubs simply arent good enough to beat European opponents on a regular basis.
  Dont take my word for it though, click on the Sgorio logo and see for yourself.



  For a summary of the pros and cons surrounding summer football follow the link below



under construction!
Welsh Premier
Transfers Summer 2014

club players in
players out

1
Aberystwyth Town

manager: Ian Hughes



2
Airbus UK

manager: Andy Preece


-
3
Bala Town

manager: Colin Caton



4
Bangor City

manager: Nev Powell



5
Carmarthen Town

manager: Mark Aizlewood



6
Cefn Druids

manager: Chris Herbert



7
-Connahs Quay

manager: Mark McGregor



8
Newtown

manager: Chris Hughes



9
Port Talbot

manager: Jarred Harvey



10
Prestatyn Town

manager: Neil Gibson



11
Rhyl

manager: Greg Strong



12
The New Saints

manager: Craig Harrison









 Victory Shield Comes to Nantporth

  There is international football at Nantporth on Thursday evening with the visit of Northern Ireland
.

  Whilst the old "Home Internationals" may be confined to the past it is good to see these yo
ung counterparts, the Under 16s, still playing competitive matches involving Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
  Northern Ireland will be in fine fettle after their one nil win against England at Bournemouth last time out. The late winner struck by Shea Conaty sent the majority of the 2800 crowd home silent but left the Irish boys literally jumping for joy.
  The Irish squad is largely unknown to us at present, but..
  It was at Pwllheli in 1963 that a shy young Irishman played his first adult football match, six years later he played for Manchester United against Wales at Farrar Road, By then the whole football world knew George Best.
  In their last game Wales' youngsters drew two all with Scotland at Aberystwyth with West Brom youngster Tyler Roberts and Swansea's Liam Cullen the scorers.
  Much of the interest in Bangor surrounds Nathan Broadhead whose grandfather Tony Broadhead is one of the finest players to have worn the famous blue shirt. Tony is rightly remembered in The Citizens Choice Legends section.
  (Nathan is featured wearing the No 10 shirt  in the posters above)


  The squads for the match which kicks off at 7.35pm are:


Wales
Northern Ireland


Kelland Absalom
- Cardiff City - Olchfa Comprehensive
Rhys Williams - Bury - Thomas Holford Catholic College
Aaron Lewis - Swansea City - Olchfa Comprehensive
Sam Williams - Cardiff City - Tomlinscote School
Ryan Harrington - Everton - Wade Deacon High School
Joe McNulty - Bristol City - Duffryn High School
Elijah Chilekwa - Bristol City - Rumney High School
Nyasha Mwamuka - TNS - Ysgol Llanfair Caereinion
Nathan Broadhead - Everton - Wade Deacon High School
Liam Cullen - Swansea City - Green Hill School
Jack Evans - Swansea City - Pentrehafod Comp
Keiran Evans - Swansea City - Ysgol Bryntawe
Rhys Abbruzzese - Cardiff City - Aberdare High School
Ben Keating - Peterborough United - Nene Park Academy
Tyler Roberts - West Brom - Sandwell Academy
Cameron Coxe - Cardiff City - Afon Taf High School
Ryan Leak - Wolves - Erasmus Darwin Academy
Rhyle Ovenden - Brighton - Willingdon Community School
James Papirnyk - Wrexham - Ysgol Ardudwy
Ben Woodburn - Liverpool - Rainhill High School  


Tom McDermott
Holy Cross Strabane ................
Conor Hazard St Patricks GS Downpatrick
Nathan Kerr (C)  Laurehill
Caoimhghin Mulligan Corpus Christi College
Matthew Smyth Devenish College
Dylan King Strabane College
Joe Crowe Malone College
Shea Gordon St Patrick's Dungannon
Martin Olali Colaiste Feirste
Kyle McClean Belfast Hgh School
Conor McKendry St Killians College
Emmett McNabb St John's Dromore
Michael Kerr
Jake Francis Coleraine Institute
Kyle Walker

Mark McKee
St Patrick's College
Ryan Caulfield Ballyclare Secondary
Matthew Henry Larne Grammar
Shea Conaty St Patrick's Armagh







Welsh Premier
Summer Moves 2013

club players in
players out

1
Aberystwyth Town

manager: Ian Hughes

 Midfieder Craig Williams from Llanelli

 
Striker Geoff Kellaway from Carmarthen
 Striker Stuart Fraser from Penrhyncoch
 

 
 Midfielder Gavin Cadwallader to Cefn Druids
 Midfielder Mike Walsh to Rhyl
 Midfielder Matty Collins to Carmarthen
 Striker Jordan Follows to Carmarthen
 

2

Afan Lido


manager: Paul Reid

 Goalkeeper Matt Stanton from Tata Steel
 Goalkeeper Craig Richards from Port Talbot
 
Defender Ryan Batley from Llanelli
 Defender Alex Evans from Llanelli
 Midfielder Bo Cordle from Caerau
 Midfielder Mike Davies from Tata Steel
 Midfielder Nicky Holland from Llanelli
 Midfielder Lee McClachlan from Tata Steel
 Midfielder Jordan Smith from Llanelli
  Midfielder Scott McCoubrey from USA
 Midfielder Jack McKenna from Llanelli
 Striker Keyon Refell from Caerau
 Striker Jamal Roberts from Taffs Well
 Striker Tyrrell Webbe from Caerau


 Striker Anthony Rawlings to Penybont
-
3
Airbus UK

manager: Andy Preece

 Gaolkeeper James Coates from
 Defender Michael Pearson from Barrow

 Midfielder Nicky Ward from Conwy
 Striker Steve Jones from Telford
 Striker Chris Simm from Bangor City
 

 Defender Jason Jarrett to Chester
 Midfielder Wayne Riley to Hednesford
 Striker Mike Hayes to Connahs Quay

4
Bala Town

manager: Colin Caton

 Defender Ryan Valentine from Telford

 Midfielder Paul Lewis from Barmouth

 
 


 Goalkeeper Mike Platt to Newtown
 Defender John Irving to New Zealand
 Striker Lee Hunt to Prestatyn

5

Bangor City


manager: Nev Powell

 Defender Anthony Miley from Colwyn Bay
 Defender Joe Culshaw from Lancaster
 Defender Dec Walker from Wrexham
 Defender Kyle Parle from Wrexham (loan)
 Midfielder Rob Jones from Connahs Quay
 Striker Jamie Petrie from Connahs Quay

 Defender Kris Thomas to Carmarthen
 Defender Liam Brownhill to FC United
 Midfielder Levi Mackin to Conwy Borough
 Midfielder Dave Morley to Caernarfon Town
 Midfielder Robbie Booth to Telford
 Striker Alan Bull to Conwy Borough
 Striker Chris Simm to Airbus


6
Carmarthen Town

manager: Mark Aizlewood

 Defender Martin Giles from Llanelli
 Defender Kris Thomas from Bangor City
 Midfielder Corey Jenkins from Goytre
 Midfielder Matty Collings from Aber

 Striker Cortez Belle from Port Talbot   
 Striker Jordan Follows from Aberystwyth
 Striker Ashley Curtis from West End
 
 

  Goalkeeper Kerry Nicholas to Port Talbot
 Striker Geoff Kellaway to Aberystwyth

7
Connahs Quay

manager: Mark McGregor

 Goalkeeper Terry McCormick from Conwy
 Midfielder Danny Desormeaux from Conwy
 Midfielder Josh Lane from Nantwich Town
 Midfielder Paul Mooney from Northwich Vic
 Striker Simon Everall from Nantwich Town
 Striker Mike Hayes from Airbus
 
 Midfielder Rob Jones to Bangor City
 Striker Jamie Petrie to Bangor City

8
Newtown

manager: Bernard McNally

  Goalkeeper Mike Platt from Bala

 Midfielder Carl Rogers from Haughmond
 Striker Nathan Hodge from Haughmond
 Striker Jimmy O'Neil from Telford
 Striker Jeff White from Llanelli

 Goalkeeper Dave Roberts to Prestatyn

 Defender Adam Worton
 Midfielder Nicky Ward to Conwy Borough
 Midfielder Gareth Partridge
 Striker Craig Whitfield to Conwy

9
Port Talbot

manager: Scott Young

 Goalkeeper Kerry Nicholas from Carmarthen
 Defender Gethin Jones from Bath City
 Midfielder Josh Bell from Biggleswade Twon
 
Striker Rhys Griffiths from Newport County

 Defender Lloyd Grist to Toronto
 Striker Cortez Belle to Carmarthen 

10
Prestatyn Town

manager: Neil Gibson

 Goalkeeper Dave Roberts from Newtown
 Defender Jack Lewis from Rhyl

 Defender Sean Hessey from Barrow

 Striker Lee Hunt from Bala

 
Defender Ashley Stephens to Wrexham
 Defender Martin Beattie to Conwy
 Striker Dan Evans to Denbigh Town
 Striker Jason Price to Osset

 

11
Rhyl

manager: Greg Strong

 Goalkeeper Alex Ramsay from TNS
 Goalkeeper Louis Gray from Wrexham (loan)
 Defender Ryan Astles from Buckley
 Defender Tom Roberts from Colwyn Bay
 Midfielder Jon Breeze from Colwyn Bay
 Midfielder Mike Walsh from Aberystwyth
 Striker Chris Mason from Clitheroe
 Striker Jon Bathhurst from Prescott Cables
 

 Defender Jack Lewis to Prestatyn
 Defender Russ Courtney to

12
The New Saints

manager: Craig Harrison

 Goalkeeper Chris Mullock from Cefn Druids
 Midfielder Chris Jones (re-signed) 

 Goalkeeper Alex Ramsay to Rhyl







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Cymru Alliance    Club News Summer of 2013
1

manager: Aden Shannon
 Manager Gareth Thomas resigned to be replaced by Aden Shannon
 
Buckley announced eighteen signings and then three more! Click here for details
 Perhaps inevitably Shannon quickly resigned too which meant Howard Tweats was appointed to the vacant managers post within a few days.
2

manager: Lee Dixon
Caernarfon Town's big name signing must surely be Dave Morley who makes the short trp from Nantporth after a successful spell with Bangor City.
Another newcomer is Mark Evans who was amongst the CA leading goalscorer whilst with Rhyl last season.
3

manager: Micky Thomas
 
4

manager:  Huw Griffiths
 Druids manager Huw Griffiths lost goalkeeper Chris Mullock to The New Saints.
 On the credit side he has signed glovesman Dave Maguire and midfielder
 Jamie Haynes
from Ellesmere Rangers, plus Buckley Town pair Matty Hughes and
 John Leonard
.
 Also arriving at The Rock is 18 year old winger Andy Pasco who has been released by 
 Wrexham as has full back Ross Ankers
5

manager: Chris Herbert
  New signings include
  Former Newtown trio Barry Hogan, Nicky Ward, Craig Whitfield plus cousins midfielder Levi and goalkeeper Louis Mackin
 
Strike pair Michael Jukes & Lloyd Ellams sign on for another season.
 (Ellams then leaves for Vauxhall FC)
 Former Bangor defender Darren Moss signs from Nantwich Town.
 Midfielder Nicky Ward leaves for Airbus without kicking a ball.
 Midfielder Jack Abrahams signs from Mold Alex
 Defender Martin Beattie from Prestatyn Town
 Former Bangor winger Mark Smyth and striker Alan Bull.
 Defenders Matty Holt (Heswall) and Phil Doran from Warrington Town also sign.
 Midfielder Sean Thornton signs as does one time Buckley manager Aden Shannon
6

manager: Paul Davies
 New joint manager Gareth Thomas will work alongside Paul Davies

Players In
Ben Jones
(Buckley Town), Joe Freeman(Buckley Town), Rees Darlington (Cefn Druids), Mark Allen (Buckley Town), Tom Smith (Buckley Town), Derek Taylor (Buckley Town), Anthony Williams (Buckley Town), Mark Beech (Tranmere Rovers), Jack Ford(Christleton) and Lee Davey (Colwyn Bay)

7

manager: Matt Burton
 Manager Russ Cadwallader resigns to be replaced by Matt Burton
8

manager: none
 Manager Emlyn Manley Williams resigns
 To be replaced as manager by former boss Campbell Harrison
9

manager: Alan Morgan
Manager Alan Morgan has used his contacts to bring in former Bangor midfielder
Craig Garside and to hang on to teenage marksman Dean Seager.
Striker Toby Jones has signed from neighbours Conwy Borough.
10

manager:  Mario Iaquinta

11

manager: Antony Griffiths

12

manager:  Gari Lewis

13

manager:  Simon Sedgewick

14

manager: Gareth Parry
A big boost for Port is the arrival of Matthew Bishop as Gareth Parry's assistant.. Bish is a former Swansea City professional and was assistant manager at Aldershot.
One new signing at The Traeth is Bangor youngster Dan Bell.
15

manager:  Dylan McPhee

16

manager: Danny Seamarks






 former blue beattie a musselman

  Prestatyn defender Martin Beattie has joined Conwy Borough

  The highly regarded leftback was released by the Bastion Gardens club with Jack Lewis returning to his old stomping ground via Neath and Rhyl.
  Beattie played for Nantwich and Heswall before moving into Welsh football circles with Cefn Druids. At the start of the 2005-06 season he switched to Bangor and went on to make around 100 first team appearances for City under Peter Davenport and after a couple of changes, Nev Powell.
  One of football's gentlemen, Beattie can also play sweeper and will bring a touch of class to the Borough back four as the Musselmen seek a return to Wales' top tier.
  Good luck Beatts.
 


 FAW Crush Barry Town

 The FAW Council held their bimonthly meeting at Betws y Coed on Thursday, June 13th 2013.

 On the agenda was the application of both Barry Town United AFC and AFC Llanelli for full membership to the FAW for the 2013-14 season.

 The Council members considered a recommendation that both clubs should be admitted into the Welsh Football League.

 The FAW Council voted against this recommendation.

 Both Barry Town United AFC and AFC Llanelli have been instructed to apply for membership to their respective Area Associations.

 FAW Council
 
  And that is the long and short of it. No reason or explanation and nothing more to say.
  What owner Lovering could not quite manage the FAW did for him..
  Surely the very least Barry Town supporters deserve is a detailed explanation of how this crushing decision was reached?


  Welsh Premier Team of The Season 2012-13

  Blues players have to be content with a seat on the bench this year.

  The Team of The Season is voted for by the club managers and - in fairness - is dominated by players from The New Saints who won the league at a canter.
 

  The starting eleven consists of six New Saints, four Planemakers and one Lakesider.
  To be harsh I find this astonishing and wonder how the voting works. For instance after the split do the managers from the bottom clubs every watch games involving those from the top?
  From the games I have seen two of the outstanding midfielders have been Prestatyn pair Neil Gibson and Mike Parker. There is no doubt in my mind that Gibson is the single most important player for any team in the league. To rate Mark Jones or Wayne Riley above him is unbelievable - but its all opinions of course.
  And from a Bangor perspective Chris Simm might feel hard done by with Chris Budrys getting the nod ahead of him.
 
 





  Fightback at Park Hall...


 
Coleg Menai Won The Welsh Colleges Cup Today

  The team managed by Marc Lloyd Williams and featuring several Bangor City youngsters fought back from two nil down to win 3-2 with all five goals coming in the second half.
  The Venue was Park Hall and although Craig Whelan hit the bar from 25 yards it was a goalless first half.
  After the interval all that changed though as Gower Colleges took a two goal lead. First Ryan Thomas struck from the penalty spot ten minutes after the interval and minutes later the celebrations grew noisier as Colin Harris made it two nil. Coleg Menai were stunned but thankfully also stung into action.
  A fightback was on the cards on 65 mins when midfielder
Craig Whelan halved the deficit and eight minutes later a close range finish for striker Jamie McDaid levelled the scores to set up an exciting final quarter.
  What proved to be the winning goal came with some fifteen minutes left when
John Littlemore ran through to beat Gower keeper Luke Fleming with a calm finish.
  There were a couple of scares in the closing stages but overall a well deserved win for Coleg Menai and manager Marc Lloyd Williams. And for the strong contingent of Bangor City youngsters huge promise for the future.


 









       








  Barry Town being killed off by there own chairman?

  Barry Town last won the Welsh Premier in 2002-03.

  The following season they were relegated after finishing bottom after a brief flirtation with John Fashanu which upset and alienated a good number of Welsh football supporters.
  Since that though time a small band of loyal supporters have fought an ongoing battle for control of the club with chairman
Stuart Lovering. That battle has now become a fight for survival as the chairman appears hell bent on ending the clubs existence.

  Things have got so bad even the FaW have taken notice!


  Today the FaW released the following statement:

 "The Welsh Football League have received correspondence from
Stuart Lovering, the owner of Barry Town AFC Limited, withdrawing the football club from the league.

  The Welsh Football League Management Committee will be meeting on Monday and will discuss the ongoing situation at Barry Town.
  The FaW has sympathy with the supporters of the proud club who want to see their team playing football and continuing the long history and tradition associated with Jenner Park.
  The Association is in correspondence with all involved in the matter."

  Older visitors to this site might find it strange - unusual certainly - to find sympathy for Barry Town on this site.
  My change of heart is due to meeting Tim Johnston at a number of matches, hearing and reading of their plight and their ongoing battle with Stuart Lovering.
  It is a tale of ordinary football fans fighting to keep their club alive.
  Its one I hope they win. It could have been us.



   welsh cup final 2013
   arrangements finally leak out
Arrangements for the Welsh Cup Final on Monday 6th May at Wrexham fc ko 3pm are as follows:
Only the Yale Stand will be open, no tickets will be available prior to the game, as it is cash only at the turnstiles.
Bangor City supporters will enter the stadium via turnstiles 1-4
Prestatyn Town supporters will enter via turnstiles 7-10.

Admission - All Seated in the Upper Yale Stand
Adults 8.00
OAP’s 5.00
Children 1.00
Family Stand
Family Tickets (2 Adults / 2 Children) 15.00
Additional Children 1:00



 Wales Win At Nantporth

  Wales enjoyed a 2-0 win over visitors Eire at Nantporth on Tuesday night.
  The goalscorers were Airbus midfielder Zyacc Edwards and Port Talbot's Callum Holden.
 
  Wales U18 v Republic of Ireland U18s

  Wales manager Mark Pike has selected the squad (shown) for the Under 18 semi professional friendly with the Republic of Ireland at Nantporth on Tuesday night.
  City fans will be pleased to see youth team defender Konrad Bialozynski in the squad. Konrad has been a regular member of the Bangor youth and reserve squads often playing alongside his brother Damion who is a goalkeeper.
  There are a number of other North Wales based players including Flint midfielder Ryan Hedges who has also been called up for the Wales U18s Schoolboys squad.
  Another 'local' midfielder is Bala Town schemer Ryan Jones along with Airbus UK's Zyacc Edwards who is the younger brother of New Saints defender Kai Edwards.
  Mid Wales is also represented by Newtown goalie Luke Evans and Aberystwyth Town pair Liam James and Rhyddian Davies who has Welsh Premier experience with Green & Blacks.
  Otherwise Pike has leaned heavily on south Wales players including three from his own club Port Talbot where he is the Head of Youth.
  A surprise perhaps that no one from Connahs Quay or The New Saints has been called up.
  Nonetheless good luck to the youngsters in what is a first national call up for most, and particularly for Konrad who has the chance to shine on his home pitch.
  Admission is free for the 7pm ko so come along!


Wales U18 Semi Professional Squad
Luke Evans (GK)
Newtown
Connah McFenton
Port Talbot Town
Liam James
Aberystwyth Town
Ross Findlay
Port Talbot Town
Ashley Hollingshead Merthyr Town
Iestyn Evans
Carmarthen Town
Konrad Bialozynski Bangor City
Adam Robbins
West End
Cullen Kinsella
Bryntirion Athletic
Rhyddian Davies
Aberystwyth Town
Ryan Jones
Bala Town
Chad Nicholas
Cambrian & Clydach
Callum Holden
Port Talbot Town
Richard Brain
West End
Ryan Hedges
Flint Town United
Zyacc Edwards
Airbus UK
Sam Wilson
Carmarthen Town
Greg Walters
Haverfordwest County
  standby players
Sam Bell
Port Talbot Town
Daryl Jeffries
Pontardawe
Christy Gale
Aberystywth Town
Joe Holland
Port Talbot Town
Dafydd Jones
Merthyr Town


The Republic of Ireland squad is entirely home based, for details click the flag..


 Time for Change?




  The current structure of the twelve club league was introduced in 2010.
  A Super Twelve made up of better teams, stronger clubs attracting bigger crowds to give clubs finishing as low as eighth a chance of playing in Europe through their league position.
  There was an indication that if it didnt work things could always go back how they w
ere.
  In simple terms is looks like the clubs may have been misled as the twelve club league, with its
six plus six split in January is here to stay.
  Which is a shame because it clearly been gradually rejected by supporters who are drifting away.
  And it is a pity for the clubs who face dwindling support and a constant struggle to cover their costs.

   There are many reasons why people stop watching local football. In South Wales both Swansea and Cardiff have done well and their profile has risen. Down the ladder a little Newport and Wrexham and fighting for promotion to the Football League. A long overdue return to the league for both sets of fans no doubt.
   There is also wall to wall TV coverage, live broadcasts and highlights, of International and club football, the latter to include Champions League, Premier League, Championship and FA Cup matches. The list is almost endless.
  So the Welsh Premier is up against it come what may.
  The plus sides for the WP are excellent TV coverage by S4C and a temporary mid season hike in interest as the fight for the top six reaches its climax. Overall grounds have gradually improved..
  On the negative side crowds are down, even allowing for some dubious reporting of actual attendances. Pitches are also too often substandard as clubs overspend their budget on players.
  The common view seems to be that supporters are bored with watching the same teams again and again. Twice a season has routinely become four times and even five or six when cup ties are added. Words like stagnant and stale are often used.
  Outside this there is evidence to suggest local derbies attract the biggest crowds. Even in junior leagues. Llanberis v Llanrug should not draw a bigger crowd than Prestatyn v Newtown but it might well. Prestatyn would be better off playing Rhyl, Newtown playing Caersws. The north v south matches are the least attractive given the expense and lack of travelling supporters.
  So what is the answer?
  There are more than one possible solution. The simplest would be to return to an eighteen or twenty club league. This would give chairmen and supporters what they want most, more fixtures. But critics would say it would lower standards.
  A second possible solution would be to have two leagues of twelve on a north and south basis.
  They could play 22 games before a split in January as at present.

  Then the top four from each could join an eight club national league and play a further 14 games which is also what would be left for the two remaining regional leagues also of eight. 
  The teams would all play 36 games.
  For the leading clubs they would be the added bonus of four home and away game
s against new opponents.
  And these final fourteen fixtures should boast a higher standard if the critics are right, with new games for S4C to pick out.
  The structure could still incorporate play offs.
  The Champions and Runners up qualify automatically for Europe leaving the six who don't in the top eight to be joined by the two regional league winners, preferably in a straight knock out "quarter final" format with home advantage awarded to the highest placed sides matched against the lowest placed opponents.

  In the Northern section there would be only Holyhead without WP experience, in the Southern equivalent a more alarming five of the clubs would be new to the level. Wherever there is a problem there is a solution.
  If there is a desire to raise interest in domestic football south of Aberstwyth this might be the perfect opportunity.

  In the early season or two there might be clubs who would struggle to realistically tilt at the top four places and need real support to achieve the license. It should help them bridge the gap. Take a step backwards to take two or three forwards?
  If they do so the whole structure and pyramid would benefit with a more virbant southern section.
  On the other hand things could stay as they are. Do nothing and see what happens.
  And watch crowds dwindle and as seems the average - watch one club a season fall into financial rack and ruin.
  Time for a change?








WINDOW CLOSED MOVES..  62  ..MOVES WINDOW CLOSED
Welsh Premier Transfers January 2013

Club
Players In
Players Out
Aberystwyth

Town

  Midfielder Chris Venables from Llanelli
  Midfielder Antonio Corbisiero from Llanelli
  Striker Mark Jones from Afan Lido
 

  Defender Adam Worton to Newtown
  Striker Josh McAuley released
-
 
Afan

Lido

  Goalkeeper Kristian Rogers from Conwy Borough
  Defender Remi Whitelock from Tata Steel
  Defender Kyle Graves from Carmarthen Town
  Defender Mark Crutch from Bridgend
  Midfielder Craig Jones from Port Talbot Town
  Midfielder Adam James from
  Striker Damon Thomas from Tata Steel
  Striker Rameer Outlaw from Taffs Well
  Striker Rob Spendiff from junior football
  Striker Danny Thomas from Port Talbot
  Striker Simon Prangley from Taffs Well


  Goalkeeper Chris Curtis to Goytre United
  Defender
Paul Evans to Bryntirion Athletic
  Defender Lee Hartshorn to Llanelli
  Striker Mark Jones to Aberystwyth Town
 
Airbus

UK


  Goalkeeper Jamie Stephens from Liverpool (loan)
  Defender Phil Bolland from Halifax
  Midfielder Luke McCarthy from Bury
  Midfielder Christian Smith from Nantwich Town
  Midfielder Lewis Short from Nantwich Town
  Midfielder Jason Jarrett from Halifax Town
  Winger Reynaldo Carbon from Northwood FC


 
Goalkeeper Ben Chapman released
-
Defender Steve Tomassen to Wrexham (end of loan)
  Defender Tommy Holmes released
  Defender Jack Lewis to Rhyl
  Striker Mike Hayes to Connahs Quay (loan)
  Striker Toby Jones to Conwy United (loan)

Bala

Town


 Midfielder Mike Thompson from Connahs Quay

 

-Defender Mike Byron released
Bangor

City


  Defender Kris Thomas from Llanelli
  Midfielder Levi Mackin from Chester
  Winger Jamie McDaid from Holyhead Hotspur
  Winger Robbie Booth from Chester FC
  Striker Gary O'Toole ex Connahs Quay

  Striker Alan Bull to Buckley Town (loan)
 
Striker John Owen to Porthmadog (loan)
  Striker Mark Smyth to Prestatyn Town
 
Carmarthen
Town


  Defender Luke Cummings from Bath City
  Midfielder Geoff Kellaway from Llanelli
  Striker Christian Doidge from Barry Town
 
 


  Defender Kyle Graves to Afan Lido
Connahs

Quay

  Defender John Hardiker from Warrington Town
  Striker
Lee Davey from Conwy United
  Striker Mike Hayes from Airbus (loan)
  Striker Sean Breen from Chorley
NEW
 
 

 Midfielder Mike Thompson to Bala Town
 Striker Dean Canning to Clitheroe 
Llanelli

FC

  Defender Lee Hartshorn from Afan Lido
  Defender Alex Evans from Cindferford
  Defender Darren Barnard from Monmouth Town
  Midfielder Scott Evans from Haverfordwest County
  Midfielder Ariel Mrowinski from Poland
  Midfielder Jack McKenna from Clevedon  Town
  Midfielder Dylan Blain from Port Talbot Town
  Midfielder Nicky Holland from Port Talbot
  Striker Jeff White from Port Talbot Town


  Defender Kris Thomas to Bangor City
  Defender Lee Surman to Port Talbot
  Midfielder Ashey Evans to Port Talbot
  Midfielder Chris Venables to Aberystwyth
  Midfielder Antonio Corbisiero to Aberystwyth
  Midfielder Geoff Kellaway to Carmarthen Town
  Striker Martin Rose to Port Talbot
  Striker Luke Bowen to Port Melbourne

Newtown

FC

  Defender Adam Worton from Aberystwyth Town
  Striker Matthew Hearsey from Dudley Town

 Midfielder Barry Hogan to Colwyn Bay
 
Midfielder Jamie Price released
 Striker Steve Blenkinsop to Cefn Druids


Port Tabot

Town


  Defender Lee Surman from Llanelli
  Midfielder Ashley Evans from Llanelli
  Midfielder Nicky Holland from Llaneli
  Striker Chad Bond from LA Blues
  Striker Martin Rose from Llanelli


  Midfielder Craig Jones to Afan Lido
  Midfielder Dylan Blain to Llanelli
  Striker Danny Thomas to Afan Lido
  Striker Jeff Bridge to Llanelli
Prestatyn

Town

-
  Midfielder Mark Smyth from Bangor City

 
TNS

FC


  Winger Jamie Mullan from Fleetwood

  Midfielder Tom Allen to Cefn Druids (loan)
  Striker Ryan Jones to Cefn Druids (loan)




 Crazy Kick of Times a Nonesense

  By way of apeing the Sky Sports control of the English Premier League, S4C have dictated that all Saturday matches this weekend must kick off at 3.45pm.

  They then announced that Bala Town v Connahs Quay will be their live game. This despite having cameras at Maes Tegid for the visit of Bangor City when the notorious field of mud disintegrated before their camera lenses.
  And despite Afan Lido yet having completed their trip to Airbus the whole league must jump into line and kick off at nearly four or clock on a Saturday evening. By my calculations games will finish at around 5.30pm which leaves players, officials and anyone else a late finish and a journey home in the dark.
  If there is frost in the air the grounds will worsen from half time onwards and beleagured officials will be forced to contemplate player safety.
  Of course grown ups are not scared of the dark but Port Talbot might have something to fear as they start their four and a half hour journey back to the south coast at or after six o clock. Weather forecasts suggest North Wales might miss the worst of the ice and snow heading in but Mid Wales might not be so lucky.
  Whichever way they travel Mid Wales looks just about unaviodable.
  There is no doubt that Sgorio offers the Welsh Premier excellent coverage both in terms of live broadcasts and highlights. But somewhere along the way what seems to have been forgotten is that these are small clubs, part time players and ordinary people who have to find their way home.
  There is no undersoil heating, no big budget hotel to rest up in and no one pandering to their every need.
  Google maps suggests the car journey time shown above is typically four hours and twenty minutes. Slower and longer in a coach of course. Leaving Nantporth after six they will be lucky to be back ten thirty. Is this what the police can an essential journey?
  Is it too late for commonsense to prevail?
 



 Welsh Assembly Report on Welsh Premier League
 
  The WA have published a fairly pointless report into a largely irrelevant investigation into the state of The Welsh Premier League.
  A harsh opening? Perhaps a little. But there is logic behind my blatant negativity
  The findings of the searching and far (Cardiff) reaching enquiry included:
  All WP clubs should introduce 3G or 4G pitches.
  They should strengthen & improve relationships between the WP and WA.
  The FAW should priortise communication and relationship building with the clubs
  Seek financial support as they adopt the Community Hub model for all clubs
  So why the cynical approach? Simple. Look at the FAW response:


 

 The FAW has been pro-active in building upon all four recommendations as outlined in our Strategic Plan launched at the beginning of the year. FAW Chief Executive Jonathan Ford said;

 "Football is well recognised as a powerful social tool which can lead to a major impact on the health and social wellbeing of individuals as well as contributing greatly to our communities here in Wales.

 "This has been recognised by the FAW and in other countries across the world.

 "We welcome the findings of the report and look forward to further develop our relationship with the Welsh Government. We hope this relationship can lead to tangible benefits to our clubs and the communities they represent. It is important that we build on the findings of the report and ensure that football can contribute to tackle a number of local and national issues.

 "Through the established partnerships and joint financial commitment we seek a strong, vibrant Welsh Premier."

 

  Now to me this answer actually reads:
"Tell us something we dont already know and dont already do. We are doing what we should be doing."
  Goodnight.

  Because in reality Ann Jones and her colleagues have discovered in some form and to whatever degree the harsh truth that the FAW are not the slightest bit bothered about the Welsh Premier. They have priority seats at Swansea games for God's sake! Cardiff could go up! They have Gareth Bale - and despite the baloney about TeamGB being the end of Wales - they have a near endless supply of overseas trips, first class flights and nice hotels. Its called International freebies, sorry football.
  And if it aint broke dont fix it.
  The WP is a means to an end, a wheelbarrow to move sand. The sand is the important thing.
  And the sand is fine just as it is - thank you very much.


  The original Welsh Assembly terms of reference were:

  The Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee is to undertake an inquiryinto the Welsh Premier League.The terms of reference for the inquiry are to look at issues around the Welsh Premier League (WPL) including:

  the extent to which the standards of football in the WPL have developed during the past 20 years;

  the competition format, looking at possible alternative models such as a move to a summer season;

  the development and progression of players, coaches and managers from the WPL to other levels of the game;

  how the WPL contributes towards player development and participation at lower levels, including issues of equality of opportunity;

  the WPL’s standing within the Welsh sporting landscape and its visibility in Welsh media outlets;

  the member clubs, their infrastructure and resources;

  how the FAW’s recent Strategic Plan 2012 will contribute towards strengthening the WPL, and how the WPL will contribute towards the Strategic Plan’s aims.