Sunday, 29 April 2012

It was only three years ago on 14th May that the Merthyr Tydfil FC Supporters Society hosted a crisis meeting for supporters at a local social club as their Football Club was in financial meltdown. Everyone who attended that meeting knew that what was required was a concerted and unified campaign to maintain semi-professional football in our town. With the guidance of Supporters Direct the long trek back had begun. Who would have thought that just three years later after a year in administration, a subsequent liquidation and even a season in exile that the reformed Merthyr Town would regain its place in the Southern League with a second successive promotion in the Western League? The club is now run by the aforementioned Supporters Trust and is continuing to go from strength to strength with an army of volunteers who have continued to work week in week out to raise funds to ensure that the club remains at the centre of the community. On Saturday the Martyrs overcame a spirited Ilfracombe Town team to win 1-0 to get the three points to pip Bitton to the Western League Premier Division title in front of 725 jubilant supporters. The journey continues for the Martyrs and there will be plenty of challenges ahead but having overcome so many hurdles so far and with the club right back in the Southern League who knows what can we achieve together?