Nodiadau Rhagfyr / December Notes

Barry Town 12/12/98

Barry Town 12/12/98

AS I WELCOME not only our own supporters but also those of our visitors Barry Town to Richmond Park today, I can only reflect on a period of considerable activity since our last game against Rhyl. As that ‘old warrior’ of a Prime Minister of the 70’s Harold Wilson once said ‘a week is a long time in politics’. We can associate that remark with Carmarthen Town, not that this club is in any way involved with politics, of course, but a lot did happen in just the space of a week. As soon as John Mahoney’s tendered his resignation, arrangements were put in place to appoint a replacement as soon as possible. As our Chairman told the press it was important for the short and long term interests of the Club that a replacement be appointed immediately. We are delighted that Tomi Morgan has accepted the Club’s invitation and we wish him well.

Regarding John’s resignation, on a personal note it was a considerable disappointment to me that he took this course of action. As Secretary, all my dealings with him were cordial and he dealt with my queries in a very courteous manner and indeed his was an exceptionally friendly nature. John was extremely modest about his achievements as a player and I considered him to have quite an outstanding tactical knowledge of the game, but I sometimes think that he set his standards on tactics on a very high plane indeed. and perhaps they were not commensurate with the level in which we were operating in the LoW. Ieuan John, his assistant, was another such person with whom one got on well. A passionate follower of the game, Ieuan was very committed to Carmarthen’s cause as he was when he was manager of our Reserve Team in the Carmarthenshire League and later in the Welsh League Reserve Division. We also thank Ieuan for his services to the Club.

Referring back to the Dragons’ supporters, they are a well organised group with appointed officers to run affairs regarding travel arrangements, fund raising, etc. This organisation is no doubt the envy of many of the clubs in our League. It has been our aim for some time at Richmond Park to establish a similar supporters group. Tim Johnson is the driving force behind the Barry Supporters Association . He is their Chairman and often to be seen on the media. He regularly attends FAW and LoW General Meetings to keep abreast of events.

A welcome to our newly adopted Ladies Football Team. Their last three results have been encouraging, with firstly a narrow defeat at the hands of Goodwick Ladies, arguably the best side in the Pembrokeshire League, followed by a win and a draw so things are looking up. Any prospective lady footballers should contact Secretary Denise Davies.

A worrying trend in the LoW this season is the increase in racial abuse. A LoW club was recently found guilt by the FAW Disciplinary Commission of spectators misconduct and specifically players being subject to racial abuse. Another case has been referred to the LoW Secretary. All clubs have now been informed of their responsibilities regarding racism - thankfully here at Richmond Park our supporters do not indulge in such misdemeanours and long may it continue.

Finally, congratulations to my dear friend Stan Goldsmith who was 80 on 26 November 1998. Stan , a staunch supporter still, played for Town in the late 40’s and early 50’s and is the patriarch of a family of footballing sons. A former Prime Minister once said ‘Old Warriors never die, they just fade away’. In Stan’s case, I think not!

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