Ystalyfera have the opportunity this coming weekend to show the world what progress has been made in 133 years of history. Lifting from the bottom of the West Wales Championship - rising up into the reaches of National Division One rugby, and playing a National Plate final on the hallowed turf of the Principality Stadium, home of Welsh Rugby. The request has been made to keep the roof open, so the Almighty and friends up in Heaven can get a good look at what will be going on.
Having always kept a tradition of being a ‘Family’ club, the practice of sons, fathers and grandfathers – first playing and then progressing into coaching, committee and all the management levels, has kept the club alive. Good times and bad periods - when the club almost went out of existence, have relied upon the ‘feed’ of local players. It is these who have made the club what it is today. There are many names and colourful characters we can write about, but this is not necessary, as everyone who is Ystalyfera already know who they are, and that is enough.
On Sunday 16th April 2017, at 3:15pm, proud Penallta will be playing the whole village of Ystalyfera, 23 ‘Fera men having the glory of being on the field. Good luck boys and enjoy it. Over 500 people from the village will be there, the last one having turned off the lights before coming up to Cardiff. Records will be broken and made, hearts lifted and crushed, but the sure thing will be that all of Ystalyfera will be there, and I will not miss it for anything.
‘Fera yw y gore methau nhw, heddu a pob dydd…… Hwyl fawr…
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