ON Saturday, May 26, a team of Swansea City legends will take on a team from Carmarthenshire in a special match to raise funds for the Swans4Cancer foundation.
With the match only a couple of days away, excitement is building for what should be a memorable afternoon.
This year the game will be played at Richmond Park, the home of Welsh Premier League side Carmarthen Town.
Gareth Winston, one of the Co-Organisers, explains how the game came to be saying: “The previous game we had in Johnstown went superbly, to the point where the Swansea lads were asking for another game to be done, that’s how much they enjoyed it.
“Myself and Andrew Thomas, who is a co-organiser, decided that we should do another in Carmarthen because of the success we had raising money for the Swans4Cancer organisation.
“We Spoke with Mark from Swans4cancer who was happy for us to do it and that was it really.
“There was a lot of work and organising that went into the game in Johnstown and when we had an opportunity to utilize Carmarthen Town’s Richmond Park ground we decided it was the right thing to do because of their facilities and the location.
“The squad of players that we have generated for the local team are from across Carmarthenshire and all have been involved in local football.
“I speak with some of the Swansea players on the whatsapp and they are all interested in playing again. I think they have a squad of around 18 so far.
“Without giving too much away on who is playing let’s just say that they will have a very strong squad and our local side will have their work cut out”.
Players such as Lee Trundle, Mark Clode, Kristian O’Leary, John Williams, and John Cornforth are just some of the players playing in the game.
Guests for the local team will include former Derby County player Deon Burton and former Nottingham Forest strike Dele Adebola.
The match day sponsor will be the hangout cafe in Llandeilo.
The Carmarthenshire locals’ shirt sponsor will be RDH Contractors from Llandybie, and sponsoring the Swansea City Legends shirts will be ex-Swansea city and Chelsea striker Leon Knight’s company, Knightsmartcompany.com, which specialises in developing child tracking watches for parents.
Ahead of the match the Herald spoke to former Swansea players John Williams who told us: “I was part of the survival time that stayed up in the third division and this game is for a good cause and I’m happy to be a part of it.
“It’s nice to be invited for something that’s a worthy cause. This is the third time I have played the event but it’s about giving something back to the community. Swansea was a massive part of my life and although they aren’t directly involved it’s about putting on that shirt and it’s nice to give something back.”
More signings as Cwm build squad
FOLLOWING on from announcing their three new signings last week Cwmamman United have announced a further six this week.
Nathan Davies, who has captained the Carmarthenshire League Select side, joins from Bwlch Rangers while Rob Morgans joins having played with Haverfordwest County and Goodwick United previously.
They also announced the signing of four tremendously talented young players in Oliver Diamond, Korey Palmer, Stevie Evans and Joe Lewis.
“We are really pleased to have these boys on board as we are not only strengthening our first team squad with some really talented players ” said Ryan Stephens, First Team Manager, “but we are also building for the future.”
Ammanford romp to friendly win
AMMANFORD romped away in a goal fest in this pre season friendly beating their plucky opponents Pontarddulais by ten goals to nil on Friday (Jul 12).
Ammanford Manager Gruffydd Harrison will be pleased with his teams workout and even more excited with his forward line finishing prowess.
There were hat tricks for Gavin Jones who showed excellent pace and new signing Tristan Jenkins along with goals from Lee Trundle, Bruno Forkouh, Mathew Fisher and Craig Frater.
Ammanford have another friendly this Friday (Jul 19) when they take on Ynysygerwn.
After that they travel to Pontardawe Town on Tuesday (Jul 23) before a trip to Welsh Premier League neighbours Carmarthen Town on Saturday (Jul 27).
Carmarthenshire cyclist heading to Mont Blanc
WITH THE TOUR DE FRANCE in full swing and the World’s best doing battle against each other, there is another big cycling event taking place within the French Alps.
The Tour du Mont Blanc claims to be the Worlds toughest road cycling event and Llangadog based cyclist, Matthew Page will be lining up and attempting to complete the arduous route.
The event is a non-stop, circumnavigation around the alpine peak of Mont Blanc, starting in France alpine resort of Les Saisies and heads through Switzerland and Italy before returning to finish back in Les Saisies.
Covering a total of 330km (205 miles) with 8300 vertical metres (27,300 feet) of climbing it is roughly the equivalent to tackling two of the toughest Tour de France stages, back to back without stopping and takes in well known alpine passes including the Grand Saint Bernard, Petit Saint Bernard, Cormet de Roseland and Col de la Forclaz.
Matthew is a former professional Mountain Biker, who competed internationally and specialised in 24hr solo competitions and also Carmarthenshire Sports Personality winner. Now a cycle event organiser and cycling media journalist he organises major off-road events within the county including Battle on the Beach, Gritfest and in November 2019 will be organising a round of the British Cycling cyclocross national series within Pembrey Country Park.
With less than 50% of starters likely to finish, Matthew is understandably apprehensive about the challenge: “This will undoubtedly be one of the hardest days I will ever encounter on the bike and despite having done 24hr events previously, the extra challenges the Tour du Mont Blanc brings, including lack of a support crew, route navigation, logistics and uncertain weather especially at higher altitudes. The event has been a major focus for me this year and I am looking forward to the challenge”.
The event takes place on Saturday July 20, with the fastest riders expected to finish in under 12 hours.
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