History (part 5)

 

This brings us to the second part of the 1990s and so to one of the most successful teams of all. They played at the Red Dragon, Litchard and their squad consisted of George Lloyd, Gary Morgan & Keith Chamberlain, all from Ogmore Valley, Jeff Simmons of Litchard and Brian Thomas of Bridgend. They were Champions from 1996 to 2000 inclusive.  Cup winners on more than one occasion, they looked as though they would do it again in 2001 but were beaten in the semi-final by the Golden Lion, Aberkenfig who had such players as Joe Price, Dave Rees & Brian Thomas, only for them to be beaten in the final by a single point by Glanrhyd Magic. The latter also won the Championship that season in what is believed to be the only occasion when it has been decided by a play-off, resulting in a two-point win over Red Dragon. The following season, the Golden Lion team moved to the Prince of Wales, Aberkenfig where Barry Hines rejoined them and promptly won the double of League & Cup. 

Glanrhyd Magic, whose team was made up of Steve Williams, Alan Rudge, John Young and Phil Rawle were joined by Delyth Bressington who was then teaching at Radyr Comprehensive and who thus became only the second lady to play for a double-winning team (Lynne James being the first, in the 1970s). When Glanrhyd Social closed, the team were invited to become stablemates with Aberkenfig Social and did so, becoming known as the Nomads. Delyth & Phil are not playing any more but the team has remained strong since the addition of Gary Morgan & Keith Chamberlain and are proud to have just done the double for the third season in succession despite excellent challenges from the likes of Maesteg Catholic Club 'A' and Llynfi Arms.

 

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