Bedlinog Rugby Football Club
The club was formed in its present state in 1971 by a local youth club, which was at the time organised by Welsh international Steve Fenwick. Currently the club consists of five senior teams;
They also have a junior youth team.
The club play in the Welsh Rugby Union Division one South East and is a feeder club for the Cardiff Blues.
The club are nicknamed the “Foxes” and they play at the “Rec” at the bottom of the village. They have a good and loyal following and a warm welcome awaits visitors at the excellent clubhouse up on the Square. The clubhouse is packed full of the history of the Rugby club and although the Foxes are a relatively new club there is no denying that they already have a proud history.
Bedlinog RFC Honours
- 1999/00 WRU Division Six East – Champions
- 2006/07 WRU Division Four South East – Champions
- 2007/08 WRU Division Three South East – Champions
- 2008/09 WRU Division Two South East – Runners up
- 2012/13 WRU Division 2 East – Champions
- 2012/13 – Worthington Silver Ball Winners
Team played points
Merthyr 14 55
Heol y Cwm 14 55
Ystrad Rhondda 12 44
Ynysybwl 14 43
Rumney RFC 13 39
Penallta 13 33
The Wanderers 13 28
Nelson 13 25
Treorchy 15 24
Rhydyfelin 13 20
Gilfach Goch 13 16
Bedlinog 13 14
Above we see the current league standings February 24th 2014, However on the weekend Bedlinog avenged an early defeat by local rivals Nelson when they came out on top 14 points to 6.Earlier in the season Nelson had won 22-16. Due to league restructure there will be no promotion or relegation this season.
Bedlinog RFC Texas tour 2010
Bedlinog RFC ladies team 2013
Bedlinog Football club
The current club were formed in 1979, and now play in the Merthyr League Division one.They play home games at the top of the village on the Coed-y-hendre ground. They use the Top club (Con club) as their club house. The clubs home kit is Blue and Yellow and they are nick named “The Rocks”
Above Bedlinog FC 2009-2010
A game in the 1980’s Bedlinog AFC
Above we see the Bedlinog FC (Railway) football club at the final of the Rhymney valley senior cup final Easter 1982 at Brithdir which they were unlucky to lose 3-2…goals from W rees and a Lyn Cussack penalty.
Back row (l to r)
Carl Dicks, Arfon Grindal,R Maddon, ? Thomas, B Yozall, C Miller, M Price, J Fussell, Lyn Cussack, J Smart.
Front row (l to r)
V Rees, D Madden, W Rees, M Madden,Vince Price, D Price,T Murphy
Mascot was S Madden
Above we see the Bedlinog team that played a representative Cardiff City team lead by Frank Burrows in 1987.
Another era at Bedlinog FC
A victorious cup winning Bedlinog team
Bedlinog Tug of War Team Champions at the “Rec” 1930
Paddy(Banksman) G Canter, I Jones, B Garbett, D Williams, Jack Wells, W. Rees
Doctor Jenkins, Tinkham, D, Hughes (manager) Davies(Taylor)
Jack Price, Jim Brown, W.Jones (Navin) Bryn Jones
The names above may not all be in the correct order but they are names of some of the men in the picture.
The village has had a cricket team for many years and we need to research this and put the information below. Meanwhile here is a picture of the village team 1950’s
Below is a clearer picture from the 1956 (thanks to Gordon and Vince Farr for this photograph)
At Llanharren in 1956
– Back Row -D C Watkins, Viv Jones, Trevor Light, Jim Jones(Bear) Gordon Farr, M L Jones – Umpire,
Kneeling – Doug Jones, Vince Farr, Ossie George, Jack Rees, Alan Etheridge and H. Griffiths
How about this gem of a photograph courtesy of Mr Carwyn Hughes. Bedlinog Cricket champions (anyone have any ideas of the names of these players?)