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Bedlinog Rugby Football Club

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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.

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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

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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.

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Bedlinog RFC Texas tour 2010

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Bedlinog RFC ladies team 2013

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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”

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Above Bedlinog FC 2009-2010

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“The Rocks”

Above we see a photograph from possibly 1987 of Bedlinog Football club when they played in the Rhymney valley league
Not sure of the ref’s name! 
Players are Top row left to right – Nicky Price, Gareth Jones, Barrie Bates, Howard Jackson, Glenn Richards, Andrew Evans, Derek Bennett, Peter Spadtz, Dai Madden (Manager)
Front Row left to right – Robert Watkins, Nigel Williams, Roy Phillips, Alan England, Mike Madden.
The following photographs were donated to the site for viewing courtesy of Michael Madden.

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A game in the 1980’s Bedlinog AFC

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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

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Above we see the Bedlinog team that played a representative Cardiff City team lead by Frank Burrows in 1987.

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Another era at Bedlinog FC

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A victorious cup winning Bedlinog team

Bedlinog Tug of War Team Champions at the “Rec” 1930 

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Back Row

Paddy(Banksman) G Canter, I Jones, B Garbett, D Williams, Jack Wells, W. Rees

Middle

Doctor Jenkins, Tinkham, D, Hughes (manager) Davies(Taylor)

Front row

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.

 

Bedlinog Cricket

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

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Below is a clearer picture from the 1956 (thanks to Gordon and Vince Farr for this photograph)

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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

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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?)