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Treharris Athletic now called Treharris Western Athletic

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The football club that was formed at the same time as the Village which was born as a result of the sinking of a coal mine in 1873, known as the “Harris Navigation Colliery”. The Township which grew around the mine was named after the owner Frederick Harris.

Football was brought to the area by the men who arrived to work in the mine. Until this time soccer was a game played in the North and over the border in England.

Treharris Football Club was formed in 1889, some four years prior to the Treharris Workman’s Hall opening (later to be the Palace Cinema and seven years before St. Matthias Church.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Treharris became the centre of the surrounding Villages, which today constitutes an area of over 15,000 people.

In 2009 Treharris Athletic merged with the Edwardsville based Western Hotel FC to become Treharris Western Athletic

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The Crack Treharris team from 1905( courtesy of Karen Francis)

However, the closure of the deep navigation Colliery, once the deepest pit in the country as well as the nearby Taff Merthyr and Trelewis Drift has had a detrimental effect on what were once thriving towns.

The Merthyr Express reported on the 5 th of April , 1890. Treharris beat Mardy, 4 goals to 1, in a charity football match, played at Treharris, infront of a crowd of 1,000 spectators.

The football Club is the oldest in South Wales and in 1902-1903 were the founder members of The Welsh Football League.

Prior to the Welsh League being formed Treharris were founder members of the South Wales League. Treharris going down in history as the league first champions.

In the first season Treharris were joined in Division One by Aberaman, Aberdare, Barry Caerph

Gradually Treharris began to dominate the South Wales league, being champions on three occasions between 1904 and 1908 and finishing runners-up in 1906-07.

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In these early years there was no automatic promotion and relegation. In deed some clubs were elected straight into Division One. After three successful seasons in Division Two, Ton Pentre were promoted in 1907.

1907-08
Riverside were elected directly into Division one. This club changed its name to Cardiff City in 1910.

Prior to the setting up the Welsh League, Treharris were one of the first clubs to play over the border in England, when in 1906 they played in the Western League. In 1910 along with Cardiff City, Treharris entered the Southern League.

The club is proud of its continued membership of The Welsh Football League and the part its members have played in making it the finest League in the Principality.

During its “heyday” the club attracted players from all over Wales and hosted many Amateur Internationals in its teams.

1891-02
Season saw Trelewis and Pontypridd join the league, but title stayed in Treharris. At this time Treharris played at their Graig Berthlwyd home.

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Treharris Athletic, the First team to win the coveted Simons cup

David Walter Davies (born 1 October 1888, date of death unknown) was a Welsh footballer who played for Oldham Athletic and Sheffield United in the Football League First Division. He also made two appearances for Wales. He was born in TreharrisWales.He played for Treharris during the 1910-12 season…he won an FA Cup winners medal whilst at Sheffield United in 1915 but did not play in the final itself.

1905-06
Another league was formed, the Rhymney Valley League, some clubs, including Aberdare, Llanbradach, Rogerstone and Treharris competed in both leagues, and so far as we can trace, entered their first team in both competitions.

1906-07
Joined Western League Division Two 1909-10 Western League Champions

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1910-11
Joined Southern League Division Two

Treharris AFC were a top side and famous throughout Wales at this time. One of their star players was a chap called William Benjamin Francis of Webster street…William even had trials at Aston Villa and he was an important part of an excellent team.

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William B. Francis

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1924-25
Welsh League Division 2A Champions

1949-50
Welsh League runner-up

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Treharris Athletic 1949 (courtesy of Graham Dale) who is in the photograph.

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A copy of programme of a match played in Nov 1951 between Treharris and Pegasus (winners of Welsh and English Amateur Cups. The added interest here is that the highly successful Penn St Indian band also made the journey and performed their marching routine at half time. We left Treharris at 5am (no Severn Bridge in those days) returning about 4am next day. There was quite a good crowd there and I seem to recall there was a collection made from the spectators for a very recent “disaster” like incident whilst we were performing on the field but cannot bring the cause to mind. Perhaps someone reading this will also have memories of the trip and solve the problem.
I also have some prog’s of other local matches played by Treharris which may be of some interest to the historians.Thanks to Ron Davies for this item

Below we see some newspaper reports from the 1950’s

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Treharris v Newtown in the 1950’s…The Commercial hotel Towers over the packed Athletic ground

1965-66
Welsh League Division Two runner-up Promoted to Division One

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photo thanks to David Harris (third left back row) picture taken about 1980, Manager Malcolm Brown and Trainer George Gardener.
1977-78
Promoted to Premier Division

1979
Relegated to Division One

1983-84
Placed in Premier Division on league re-organisation

1985
Relegated to Division One

1990-91
Division One renamed Division Two

1992-93
Division Two renamed Division Three

1995-96
Welsh League Division Three runner-up Promoted to Division Two

1999
Relegated to Division Three

2000-01
Promoted to Division Two

2004
Relegated to Division Three

2005-06
Promoted to Division Two

SEASON LEAGUE P W D L F A P POS
1906-07 WEST-2 18 12 0 6 62 24 24 4/10
1907-08 WEST-2 16 11 1 4 53 19 23 3/9
1908-09 WEST-2 22 12 2 8 57 45 26 4/12
1909-10 WEST 24 20 2 2 84 21 42 1/13
1910-11 SOUTH-2 22 10 3 9 38 31 23 6/12
1911-12 SOUTH-2 26 11 5 10 44 47 27 8/14
1912-13 SOUTH-2 24 5 2 17 18 60 12 12/13
1913-14 SOUTH-2 30 2 4 24 19 106 8 16/16

SEASON LEAGUE P W D L F A P POS
1965-66 WELSH-2 30 21 6 3 99 42 48 2/16 PROMOTED
1966-67 WELSH-1 30 14 5 11 78 61 33 6/16
1967-68 WELSH-1 32 16 10 6 73 57 42 3/17
1968-69 WELSH-1 34 22 4 8 106 55 48 3/18
1969-70 WELSH-1 32 19 6 7 108 41 44 3/17
1970-71 WELSH-1 34 14 6 14 88 73 34 9/18
1971-72 WELSH-1 34 15 5 14 76 61 35 8/18
1972-73 WELSH-1 34 19 6 9 53 40 44 5/18
1973-74 WELSH-1 34 9 9 16 46 76 27 13/18
1974-75 WELSH-1 34 10 8 16 51 64 28 13/18
1975-76 WELSH-1 34 14 1 19 68 90 29 13/18
1976-77 WELSH-1 34 13 11 10 56 55 37 7/18

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1977-78 WELSH-1 34 19 11 4 73 45 49 3/18 PROMOTED
1978-79 WELSH-P 34 9 8 17 43 65 26 16/18 Rel
1979-80 WELSH-1 34 10 11 13 51 69 31 11/18
1980-81 WELSH-1 34 7 12 15 36 63 26 16/18
1981-82 WELSH-1 34 21 9 4 87 39 72 4/18
1982-83 WELSH-1 32 15 8 9 62 45 53 6/17 PROMOTED
RE STRUCTURE OF LEAGUES
1983-84 WELSH-P 36 10 7 19 45 72 37 17/19 RELEGATED
1984-85 WELSH-1 32 12 4 16 48 61 40 11/17
1985-86 WELSH-1 30 13 8 9 55 47 47 6/16
1986-87 WELSH-1 34 10 8 16 53 64 38 13/18
1987-88 WELSH-1 34 8 9 17 45 62 33 15/18
1988-89 WELSH-1 34 18 4 12 65 50 58 6/18
1989-90 WELSH-1 32 15 4 13 65 51 49 8/17
1990-91 WELSH-2 32 6 3 13 65 68 51 6/17
1991-92 WELSH-2 32 12 7 13 51 54 43 8/17
1992-93 WELSH-3 26 6 5 15 40 51 23 12/14
1993-94 WELSH-3 26 11 3 12 60 62 36 8/14
1994-95 WELSH-3 30 7 8 15 56 72 29 13/16
1995-96 WELSH-3 28 23 3 2 118 30 72 2/15 PROMOTED
1996-97 WELSH-2 30 17 4 9 65 48 55 6/16
1997-98 WELSH-2 30 13 9 8 67 45 48 7/16
1998-99 WELSH-2 30 5 3 22 44 113 18 15/16 RELEGATED
1999-00 WELSH-3 28 14 3 11 70 54 45 5/15
2000-01 WELSH-3 30 17 5 8 77 50 56 3/16 PROMOTED
2001-02 WELSH-2 30 7 5 18 49 72 26 14/16
2002-03 WELSH-2 34 10 10 14 55 55 40 12/18
2003-04 WELSH-2 32 5 7 20 41 92 22 17/17 RELEGATED
2004-05 WELSH-3 34 19 7 8 85 49 64 4/18
2005-06 WELSH-3 34 22 5 7 87 47 71 3/18 PROMOTED
2006-07 WELSH-2 34 9 8 17 46 52 35 14/18
2007-08 WELSH-2 34 10 7 17 61 94 36 * 14/18 point deduct
2008-09 WELSH-2 34 11 3 20 60 95 36 12/18
2009-10 WELSH-2 34 15 6 13 69 67 51 7/18
2010-11 WELSH -2 30 9 6  15 45 49 55 33 13/16

2011-12 WELSH -2 30 4 5 21 30 92 17 16/16 RELEGATED

2012-13 WELSH 3- 30 6 7 17 50 68 25 15/16

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Mike Casey working at the club 2009

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March 2009 the stand

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2011

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Match day 2011

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FA of Wales amateur cup 1950-51 winners
One of the trophy cups presented to the Treharris players for winning the FA of Wales amateur cup 1950-51. This actual cup was presented to former player David Roberts.The cup is kept in the committee room.

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Centenary plaque awarded to Treharris Athletic ,20 years ago, by F.A.W. 1989

Each year a football match is played in memory of Dai proctor who sadly died so young, Treharris Western often provide players for this match, mainly veterans and there is normally a decent crowd here are some pictures from 2012 by Lee Dare

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Spectators by Lee Dare

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Goal mouth scramble

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3-1 win for the Western v the Navi

Treharris Ladies football team September 1951

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Anyone recognise the people in the photo?

Treharris Rugby club the Phoenix

Current ground on the Millennium Park

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Treharris RFC 2012-13 SEASON

Although sometimes overshadowed by the established clubs in the district at Bedlinog and Nelson, there can be no denying the enthusiasm for rugby in Treharris.
The Junior and mini sections were formed in 1994, it was an idea that was born of of concerns by some of the local parents about the lack of recreational facilities for the youngsters on the district.
Those founding parents should be so proud of their initiative because the club now boasts 11 teams ranging from under 8 to a newly formed Youth and senior section(2009 reformed)

I have been sent some photographs of the  Treharris Rugby team mainly from the mid nineties when the original senior team were formed,they are courtesy of former player Terry Parry

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Fund raising day
The Young Treharris Rugby players
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Now we see some of the presentation evenings and nights out, some well known faces amongst these.
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Alan Francis
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Glyn Francis
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Tommy Cush above landlord Navigation Hotel
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Bleddyn and friends
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Philip Anthony
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Paul Smith
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Below we see some pictures of the club in recent times
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Cricket in Treharris
The Treharris district once had an excellent cricket team, here is a photograph of the trophy winners in 1923. The team had won the Pontypridd and District knock out cup.
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