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 three teams;
They also have a junior youth team.
Photo by Hank the banksman
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
- 2015/16 SSE Swalec Plate Champions
The Corona virus curtailed the 2019 season and Bedlinog played their last match on the 7th of March, 2020, a narrow 16-18 home defeat to Brynmawr.
The final table read as follows
Bedlinog RFC Texas tour 2010
Bedlinog RFC ladies team 2013 “the Vixens”
This is an old photgraph of a Bedlinog Rugby team ( thanks to Ivor Jones)
Bedlinog Football club
Firstly a team from 1935 who won the Rhymney valley cup
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 womens Football team early 1950’s
back row Joyce Owens, Ruthie Thomas, Eileen yeoman, Maggie Gibbs, Mrs Gowan
bottom Olwen Cowles, Sylwen Davies, Nancy Lloyd in the middle Joan Davies, Enid Davies, Glenys Barry
(picture Paul Roberts)
Another ladies team below which includes Mrs Farr, Mrs Reynolds Mary and Danny Jenkins and Megan Jones (Photo Gill Evans)
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?)
We now have an excellent collection thanks to Gill Smith who kindly allowed me to share them on the website
Start with George Gould and Philip Yeoman (photo Gill Evans)
Next we see my old training officer at Taff Merthyr Gorden Farr
Below at Pontyclun (Thanks Arthur Farr) (photo Gill Evans)
D C Watkins, Viv Jones, Trevor Light, Jim Jones, Gordon Farr, M L Jones, Front Row : Doug Jones, Vince Farr, Ossie George, Alan Etheridge, Jackie Rees behind Alan then H. Griffiths