Aberdare Athletic F.C.

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Aberdare Athletic
Full name Aberdare Athletic Football Club
Founded 1893
Dissolved 1928; 90 years ago (1928)
Ground Athletic Ground, Aberdare

Aberdare Athletic Football Club were a Welsh football club founded in 1893 and based in Aberdare. They joined the Football League in 1921 but were replaced by Torquay United after failing to be re-elected in 1927.

History[edit]

The Aberdare team of 1908–09.

Founded in 1893, Aberdare were Welsh Cup runners-up, in 1903–04 1904–05 and 1922–23. In 1920–21 they joined the Welsh Section of the Southern League and duly finished runners-up in their first season. That gained them entry to the Football League Third Division South in time for 1921–22.[1]

Aberdare spent six seasons in the League, with their best season being 1921–22, when they finished 8th. In 1926 Aberdare merged with nearby Aberaman Athletic; the first team continued to compete in the Football League under the name Aberdare Athletic, while the reserve team played in the Welsh League under the name Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic.

However, in the next season, 1926–27 Aberdare Athletic finished bottom of the Third Division South and failed to gain re-election to the league; Torquay United took their place.[2] The merged club fully renamed themselves as "Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic", and rejoined the Southern League.

However, the merged club only survived for another year, and in 1928 the Aberaman faction split away from the club to re-form Aberaman Athletic, while the Aberdare half folded. After World War II, in 1945 a reformed Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic was formed, but this side also split into two, in 1947; Aberdare Town FC club continue to play in the Welsh Football League.

The club had several different team colours during their existence.[3] Their membership of the Football League coincided with that of a team from another Welsh town Merthyr Town.

Managers[edit]

The following were managers around the time the team was Football League side:

History[edit]

Welsh Football League

  • Winners (4): 1904–05, 1908–09, 1911–12, 1920–21

League and Cup History[edit]

Season Div Pos Pl W D L GS GA P FA Cup Notes
1921–22 3rd 8 42 17 10 15 57 24 44
1922–23 3rd 21 42 9 11 22 42 70 29 1st Round
1923–24 3rd 12 42 12 14 16 45 58 38 1st Round
1924–25 3rd 18 42 14 9 19 54 67 37
1925–26 3rd 9 42 17 9 17 74 66 42 3rd Round
1926–27 3rd 22 42 9 7 26 62 101 25 1st Round Failed Re-election
All-time League results: 252 78 60 115 334 386 215

References[edit]

  • Twydell, Dave (1988). Rejected F.C.: Comprehensive histories of the ex-Football League clubs, Volume 1. D. Twydell. ISBN 0-9513321-0-4.

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