Win tickets to Neath Former Players’ Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner of the Neath Former Players will be held at the Gnoll Clubhouse on Friday, March 2nd (7.00 for 7.30pm), and you could be there.

We have some tickets available for this occasion and we’ll be raffling them at this Saturday’s game against Bedwas.  We’ll be selling tickets in the clubhouse before the game and in the ground during the match.  Don’t forget to buy yours.

The dinner will see former Wales, Ospreys, Newport and Pontypridd lock Ian Gough as guest speaker, with comedian Kevin Kaye providing support.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win tickets then there are still some available to purchase.  Contact Alun Roper for more details – 01639.633356 or e-mail: alun.roper65@gmail.com. All former players and supporters are welcome.

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18th May confirmed as Hall of Fame celebration night

We can now confirm the date of our annual Hall of Fame night.

The hugely popular event will take place this year on Friday 18th May at the clubhouse.

Ticket prices and further details will be confirmed in due course but keep this date free if you’d like to come along.

Don’t forget, we’re still looking for nominations for induction into the Hall of Fame.  We’ve had a great response so far but we still want to hear who you would like to include.  This is how you can nominate:
On this website – Leave a comment under this article
On Twitter – tweet us @neathsupporters #NeathHoF
On Facebook – Visit us on Facebook and leave a comment on the Hall of Fame thread
E-mail – Send your nomination to info@neathrugbysupporters.com
In person – Visit our table in the clubhouse on match days.

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2018 Hall of Fame Launched

Neath Rugby Supporters Club have launched the search for five more greats to join their illustrious Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was established in 2014 to honour some of Neath RFC’s greatest ever players. Amongst the players to have been admitted in the past are legendary figures such as Brian Thomas, Brian Williams, Elgan Rees and Dai Morris, current Head Coach Gareth Llewellyn, club stalwart Steve Powell and Wales’ leading try scorer Shane Williams.

Now, the supporters club is on the lookout for more of the club’s all time greats to join them as they seek to recognise and honour individuals synonymous with Neath RFC – the legendary figures who have shown exceptional commitment and contribution to the club.

Over the next few weeks the supporters club will be asking supporters to nominate any individual who they feel will be worthy of inclusion in the Hall of Fame. They can be a player, a coach, an administrator or volunteer. Basically, any person who has shown a remarkable loyalty and commitment to Wales’ oldest rugby club.

There’ll be no shortage of candidates spread across the decades. The likes of Grahame Hodgson, Adam Jones or maybe Barrie Williams are all likely to feature in people’s thinking, but anyone who has made an outstanding contribution to Neath RFC can be nominated.

How to nominate
Supporters can make their nomination in a number of ways:
On this website – Leave a comment under this article
On Twitter – tweet us 
@neathsupporters #NeathHoF
On Facebook – 
Visit us on Facebook and leave a comment on the Hall of Fame thread
E-mail – Send your nomination to 
info@neathrugbysupporters.com
In person – Visit our table in the clubhouse on match days.

The deadline for nominations is Saturday 31st March and fans can nominate as many individuals as they like. The final inductees will then be chosen by a panel of Supporters Club members and then be formally inducted at the Hall of Fame celebration evening at the end of the season (date to be confirmed).

So get your thinking caps on and let us know who you would like to see in the 2018 Hall of Fame.

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Supporters Club Calls on Fans to Help it Reach Milestone

Neath Rugby Supporters Club is calling on fans to help it reach a remarkable milestone.

In just four years in existence the supporters club have made over £9000 worth of donations to Neath RFC and now, on the eve of a new season, the club is looking to make even more contributions and hit the £10,000 target.

The supporters club’s first donation to the squad of nutritional supplements, was made back in September 2013, just weeks after the club was formed. Since then the club have bought items as diverse as training tops, fitness equipment, water bottles, and even a washing machine.

In addition, the club has also paid for the refurbishment of the physio’s room and the redecoration of the Gnoll’s changing rooms. Also, this summer, for the second year in succession, the supporters club also made a significant contribution to the ground’s maintenance, buying items such as sand, fertiliser and grass seed.

We are really proud of our members and supporters who have backed us over the years. We couldn’t have made such significant contributions without your backing. However, we are not resting on our laurels and are aiming to push on and make many more contributions.

To do this we need more members to join the supporters club and so we are calling on anyone who hasn’t joined for this season to do so at Saturday’s game with Swansea. Through these donations supporters can make a real and practical difference to the team. Every extra member we have will allow us to make more donations to the club.

Membership of Neath Rugby Supporters Club costs just £10 for the year and all profits go directly back into helping Neath RFC return to the top of Welsh club rugby.

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Coaches Q&A Evening

With the new season almost upon us, Neath Rugby Supporters Club is inviting fans of Neath RFC to a special preview evening on Tuesday 22nd August.

The evening will start with the players going through the paces in a pre-season training sessions of the summer.

Then, at 8:30pm in the clubhouse, coach Paul Williams and team manager Martyn Morris will give supporters the latest news on the squad, as well as giving their thoughts on the challenges ahead in the new season. Some of the players will also be present.  Fans will also have the opportunity to quiz the panel on the coming campaign.

Entry is free and open to everyone. There will be an opportunity to join the supporters club on the evening, in readiness for the coming campaign.

During the past year, the Supporters Club supported Neath RFC with donations a video camera to help with analysis, a washing machine to wash kit as well as helping with pitch maintenance over the summer. This was only possible due to the extraordinary backing of supporters that we received. Naturally the more members we have, the greater is our ability is so support the team, so please make sure you sign up for the 2017/18 season. Membership costs only £10 for the season and really does go a long way to supporting YOUR team.

(Due to a prior engagement, Gareth Llewellyn is unable to be present but Martyn Morris and Paul Williams, as well as some players will be there to answer your questions.)

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Neath Rugby Supporters Club AGM 2017

The Neath Rugby Supporters Club AGM will take place on Monday 14th August 2017 at 7:00pm at the Neath RFC Clubhouse.

The AGM will be an opportunity to hear what the club has achieved in the past year and to elect or re-elect officers for the coming year.

Admission to the AGM will be strictly for members only, so please remember to bring your membership cards with you.

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Still Time to Get Your Hall of Fame Tickets

We are now just over three weeks away from our Hall of Fame night on 26th May. Tickets for this annual celebration event are selling well but we do still have a few left.

These tickets will be on sale from the supporters club table in the clubhouse at Friday’s game against Bridgend – one of your last chances to secure tickets before the big night. Tickets cost just £7.50 for supporters club members and £11 for non-members.

The ever-popular event will see Neath greats Elgan Rees, Roy John, Glen Ball, Dai Parker and Phil Pugh inducted into the Hall of Fame.

The evening will also feature the annual awards for the current squad. One such award will be the Supporters Player of the Year.

Voting for this year’s award is now open and you can vote by visiting the supporters club table in the clubhouse at Friday’s game or by e-mailing info@neathrugbysupporters.com – ensure you include your name and your supporters club membership number. Voting is only open to supporters club members.

Remember that all the profit we make from the evening goes back into helping the squad prepare for the 2017/18 through the provision of kit and equipment.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by R&SD Risk Management.

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Vote for your Player of the Year

Neath Rugby Supporters Club are inviting members to vote for their player of the year.

Between now and the end of the season, members can cast their vote and have their say on who they think deserves to follow in the footsteps of previous winners Alex Humphrey and Leon Ward.

During a season which has shown glimpses of what this squad is capable of we want to know who you think the standout performer has been – who gave it their all, week in, week out? Who impressed you the most?

Members can vote by visiting the supporters club table in the clubhouse at the Neath v Bargoed game on Saturday and the Bridgend game on 5th May.  You can also email your selection to info@neathrugbysupporters.com – ensure you include your name and your supporters club membership number.

The winner will be presented with their award at the Hall of Fame night on Friday 26th May.

So getting thinking, and make sure you vote for your favourite player.

Please note:
Voting is only open to Neath Rugby Supporters Club members.
One vote per member.
Closing date for voting – Friday 6th May

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by R&SD Risk Management

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Hall of Fame Tickets Go On Sale

Tickets for Neath Rugby Supporters Club’s annual Hall of Fame night will be going on sale at the Neath v Cross Keys game on Saturday.

Taking place on Friday 26th Hall of Fame Tickets Go On SaleMay,  the evening will see Neath greats Elgan Rees, Roy John, Dai Parker Glen Ball and Phil Pugh inducted into the Hall of Fame.  The popular event has always sold out in the past and so fans are encouraged to buy their tickets as soon as possible.

Tickets cost £7.50 for supporters club members and £11 for non-members and will be on sale from the supporters club table in the clubhouse before and after Saturday’s game.

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

Following months of nominations and careful deliberations, the five inductees into the 2017 Hall of Fame have been chosen.

The five Neath greats will be inducted into the hall at a special celebration evening on Friday 26th May

The chosen five are (in no particular order):

Elgan Rees
Stalwart wing Elgan Rees was a fixture in the Neath team throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. He toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, winning his first Lions cap before he’d played for Wales. He eventually went on to win 13 caps for Wales, scoring six tries.

Phil Pugh
Blindside flanker Phil Pugh is latest player from our golden era. A hard tackling and abrasive player, one of his finest games in the Neath shirt came in that memorable game against New Zealand. His display that day led him to winning his first (and, amazingly, only) cap against the tourists a few weeks later.

Roy John
Second row forward Roy John’s was renowned for his prowess in the lineout. This led to him making his debut for Wales in 1950 and going on to win 19 caps for his country. He toured Australia and New Zealand with the British and Irish Lions in 1950, becoming, alongside Rees Stephens, the first Neath players to play for the Lions.

Dai Parker
With an incredible 511 appearances, Dai Parker has played for Neath more times than any other player. The diminutive outside half was a key figure in the Neath side between 1965 and 1974, captaining the club during his final season. One of his finest moments came when he scored the winning try in the inaugural WRU cup final in 1972 cup.

Glen Ball
Glen Ball was a distinguished centre who played for Neath during the 1970s, playing in the cup final triumph of 1972. He was also a key figure in the coaching team alongside Ron Waldron and Brian Thomas, during the club’s golden era of the late eighties and early nineties. Although he never played for Wales in a capped international, he did play against Argentina in 1968, for which he was belatedly awarded a President’s cap.

These five players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday 26th May, where they will be awarded with their commemorative caps.

Tickets for the evening will be on sale at Neath’s remaining home games this season (Cross Keys, 8th April & Bargoed, 15th April).

Tickets cost £7.50 for supporters club members and £11 for non-members.

The Hall of Fame is sponsored by R&SD Risk Management

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