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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Date Revealed for 2017 Hall of Fame

The date for the Neath Rugby Supporters Club Hall of Fame celebration evening has been confirmed.

Friday 26th May will see the great and the good of Neath RFC gather at the clubhouse for our annual celebration.

The evening will see five of Neath RFC’s all time legends inducted in to the Hall of Fame and, as ever, fans are invited to come along.

Tickets are priced at £7.50 for supporters club members and £11 for non-members.

Following the success of previous years, tickets are expected to sell out fast, so we would urge anyone who wishes to attend to secure their ticket as soon as possible.

Don’t forget, that we’re still taking nominations for who you would like to see inducted into the Hall of Fame.

You can make your 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 Saturday

The closing date for nominations is this Saturday (18th March) and you can nominate as many individuals as you like. They will then be whittled down to the final five by a panel of supporters club members.

So get nominating and then join us on 26th May for what promises to be a memorable evening.

The 2017 Hall of Fame is sponsored by R&SD Risk Management

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Nominations Closing Date Looms

Just a quick reminder that the closing date for nominations for the 2017 Hall of Fame is this Saturday (18th March).

We’ve had a great response so far with almost 150 individual nominations, and 50 separate players all put forward.  The names will then be whittled down to the final five who will be inducted at our end of season celebration night.

You’ve still got time however to get those last minute nominations in.  You can let us know who you want in the Hall of Fame in several 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 at the Newport game on Saturday

The 2017 Hall of Fame is sponsored by R&SD Risk Management

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Volunteers Needed

Neath Rugby Supporters Club is on the lookout for some of its members to come together to help choose who should be inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame.

Over the past couple of months, fans of Neath RFC have been busy nominating players and administrators from all eras and now the time has come to whittle the dozens of names down to the final five.

The closing date for nominations is this Saturday (18th March).  We will then need our selection group to get together at a convenient date shortly after to choose the final five.

If you are a Neath Rugby Supporters Club member and would like to get involved, then please e-mail info@neathrugbysupporters.com

The 2017 Hall of Fame is sponsored by R&SD Risk Management

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R&SD Risk Management to Sponsor Hall of Fame 2017

rsd-risk-managementNeath Rugby Supporters Club are pleased to announce that R&SD Risk Management have agreed to sponsor the 2017 Hall of Fame.

This will be the fourth successive year that the company have sponsored the Hall of Fame, having first backed the event in its inaugural year of 2014.

Neath Rugby Supporters Club are once again very appreciative of their generosity and would like to thank Rhys and Sarah for their continued support.

Nominations are still being sought for entries into the Hall of Fame. To nominate your hero, simply e-mail your choice(s) to info@neathrugbysupporters.com or come and see us at any game. Closing date for nominations is 18th March 2017.

The final five will then be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a special celebration event at the end of the season, details of which will be confirmed shortly.

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Neath Rugby Supporters Club Launch 2017 Hall of Fame

Twitter36662d4Neath 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 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, Elgan Rees, 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 and fill in the nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is Saturday 18th 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 2017 Hall of Fame.

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Supporters Club Purchase New Camera for Club

camcorder-1Following on from the contribution we made to grounds maintenance and changing room refurbishment over the summer, the supporters club has just purchased some more equipment for the squad.

This time, at the request of Gareth Llewellyn, we have Supporters Club Purchase New Camera for Clubpurchased a video camera for the squad.  The camera will allow the club to film games alongside the official WRU footage. The club’s camera will take in a wider view of the game to that supplied to the WRU and will allow the coaches to pin-point exactly which positions players are taking up in both attack and defence and make any adjustments if necessary.  The camera was used for the first time in the Ebbw Vale game last Saturday.

The purchase has come about as a result of the uptake in membership this season. At this early stage of the season our membership numbers continue to rise, with fans eager to help us to help the team. Remember, everything we make goes back into helping the team.

So, a big thank you to those who have joined, and if you haven’t yet, then please consider doing so. With your support we can continue to support the squad during the forthcoming campaign. Membership remains at just £10 for the season. If you want to join for then you can find us in the clubhouse lounge before and after every home game, including the Cardiff game on Saturday.

The more members we have, the greater our ability is to help the squad.

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Neath v Ebbw Vale

Programme Notes – Neath v Ebbw Vale

WP_20151107_16_27_31_ProWe welcome reigning champions Ebbw Vale to the Gnoll today for our second home game of the season.

Despite the mixed fortunes on the field it’s been an encouraging start to the new season for the supporters club with most of last season’s members re-joining and lots of supporters joining for the first time. This meas we’re on course to have more members than ever before.

If you haven’t renewed or joined yet then please come and see us in the clubhouse today. You’ll pay just £10 for the whole season and every penny we make will go back into helping the squad with the purchase of kit and equipment. Working together, we really do make a difference and our members’ efforts are appreciated by the squad.

With such a promising start to the season, we’ll shortly be making our first contribution of the year. Hopefully we’ll have more information on this next week.

Also next week local historian, Bernard Lewis with be launching his book documenting Neath’s record breaking season in 1988/89, a campaign in which the club broke world records for tries and points scored and won the cup, beating Llanelli in a thrilling final. Paul Thorburn, Brian Williams, Kevin Phillips, Lyn Jones, Chris Bridges and a host of other Neath stars feature in the book.

With 88,000 words, 280 pages, and 80 illustrations it will be a must have for any Neath fan. The book will be available to buy direct from Bernard at the supporters club table in the clubhouse at the Cardiff game next Saturday, priced at just £10.

 

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