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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Welcome to the new season

WP_20151107_16_27_31_ProProgramme Notes – Neath v RGC, 10 September 2016

The first home game of the season is finally upon us.

Well done to the team for getting a win in the opening game in Bargoed last week. By all accounts, it was a well deserved victory and I’m sure everyone will be revealed that we haven’t had to wait as long as we did last year for our first victory.

Another of the new boys visit us today with RGC making the long journey south. A comfortable win against Bridgend last week means our opponents are very much on form and that another tough game awaits us today.

It’s been a busy summer for us off the field. Thanks to the generosity of our members we were able to help the club out like never before. We arranged for the much needed refurbishment of the changing rooms, as well as purchasing fertiliser, grass seed, weed killer and 20 tonnes of sand in order to get the pitch in as good a condition as possible. All these donations amounted to almost £3000, so a big thank you to everyone who enabled us to do this.

Donations on this scale are hugely welcomed by the club and are only possible through the support of our members. Simply put, the more members we have, the more we can contribute to the club. Membership costs just £10 for the whole season and you can sign up at any home game. Just visit us in the clubhouse lounge to sign up.

A big thank you to those who’ve already signed up at our AGM earlier in the summer or at our Coaches Q&A evening a couple of weeks ago. It was encouraging to see to many people join up for the first time, as a result we’re on course to have our biggest membership yet.

Planning of activities for this season is already well underway. Our first event will be at the Cardiff game on October 8th where we support local historian, Bernard Lewis with the launch of his book documenting Neath’s record breaking season in 1988/89.

It was a season when the club broke world records for tries and points scored – and much more! Paul Thorburn, Brian Williams, Kevin Phillips, Lyn Jones, Chris Bridges and a host of other Neath stars feature.

The book contains 88,000 words, 280 pages, and 80 illustrations and will be available to buy direct from the author at the supporters club table in the clubhouse. The book is priced at just £10 and will be a must have for any Neath fan.

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Neath, Neath, Neath – The Record Breaking 1988/89 Season

CoverNeath Rugby Supporters Club will be supporting local historian Bernard Lewis with the launch of his book documenting Neath’s record breaking season in 1988/89.

The launch will take place at the Neath v Cardiff game on Saturday 8th October 2016 and will see Bernard selling copies of the book from the supporters club table in the clubhouse before the game.

The 1988/89 season was a year when the club broke world records for tries and points scored, culminating winning the cup final against Bridgend. Paul Thorburn, Brian Williams, Kevin Phillips, Lyn Jones, Chris Bridges and a host of other Neath stars feature.

The book contains 88,000 words, 280 pages, and 80 illustrations and will be available to buy direct from the author at the supporters club table in the clubhouse.

The book is priced at just £10 and will be a must have for any Neath fan.

For more information on the book and the author then visit Bernard’s website here.

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Supporters Bus – Narberth

Neath Rugby Clubhouse intend to run a supporters bus to Narberth for our friendly game on Saturday 27th August (kick-off 2.30pm), if there is a good response.

The bus will leave Neath clubhouse at 12 mid-day and return from Narberth at 5-30.

A £10 deposit will be required and the cut off date for this bus is Thursday 25th mid-day.

If interested please contact David Black on 07877538498 or Andrew Hayes on 07980412187.

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Coaches Q&A Evening

Gareth-LlewellynWith the new season almost upon us, Neath Rugby Supporters Club is inviting fans of Neath RFC to a special preview evening on Tuesday 30th August.

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

Then, at 8:30pm in the clubhouse, coaches Gareth Llewellyn and Paul Williams as well as 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. 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 of kit, equipment and materials amounting to almost £5000. 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 2016/17 season. Membership costs only £10 for the season and really does go a long way to supporting YOUR team.

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Neath Rugby Supporters Club AGM 2016

Neath Rugby Supporters ClubThe Neath Rugby Supporters Club AGM will take place on Thursday 18 August 2016 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. Nominations for election to the committee should be made in writing to info@neathrugbysupporters.com. Nominations should also be seconded by another supporters club member.

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

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Supporters Club Make Biggest Ever Donation to Neath RFC

WP_20151107_16_27_31_ProNeath Rugby Supporters Club are proud to announce their biggest ever donation to the rugby club.

This summer, the supporters club have agreed to fund the maintenance of the pitch through the purchase of fertiliser, grass seed, weed killer and 20 tonnes of sand.  In addition to this, the supporters club has also agreed to fund the refurbishment of the changing rooms, ensuring that Neath, the opposition and the match officials can prepare for games in comfortable and welcoming environments.  The total amount for all this work comes to £3,000.

The pitch and changing room maintenance follows on from the supporters club funding the refurbishment of the Gnoll’s medical room and the purchase of training tops for the squad in the season just gone.

Huw Davies, speaking on behalf of Neath Rugby Supporters Club said “We are proud once again to be working closely with Neath RFC this summer.  Through the backing of our supporters during the season just ended, we are able to make this considerable and practical contribution to the club.

Everyone who became members, bought a raffle ticket or attended our events in the past year have contributed to these purchases and for that we are very grateful”.

Neath RFC secretary Mike Price said, “Once again, we thank the Supporters Club for their generous support which will help us to retain The Gnoll as one of the leading venues in the Premiership. The Gnoll is already recognised as one of the best – if not the best – all-grass pitches in a division which needs top playing surfaces if it is to continue to produce players for Wales.  We are very grateful for the continued backing and support we receive.”

The Supporters Club is set to continue its fundraising activities throughout the 2016/17 season and are urging all supporters who have not already done so, to consider joining.  The more members there are, the more donations will be able to be made to the club.

 

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Past and Present Players Honoured at Hall of Fame Night

Twitter85ec160Once again this year, the Neath Rugby Supporters Club’s annual Hall of Fame night was a complete sell out with fans, current squad members and past greats gathering for a memorable evening celebrating the history of Neath RFC.

The evening was compared by Neath historian (and budding stand up comedian) Mike Price.

The first presentations of the night were to loyal servants Alec Jenkins and Leon Ward, who played their 100th games for the club during the course of the season.  They were presented with their club caps by ex Neath outside half, Dai Parker.

Next, promising young centre Kieran Williams was presented with a special commemorative photo to mark his first cap for the Grand Slam winning Wales U20 side.  Legendary Neath flanker Dai Morris did the honours.

The evening then moved on to the current squad’s annual awards.  The recipients were prop Geraint James (Best Newcomer), outside half/centre Iwan Evans (Best Young Player) and flanker Leon Ward (Clubman of the Year).

The next presentation was made to stalwart Neath, Nicky Downs.  Having played over 200 games for the club, the popular prop recently announced his retirement and was presented with some framed prints to commemorate his time with the club.

The first half of the night concluded with the awarding of the Neath Rugby Supporters Club’s Player of the Year award, as voted for by members of the supporters club.  In what was turning out to be a good night for him, Leon Ward was announced as the winner.

The night then moved on to the Hall of Fame presentations with legendary prop Courtenay Twitter36662d4Meredith.  Unfortunately, he couldn’t be with us on the night, so it was left to Dai Parker to collect the award on his behalf.

Glyn Shaw was next to receive his cap before regaling the audience with stories of past deeds before offering inspiring words of encouragement to the current squad.

Next was the third prop of the evening, Jeremy Pugh to receive his award.  He had the room howling with laughter with tales of club tours to America.

Allan Bateman then received his Hall of Fame cap before speaking eloquently about his time at the Gnoll, including reminiscing about that break against New Zealand.

Finally it was full back Paul Thorburn who received his cap, and once again entertained the crowd with stories of old.

One thing that clearly came across from each of the inductees, is the passion they have for the club, and even now, years after retiring, the pride they have in saying that they played for Neath still exists.

It only remains for us to thank those who helped make the evening a success, including Paula for her sterling work in selling the raffle tickets, Simon for manning the doors and Mike for comparing the evening.

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and look forward to arranging next year’s event.

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