Bridgend Street FC after their win in the quarter-final of the FAW Trophy. Photo: @Bridgendst

‘Raw football’, a classic clubman and Bridgend Street FC’s history-making cup run

The Splott club is creating club history and they want Cardiff football fans to join their journey

SPLOTT side Bridgend Street FC have made club history by qualifying for the semi-finals of the FAW Amateur Trophy.

They beat Rhos Aelwyd FC from Wrexham 5-2 in a thrilling quarter-final at their ground at Willows High School, on February 18 to book their spot in the final four. This is the furthest they have progressed in the cup since forming in 1899.

“We are the lowest ranked team left now which makes it a free hit for us really,” said Kingsley Lloyd, secretary of the club.

“The scoreline did flatter us in my opinion but it was an incredible atmosphere which I think helped the boys over the line in the end.”

Bridgend Street play in the South Wales Alliance League Premier Division, the fourth tier of Welsh football, and are also chasing promotion to the third tier this season.

A bumper attendance of 247 watched the team’s latest cup game – more than double their average league attendance of 100.

The team plays at The Willows, behind Willows High School, Splott. Credit: Bridgend Street FC Twitter

“We have to be realistic with what to expect on Saturdays with other sport on in the city,” said Mr Lloyd.

“But if there are football fans that find Cardiff City too expensive, then we offer high quality, raw football at a fraction of the price. There are thunderous tackles and you are close to the action.

“You can see how we are a family-orientated club. Most of the boys who play now had their fathers play for the club and are now in the set up. Of course, we welcome other players. I have held every position at this club: player, manager, secretary among other things.

“We are looking for promotion. We are mid-table at the minute but have games in hand and are on a long unbeaten run. We’ve been at the third tier before so are more than ready for it.”

The team sits tenth in the league but have played up to eight games less than those around them, partly because of the cup run. All focus is now back on the league campaign before their semi-final in March.

The FAW Amateur Trophy is Welsh football’s secondary cup competition with sides from the third tier and below competing. There are 248 teams that enter in total.

Bridgend Street are the capital’s only remaining team after Cardiff Corinthians lost 3-2 to Llandrindod Wells in their quarter-final.

  • Bridgend Street will play Denbigh Town in the FAW Amateur Trophy semi-final on March 18 at a neutral venue to be decided.