FANS of Carmarthen Town AFC have reason to cheer this week with the news that spectators will be allowed at the club’s first pre-season friendly on Saturday.
Pontardawe are the visitors for a 2.30pm kick-off as Carmarthen Town begin the warms-ups for a season in the JD Cymru South league.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Carmarthen Town director Jeff Thomas.
“You can almost hear the huge gasp of relief for players, officials and supporters alike. This is the first sign we have had that things will, at long last, begin to return to normal. “I am sure Carmarthen Town’s loyal supporters have felt starved of live match action. But, finally, we can start making some plans to welcome people back to Richmond Park.” The Football Association of Wales (FAW) has ruled that Saturday’s match must be used as a test event, with entry restricted to 100 people. Admission to Richmond Park will be free, but there are strict coronavirus guidelines. All supporters will sit in the main Clay Shaw Butler Stand under strict two-metre distancing guidelines. Mr Thomas said: “This is very much the first step on the road back and we hope that supporters will respond to ensure a rigorous test event, which if successful, could lead to more supporters being allowed for future matches.” In the first place, those supporters wishing to attend are advised to make their request by emailing Paul Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org A code of practice and medical questionnaire will be sent to those wishing to attend and a seat will be reserved once the completed medical questionnaire is submitted. Entry will be allowed from 1.30pm and supporters are asked to attend as early as possible to allow temperatures to be taken. Entry will be via the St Peter’s car park turnstiles only. Masks are to be worn at all times. Town manager Kris O’Leary is in confident mood as almost all of last season’s squad has been retained. Further signings of experienced players will shortly be announced by the manager. Mr Thomas added: “The mood in the club is buoyant after all the hardships of the coronavirus lockdown. Our volunteers have been working hard on maintenance and improvement works at Richmond Park. “More volunteers will be needed to help with a thorough clean of the main stand prior to the first match. Anyone who can help is asked to get in touch.” If you can help with volunteering, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Mr Thomas added: “We are looking forward to the start of the new season. This year, we will be competing in the JD Cymru South league, but we remain an ambitious club and are keen to see a return to the Welsh Premier League as soon as possible. “While the football has been absent on the pitch, there’s been plenty of activity around Richmond Park. You’ll be able to spot Carmarthen Town fans who took part in the video for the Mike Peters and The Alarm official song for Euro 2020, The Red Wall of Cymru. “BT Sport have also been on site filming a special documentary about a Wales legend – our lips are sealed on who, but we’ll be able to say more when the programme is ready for broadcast. “We are, of course, grateful to our sponsors, advertisers, season ticket holders and supporters for their continued support. It’s been a difficult year for everyone, but we all earnestly hope that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now. It will be wonderful to welcome crowds back to Richmond Park.” The full list of friendlies is: Saturday, June 19, 14.30 v Pontardawe. Saturday, June 26, 14.30 v Cwmamman United. Saturday, July 3, 14.30 v Penrhyncoch. Saturday, July 10, 14.30 v Llanidloes. Friday, July 16, 19.30 v Ton Pentre. Meanwhile, the club is looking for a part-time head of coaching for its very successful academy. Renumeration to be negotiated depending on experience. Applicants must have a current FAW (Football Association of Wales) ‘A’ licence or be currently enrolled on a course. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced FAW Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. For more details contact Anthony Parnell on 07989 448629 or forward a CV to email@example.com The closing date for applications is June 16.