Following yesterday’s confirmation from the Football Association of Wales that Port Talbot Town have been promoted into the JD Cymru South, we caught up with a number of players, management, committee and fans of the club on Talking Port for their instant reaction to the news:
Mark Pike: I am absolutely delighted with the news! I said a few weeks ago to believe in the process and it did not less us down. The players and staff are a credit to the club. They could have walked away twelve months ago, but they believed in me and the new regime behind the scenes and have now been rewarded for their commitment and desire to bounce back. That is exactly what we have done and delivered on what we promised in doing so at the first attempt. A huge credit goes to them and also behind the scenes, along with a special mention to our supporters who have been so loyal, especially in the past four years. It is about time we, as a football club, can give something for you to shout about. It has been missing for years.
Jack Underwood: It is amazing for the club, especially with the circumstances of last season. It’s a massive boost for us and is a great end to what was a pretty difficult season.
Morgan Thomas: I was landed! As the boys heard about the meeting being changed to yesterday, suspense was building and to see Port Talbot Town under the promotion column brought instant joy for everyone involved.
Mark Pitman: A fantastic and well-deserved achievement for a group of players and staff that stuck together after the toughest of relegations last season. It’s been a difficult year for Mark Pike personally, and few others would have stayed committed to this project when so many obstacles were put in his way. His dedication has inspired the team and the club as a whole to keep working through the off-field issues, and this is the reward. These players have shown a real commitment to the club and they deserve this success.
Conor Harris: I’m just thrilled for the club, off-field staff and management, and more so the boys. We still had our doubters at the start of the season, and we proved everyone wrong yet again. I can’t wait to get stuck into the league next season and give it a good go with a lot of feisty derby games which is good for the town.
Jordan Edwards: It’s a fantastic achievement from all of the players, coaching staff and those working behind the scenes on getting the club back to where it belongs.
John Hall: Personally, I’m happy we got promoted. It was fully deserved. Hats off to everyone at the club and all the staff who have worked very hard behind the scenes. Next season is going to be an exciting one in regard to having five local teams battling it out. I’m looking forward to that! Those derbies bring good crowds which is good for the town.
Morrys Scott: It’s a fantastic achievement after great loyalty shown by the players and management team. Getting promotion is what everyone at the club needed. We set our target at the start of the season to get out of the league and we have. Also a big mention to the committee for all of the fantastic work that has been done behind the scenes. Last but not least, a big thank you to the magnificent fans who have supported us week in and week out.
Ben Keefe: All of the credit must go to the players, management team and all of the staff at the football club, including us supporters. These players made me fall in love with the club again after some dark times. This season was tough in particular for me personally with the loss of my Nan, and this fantastic team helped with my mental health and keeping my spirits high, and for that I have to thank them enormously. Without everyone sticking together and believing we could get back to where we belong, this wouldn’t have happened! I am absolutely ecstatic and can’t wait for next season.
Anthony Tippett: I am absolutely delighted! So much hard work has gone on behind the scenes. Kudos to Mark and the coaching staff who have built such a close nit team and a built a close bond with the fans. I can’t wait for next season to begin.
Dylan Llywelyn Edwards: I am overjoyed with the news of a long overdue Port Talbot Town promotion. It’s been a tumultuous few years being a fan and witnessing your team suffer two relegations not based on the league table positions. But the future of the club with this current crop of players is bright and has given me the club I love back.
Ryan Morgan: With all of the bad press the club has been having over the last couple of years, it’s nice to finally have some good news and that is being promoted. It’s not the ideal way I personally wanted to go up, but then again it wasn’t the ideal way to go down either. It would have been easy for anyone to leave and just give up on the club after everything that happened, but credit to all of the boys who stuck together and also to everyone else involved behind the scenes who stayed and pushed the club back up to where we belong. Also, a massive thank you to the fans who have stuck by us through a very difficult period. You have been amazing for us and helping us get over the finish line. See you all next season.
Russell Morris: Tremendous! It’s been said that the supporters have been great and it’s a just reward for them staying through thick and thin. It’s good to see the good times coming back to the biggest club in Port Talbot. I’m really looking forward to next season and beyond. Local derbies should be lovely and will feel like they’re every week, but I’m really looking forward to Carmarthen and Llanelli away.
Andy Jones: After such a tough time, what better news is there to get than Port Talbot Town being promoted? I am really excited for the upcoming season. Blue Army!
Jackson Hall: It’s been the best news I’ve had all year. We needed this massively to compliment the hard work we have put in this season and I cannot wait to get back out there and push on further.
Jordan Pike: After what was always going to be a tough season, we have finally achieved our goal of getting back to where we belong which feels amazing. It’s a thoroughly deserved achievement for all the hard work the players, and staff and all behind the scenes have put in over the recent months! A massive thank you to all the fans that have shown their support for us over the season which certainly helped us get over the line and secure promotion.
Geraint Rowlands: What a nice surprise to see! It’s been deserved and should have been coming the way the boys played this year! Next season is a testing one with the strength of the league and the teams in there. The number of local derbies throughout next season will be staggering! Raring to go from the off and get some bragging rights. Come on!
Owen Williams: I’m just relieved and delighted for the club as a lot of people have spent so many hours getting the club back to where it is off the field. After a lot of negative years, it’s nice for them to get the reward they deserve!
Leanne Embling: I am delighted for the players, staff, fans and the committee. Promotion is a deserved reward for the hard work and dedication that has been shown both on and off the pitch. At last, something for Port Talbot Town to celebrate!
James Harris: I am absolutely delighted that we’ve been promoted. It was our target for the season to go straight back up. There was a lot of anticipation in the group chat and when the news broke, everyone was ecstatic. The boys and I can’t wait to get the season started.
Dylan Llewellyn: I am absolutely ecstatic about promotion back into the second tier of Welsh football. This club deserve it after the last couple of years. I’m going into my fourth year at the club now and I’m just as excited as the first!
Charles Musselwhite: It’s great news. I think it’s well deserved as Mark Pike and the team worked hard as a unit to get the club back up to the Cymru South. I’m sad to be leaving behind the likes of Abergavenny and Bridgend Street as I loved the battles with them. We now join a very competitive league with some top teams in. It’s great to be back!
Matty Baker: I was very relieved and of course excited because we worked hard last season and it feels good to get what deserved in the end. We achieved our one and only target this season!
Brandon Arthur: Although the season didn’t end in the perfect way and we couldn’t all celebrate promotion together at Victoria Road, there’s a feeling of justice there given how we were demoted last season. Finding out the news towards the end of my shift working from home was exactly what I needed and I’m just so glad we’re back where we belong.