The potted history of Aberdare Referees Society.
Prior to the 1914/1915 season there is no recorded football referees in a Welsh football referees’ society
In 1914/15 no Welsh societies are recorded, but there was 3 direct members in the South Wales Football Association, these being: –
J.G. Harvard of Aberdare who was joined by A. Shallcross of Ebbw Vale and W.H. Richards of Merthyr Vale.
Still no records exist until a new branch was recorded and established in Aberdare in February 1933.
Therefore, it is recognised that the Aberdare society was ‘officially born’ in February 1933.
In October 1933 the Aberdare society rises to 15 members
In June 1935, Aberdare, as well as Swansea fail to send representatives to a central meeting, the reason for the absence was believed to be the result of an election in 1934 meeting.
In February 1949 “….in the ABERDARE VALLEY the new branch has started (reformed) excellently”.
In March 1949 Aberdare is graced with guest speaker Mr. Burt Hinton who comes to the Aberdare Valley Society.
“In the ABERDARE VALLEY Society the address of Mr. Hinton held rapt attention and enthusiasm”
Aberdare Valley Society hosts a quiz against Merthyr Society
In March 1957, from Aberdare (The Welsh Referees’ Union) came the suggestion that a Western Division be formed. The outcome is not recorded.
During the 1970’s Anthony Jones of Hirwaun form the Aberdare society is promoted to the Football League as a linesman (assistant referee).
Prior to the 1990’s, Aberdare societies past history is very sketchy and little or no records existing of its members or activities.
Affiliated to the Referees’ Association of Wales and The South Wales Football Association
The society was ‘officially born’ in February 1933, as of February 2018 we are 85 years old.
Aberdare Referee’s Society meet monthly at The Rock Inn in Aberaman near Aberdare. The society area covers the whole of the Cynon Valley which stretches from Rhigos & Hirwaun in the North to Abercynon & Carnetown in the South.
Meetings are held at the club on the first Sunday of the month. Meetings commence at 7pm. All referees are welcome whether active or non-active. We also encourage others to come and see how our meetings are held, what training we undertake and to assist others in the understanding of the laws of the game.
We are members of the Referee’s Association of Wales and affiliated to both the Referee’s Association of Wales (RAW) and the South Wales Football Association(SWFA).
All meetings are informal. At the start of the meetings we ‘sort’ the business end of the society out and then follows with top quality training involving guest speakers’ discussion topics, question & answer sessions and general quiz questions.
Aberdare Referee’s Society seek to promote local and national refereeing at every opportunity.
Our training officer who is a former FIFA Assistant Referee runs regular training courses for both male and female candidates who wish to become football referees
We are a friendly and welcoming society who are always happy to receive new members.
Over the last 15 years Aberdare Referees Society has produced the following from its members,
2 FIFA accredited Referees, one of these being the first ever Welsh female referee.
3 FIFA accredited Assistant Referees
4 Welsh Premier League Referees.
22 Welsh League Referees and Assistant Referees
Our members cover games around the South Wales area officiating throughout the Welsh football Pyramid system such as the Welsh Premier league, South Wales Alliance league and local leagues as well as being involved with professional clubs’ academies, English schoolboy leagues and international tournaments throughout the United Kingdom.
No other Welsh football referees’ society can match Aberdare’s success at producing quality refereeing officials.