From Llandarcy to the Gnoll
Following the merger of 2005 the club played its matches at the superb facilities at Llandarcy Park (pictured). This led to us finishing as runners-up behind Goytre in 2005/06. The champions turned down promotion to the Welsh Premier League, so we applied only to be knocked back on ground criteria. The following season saw us go one better and achieve promotion as champions with all the necessary work carried out at Llandarcy Park. During our first season in the WP it quickly became evident that new UEFA ground criteria was going to be unachievable at Llandarcy and the search for a new home began.
The feasibility of building a new ground was discussed with the council and other parties but this proved to be a non-starter and we entered into discussions with Neath RFC about a ground share at the Gnoll. It was a stadium that would instantly make us the best-equipped club in the League with regard to the new Uefa ground criteria.
After a lengthy process a deal was thrashed out for Neath FC to play at the historic Gnoll Stadium and on the 16th July 2008 Swansea City visited to play the first game of football at the Gnoll in its 125-year history (left). A bumper crowd of nearly 5000 people watched this game.
And so for the beginning of the 2008/09 Neath FC moved to play football at the Gnoll.
The Gnoll, Gnoll Park Road, Neath
Gnoll Park Road
Matchday tel 01693 643328
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Sunday 04 Sep 2011
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