Tuesday, June 05, 2007


TWO communities came together last weekend, when young men from Glyncoch and Rhydyfelin paid their respects to a local friend by arranging a football match in memory of James Williams, who sadly passed away on June 2 last year. Being James’ first love, a football match between good friends/ex teammates was seen as the ideal way to show that James was still a part of their lives, as well as their thoughts.

There was a good turn out and plenty of support on the day from James’ family and friends, who ensured the match was no quiet affair. The weather held out until the final whistle, which allowed all involved to get a dose of the very rare Welsh sun.

On the stroke of half time both teams gathered around the halfway line and a surprise bouquet of flowers was sprung on James’ parents, Richard and Jeanette. Some heart-felt words were spoken from the boys to the parents and from the parents to the boys and there was an overpowering sense of togetherness.

The match was played with an official referee and it was a very tight but sporting affair. However, this wasn’t reflected in the final score line: Rhydyfelin 7 Glyncoch 1. Nevertheless the boys of Glyncoch would like to congratulate the Rhydyfelin boys on a cracking result and a fulfilling game.

After the match Richard and Jeanette laid on a barbeque-buffet, beverages and musical entertainment. Both sets of boys attended along with Richard, Jeanette and family, where they shared some very funny jokes and stories with each other.

The evening ended with thanks from both parties for each other’s commitment. Richard and Jeanette thanked the boys for making a bad day, good.

The boys would like to thank Richard and Jeanette for all their help, support and hospitality. The day would not have been the same without them. Also thanks to all the boys who played, including James’ brother, Daniel Williams who turned in a quality performance for Glyncoch.

Last but not least congratulations to Ian Webb “Webber” for earning man of the match for a solid display in Rhydyfelin’s defence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great bunch of boys. They really are thoughtful and have helped James parents through a very stressfull time.Thanks to all of you.
It is nice to know that james was well thought of amongst his friends
and will not be forgotten.