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Neath

Neath FC were liquidated by receivers in July 2012 after a winding up order from the Companies Court in London. They finished third in the Welsh Premier League in their last season of existence.

The Merger of 2005 between Skewen Athletic and Neath AFC. Both clubs have fairly similar backgrounds and more by design than accident the name of Neath Athletic was arrived at as this was Skewen's former name. Skewen Athletic actually started life as Garthmoor (an elevated area between Neath & Briton Ferry) being founded by local builders H. Snow & Co. Early records are sketchy but my research indicates that they must have been formed sometime in the late 1920's playing in the Swansea Gwalia League. They were not in the initial number of clubs that started the Neath & District League in 1931 but in season 1934-35 they won the Neath League Championship and Open Cup. West Wales F.A records show that they reached the final of the West Wales Amateur Cup in 1939 losing to Swansea Amateurs. They were admitted to the Welsh League Division 2 (west) in the late 1940's still as Garthmoor, moving to Cwrt Herbert to reflect their higher status. Shortly afterwards came the change of name to Neath Athletic but it took until 1967-68 for them to win promotion to the League's top division. This necessitated having to find an enclosed ground so they leased Skewen's Greyhound Stadium. It is at this time that their name was changed to Skewen Athletic. Their time in the Welsh League's Division 1 only lasted one season and finding the lease of the stadium financially prohibitive they moved 'a stone's throw away' to Tennant Park, their home of course at the time of this season's merger. Their last three years as Skewen Athletic proved to be their most successful gaining promotion from Division Three in 2002-03 and winning the Second Division Championship the following year in 2003-04. The second part of the merger equation, Neath AFC, was only formed five years ago (by name) but the club has actually existed since 1922 when the UK's first oil refinery was opened at Llandarcy, known then as N.O.R (National Oil Refineries). They too started life in the 'old' Swansea Gwalia League before becoming one of the 14 clubs that started the Neath League in 1931. Prior to this N.O.R had appeared in the first two West Wales Amateur Cup Finals losing both times. In 1951 however, they won that competition beating Plasmarl in the final, winning it again in 1955. By the late 1940's N.O.R had been admitted to the Welsh League Division 2 (west) and many 'derby' games were played between the two merged clubs.By 1955 N.O.R had changed to BP Llandarcy to reflect the new company identity and were BP AFC for the next 45 years. In 1958 BP opted out of the Welsh League for diverse reasons returning in 1971 where they have been prominent members ever since winning promotion in 1977 as Abacus League Division 1 Champions and making it to the top flight for the first time in 1997. In 1996 and 1997 BP beat Swansea City twice to lift the West Wales Senior Cup with both games being played at the now defunct Vetch Field.The merged clubs began their first season very well, finishing runners up during the 2005/06 season in the First Division of the Welsh League. Promotion into the Welsh Premier was only denied the club because of unfinished ground improvements.The following season (2006/07) we went one better, winning the First Division title with a record 92 points and this time we gained promotion into the top flight - the Principality Welsh Premier League. During this season we also won the West Wales Senior Cup to make it the most successful season in our history.The challenge of the Welsh Premier then lay ahead of the club and European football followed in the Europa League, before their sad demise.

Home Kit:
All Black
League:
West Wales FA.
Capacity:
5,000
Stadium Address:
The Gnoll Stadium Gnoll Park Road
Town:
Neath
Postcode:
SA11 3BU
County/Area:
Away Kit:
Web Site:
http://www.neathfc.com/
Club Secretary:
n/a

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Date Home Away For Against
21/04/2012 Neath FC Llanelli Town AFC 1 5
15/04/2012 Neath FC Bangor City 1 3
20/03/2012 Neath FC Afan Lido 0 1
17/03/2012 Neath FC The New Saints 0 1
28/02/2012 Neath FC Llanelli Town AFC 4 2
18/02/2012 Neath FC Prestatyn Town 1 0
12/02/2012 Neath FC Bala Town 2 0
12/01/2012 Neath FC Port Talbot Town 3 2
07/01/2012 Prestatyn Town Neath FC 1 1
02/01/2012 Neath FC Llanelli Town AFC 2 0
27/12/2011 Llanelli Town AFC Neath FC 0 1
27/12/2011 Llanelli AFC Neath FC
17/12/2011 Prestatyn Town Neath FC
27/11/2011 Bala Town Neath FC
27/11/2011 Bala Town Neath FC 0 0
20/11/2011 Neath FC Newtown AFC 5 0
11/11/2011 Carmarthen Town AFC Neath FC
11/11/2011 Carmarthen Town AFC Neath FC 2 2
09/11/2011 Neath FC The New Saints 1 1
06/11/2011 Airbus UK Broughton Neath FC 2 2
30/10/2011 Neath FC Afan Lido 1 1
22/10/2011 Bangor City Neath FC 2 1
14/10/2011 Aberystwyth Town Neath FC 1 1
09/10/2011 Neath FC Prestatyn Town 3 1
30/09/2011 Port Talbot Town Neath FC 1 2
25/09/2011 Neath FC Bala Town 4 0
17/09/2011 Newtown AFC Neath FC 0 4
11/09/2011 Neath FC Carmarthen Town AFC 1 0
07/09/2011 The New Saints FC Neath FC 3 0
04/09/2011 Neath FC Airbus UK Broughton 3 0
26/08/2011 Afan Lido Neath FC 1 0
21/08/2011 Neath FC Bangor City 2 0
14/08/2011 Neath FC Aberystwyth Town 4 2
21/05/2011 Neath FC Prestatyn Town 3 2
15/05/2011 Neath FC Aberystwyth Town 2 1
30/04/2011 Neath FC Prestatyn Town 1 1
25/04/2011 Neath FC Bangor City 1 2
22/04/2011 The New Saints FC Neath FC 2 3
16/04/2011 Port Talbot Town Neath FC 1 2
01/04/2011 Llanelli Town AFC Neath FC 4 0
25/03/2011 Neath FC The New Saints FC 2 2
19/03/2011 Prestatyn Town Neath FC 1 1
13/03/2011 Neath FC Port Talbot Town 0 0
05/03/2011 Bangor City Neath FC 1 2
20/02/2011 Neath FC Llanelli Town AFC 0 4
08/02/2011 Neath FC Port Talbot Town 2 1
30/01/2011 Neath FC Aberystwyth Town 1 1
23/01/2011 Neath FC Prestatyn Town 2 1
18/01/2011 Neath FC Llanelli Town AFC 1 1
15/01/2011 Neath FC Airbus UK Broughton 1 0