Merthyr Tydfil

Club Profile

First Played: 1994-5

Win Rate: 40% (from 5 games)

Last Updated: 02 July 2022

From the south Welsh Valleys they came; Merthyr Tydfil *were* old hands of the Southern League. But what’s that all got to do with us – and why? After all, Boro’ have never set foot in that particular competition. Well, the relationship between Stevenage and Merthyr Tydfil is a lot closer than you may think. We first met during the 1995-6 GM Vauxhall Conference campaign. But their stay was kept to just one campaign; our subsequent encounters coming in the FA Trophy.

The most recent at the moment was in 2006; the start of our route to winning the trophy. It was particularly memorable for George Boyd, who ran amok in our hefty 7-0 win.

The Martyrs had a rich non-league football history, which sadly came to an end with the club’s liquidation in 2010. The Martyrs are one of the few Welsh clubs to compete on the other side of the border, dominating the Southern League during the late 1940s and early 1950s. There was a European adventure in the late 1980s after lifting the Welsh Cup too.



Merthyr Tydfil: The Facts

Who are Merthyr Tydfil?

Out of the mess that was the Second World War came the formation of Merthyr Tydfil FC. We are, of course, linking the war ending and the Martyrs forming as if there was a sense of cause and effect between the two events in 1945. But there must’ve been something in it. Surely? Better people than us know more about that. All we do know for sure is that the club started the 1945-6 campaign in the Welsh League, came second and decided to join the Southern League for their second-ever season.

It started a long-running and – to start with – successful spell as members of the Southern League. It took just two seasons for the Martyrs to rise to the top of the pile. And they’d go onto stay there for some time; claiming championships in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1954. The most amazing fact is that the first title win in 1947-8 was the only season in seven in which they failed to score at least 100 goals. In lifting the 1950-1 title, they’d racked up 156 goals from 44 games. One hundred and fifty six. Hells bells.

The Martyrs’ fall from grace was a bit rapid, however; relegated in 1958 after shipping 137 goals themselves. And so they’d end up spending most of the next 30 years in the second tier of the Southern League. In 1987, however, the force was once again strong over in the Valleys. A Welsh Cup win put ’em in the 1987-8 European Cup Winners’ Cup, where they were narrowly seen off over two legs by Italian side Atalanta. Back on the home front, the season would end on a high.

Why do we know Merthyr Tydfil?

After winning the 1987-8 Southern League Midland Division title, the Martyrs followed it up with a second straight promotion thanks to yet another Southern League title. It slung ’em up into the Conference for the first time. After a promising start to life as one the best in non-league football, the club started to struggle. A two-point deduction in the 1993-4 GM Vauxhall Conference season meant they only survived by two points. But for a stray result that spared Witton instead, we may have been kept waiting longer to cross paths.

But, no. In the Conference they stayed in ’94. And up came us from the Diadora League.

Merthyr Tydfil: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 5 2 3 0 13 2 11 2 40%
Home 3 2 1 0 11 0 11 1 67%
Away 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 1 0%
League 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2 0%
Cup 3 2 1 0 11 0 11 n/a 67%

* league points only

Merthyr Tydfil: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 16 December 2006

Monday 29 November 1999

Saturday 27 November 1999

Saturday 15 April 1995

Saturday 07 January 1995

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