One down, how many to go? – Rev's Ramblings

In the semi-final of the Irn-Bru Cup, 21 points clear in the WPL with 10 games to go, still in the Welsh Cup and in the final of the Welsh League Cup. That was the situation we found ourselves in last Saturday afternoon.

An impressive position for any club to be in, of course, but the reality was, even on an incredible 28-game unbeaten streak, nothing had actually been won. However, that’s not the case now, as the Nathaniel MG (Welsh League Cup) trophy has now made its way back to Park Hall.

I enjoy the wider friendships that have been made and developed during my time so far in Welsh football. Therefore, when Barry Town United asked if I would write an article for the upcoming cup final magazine special, I felt honoured.

The Barry souvenir magazine
The Barry souvenir magazine

In addition, being asked by the FA Wales to do the same for the matchday programme, I felt equally privileged. I do enjoy writing and I love football, so when the two are thrown into the mix it’s hardly a burden.

I have a number of regular literary commitments, including this column that has always been a pleasure to pen. I’m doing this one, by the way, somewhere in the air on a flight from Birmingham to Dublin.

More of that in next week’s Rev’s Ramblings but I’m on my way to speak at a media workshop hosted by the FA Ireland. It was again an honour when our media work at TNS attracted the attention of the FAI.

The photographer becomes the photographed
The photographer becomes the photographed

Back to the Nathaniel MG Cup though and the excitement began the day before, as the team bus made its way down to Cardiff. Prior to departure we had a photo-shoot with Paul Harrison, Chris Marriott and Connell Rawlinson all donning the new kit. You can actually get hold of the shirt yourself. Check out the club store on the TNS website home page for details.

We stayed just outside the capital, and the next day a short coach journey took us to the Cyncoed Campus, home of Cardiff Metropolitan University FC. Another well-organised FA Wales event, that proved to be successful.

A good crowd, aided and abetted by the proximity to Barry and their loyal and enthusiastic fan-base, ensured a great atmosphere. And of course, from our perspective, the icing on the cake was a 4-0 victory.

It was great to see Wales Ladies internationals, Cheryl Foster, again
It was great to see Wales Ladies international, Cheryl Foster, again

It was great to see Cheryl Foster again. She made history not that long ago when she became the first female official in the WPL. My claim to fame is that I did the very first interview with her afterwards. This time round we got her on TNS Radio a couple of times during the game.

In my three seasons with TNS I’ve been to five finals so far. I’ve loved every one and they’ve all been trophy-winning ones as well. Finally, well done to Kamran Axundov who guessed the correct score in the final.

Everyone who gets it right gets a mention in this column. In addition, we’re offering two seats in hospitality for anyone that can get to a game at Park Hall. It’s a TNS Facebook competition, so make sure you like our page and keep an eye open for the posts.

Feel free to contact me: stewart.bloor@tnsfc.co.uk