Aberdare Athletic F.C.

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Aberdare Athletic Football Club were a Welsh football team founded in 1892 and based in Aberdare. They joined the Football League in 1921 but were replaced by Torquay United after failing to be re-elected in 1927.



Founded in 1892, Aberdare were twice Welsh Cup runners-up, in 1903-04 and 1904-05. In 1920-21 they joined the Welsh Section of the Southern League and duly finished runners-up in their first season. That gained them entry to the Football League Third Division South in time for 1921-22.[1]

Aberdare spent six seasons in the League, with their best season being 1921-22, when they finished 9th. That same year, 1926, Aberdare merged with nearby Aberaman Athletic; the first team continued to compete in the Football League under the name Aberdare Athletic, while the reserve team played in the Welsh League under the name Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic.

However, in the next season, 1926-27 Aberdare Athletic finished bottom of the Third Division South and failed to gain re-election to the league; Torquay United took their place.[2] The merged club fully renamed themselves as Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic, and rejoined the Southern League.

However, the merged club only survived for another year, and in 1928 the Aberaman faction split away from the club to re-form Aberaman Athletic, while the Aberdare half folded. After World War II, in 1945 a reformed Aberdare & Aberaman Athletic was formed, but this side also split into two, in 1947; the Aberaman Athletic club continue to this day and play in the Welsh Football League.

The club had several different team colours during their existence.[3] Their membership of the Football League coincided with that of a team from another Welsh town Merthyr Town.

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