Pooler celebrate bumber gate receipts
1:46pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Pontypool RFC v Brigend Athletic RFC. (left to right) Cllr Barry Taylor, Ben Jeffreys. Lynne Neagle, Torfaen representative on the National Assembly for Wales, Cllr Bob Wellington, the leader of Torfaen Council, Peter Jeffreys and Pontypool Community Cou
PONTYPOOL RFC were celebrating a job well done on Saturday and that wasn’t just because Pooler had secured an opening home win of the season.
The club were delighted after claiming their biggest taking on the gate in two years.
The combination of a passionate crowd of around 500 and the strong sales of the club’s brand new matchday programme helped Pooler bring home takings in excess of £1600 as Pontypool Park hosted its first game of the Swalec Championship game of the season with the visit of Bridgend Athletic.
Long-time supporter, Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle and the leader of the council, Bob Wellington were among the guests in the refurbished hospitality area under the main stand where hospitality manager Gill Calder-Matthews and her team were hard at work.
The famous honours boards paying tribute to the club’s former captains and those who went on to represent Wales had been moved to give them more prominence in a space of their own, and physio Emily Buckley was getting used to her revamped medical room, kitted out by club sponsor Cardiff Sports Orthopaedics.
With the new merchandise marquee available for the next home game against Bonymaen on Saturday September 28, the much promised sprucing up of Pontypool Park for fans is almost complete and those who made their way down had thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Corporate director, Ben Jeffreys declared himself delighted.
He said: “To the supporters who stuck with the club during the past twelve months, thank you.
"We had an incredible turnout yesterday, the type of turnout that gives us hope that we can continue to build on our ambitions and I sincerely hope that you enjoyed the day – not just the rugby but also the experience.
"It will take time, but I think we are on a steady footing and all we really want is for you to enjoy your day and leave having felt it was an afternoon well spent.”
Theleader of Torfaen council, Cllr Bob Wellington said: "It was a pleasure to be invited to the game. It was an excellent match and a great result.
"It is about 18 months since the club opened discussions on improving the facilities and they have done a fantastic job beneath the stand.
"I must congratulate the club for their efforts on and off the field and praise the unseen army of volunteers who continue to give their time so generously to the club.
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