A Welsh Premier League Odyssey: Part Two

Just a couple of weeks ago, Neil Mace was a Welsh Premier League virgin. Last weekend, he continued his discovery of the Welsh national league with a trip to Port Talbot. There’s no escaping the fact that Port Talbot is an industrial town, the approach to the town is laden with cooling towers, steelworks and blast furnaces. It feels like a community built around industry, but rather than ignominiously rejecting this inherent part of the community, Port Talbot have chosen to embrace it. This is reflected in the nickname of the local football team, ‘The Steelmen’. The journey to the GenQuip stadium was made all the more difficult as locals were completely unaware of it being called the GenQuip stadium. Located in between rows of terraced houses, it’s not the easiest place to find.However, using my ingenuity and Google maps, I managed to find the stadium more affectionately known as Victoria Road. The stadium is open ended; at one end you have yet more rows of terraced housing, at the other, a view of the hills surrounding Port Talbot. With rain looking likely, I was quite happy to see that there were two sheltered stands running along opposite lengths of the pitch. From the club house in the corner of the stadium, you can see the chimneys of industry billowing smoke, which acts as a reminder of the industrial...

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