Welsh League Div 3 side to warm up in SRtRC T-shirts prior to their match against Valencia FC in Spain.
Pontypridd Town are now just days away from their match-of-a-lifetime against La Liga giants Valencia CF as they prepare to jet off to sunny Spain.
The club and its players will be showing their support for the campaign by warming up in Show Racism the RED Card T-shirts prior to the fixture in Spain and holding up the campaigns red cards.
In an astonishing coup, Town – who finished 15th in the 18-strong Nathaniel Cars Welsh League Division Three last season – secured the stunning away fixture through manager Dominic Broad and his brother Damien, who kept in contact with staff members at the club after completing an internship in Spain.
Pre-season work is currently being completed on the playing surface at Valencia’s 53,000-capacity Mestalla stadium, but Broad said his team are more than happy to play at the state-of-art-stadium stadium in nearby Oliva Nova.
The likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have played Valencia in friendly matches there recently.
Town’s match, which will feature what will effectively be Valencia’s reserve team, takes place on Tuesday, July 29.
Dominic Broad, Pontypridd Town FC’s player-manager, said: “Valencia offered to change the date of the fixture so we could play at the Mestalla, but all our flights were already booked!
“But we are still going out there to state-of-the-art facilities, including ice baths and oxygen rooms.
“It’s an absolute dream come true – everyone wants to play against the best teams and at the best venues.
“We’ve been training pretty hard and the best we can – we hope we can give our opponents a good run around.”
“We will also be showing our support for SRtRC prior to the match who recently visited the school I teach at in Barry. We wanted to show our support for anti racism which the club aim continue its support over the forthcoming season.”
Among the Pontypridd Town FC squad are personal trainers, teachers, a police officer, a building contractor, scaffolders, salesmen and a marketing company owner.
The Broad brothers secured the friendly through contacts they made at an internship in Spain, which was taken in their university years.
Dominic added: “We got on really well with the youth coaches at the time, and they have since gone up through the ranks and have been able to help us out with this match.
“It’s great for the town of Pontypridd, which is predominantly a rugby town.
“We now have 150 boys in our youth system since the game was announced, which is something that is sustainable for the club looking forward.
“And who knows? Valencia is not the only club we have contacts at – maybe we can persuade another big team to play us in a friendly next year!”
Sports presenter Colin Murray is also making the trip to Valencia along with footballers Razor Ruddock and Danny Murphy – with the former Liverpool midfielder named as the final squad member for the Welsh side.
Campaign worker Jason Webber said: “It is a fanatic opportunity for the club and we are grateful they will be showing their support for the campaign prior to the match. We will be continuing to work with the club this season who will be holding their first ever club event with SRtRC.”
Pontypridd FC squad for their Valencia tour 2014: 1) Adam Webb. 2) Sam Graves. 3) David Bartlett. 4) Cory Richards. 5) Damien Broad. 6) Nyran Bird. 7) Dominic Broad. 8) Geraint Passmore. 9) Luke Gullick. 10) O. Abdilahi. 11) Aaron Carew. 12) Zac Iheanacho. 13) Peter Scammell. 14) James Hill. 15) Nathan Thompson. 16) Michael Thomas. 17) Giovani Senatore. 18) Liam Ormson. 19) A. Coleman. 20) Sam Houldsworth. 21) Luke Lear. 22) Tavis Carter. 23) Danny Murphy.
Show Racism the RED Card wish good luck to the club and its players for the match and would like to thank them for showing their support for the campaign.
To be kept up to date with how the club does in the game follow us on Twitter @theredcardwales.
Source: Wales Online