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15 Jan 2022, Saturday

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(From the Morning Advertiser, 13th April 1949.)

At a time when the Martyrs outplayed Cardiff City to win 3-1 in the Semi-Final of the Welsh Cup, all eleven directors of Merthyr Tydfil FC resigned it has been announced. This follows a dispute concerning the position of Albert Lindon, the Merthyr manager, who last month was asked to resign, but he refused to leave until his contract that had a year to run, was paid in full.

The announcement states that the Board was split into two fairly equal sections over a recent vote of ‘no confidence’ in Mr Lindon. It was recommended that a new board of seven directors be appointed at a shareholders meeting on May 11th.

“There are five of us solidly behind the manager, and we intend to stick by him at all costs. We do not intend to be bullied, and if necessary we will force a shareholders meeting to be called. In our opinion the value of Mr. Lindon to the team and to us as a Club is immense – as the progress of the team shows”.

At an extraordinary general meeting of the Merthyr Supporters Club the opinion was expressed that Mr Albert Lindon had been the victim of a ‘dirty whispering campaign’. The supporters three representative directors on the main Board of the Club were given a mandate to vote in favour of the retention of Mr Lindon as manager at the shareholders meeting to be held in a weeks time.

“There are three things pertaining to the work of the manager – the Club’s policy, it’s finance and results” declared Mr. E. Rowlands. “The first two are matters for the Directors and it is by the third that one should assess confidence in the manager. No one will say that the results achieved by Merthyr are not very good. I have never come across a dirtier whispering campaign than this” he continued. “Let me say that I believe the players are behind Mr Lindon because he is a player’s manager”.

A few weeks later the Martyrs beat Swansea Town 2-0 in the Final of the Welsh Cup at Ninian Park before a crowd of 35,000. They finished the season in third place just two points behind champions Gillingham in the Southern League, were Welsh League Champions and turned down a £20,000 bid (a record for a non-league player) from a Second Division Club for Jenkin Powell.


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