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ONCE A MARTYR, ALWAYS A MARTYR - PAUL KEDDLE
18 May 2020, Monday

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My transfer... 

I was playing for Rhayader Town in 2002 in the Welsh Premier league and we got relegated. Merthyr had open trials for U23 and U18’ so i went over with my best friend Damien Daniels, who is currently working with me at Brecon Corries to try and get a place at the Merthyr Town Football Club. The first team trained at the same venue at the time where I was then asked to join in. The rest is history which is just crazy looking back.  

My debut... 

My debut for the club came against Cardiff City FC in a friendly match at Penydarren Park. At that time, I had just signed, and I thought I was just invited to watch the match until Andrew Beattie invited me into the first team dressing room and amazingly called my name out on the starting teamsheet. I didn’t even bring shin pads with me, I was in that much shock just to take part never mind start the game 

Best Memory at the club... 

There was a quite a few good memories at the club with the stand-out one playing English Football League club Walsall in the Emirates FA Cup. It was such a special night for everyone at the football club and for everyone for their tireless hard work over the years. The support that night was incredible and to be a part of that game which was also broadcasted on Sky Sports was a night I will never forget. 

My favorite game I played in... 

My favorite game that I played was when we played Crawley both home and away. This took place the year they ran away with the league comfortably. Scoring in both ties was a special moment for myself which is why its my favorite game.  

My favorite goal... 

My favorite goal is very hard to choose from as the main thing for me was just helping the team win and be successful in any competition we featured in 

Club appearances... 

To make 307 appearances for the club was an exceptional achievement for myself. Looking back, I wish I made many more for the club but due to personal reasons I just physically couldn’t. To make any appearances for that football club is special and until you cross that white line in a Merthyr shirt for the first time you will never know the feeling 

The supporters... 

I was very lucky with the fans, although I wasn’t technically great I always felt they knew I would give 200% at every game even if that incurred a booking now and then. They had great banter and couldn’t meet a more passionate bunchPenydarren Park was the theatre of dreams to me, I loved it and it felt like my second home. Having moved clubs due to personal reasons (which some people may not have understood), it made me realise home is where the heart is and that was at Merthyr. If it wasn’t for my leg break, I would still be playing at Merthyr but you just never know what’s round the corner. 


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