During the pandemic we sadly lost a great friend of Merthyr Town Football Club who was also a local football league unsung hero. Although mourners at the funeral were limited becasue of the restrictions in place, our fans were able to line the cortege procession.
So a fitting tribute to Phil Flye was held on August Bank Holiday weekend at the Met Coaches Community Stadium. With good weather the stage was set for an excellent afternoon of music, memories , good food and lots to drink.
Doug Neagle, one of our supporters, was the compère for the afternoon, which included local musicians Richie Collins, Lara Jay, former Martyr player Wayne 'Skin' Jones (Rod Stewart Tribute Act) plus his friend Martin, in addition to bands Dole Age, Five Feet in the Grave and DJ Ian Howells, who provided the entertainment from their wide ranging repertoire. All the music was appropriate for Phil, who along with Wayne Hodgkins and Phil Barsi used to organise the 'Rock in the Park' concerts.
This particular event was meticulously organised by Danny Sullivan, Wayne Hodgkins and Phil Barsi, which also included an opening address by Club Chaplin David Powell, who remembered all of those individuals that the Club had lost through the pandemic by raising a glass to absent friends, plus an emotional but fitting eulogy given by one of Phil's long standing friends. Michael Pickett.
Phil's long term dedication to local football, through Hoover, Merthyr Cavaliers and the Merthyr Tydfil Association Football League, saw a crowd of past, present and current footballers, including former Merthyr, Fulham, Manchester City, Chelsea and Welsh International, Gordon Davies who played for Phil in the South Wales Amateur League at Hoover. The crowd of three hundred also included Phil's friends and representatives of Prince Charles Hospital, that received a substantial donation from funds raised on the day.
A huge thanks to the organisers, hospitality staff and everyone who supported the event. Everyone present was confident that Phil would have approved but he would have asked 'Why all the fuss?'. Based on the volume of friends who attended it was a clear demonstration of the high regard in which Phil was held by everyone.