Collaboration between photographer John Smith and the Dial M For Merthyr fanzine depicts fans in the surroundings of Penydarren Park stadium
16 February ~ In the summer of 2010 Merthyr Tydfil were liquidated. Martyrs to the Cause, the supporters’ trust at Penydarren Park, resurrected the club immediately and entered the Western League Division One as Merthyr Town; a return to the original name of the town's football club.
The club originally went down three divisions after administration but they have won two promotions in the last 5 years and are currently second in the league, pushing for another promotion as a fan-owned club.
Without the fans, there wouldn't be a football club and photographer John Smith, along with the Dial M For Merthyr fanzine, have embarked on a project to document those supporters’ experiences at games.
Once the season is finished all pictures from the project will be displayed via John Smith’s website.
Top photo: Fan sips on a lager watching the game with the old disused urinals in the background
Merthyr Town’s announcer and lifelong fan, Salty
The not so grand stand seats
A range of hats on display on the Theatre End terrace
A Merthyr fan watches the game from the terraces of the Popular Bank
A young Merthyr fan on the terraces
The #WeOwnOurFootballClub banner on display