Port Talbot appoint Andrew Edwards as chief executive
PORT Talbot visit Newtown for their opening Word Cup clash tonight (7.30), having made a major change behind the scenes.
Chairman Andrew Edwards is to stand down from his position after 15 years and take up a new role as the club's first chief executive.
Since being appointed in the summer of 1998, Edwards has overseen a complete transformation of the club.
Under Edwards' chairmanship, Port Talbot Town marked the millennium by achieving promotion for the first time into the then named League of Wales.
There the club have since established themselves as one of the most progressive in the top-flight and are regularly in contention for the league's Championship Conference.
The highlight of Edwards' tenure was the 2009/10 season when the club reached the Welsh Cup final, only to be edged out by Bangor City.
They also finished third in the Welsh Premier League, securing qualification for European football for the first time in the club's history.
This new position will allow Edwards to concentrate his efforts on continuing the development of the football club, including growing commercial revenue and working closely with the club's commercial partners.
He hopes to increase matchday attendances and will oversee the club's community programme.
"I'm delighted that the club have offered me this opportunity," said Edwards.
"I have been associated with Port Talbot Town for 16 years now, I have a real passion for the club and I want to help it reach the pinnacle of Welsh football.
"This new position will certainly help us in our ambition to achieve that and I am really excited and looking forward to starting."
The Steelmen begin their League Cup campaign looking to kick-start their season after three games without a win.
They lost 3-1 to Carmarthen Town last Friday after drawing 0-0 with Connah's Quay and being thumped 6-0 by The New Saints on the opening day.
Elsewhere, Afan Lido host Taffs Well at the Marston's Stadium.
Lido suffered another defeat last weekend as they were beaten 3-1 at home to Airbus UK Broughton.
That came five days after a 3-0 loss to Aberystwyth.
Taffs Well are sixth in MacWhirter Welsh League division one, having won two, drawn one and lost one of their fixtures so far.