The world of football takes me to a number of interesting places along the way, this time round it’s an overnight stay in Carmarthen prior to The New Saints’ game in the JD Welsh Premier League against Carmarthen Town.
I’ve been past Caerfyrddin, as it is known in Welsh, many times, as during the early days of our marriage we holidayed in Pembrokeshire regularly. This was the first time I’ve been into the town itself proper though, although I’ve been to the football ground on numerous occasions.
It’s been nice to spend some time, albeit limited, in Carmarthen and with the castle just a couple of minutes walk away from the hotel, I paid that a visit. I always enjoy taking in whatever the local area has to offer.
Prior to visiting the castle I did some basic research on the internet. It’s always more interesting when you know some background rather than visit blind and then maybe read up later.
Of course, I’m here for work so there were photographs and interviews of players at the hotel. The embedded tweet below is of fluent Welsh speaker, Ben Cabango, teaching Josh Hamami some of the lingo.
People like that sort of thing, it gives an insight into the lives of the footballers more than just post-match interviews etc. They’re important, of course, but the personal touch is always well-received.
Ben is a young player with a big future. He’s on loan at The New Saints from Swansea City and he certainly has the potential to go all the way. He’s a regular in the Wales national set-up at U-19 level.
Josh is another youngster who joined the club this season. He was the U-18s captain at Accrington Stanley, as well as playing for Bolton Wanderers and Barnsley in his career to date.
My visit to Carmarthen so far has been short and very sweet. I’m just hoping I’m still saying the same thing later today when we’re on our way back to Park Hall after the game.