Joining the Dragons – Ali’s Story

At the Dragons, we know how difficult it can be to pluck up the courage to join a new club; it can be a bit scary coming along and meeting people for the first time. We’ve all got our own personal stories about how we joined the Dragons, so we thought we’d share a few in the hope that some of you might be inspired to come along and join us too!

Ali M

Home town: Solihull, West Mids

Joined the Dragons: 2011

“I can’t remember how I first came across the Dragons but I was playing hockey at the time and wanted to take up football again. I emailed the club to ask about training times and days and I got a really friendly message back from the Football Manager. I remember planning on going to training but I put it off a couple of times as I was too nervous. This seems crazy when I look back, but it can be hard to join something new. On the night that I did go along to training I remember feeling really nervous and I sheepishly made my way around to the 5-a-side pitch at Gol where they all were. I don’t know what I was worried about because everyone was brilliant – really welcoming. To be honest, as soon as you kick a ball, the nerves all disappear.

I enjoyed it so much that I never really left and ended up volunteering for the club on a few things. I’ve been all over the UK with the Dragons on away trips to play and support, and have had some of the best social nights out (the ones that I can remember). The club is like a little family; everyone looks out for eachother and being gay isn’t an issue as this club is all about providing opportunities for the LGBT community and breaking down barriers locally. I think this is what makes it feel like a little family. If you’re thinking about joining, just do it. You have nothing to fear, we’ve all been there before and will make sure you’re fine and have a great time on and off the pitch”



Stonewall Cymru Women’s Reception

Here’s one for the women. Stonewall Cymru are holding a Women’s Reception in partnership with the London Women’s Clinic. The event will feature a Q&A discussion on lesbian and bisexual women’s experiences in Wales today, looking at representation in public life, the media, sport and business, with leading women voices in Wales including:

  • Wales international Hockey Player, Beth Fisher
  • Unite the Union’s Head of Political Strategy, Hannah Blythyn
  • Stonewall Cymru’s Policy and Research Officer, Mabli Jones

The panel will be chaired by BBC Radio Cymru’s Nia Medi, and there will be a drinks reception following the panel discussion. This will be an opportunity to network with other lesbian and bisexual women and allies from a range of industries in Wales.

Date: Wednesday 19 November

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: London Women’s Clinic, 15 Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BY

Please be aware that places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. RSVP by clicking here.


Joining the Dragons – Emyr’s story

Emyr Hopkins

emyrI wanted to find a welcoming football club to join as I hadn’t played for a team for about a year and a half. I was openly gay and really into football. I brought my friend Chris with me who had never played football before. The first session I played in I was shocked. There were some really good football players there and I felt comfortable. It was scary and tough but after the first session I felt fine! I went by myself next session and was talking to everybody and playing some really good football. I am so happy I joined and I am now captain of the Dragons! We play at a good standard and people should definitely come and join if you want to play football and make some mates! Gay, bi or straight everybody is welcome!

Dragons battle with the Titans – Dragons win 3-2


Cardiff Dragons 3 London Titans 2

Played at the University Fields Llanrumney, 2nd November 2014

Before I go into the match report can I just say great support today on a wet and windy day from the sideline; well done supporters. Also, there were some great tactical decisions from Ryan Mc and his management team throughout the game; all had a bearing on a great win.

Dragons lined up as follows:- Ryan B, Adam, Ryan Mc, ( Manager), Muzz, Fuge, Emyr, Chris G, Stefan, Anthony, Liam, Craig. Subs: Andy, Harriet, Christian, John A, Jay.

The first 15 minutes were quite uneventful with both sides settling into there respective systems. Craig had a shot blocked from around 10 yards – great effort. Titians won a few corners without either goalkeeper being tested. On 20 minutes Titans lost a player to an injury. On 25 minutes Ryan B was quick to react to a corner, pushing the ball over the bar. On 30 minutes Ryan Mc took himself off to concentrate more on the game and was replaced by Christian. The back 4 was commanded well by Muzz with Adam, Fuge, Ryan Mc when he was on the field and Christian all looking solid. Chris G and Emyr were winning the ball and creating movement in the centre. On 35 minutes there was good interlink work by Adam and Stefan, leading to Craig having a shot that just wide. Anthony was also working hard down the wing and Liam was working back well to win good ball. On 38 minutes some excellent work by Emyr resulted in a shot by Craig that was saved. On 40 minutes Ryan B made a fabulous save low to his right to push the ball around the post it kept the score at 0-0. On 42 minutes the deadlock was broken after another Titans corner; the Dragons gave away a soft penalty for a push in the back. The penalty was well taken. 1-0 Titians and that’s how it stayed until half time.

Second half Ryan replaced Craig and Stefan with Andy and John A. On 52 minutes the Dragons were level with what I can only describe as pure genius from Liam. From within the 18 yard box he turned and produced an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the net 1-1. On 55 minutes Christian picked up an injury and was replaced by Harriet. The equaliser seemed to give the Dragons that extra bit of confidence and it showed. John A was his usual reliable self at right back, and both Andy and Harriet were showing lots of skill and running at the opposition. The Dragons were certainly on top of their game and it was showing. Chris G and Emyr were winning the ball and controlling the midfield. On 60 minutes from a Liam corner, Fuge made a great contact with his header so much so that it lopped over the goalkeeper into the net. 2-1 Dragons and a great finish by Fudge for his first goal for the club. The Dragons were well in control by now some great work by Andy going forward and pressing resulted in a pass to Anthony who shot from about 15 yards. It went into the bottom corner of the net; great strike from Anthony 3-1 Dragons.

The Dragons did not have things all their own way though. On 83 minutes the Titans won their 2nd penalty of the game; it was getting a bit feisty. The penalty was put away 3-2 Dragons. In the last 7 minutes the Dragoins had Ryan B in goal to thank as he made 3 excellent saves. The Dragons held out well to the end with a final score of 3-2 to the Dragons. There were 4 yellow cards in this game; 2 for the Titians and 1 each for Andy and Adam of the Dragons. Thanks to Gary for referring the game. Thank you to all the following on the side line today Jay, Ruth (as vocal as ever hehe), Alex, Lauren, Luke, Ali, Amy, Iestyn, Chris G Mum Dad and both sisters. It was like one big family. It was certainly a Dragons roar today go Dragons.

This Dave Amos signing off getting ready to watch a bit of Strictly Come Dancing hehe.