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Glantraeth FC




Ground: Glantraeth
Comp: Cymru Alliance League
Area: North Wales Coast FA
Colours: All Red

Glantraeth FC is a football team, playing on the island of Anglesey in the Cymru Alliance (part of the Welsh football league system).

Club Officials
President - Sir George Meyrick
Chairman - Gari Evans
Vice-Chairman - Les Thomas
Secretary - John Owen
Treasurer - Jeff Scott
First Team Manager - Paul Whelan

Glantraeth Football Club was formed in 1984 and set up its base on land adjacent to the Glantraeth Restaurant. The club entered the Anglesey League in Division 2, 1985/86 saw the team finish as Runners up, and the following season the honour of an appearance in their first Cup final the (Dargie cup) and promotion to Division 1 of the Anglesey League.

Further honours followed as the Glan were Runners up in the Anglesey League in 1987/88, a League title win in 1989/90 saw the club gain promotion to the Gwynedd Football League, their first step along the Pyramid system within Wales, as well that same season the team reached the finals of the Elias Cup and also the N.W.C.F.A Junior Cup. Over the next five years the club enjoyed a good deal of success winning a succession of trophies, in 1992/93 they were Gwynedd Cup finalists and Eryri Shield winners, 1993/94 they captured the Gwynedd League championship, and subsequent promotion was achieved to the Welsh Alliance League, also that same season they won the Gwynedd cup and appeared as finalists in the Eryri Shield, in 1994/95 they were Runners up in the Barritt cup and 1995/96 they became winners of the Alves cup. 1996/97 they were crowned as Champions of the Welsh Alliance League gaining promotion to the equivalent of Division 2 of Welsh football the Cymru Alliance League, at this point a lot of work was put in by the small band of dedicated committee members to ensure the promotion was rubber stamped at the A.G.M of the League. A stand had to be built alterations to the changing rooms and the drainage system also needed looking at.

In 1999/2000 under Manager Mike Owen the team were finalists of the Premier cup in North Wales the (N.W.C.F.A.Challenge Cup). Season 2000/2001 was the pinnacle as the club became Runners up in the Cymru Alliance League, leading to speculation of possible promotion to the ultimate League of Wales, but this did not materialise. In season 2002/2003 The Club re formed and with the blessing of the F.A. of Wales, they entered the Welsh Alliance League. Bob Brodie and assistants Maldwyn Hughes and Ray White, assembled a squad that on the very final day of the season won the League title by one point over arch rivals Bodedern, they were also losing finalists in the Cookson Cup and Barritt Cup. Season 2003/2004 saw a change of management as Paul Whelan took charge, assisted by Emrys Jones. The introduction of several new players saw the team achieve a creditable fourth position in the League and also a run in the Welsh Cup to the Quarter Final stage against Total Network Solutions. Season 2004/2005 Emrys Jones stood and Peter McCann came in to assist Paul Whelan.

The club further improved on the previous season finishing runners up in the Cymru Alliance for a second time. The Club had their most successful season ever in 2005/06 becoming the first Anglesey based club to do the Double, winning the Cymru Alliance Championship and also the Cymru Alliance League Challenge Cup. It was with regret however that the club could not accept promotion to the Welsh Premier League at this stage in their development. It proved a hard act to follow in 2006/07 season although Glantraeth finished in a respectable fifth position.

    Glantraeth winning Cymru Alliance 2005-06 League & Cup double. Music by Meinir Gwilym


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