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VICKERS APPOINTED COACH
(29/07/15) Dave Vickers has been appointed club coach for 2015-2016 season. He gained a great deal of coaching experience in the Royal Navy. Dave will also be registered as a player. A goalkeeper who made a total of nineteen Welsh Premier appearances for Porthmadog and began his career as a youth with Manchester United. Dave has also been with Bangor City, Rhyl, Llandudno, Buckley Town and Bethesda Athletic. Darren 'Chicken' Jones who did the job last season told us he is now 'just a player' but he again has never looked fitter and more enthusiastic and is so full of life he is every club's dream in the changing room before games.

DAZ BACK ON THE ISLAND
(29/07/15) Darren (Daz) Meredith returns to Ynys Mon this Saturday with his Saltney Town side our opponents. Formerly Gaerwen supremo Darren is now assistant manager of the Welsh National League Premier Division club. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, admission is free and Allan Rowlands will be back in the middle with Dewi Morris and Hugh Davies as his assistants.

5-2 BUT NEVER EASY
(28/07/15) Glantraeth were again made to work for victory against pumped up local opposition before running out 5-2 winners at home to Menai Bridge this evening. Craig Roberts put Glan ahead after just three minutes and Mark Bridge added a second on 35 minutes. Craig Roberts got his second five minutes later only for the impressive Sion Hogan to pull a goal back just on the interval. Bridge were giving a good account of themselves and pulled it back to 3-2 on 65 minutes only for Glan to finish strongly as Mike Lundstrum volleyed home a cross from Bridge then James Burgess completed the scoring on 84 minutes.

GAME TOMORROW NIGHT
(27/07/15) We again face local opposition in Menai Bridge tomorrow evening and we can be expect they will be fired up to put one over us as were Llandegai and Aberffraw. Kick-off is 6.45 pm.
Everyone at the club extends their sympathy to Allan Rowlands. Rowls was due to referee our game on Saturday but had to call off due to a family bereavement.
After showing up well during pre-season Warren has added 17 year old defender Luke Owen to his squad. Luke was previously with Llanfairpwll.

BETTY IS £1,000 WINNER
(25/07/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 9 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Betty Hughes of Ty Croes. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 8th August.

CORWEN HIT FOR SIX
(25/07/15) Visitors Corwen took the lead after just thirty seconds and went further ahead with less than five minutes on the clock. Glan then began to take control, spraying the ball around with some fine passing and Mark Bridge was unlucky as his shot came back off the bar. On the half-hour mark it was Bridge who pulled a goal back as a fine run into the area created the space for a low shot that found the bottom corner.
Five minutes into the second period the home side levelled as a great build up ended with Neil Hughes laying the ball off to Sean Davies whose shot from outside the area gave the keeper no chance. Having got level Glan were lucky three minutes later as a trip in the area saw referee Dewi Morris award a penalty only for Corwen to waste the opportunity as the spot kick struck the bar.
They were quickly punished as two goals in four minutes, a great strike from Shaun Lock and a close range finish from James Burgess, made it 4-2 for the Anglesey side. Midway through the half a long throw from Lock was headed home by Burgess and Lock powerfully drove home a sixth with five minutes remaining.
Final score: Glantraeth 6 Corwen 2
More of Aled's action pics on Glantraeth Facebook page.

RORY & BROM MOVE ON
(24/07/15) Two players who won't be with us this season are Rory Courlander and central defender Brom Sibson. Rory has moved with his family to live and work in Thailand and Brom has completed his studies at Bangor University and moved back to his native Derbyshire. We wish them both well.

KINMEL - THE SAGA CONTINUES
(23/07/15) Remember the farce at the start of last season as a wall that Kinmel Bay had built at their ground caused our opening game AT GLANTRAETH to be cancelled. You couldn't really make that up.
The clubs and the league having agreed to them, now called Abergele Town, playing on Llandudno FC's ground again this season we have now been informed by the league that Llandudno's ground is not available to them in August. It means that our away game on Saturday August 22 has been switched to Glantraeth so due to being messed around once again seven of our first nine games will now be at home!
The saga continues.

JEFFERS IS BACK
(22/07/15) One of our most popular former players has re-signed for Glantraeth. Kieren Jeffreys is back. Then only 18 Kieren was of course a regular in our double winning side of 2011-2012 season when we took Welsh Alliance Division Two by storm under the management of Kev O'Neil and Chris Roberts. He played for Wales at schools level and his other former clubs include Bethesda Athletic, Holyhead Hotspur, Beaumaris Town and Gaerwen. Aso rejoining the club is Craig Whelan who last season signed for Cardiff Met and was previously with Bangor City. After scoring a hat-trick last Saturday Warren has also signed Shaun Lock (pictured right). Shaun has also played for Beaumaris Town, Bethesda Athletic and Gaerwen.
We have agreed to release Brendun Hogan to join Holyhead Hotspur without insisting on seven day's notice. We wish Brendun luck.

GLAN MADE TO WORK FOR WIN
(21/07/15) Glantraeth ran out 2-1 winners in tonight's home friendly but it was visitors Aberffraw who can take great credit for a battling performance. The opening forty-five minutes saw Glan playing the ball around well without any real sense of urgency although they led at the break through a Tom Clarke penalty. The Bodorgan side applied tremendous pressure after the break but Berrfro stood firm until the 70th minute as a superb strike from Craig Whelan made it 2-0. It appeared the floodgates might now open but it wasn't to be as the visitors refused to buckle and instead got themselves a goal back through Craig Owen with twelve minutes remaining. We wish Aberffraw all the best for the season.
A real test for Glan will come on Saturday when they meet opposition of an equal standing when Welsh National League Premier Division side Corwen are the visitors. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and admission is again free.
Some action shots on Glan Facebook page tomorrow..

DANNY IMPRESSES THEN SIGNS
(19/07/15) After a performance that impressed everyone watching on Saturday Glantraeth have signed 22 year old forward Danny Brookwell. Locally Danny last played for Menai Bridge but has represented the Royal Navy at under 19 and under 23 level. He has twice represented the Service at the Dallas Cup in Texas and in 2012 was nominated for the Royal Navy's Young Sports Person of the Year award. (Pictured with the Inter-Services Championship Trophy at Portsmouth's Fratton Park & in action yesterday.)
So it's two games played, one won, one lost. It's nice to win but results are not that important at this stage as Warren looks to strengthen the squad for the new season. In truth Blaenau at times looked a better side than Llandegai despite the difference in results. We should have been five up by the interval last Wednesday and with two minutes gone on Saturday Neil Hughes of all people missed an absolute sitter after great play by Mark Bridge. From then on though our finishing was pretty lethal. Two good games and two good workouts.
On Tuesday evening Glan play the third of their pre-season fixtures when near neighbours Aberffraw are the visitors. Kick-off is 6.45 pm, referee is Allan Rowlands and admission is free.
Some of Aled's action pics on club Facebook page later today.

MARK BRIDGE JOINS GLANTRAETH
(18/07/15) Manager Warren Gibbs has signed former Pwllheli striker Mark Bridge (pictured). The pacey 25 year old has been a thorn in Glan's side over recent seasons and makes a welcome addition to the squad. He has also played for Dolgellau and Porthmadog. News of more new signings during the course of the week.
In today's pre-season game Glan with several new faces ran out 7-1 winners over Blaenau Ffestiniog. 3-1 up at the break through goals from Tomos Clarke (pen) and two scorchers from Shaun Lock, Gethin Edwards replying for the visitors, the goals continued to flow in the second period as Lock completed his hat-trick and further goals from Danny Brookwell, Andy Barker and Gavin Jones completed the scoring. The visitors showed some great skills particularly Bala Town academy player Sion Bradley but could never match the finishing of the Anglesey side.

NOT THE BEST OF STARTS
(15/07/15) Mynydd Llandegai stole the honours in this evening's pre-season opener as a late goal gave them a 1-0 win. On Saturday Glan entertain Blaenau Ffestiniog, kick-off 2.30 pm.

PRE-SEASON OPENER
(13/07/15) We begin our pre-season programme on Wednesday with the visit of Welsh Alliance Division Two side Mynydd Llandegai. Manager Warren Gibbs fresh from mixing with fellow celebs in Vegas will be parading some new faces no doubt as he looks to build up his squad for the forthcoming season. Kick-off is 6.45 pm and there is no charge for admission.

JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(11/07/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 7 & 20. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 25th July.

JD TO SPONSOR WELSH CUP
(07/07/15) The FA of Wales have announced that the Welsh Cup is to be sponsored by JD Sports and will be known as the JD Welsh Cup. 199 clubs have entered this year's competition, one new name being Aberffraw FC. Hopefully this might result in more prize money in the earlier rounds!
There is much activity locally with Bodedern reported to be returning to football in the Gwynedd League. Ricky Williams is again manager and it is good to see Kev Hughes (pictured) taking on all the responsibility that goes with being chairman.
Llangefni Town under Chris Roberts have made the sensible decision to join the Welsh Alliance Reserve League. To properly run a reserve side you need flexibility of movement to and from the first team something that you cannot get in the Gwynnedd or Anglesey Leagues for obvious reasons.
Everyone will feel for Llanerchymedd. Not only has everyone at their club and further afield been badly affected by the tragic loss of Chris Evans but the club have also lost one of the most talented players on the island.
Gaerwen have been busy making signings including our former players Bart Slezok and Ian 'Chops' Pleming. Chops is still regarded as something of a legend at Glantraeth and chairman Gareth Evans reckons he could right a book on his time with us!
Despite results Llanfairpwll's young team won many friends last season and it will be interesting to see how their players fare this campaign, another year older and hopefully another year wiser.
With Caernarfon, Denbigh and Holywell now gone Division One is looking more open than ever and with sixteen clubs in the mix the battle for honours promises to make for compulsive viewing. (SS)

AUGUST FIXTURES
(30/06/15) Glan Conwy will be the visitors for the opening game of the season on Saturday 8th August and the following Wednesday we will be away to Llanrug United. Two more home games follow on Saturday 15th August with newly promoted St Asaph City the opponents with Trearddur Bay at Glantraeth on Tuesday the 18th. We have an away game on Saturday 22nd at Abergele Town and the final game of the month is a local derby at home to Gwalchmai on Monday 31st August.

£1,000 TO MAESGEIRCHEN
(27/06/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 5 & 13. There was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, D.Jones of Maesgeirchen. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 11th July.

JACKPOT INCREASES TO £1,000
(13/06/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 3, 5 & 11. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th June.

GRESFORD CANCELLED
(02/06/15) We have cancelled our pre-season game at home to Gresford Athletic on Saturday 18th July and will now entertain Blaenau Ffestiniog instead. Quite by accident we found that the game was listed on their website as one of their reserves' pre-season games and that the guy who confirmed the game was in fact their reserve team manager. As one of the top teams in Welsh Alliance One we were of course expecting to play their first team. We feel we have been misled and have therefore informed them the game is now off.

CHRIS EVANS
(31/05/15) Only half-an-hour ago I received a phone call from Helen our chairman's wife telling me about the tragic death of Chris Evans. I had earlier seen a message by Jamie Roberts on Facebook about 'Chris' but I had no idea who he meant. Sometimes words just fail you. Chris played many games for Glantraeth and I always got on brilliantly with him. He always seemed bright and intelligent and no matter who he was playing for we always stopped for a chat. I am one of those who often uses ten words when two would probably suffice but I cannot for the life of me take this in and really express just how much it has shocked me. Chris was only 27 and had so much to live for as did Gary Speed but you just don't know what is going on in someone's mind no matter how well you know them, another reason for us all to be kind and supportive to each other. I will always remember Chris's educated left foot, his voice ringing around the field at Glantraeth, his turning up at our presentation night dressed as a nun and perhaps most of all being one of those players who stayed most loyal to the club during that difficult 2008-2009 season. RIP Chris and sincere condolences from everyone at Glantraeth to his family and friends.
Stan Strickland

LEAGUE NEWS
(29/05/15) A few notes from last night's league meeting at Llanfairfechan. Holywell Town will of course be promoted to the Huws Gay Alliance. St Asaph, Llangefni Town and Trearddur Bay are promoted to the first division bringing the total number of clubs to sixteen. St Asaph have this coming season to bring their ground up to league requirements. Kinmel Bay will now be known as Abergele Town and will continue to play at Llandudno FC next season. Llanfairpwll were praised by the league chairman for fulfilling all their fixtures on schedule despite failing to win or draw a game. Prestatyn Sports and Llanllyfni have been promoted into the second division. All to be rubber stamped at league AGM.

ONE £1,000 WINNER
(23/05/15) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 7, 13 & 17. There was one winner of the £1,000 Jackpot, M.Jones of Blaenau Ffestiniog. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th June.

GLANTRAETH TO MOVE ?
(23/05/15) A lot of wild rumours have been sweeping about recently that need putting to bed: 1) We are being kicked off our present ground. 2) We are moving to the field used by Bodorgan Juniors. 3) We are amalgamating with Bodorgan Juniors. All of them are false, Bodorgan became a separate club in their wisdom a few years ago when they changed their name from Glantraeth.
Here are the actual facts:
Over the past few months we have discussed with our landlord Iolo Owen the possibility of building a new changing room block behind the goal at Glantraeth. This was acceptable to him but we would only get grant funding for such a project if we extended the community use of the ground and our proposal to initially start an under 18 or under 19 side was not acceptable because of the increased disruption it would cause for the residents of the adjacent cottages.
So either way we are limited in what we can do at Glantraeth just as we would never be allowed to erect floodlights on the present ground which will almost certainly be a requirement for promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance by 2017.
During our latest discussions with Iolo he generously offered us a long lease on a piece of land closer to our home village of Malltraeth in a position where much of what we have proposed to develop the club might be possible. The field is at Glan Menai next to the field where Bodorgan Juniors play.
Any such move would be an expensive business, will certainly not happen overnight and would very much depend on what level of funding is available but certainly the siting of the proposed new ground would give Glantraeth a far greater opportunity to develop further as a community club by for example introducing further teams at youth level.

'FREDDY' CALLS IT A DAY
(17/05/15) Richard 'Freddy' Owen announced his retirement from football at the club's presentation night on Friday evening. Freddy is now 36 and manager Warren Gibbs wishes to thank him for postponing his retirement last year and agreeing to play on for one more season with Glantraeth. The left sided midfielder has had an outstanding career in local senior football making a total of 129 appearances in the Welsh Premier League with Bangor City, Porthmadog and Caernarfon Town. He has also played for Cemaes Bay and Llangefni Town. Freddy first joined Glantraeth during 2005-06 season as the club went on to win a Cymru Alliance League & Cup double. We wish Freddy well in his 'retirement'.

SEAN & GARETH GET THE VOTES
(16/05/15) Sean Davies received the Players' Player of the Year of the Year Trophy at Glantraeth's Presentation Night & Dinner held yesterday evening at Cartio Mon. Sean was just about an ever-present in midfield last season and is still remembered as part of the trophy winning Glantraeth youth team when he was only 17. He was presented with his award by chairman's wife Helen Evans. Glan legend Gareth Owen was the choice of the supporters and the manager as Player of the Year, the second time he has won such an accolade having also come out on top back in 2009. The Leading Goalscorer trophy went to Craig Roberts who finished the season with 17 goals.
Our thanks to Eirian and staff at Cartio Mon for providing great food, great service and a great venue. Thanks also to Ali and Judith of Ben Lon Boogie for the disco and karaoke.
Lots more pictures on Glan Facebook during course of today.

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