JACKPOT UP TO £500
(08/07/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 4, 8 & 9. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £500. The next draw takes place on Saturday 22nd July in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
ONE £300 WINNER
(24/06/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 6, 18 & 20. There was one winner of the £300 Jackpot, James Duell of Newborough. The next draw takes place on Saturday 8th July in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
CLUB CAPTAIN MATTY SIGNS ON
(23/06/17) Matty Lock has signed on for the 2017-2018 season and will again be club captain. Although last season was interrupted by injury Matty was outstanding in leading the club to a league and cup double and it is fantastic news that our skipper has shown great loyalty in signing on again with Glantraeth. Joint managers Mike Lundstram and Joe Morgan have also pulled off something of a coup in signing keeper Dylan Roberts (pictured) from Llanrug United, without a shadow of doubt one of the best keepers in the Welsh Alliance.
SION STAYING AS COACH/PHYSIO
(21/06/17) We are delighted that Sion Roberts has agreed to stay on as club coach and physio. Sion works tremendously hard for the club and played a massive part in what we have achieved over the past three season along with Warren and Neil.
Friendlies so far arranged:
Saturday July 22 (2.30 pm) Glantraeth v Bontnewydd
Wednesday July 26 (7.00 pm) Glantraeth v Mynydd Llandegai
Saturday July 29 (2.30 pm) Glantraeth v Cemaes Bay
Wednesday August 2 (7.30 pm) Holyhead Hotspur v Glantraeth
Saturday August 5 (2.30 pm) Bethesda Athletic v Glantraeth
MIKE & JOE TO TAKE CHARGE
(17/06/17) Glantraeth have appointed a new management team for the 2017-2018 season, Mike Lundstram and Joe Morgan. Both are vastly experienced at Welsh Alliance level and above. Mike is much travelled having played for Penmaenmawr Phoenix, Llandudno, Bethesda Athletic, Denbigh Town, Llandudno Junction, Glantraeth and also had brief spells at Conwy United, Bangor City and Llandyrnog United. Joe spent nine years as a player with Llandudno and has had playing and managerial experience at Llandudno Junction and more recently also played for Glantraeth. Training starts on Wednesday 5th July at the ground, players old and new welcome. Mike (pictured with chairman Gareth Evans) can be contacted on 07541 317363.
ONE £700 WINNER
(10/06/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 5, 12 & 19. There was one winner of the £700 Jackpot, Darron of Tremorfa, The Drive, Malltraeth. The next draw takes place on Saturday 24th June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
JACKPOT UP TO £700
(27/05/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 11, 12 & 16. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £700. The next draw takes place on Saturday 10th June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW
(27/05/17) The club are fully aware that we face a difficult task in appointing a manager to follow Warren Gibbs. There are two potential candidates that we are planning on meeting with but if anyone else feels they have the necessary credentials and wishes to throw their hat in the ring please call or text chairman Gareth Evans on 07747 890497 or secretary Stan Strickland on 07743 483733. Alternatively click on 'contact website' at bottom of left hand column to email club.
Apart from a chaotic 2008-2009 season that is best forgotten Glantraeth have an enviable record of stability regarding the appointment of managers. Since 2003 there has been Paul Whelan for five years, Chris Roberts (in part with Kev O'Neill) for four years and now Warren Gibbs being three years in charge. All of them successful and all leaving of their own accord and for various reasons.
WARREN STEPS DOWN AS MANAGER
(25/05/17) At a meeting in Bangor this evening with club chairman Gareth Evans and secretary Stan Strickland Warren Gibbs confirmed he was stepping down as manager for personal reasons that meant he could not make the commitment he felt was needed for the new season. Warren emphasised his decision had nothing to do with the club not being able to accept promotion and he had no plans to go into management elsewhere.
The club are indebted to Warren for the tremendous success he has brought to Glantraeth during his three seasons in charge and the great spirit he created amongst the squad. The search for his replacement has already begun.
ABERGELE & PRESTATYN OUT
(23/05/17) An eventful league meeting at Llanfairfechan this evening began with all those present standing for a minute's silence in memory of those that lost their lives in Manchester yesterday.
Both Abergele Town and Prestatyn Sports were voted out of the Welsh Alliance on a ballot after failing to meet the specified ground criteria. That means only Glan Conwy will be relegated, Llanrwst United gaining a reprieve, with Llandudno Albion and Mynydd Llandegai being promoted to Division One.
Next season will commence on Saturday 12th August and there will be a midweek game for the first three weeks of the season.
A decision on Gwalchmai's application to re-join the league was deferred until the other promotion contenders were known.
A FINAL WORD ON PROMOTION
(22/05/17) Twice we have won the Welsh Alliance in the past, in 1997 and 2003, and on both occasions we went on to enjoy success in the Cymru Alliance. So what has changed that has made us refuse promotion this time? Well, the requirement for 250 seats that has now been introduced by the Huws Gray Alliance for starters, that kills us. The picture above gives an idea of how it would look on our ground. Very nice maybe but our landowner was never going to give us permission to erect a structure of that magnitude opposite his house which is out of all proportion to the rural location and the size of our crowds. We cannot but agree.
Inevitably I suppose our decision has attracted some criticism on social media, usually from people we have never or barely heard of who come over as just plain thick. It does make chairman Gareth Evans and myself smile when they try to tell us how to run a football club! Those with a proper understanding of football at this level will be sympathetic and appreciate exactly where we are coming from and there has to be a real concern now that the gap between Tier 2 and Tier 3 is becoming too big to bridge for the vast majority of clubs.
It won't stop there though, floodlights will come next and it seems certain the Huws Gray Alliance will end up being part of a Welsh Premier League Division One North with annual licensing from the FAW a requirement. All this might or might not be good for Welsh football but an awful lot of clubs are going to be left behind with little chance of joining the party.
Yes there will be changes at Welsh Alliance level as well with a long overdue requirement for some cover for spectators which not all clubs have at present, that is sensible and only for the good.
Obviously we are disappointed for the players who by winning the league by sixteen points would have undoubtedly done well in the higher league. They are a great bunch of lads and we are fully aware that there will now be opportunities for them to play at the higher level elsewhere. We have to accept that and concede that we will not be applying for promotion again, the membership criteria for the Huws Gray Alliance now being beyond us. However, we will strive for success at whatever level we play just as we have always done, we have never felt bad about winning trophies and medals.
It will be interesting to see in five years time just how many current Welsh Alliance clubs have 250 seater stands, my guess would be no more than now! (Stan Strickland)
IOLO, JEFFERS & CORRIG PICK UP INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
(20/05/17) There was a great atmosphere in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth last night as Glantraeth celebrated an incredibly successful season.
Kieren Jeffreys was the supporters' choice as Player of the Year. His name will also be inscribed on the Len Jones Memorial Shield presented to the club by Len's son Aled. With Kieren away manager Warren Gibbs accepted the trophy from chairman Gareth Evans and the shield from Len's grandson Tomos.
Defender Iolo Hughes was the manager's choice of Player of the Year, the trophy presented by Warren and assistant manager Neil Hughes, and Corrig McGonigle picked up two awards, leading goalscorer presented by last year's winner Mark Bridge, and also winning the players' vote as Player of the Year, presented by last year's winner Ben Heald accompanied by his young son Gruffydd.
Jamie Jones recorded the most appearances with 37, Jamie has proved a great signing from Llandudno Junction.
The evening began with secretary Stan Strickland explaining why the club could not be promoted, it being impossible for us to erect another stand on our privately owned ground to meet the membership criteria of the Huws Gray Alliance. This would have meant us being relegated after just one season no matter how high we finished which was of no use to anyone.
Over the season the club scored a total of 127 goals, McGonigle getting 59 of them, but just as impressive was less than a goal a game being conceded in the thirty league games. As well as demolishing the club scoring record for a season Corrig will also pick up the Bob Brodie Trophy as leading scorer in Anglesey football and the Welsh Alliance Division One leading scorer award with 41 league goals that will be presented at the league AGM next month.
The club are much indebted to manager Warren Gibbs who has brought so much success to the club ably assisted by Neil Hughes and Sion Roberts. Warren has been an inspired choice as manager.
Thanks were given out to Aled Jones who has captured so much of this incredible season with his photos.
Also Helen of Hel's Kitchen fame who in our eyes runs the best canteen in the league. She presented flowers to Nia Jones who helps her in the canteen on match days and club captain Matty Lock made a presentation to both Helen and Nia on behalf of the players.
Thanks also to Gwyndaf Jones and Tony Maxwell for sponsoring playing kit and tracksuits.
The work of Tarw and Cledwyn on the ground was praised as was the hard work of all the club committee and helpers who have played such a big part in the club's many successes over so many years.
GLANTRAETH TO STAY IN THE WELSH ALLIANCE
(15/05/17) Glantraeth have decided not to accept promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance.
The club have issued the following statement:
In the past we have always accepted promotion from the Welsh Alliance and have enjoyed considerable success at the higher level, it was then a comparatively easy decision to make. However, it is now a whole new ballgame with the huge changes to the criteria for membership of the Huws Gray Alliance that have been introduced.
A 250 seater stand as required within two years is simply not possible on our privately owned ground, that is a fact, so accepting promotion would mean making a big commitment but with no long term future in the higher league as we would be relegated back to the Welsh Alliance no matter what our league position due to not meeting the ground criteria as specified by the FAW.
That would be an indignity in itself and hardly registers as progress. It would not give us the kind of stability we want so have decided we would be better served by continuing to operate and build as a Welsh Alliance club.
We have notified both leagues of our decision.
Glantraeth secretary Stan Strickland added:
We might be accused of lacking ambition but this is a dilemma that many clubs in the Welsh Alliance are going to have to face in future if they finish in a promotion position.
Our landowner Iolo Owen has generously allowed us to play on his land for over thirty years. He has allowed us to develop a tidy little ground that more than satisfies the kind of crowds we get and has in the past comfortably accommodated up to 500 for Welsh Cup ties against Rhyl for example but erecting a 250 seat stand that will rarely see more than twenty seated spectators is a step too far. There would verge on a seat for every person in the village!
The FAW have introduced these changes at Tier 2 level to bring the ground criteria closer to the Welsh Premier League and they are no doubt under pressure from UEFA but there is a real danger of a huge gap developing resulting in what will effectively be a two tier pyramid divorced from the rest.
We have spoken to many clubs in our league and those views are shared by most who are unable or unwilling to meet the revised ground criteria either because of the prohibitive cost to clubs even after allowing for grant funding or through taking the view that the requirements are well out of proportion to the size of their supporter base. The word 'ridiculous' has been used more than once!
Accepting promotion would mean being involved in a league knowing we will be forcibly relegated no matter how well we perform on the pitch because we are not able to meet the ground criteria. Why should we subject ourselves to that?
There is still much to look forward to in the Welsh Alliance. We still have hopes of one day winning the FAW Trophy, the Mawddach Cup (formerly the Barritt Cup) continues to evade us, there is still the Welsh Cup and there could be as many as 11 Anglesey clubs in the league next season making for strong local rivalry that always attracts good crowds.
We appreciate there will be disappointment after all we have achieved this season. Some of our players will be happy to continue in the Welsh Alliance while others are ambitious to play at a higher level. We respect that and accept that some might leave but I believe the decision we have made is the right one for the club.
CORRIG'S LATE STRIKE WINS COOKSON CUP AS....
GLANTRAETH COMPLETE DIVISION ONE LEAGUE & CUP DOUBLE
(13/05/17) A Corrig McGonigle goal three minutes from the end of extra-time gave Glantraeth victory by two goals to one as they retained the Cookson Cup to complete a Welsh Alliance Division One League & Cup double and round off a hugely successful 2016-2017 season.
Opponents Penrhyndeudraeth took them all the way and the result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. It was not one of Glan's vintage performances, there have been plenty of them this season, but on a hard, dry pitch with a fiercely swirling wind that made control difficult both sides struggled to play possession football.
The Gwynedd side got the best possible start as they took the lead after just eight minutes as Glan failed to deal with a high ball and as the ball ran loose a cross from the right was converted by Tomos Smith. Glan were indebted to keeper Ben Heald on 22 minutes as he dived to his left and managed to flip a shot from Neil Thomas on to the bar and over but it was Penrhyn who were fortunate just before the break as a delightful chip from McGonigle came back of a post.
Five minutes into the second period Glantraeth were level, McGonigle pulling the ball back from near the byline for Matty Lock to finish. The pressure was now on Penrhyn with Harry Galeotti only inches away from Darren Gowans' cross then Galeotti fired over a minute later.
It took a tremendous tackle from Glan's Gerwyn Jones right on the hour as Smith bore in on goal then Tom Hughes shot over for Penrhyn but with no further scoring the game entered extra-time where stalemate was looking likely and yet another penalty shoot-out until McGonigle struck in the 117th minute with his 59th goal of the season, controlling a long ball from Tom Clarke before firing low and hard past keeper Robert Watson.
Glantraeth captain Matty Lock received this magnificent old trophy from Rob Jones of competition sponsors Lock Stock Self-Storage and there was great sportsmanship from Penrhyndeudraeth, applauding Glantraeth right through the presentations and much of the celebrations that followed.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook later.
JACKPOT UP TO £500
(13/05/17) The winning numbers in tonight's Three Number Lotto draw were 9, 12 & 18. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £500. The next draw takes place on Saturday 27th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.
COOKSON CUP FINAL
(11/05/17) There will be great disappointment amongst the players following the manner of Tuesday's loss but after previous setbacks this season, and there haven't been many, we have always come back stronger than ever and gone on another run of good results. Over the past two season we have lost two big cup ties against Penrhyndeudraeth through not performing at our best so we must make sure there are no regrets this time as we go into Saturday's Cookson Cup Final.
Kick-off at Nantlle Vale is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit, we are in the away changing room and the referee is Phil Hughes of Holywell.
GLAN LOSE OUT ON PENALTIES
(09/05/17) There was disappointment for Glantraeth in this evening's Mawddach Cup Final as they lost out to Llanrug in a penalty shoot-out after the game had ended 2-2.
The Anglesey side will feel they should have had it won in normal time as they had much the better of play for long periods after falling behind in only the seventh minute, confusion in the Glan defence leading to a penalty and although keeper Ben Heald made a great save Dylan Owen fired home at the second attempt.
Tom Clarke had a fine chance to level four minutes later but his shot was too close to the keeper who made a good block but they did gain equality on 20 minutes as Gethin Maxwell found Mark Bridge who reacted quickly to volley over keeper Dylan Roberts (pictured).
Glantraeth were well in control at this stage and another goal looked like coming with a Jamie Jones cross causing panic in the goalmouth then Marvin Pritchard fired in a shot that passed just over. On the stroke of half-time Gethin Phillips went close with a header for Llanrug.
The second half began with Llanrug's Jonathan Sadler firing into the side-netting on 50 minutes but a minute later Glan were ahead through a superb strike from Corrig McGonigle as he took possession of a Tom Clarke pass before rifling the ball home. With twenty minutes remaining Pritchard was inches away from making it 3-1.
As the game entered its final stages Llanrug were doing everything possible to unleash the aerial power of Alan Owen and Heald did well to save one header from him and as a corner came in the big number 9 headed against a post. The Gwynedd side's late burst paid off in the 87th minute as a handball led to another penalty awarded by referee Kelvin Lewis and this time David Noel Williams converted at the first attempt.
Glantraeth's Jamie Jones went close in the first period of extra-time and Heald made a fine save from Sadler in the second period before McGonigle had a great chance to win it for Glan with six minutes left after good play from Galeotti but with the keeper beaten all ends up he lifted the ball inches too high.
Llanrug won on penalties 7-6, Galeotti having the chance to win it for Glantraeth but striking the bar. Congratulations Llanrug. We go again Saturday.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
A MEETING OF TWO LEAGUE HEAVYWEIGHTS
(07/05/17) The two form teams of Division One meet in a much anticipated Mawddach Challenge Cup Final at Bangor City FC on Tuesday evening. Glantraeth and Llanrug are always there or thereabouts at this level and meetings between the two are invariably closely fought, highly competitive encounters with the side that wants it most usually coming out on top. The message is clear, we have to be at our best to win this one.
Kick-off is 7.30 pm, we are in the blue kit, we are in the away changing room, the referee is Kelvin Lewis and admission is £5 with concessions at £1 for seniors and free entry for juniors under 14. Our mascots are Rhodri, Austin and Jayden.
NOW FOR THE CUPS
(06/05/17) Glantraeth maintained their unbeaten run and appeared to come through injury free as they completed their league season at Pwllheli this afternoon so it has to go down as mission achieved.
Playing a fifth game in nine days and with manager Warren Gibbs rotating his squad to keep players fresh it was hardly surprising that it was not Glan at their most fluent against a lively Pwllheli side but they went ahead on 33 minutes as Corrig McGonigle took possession of a through ball near the goalline before turning a defender and creating an angle to fire a low shot past the keeper and finding the far corner of the net. It was number 57 and as good as any goal he has scored this season.
Pwllheli's best player Tomos Jones put his side level with a fine finish eight minutes after the break and although the home side shaded the second period there were chances at both ends but no further score and the league winners were glad to just see the game out of the way so they can now move forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
Final score: Pwllheli 1 Glantraeth 1
A great sequence of Corrig's goal pictured above. More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
FINALE TO GREAT LEAGUE SEASON
(04/05/17) On Saturday we complete our league fixtures with a trip to Pwllheli. Kick-off is 2.30 pm, we are in the red kit and the referee is Gwilym Evans.
We showed great fighting qualities at Junction yesterday, not helped by the ref being so keen to give them penalties although both teams suffered from yellow cards being wafted all over the place. Tom in goal (pictured) looked laid back and comfortable in an unaccustomed role although apart from the two pens, one saved, he didn't have that much to do so well protected was he by the back four. Jamie Jones moved into the middle and was outstanding alongside Gerwyn and Sion Hogan came back into the side and showed just how good a player he is and why he is in the Island Games squad.
Sam Faulkner had a second successive start with a controlled, disciplined midfield display in a game that was fiercely competitive with Junction having so much to play for. Mike Lundstram who has played little football over recent months due to illness worked his jockeys off up front and more than once upset his former teammates with his determination and competitiveness.
It was a hard earned point but the result meant fifteen games without defeat since losing to Greenfield as we build up to one of the biggest weeks in the club's history. (SS)
CARRAIG** THE GOAL MACHINE NETS NUMBER 56 TO LEVEL & TOM CLARKE SAVES A PEN
(03/05/17) With several players missing and central defender Tom Clarke in goal Glantraeth came away with a battling draw at Llandudno Junction this evening, damaging the home side's prospects of the runners-up spot while giving a helping hand to near neighbours Llangefni's chances.
Junction took the lead on 22 minutes as a long ball set Dean Seager free and he was able to lift the ball over the advancing Clarke for a fairly routine finish. Seven minutes later Glan were awarded a free kick out on the right about twenty-five yards from goal. Corrig McGonigle took the kick and a quite remarkable strike bent one way then the other to leave keeper Gwydion Owen confused and with little chance of saving (top picture).
In first half added time there was controversy as Junction were awarded a penalty, Glan failing to clear their lines and in the battle to recover possession the referee saw a trip. The referee clearly called 'no rebounds' meaning the penalty kick was the last action of the half. Incredibly stand-in keeper Clarke saved the penalty but as the ball came back off him it was swept into the net but of course it didn't count as the half was ended. Quite why this was not understood by the home management who raced on to the field remonstrating with the match official was difficult to fathom.
Junction were not denied for long however as twenty minutes into the second period the ref gave them another penalty and while the first had seemed a reasonable decision this looked nothing of the kind as Jamie Jones appeared to win the ball cleanly with what looked a great tackle. Clarke couldn't pull off another miracle as Sam Sinkinson despatched this one to put Junction 2-1 up.
Glan were not giving up their unbeaten run without a fight and in the 87th minute Harry Galeotti cut in from the left before letting fly with a shot that the keeper could not hold and McGonigle was in quickly to take advantage for a real poacher's goal (pictured above).
Final score: Llandudno Junction 2 Glantraeth 2
** Corrig's mam told us Carraig is the proper spelling of his name but pronounced Corrig. We'll stick with Corrig.
More of Aled's pics on Facebook tomorrow.
(03/05/17) Now the home games are finished and the ground inspection is completed work will be starting on replacing the concrete hard standing along the length of the pitch opposite the main stand. Having obtained a grant from Welsh Ground Improvements we will also be replacing the fencing on that side. This will greatly improve the appearance of the ground and also make it more spectator friendly. We are grateful to Tony Maxwell and Hogans for their advice and support of this project.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
(03/05/17) The voting slips are now in for the Supporters' Player of the Year and as expected it was a close run thing with a good number of players receiving votes...but we have a winner. The Player's and the Manager's choice will also be known by the end of the week. The awards are scheduled to be presented in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on the evening of Friday May 19th.
CAN CORRIG MAKE THE SIXTY ?
(03/05/17) Outside the gates of Goodison Park stands a statue of Dixie Dean who scored 60 goals in a season for Everton ninety years ago. It still stands as a record for England's top division, be it the old First Division or the Premier League. I doubt Corrig will get a statue if he reaches sixty, but a club legend? Would think so. (SS)
(03/05/17) Glantraeth's ground was inspected by Huws Gray Alliance officials yesterday and was passed for promotion. We are grateful to Tarw for the work he has put in to ensure a successful inspection. A final decision as to whether we accept promotion will be taken after completion of fixtures.
(01/05/17) Glantraeth continued their winning run with a 2-0 victory over St Asaph to increase their lead at the top to a staggering 18 points before being presented with the League Championship Trophy by Rob Jones of league sponsors Lock Stock Self-Storage. It was a game that will not live long in the memory.
More than an hour had gone before the first shot on target, the opening half best forgotten as St Asaph's offside tactics and Glan's failure to deal with them strangled the life out of the game.
Corrig McGonigle created some much needed excitement as he forced a full length save from keeper Luke Jones on 61 minutes and four minutes later the home side took the lead as McGonigle was tripped as he took on a defender and comfortably put away the spot kick.
The visitors were creating little at the other end and McGonigle came close to his second three minutes from time with a tremendous shot that thudded against the bar but did add to his tally in injury time, scoring again from the penalty spot for his 54th goal of the season.
But tonight was all about Glantraeth being rewarded for what has been an incredible run of results in the league that has seen off all opposition and it doesn't finish there, with two tough league cup finals yet to come and the chance of even further glory.
More of Aled's pictures to follow on Facebook.
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