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(02/01/11) With the 31st December closing date for applications for promotion now gone there are five Gwynedd League clubs that have applied to join Welsh Alliance Division Two next season. They are: Glantraeth, Bethel, Bro Goronwy, Beaumaris Town and Llanfairfechan Town.

(29/12/10) In our next fixture Glantraeth will be at home to Bangor City Reserves on Saturday 8th January. We have no game currently scheduled for the following weekend but on Saturday 22nd January are away to Llanfairfechan Town and then entertain Llanystumdwy on the last Saturday of the month. All are league games and kick-off at 2.00 pm.

(29/12/10) It was a question asked by Mail Sports Editor Dave Jones in a featured article just before Christmas. Many clubs will put forward a claim including Llangefni Town and England-based Oswestry Town, the only two clubs to win the Cymru Alliance title twice during the League’s 20 year existence. We at Glantraeth could certainly put forward a strong claim as Paul Whelan’s 2005-06 squad won a league and cup double, the only Anglesey side to ever do so as I never tire of saying. Not bad for a tiny village club and it was perhaps symbolic that the article was headed by a picture of Glan’s title winning side. Happy days. You can read what Dave had to say by clicking here (SS)

(28/12/10) 2010 will be remembered for several different reasons at Glantraeth having started off the year out of football but planning for our return this season. The ground at Trefdraeth has undergone a dramatic transformation and we have rebuilt the infrastructure of the club to make the foundations of the club stronger than ever. In March we announced the appointment of a new management team, Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts, and they were charged with building a team from scratch and their hard work paid off as we saw a tremendous turnout of players when pre-season training commenced back in June. Inevitably some players have moved on since due to lack of opportunities but Kev and Chris have put together a squad that has provided exciting, attacking football and looks strong enough to compete for honours in the New Year.
We had applied to join Welsh Alliance Division Two but the FAW placed us in the Gwynedd League. It is a tremendously competitive league and island clubs such as ourselves, Bro Goronwy, Beaumaris Town and Trearddur Bay United from the Anglesey League have proved they can compete with, and in fact beat, clubs from much higher leagues. With so many local derbies and so many high scoring games it can be argued that football at this level has proved even more enjoyable although we are still ambitious to progress to the Welsh Alliance.
We have continued to build up our club lottery and it’s doubtful if any other island club sells more tickets than ourselves. The hard graft put into raising funds has always been the key to this club’s success over the years and we look forward to more of the same in the future.

(28/12/10) We are due to resume playing on Saturday 8th January but we have not had any word on fixtures for January yet. I have asked league secretary Alun Foulkes if he can at least inform us of our next fixture. I will post on here as soon as any information is available. (SS)

(24/12/10) Best wishes for Christmas to all at Glantraeth...players, management, committee, supporters and their families as well as all regular visitors to the website.

(23/12/10) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 7 & 15 and there was one winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot, Bob Brodie of Holyhead, Bob being a former manager of Glantraeth. The next draw for a £500 Jackpot takes place on Saturday 8th January in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

(21/12/10) Don't forget that the club's 3 Number Lotto draw this week for a £1,000 Rollover Jackpot will take place this Thursday evening at approx 9.50 pm in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth. Please ensure you have your tickets back in time for the draw. That will make total prize money for 2010 of £12,000, a magnificent achievement for a club of our size so a big thank you to all our agents and helpers and particularly Helen, Les and John who organise the draw so professionally.

(18/12/10) Glantraeth have applied to join Welsh Alliance Division Two for season 2011-12 subject of course to finishing in a promotion position. A ground inspection is expected to take place next month. Other clubs that have so far applied according to the Welsh Alliance website are St Asaph, Abergele Rovers & Rhuddlan Town from the Clwyd League and Bethel from the Gwynedd League.

(17/12/10) With over six inches of snow on the ground and more snow and freezing conditions forecast tomorrow's home game with Bangor City Reserves has now been officially postponed.

(17/12/10) The interview panel as selected at the NWCFA special general meeting under the guidance of the FAW met on the 8th December at Conwy Golf Club and the following appointments have been made: General Secretary: Bryan Roberts (Abergele); Treasurer: Mr.R.M.Jones (Rhuddlan); Disciplinary Secretary: Philip Cotton (Colwyn Bay); Referees Secretary: Simon Williams (Beaumaris); Development Secretary: Gareth Jones (Gaerwen); Registration Secretary: Mrs. Julia Jones (Holywell); Welfare Officer: Paul Williams (Prestatyn). The Competitions Secretary is still Alun Foulkes (pictured).

(12/12/10) With the top two both dropping two points yesterday as Bro Goronwy and Holyhead Hotspur Reserves fought out a 2-2 draw the gap at the top of the Gwynedd League has narrowed a little with third placed Beaumaris Town winning 5-2 against Bethel and Glan gaining a 5-0 win at Bontnewydd to move back into fourth place. The title is still not completely in our own hands and we have yet to face tough away trips to Holyhead, Bro Goronwy and Beaumaris but there is now a chink of light and it is up to us to keep applying the pressure through our own performances on the pitch. The other league fixture between Llanystumdwy and Bangor University was postponed. League table has been updated.

(11/12/10) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the jackpot rollsover to £1,000. The winning numbers were 2, 15 & 16. Because Christmas Day falls on a Saturday please note the next draw takes place on THURSDAY 23RD DECEMBER in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.

(11/12/10) Although Glantraeth ended 5-0 winners against bottom club Bontnewydd at Cae Stanley this afternoon it wasn't all plain sailing as the home side mounted a determined rearguard action during the opening forty-five minutes. The visitors played the ball around with effortless ease but time and again were denied by last ditch defending and the heroics of Bont keeper Carl Jones. Steve Jones came closest to opening the scoring as he headed against a post after 11 minutes but it was the 28th minute before Glan finally made the breakthrough as Gary Jones found the net from the edge of the area after his first effort had been blocked. Five minutes later Craig Evans also struck an upright but James Saxon reacted quickly to float the ball back into the middle where Ricky Owen was on hand to make it 2-0 with a header. Bont came more into the game after the break without really testing keeper Kyle Williams. It was Chris Saxon who was thwarted by the woodwork on 67 minutes but he had better luck eight minutes later as he fired home from 25 yards after a good run from Huw Allan Jones. Although outplayed you could not but admire Bontnewydd's spirit but they finally capitulated in the final stages as a nice move four minutes from time ended with Craig Evans crossing for Huw Allan Jones to head home and a minute later it was Craig Evans the scorer from a James Saxon cross. It was almost six in added time as an effort from Daron Wyn Jones also struck a post.

(10/12/10) We play our first league game since October when we travel to bottom club Bontnewydd tomorrow, kick-off 2.00 pm. Having easily won the two previous meetings the biggest danger will be complacency so it is important we stay focused on securing a win with a professional and fully committed performance. The league is always the number one priority and although we might have to rely on results elsewhere we are still very much in the frame and ready to take advantage of any slip-ups. The match referee is Simon Wallace.

(07/12/10) Glantraeth have today released Alec Griffith in order for him to sign for Llanerchymedd. 22 year old Alec can play in defence or midfield and has made 12 starts for Glan this season, scoring twice. He will be a great asset to the Anglesey League club with his driving runs and powerful shooting ability and can count himself unlucky that he has not had more opportunity to shine in his more natural position on the right side of midfield in the face of fierce competition for places. We wish Alec well with his new club and thank him for his efforts for Glantraeth this season.

(07/12/10) With the North Wales Coast FA still in transition after recent upheavals it is perhaps not surprising that there is no news yet of the Intermediate Cup semi-finals draw although to be fair they are not likely to take place until the middle of March. Definitely through to the last four are Beaumaris Town and Glantraeth with quarter-final ties between Bangor City Reserves and Bethel plus Clwyd League sides Shotton Steel and St Asaph still to be played. Of these clubs only Bangor City have won the 55 year old competition previously. Our route to the semi-finals has been exciting to put it mildly with hard fought wins over Rhuddlan Town, Bro Goronwy and Llandudno proving anything but an easy passage. Last season the semi-finals were held on neutral grounds at Llangefni and Llandudno with the final at Farrar Road.

(05/12/10) As well as the support we have regularly given to the British International Search & Rescue Dogs (BIRD) based at Abergwyngregyn over the past seven years through the car boot at Mona Glantraeth also make annual charitable donations from the club's 3 Number Lotto and this year the recipients include Malltraeth Ymlaen and St Llwydian's Church, Bodffordd. Malltraeth Ymlaen have been proactive in so much good work around the village the latest project being Clwt Glas a picnic area overlooking the Cefni Estuary opened in September by former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson CBE and distinguished local resident Mrs M.A Edwards MBE. A donation has also been made towards restoration work at St Llwydians's Church in Bodffordd.

(04/12/10) Like ourselves Bro Goronwy play an attacking brand of football that has seen goals galore in the two games between our two sides this season, 22 in total, and they were at it again today as they went down 6-5 to Gwynedd League leaders Holyhead Hotspur Reserves at Cae Nerys in the League's Black Dragon Badges sponsored Premier Cup. It means the semi-finalists are now Glantraeth, Hotspur Reserves, Beaumaris Town & Bangor University... a mouthwatering line-up! Both scheduled league games at Llanfairfechan and Llanystumdwy were postponed. In further news Richard Parry has emailed to inform us that he has taken over as club secretary at Holyhead Hotspur.

(02/12/10) We might have taken a year out and dropped down the leagues but you cannot keep Glantraeth out of the headlines as proved in this week’s Holyhead & Anglesey Mail. 51 goals scored in our last 6 games makes us hard to ignore and the last two rounds of the Intermediate Cup have provided sensational games that have attracted attention right across North Wales. We are lucky in this area to have a journalist of the calibre of current Mail sports editor Dave Jones. It has never been just a job to Dave as proved by his Daily Post blog which surely is above and beyond the call of duty as are some of his special features on local teams and players which will always trigger debate and no doubt some dissention. We ain't won anything yet this season and certainly promotion will be a tall order with Bro Goronwy going so well but with at least three semi-finals to look forward to another trophy in the cabinet still remains a real possibility. All in all things are going well on and off the field which only serves to confirm that the decision to take a break, re-organise, then build again for the future was the right one. Not that we ever had any doubts.

(27/11/10) How to do justice to a quite incredible game? If the 8-5 win over Bro Goronwy in the previous round was an epic this perhaps beat even that as Glan twice came back from the dead to snatch a 6-5 victory in the 123rd minute and enter the semi-finals of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. In front after just 90 seconds through a superb strike from Gary Jones Glan went further ahead in the tenth minute with another fine finish from the same player. At this stage the visitors were well in control and it was against the run of play when Tudno pulled a goal back on 21 minutes as Zac Evans sneaked in at the far post to head home a cross from the left. Glan had lost some of their early impetus and the home side pulled level with Zac Evans again the scorer five minutes before the break but Glan should have had the chance to go back in front on the stroke of half-time as James Saxon was clearly tripped as he surged into the area but inexplicably referee Tony Hill failed to blow his whistle and pointed for a goal kick. Llandudno, fielding a strong line-up with their first team fixture postponed, took the lead ten minutes into the second period as Dean Seager broke clear from what looked an offside position and was left with an easy finish. On the hour mark the visitors were awarded a penalty but this time Gary Jones’s powerful spot kick brought out a tremendous save from keeper Danny Adams. With the game entering added time it looked all over for Glan as Daron Wyn Jones had a shot saved from point blank range but you can never write this side off and it was Craig Evans who was the saviour as he got behind the home defence to level in the 93rd minute and send the tie into extra-time.
Tudno began the stronger side in the extra period and went back in front six minutes in as Allan Davies side-footed home a right wing cross and Glan were caught short at the back four minutes later as Merrick Knight cut in to score and put the home side 5-3 ahead. With all subs used and Chris Roberts hobbling things were not looking too good for the Bodorgan side but the best was yet to come. With six minutes remaining Steve Jones jinked in from the right and his low shot found the bottom corner then Gary Jones missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick. With time up there was more drama as holding in the area resulted in another penalty to Glantraeth and this time Craig Evans made no mistake with the spot kick to make it five all and set up a penalty shoot-out…or so we thought! This amazing game had yet one more twist as with three minutes of added time played Glan won it with virtually the last kick as Gary Jones drove a ball in from the left which found keeper Danny Adams out of position and he could only watch in despair as the ball entered the net via a post. It was Gary Jones’s third hat-trick in four games and triggered off wild scenes of celebration.
Eleven goals but there could have been more. A clear cut penalty denied and a penalty miss for the Anglesey side and a quite brilliant man of the match display from keeper Kyle Williams (pictured left) in the Glantraeth goal to keep the Tudno forwards at bay. There is a tremendous spirit in the Glantraeth camp and it showed today with a never-say-die attitude that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat…twice!

(27/11/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a Jackpot of £500 was Mrs M Jones of Brynsiencyn. The winning numbers were 1, 4 & 15. The next draw for a jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 11th December in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

(27/11/10) The pitch at Llandudno has been declared fit and today's game goes ahead. Kick-off 1.30 pm.

(25/11/10) Well, the dream of winning the FAW Trophy is over for this year but it was a good effort and for sure we will be back to try again. On Saturday Glan have the chance to put the disappointment behind them when they travel to Llandudno in the third round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. The home side currently lie mid-table in the competitive Clwyd League Reserve Premier League. The game at Maesdu Park kicks off at 1.30 pm and the match referee is Tony Hill of Kinmel Bay. Striker Ian Pleming is likely to miss the game following the tackle he received late in the Conwy United game but Gary Jones (pictured) and Dave Cashman will again be available for selection after being cup-tied last week.

(24/11/10) FA of Wales president Phil Pritchard (pictured) took charge of a meeting at Colwyn Bay last night with the intention of giving the North Wales Coast FA one last chance to sort out their affairs following the chaos that has gone on far too long. He made plain that unless they did then the FAW would suspend the NWCFA. Mr Pritchard took a strong line, offering good advice that fortunately the majority of those present took on board with the result that we once again have a full complement of council members and a panel of seven has been set up to oversee the appointment of key post holders within the NWCFA and a meeting will shortly be called to do just that. We need to forget who are the winners and who are the losers in all this and set about creating a strong and democratic governing body that puts aside political posturing and appreciates that the priority is the game of football in this part of North Wales.

(21/11/10) We have today signed the transfer form for goalkeeper Luke Davies to return to Bontnewydd. We thank Luke for his time with the club and wish him all the best for the rest of the season.

(20/11/10) Glantraeth came so close to rescuing this game with a barnstorming second half performance that had the Welsh Alliance high-flyers rocking but they had left themselves just too much to do after a nightmare start had seen them go two behind in the opening 12 minutes. Conwy came out of the blocks stronger and went a goal up on 8 minutes as Chris Quinn scrambled the ball home from close in after the home side failed to clear a left wing corner kick. With Chris Saxon having to retire after tweaking a hamstring Glan were really on the rack at this stage and went further behind four minutes later as the ball fell nicely for Jamie Jones after keeper Kyle Williams had pulled off a brilliant save from Darren Jones. Glan gradually got back into the game and it took a full length save from Jamie Roberts on 18 minutes to prevent the Anglesey side pulling a goal back. Just when it looked like the home side had weathered the storm a bad defensive mistake let in Jamie Jones for his second to put Conwy three up. It was looking bad for Glan who looked destined for a hiding and Kyle Williams again came to the rescue five minutes before the break with another great save from Darren Jones. The start to the second half couldn’t have been worse as the home defence stood appealing for offside as Jamie Jones ran on to complete his hat-trick. With little to lose Glan began to play with greater freedom and went on to dominate the remainder of the half and it took a tremendous finger tip save from Conwy keeper Andy Rooney to tip over a great 30 yard effort from Graham Jones (pictured) on the 70 minute mark then Matthew Scowen headed inches over as the pressure mounted. James Saxon struck the crossbar with a fearsome drive and Ian Pleming was denied a penalty kick as a foul in the area was adjudged a free kick by referee Ian Roberts. As Glan flung everything at Conwy the question was asked ‘why didn’t we play like this in the first half?’ The Bodorgan side finally got their reward on 81 minutes as Graham Jones’s well struck shot from outside the area found the bottom corner and two minutes later the same player was tripped in a goalmouth melee and Craig Evans converted the spot kick. There was controversy in the closing minutes after Ian Pleming was on the receiving end of a quite dreadful tackle and his verbal response to the match official’s decision to not even award a free kick after claiming he was unsighted earned Pleming a red card. More belief from the start and this could have been such a different result but the reformed Glantraeth can take pride from their second half performance and their great run in this season’s FAW Trophy. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Conwy United 4.

(17/11/10) The FAW Trophy has never been won by an Anglesey club but next Saturday Glantraeth have the chance to go through to the last eight and make a little bit of history. The competition actually goes back 120 years in its various guises and even during that period there has only been one winner from the island when Llangefni Town won its predecessor, the Welsh Intermediate Cup, in 1992. For Glantraeth chairman Gareth Evans (pictured) Saturday’s home tie with Conwy United will bring back memories of the last time Glantraeth won through to a national quarter-final.
“It was 2003-04 season and we were drawn away to Bangor City in the second round of the Welsh Cup. Nobody gave us a chance but we won through in a penalty shoot-out after holding them to a goalless draw over 120 minutes. It was the greatest result in the club’s history and after seeing off Flint and Welshpool we qualified for the quarter-finals where we were drawn away to the full-timers of TNS who were then in their heyday. After an hour we were leading 1-0 but eventually their fitness told and they ran out 4-1 winners.
“We are under no illusions about the size of the task next Saturday as Conwy United are having a storming season in Welsh Alliance Division One and look one of the favourites for promotion. We are the lowest ranking club in the northern section of the competition and will be massive underdogs but will give it our best shot. We have beaten teams from a higher level through every round of this competition and we have to raise our game and do it again.”
Glantraeth secretary Stan Strickland is looking forward to the game for a different reason as he looks to be part of a unique double, winning the English and the Welsh FA Trophies.
“In 2002-03 season I was secretary and a director of Lancashire village club Burscough. We entered the FA Trophy as 600-1 outsiders starting in the first round at Marine where we were a goal down with the game entering added time when a miss-hit shot was fumbled into the net by the home keeper and we went on to win in extra-time. We were that close to going out but after winning through five more rounds we were in the quarter-finals and drawn away to holders and runaway Conference leaders Yeovil Town. What happened next is part of English non-league folklore as we beat a full strength Yeovil 2-0 at Huish Park and went on to win the English FA Trophy by beating Tamworth 2-1 in front of 15,000 at Villa Park. That season gave me my greatest memories in football and because of that the Welsh FA Trophy has taken on extra significance as being part of winning both would be like a dream come true for me personally. The odds against it happening may be long but they were even longer in 2003!”

(17/11/10) Bethel were surprisingly hammered 6-0 by Bangor University in last night's Gwynedd League fixture at Maes Glas, a good result for Glantraeth but we still have it all to do to catch Bro Goronwy. The Moelfre side have recovered well from conceding eight goals at Glan with hard fought wins at the University and Llanfairfechan. With leaders Holyhead Hotspur Reserves unable to be promoted Bro must be the strong favourites to go up and with Glan currently involved in a succession of cup matches the gap has grown and it will take a colossal efffort if we are to recover lost ground when our league programme resumes.

(15/11/10) With the agreement of our opponents Conwy United I today contacted Andrew Howard, Head of Competitions at the FA of Wales, and expressed our concerns that a 2.00 pm kick-off for next Saturday's FAW Trophy game could lead to problems with bad light if the game went to extra-time and penalties. He willingly agreed to us bringing the kick-off forward by 30 minutes. The game will now kick-off at 1.30 pm. The original referee JB Roberts of Llanllyfni is now on international duty so we are awaiting a new appointment. (SS)

(14/11/10) The winner of last night's 3 Number Lotto draw for a Rollover Jackpot of £1,000 was Alan Barton of Malltraeth. The winning numbers were 2, 8 & 18. The next draw for a jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 27th November in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.

(14/11/10) Striker Gary Jones made it 7 goals in only three starts with another hat-trick as Glan demolished Bontewydd 9-0 in the 2nd Round of the Gwynedd League's Bob Jones Memorial Shield. Also on target were Huw Allan Jones (2), Chris Saxon (2), Ricky Owen and Ian Pleming. Further good news was that central defender Gareth Sharp played the full ninety minutes after recovering from a broken ankle.

(10/11/10) Congratulations to Glan player Jamie Roberts and his partner Carlie on the birth of a little girl. The baby as yet unnamed weighed in at 7lbs 15oz and is a little sister to Jack.

(09/11/10) We travel to Bontnewydd next Saturday in the second round of the Bob Jones Memorial Shield, formerly known as the Eryri Shield that Glantraeth last won in 1992-93 season. The league game in September at Trefdraeth between the two clubs ended in an 8-0 win for Glantraeth but it might not be so easy this time after Bontnewydd only went down by the odd goal in three at league leaders Holyhead Hotspur on the last Saturday of October, our former player Ian ‘Spud’ Owen (pictured) being the scorer for Bont. There will be changes to the Glan line-up from last weekend with Craig Evans, Liam West and Kyle Williams all unavailable and one or two players carrying knocks.
In last night's Gwynedd League fixture Bro Goronwy won 2-0 at Bangor University to go back into third place.

(08/11/10) The form of midfielder Craig Evans and striker Ian ‘Chops’ Pleming has attracted enquiries from other clubs at a higher level this season so the club has acted by signing both players on extended contracts which will keep them at Glantraeth for the foreseeable future. Craig (pictured above) has scored 12 goals from midfield and even then he spent most of October playing in a central defensive role before being moved back into the middle of the park recently. Ian Pleming (pictured left) has scored 11 and has many assists to his name after also being a prolific scorer for Mountain Rangers last season and could comfortably play on a considerably bigger stage. After starting afresh the club is still very much in the development stage with 29 players already used this season and of the eleven that started against Bethel last Saturday only four remained from the starting line-up back on August 14th at Penmaenmawr. However, the fact that we have lost one and won nine of our last eleven games would seem a positive sign that managers Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts are taking the club in the right direction.

(08/11/10) Our loyal French supporter, Guy Henou, has sent the club a postcard from Crozant in the Limousin region of France. He says: "Dear Stan, Here is Guy the faithful supporter of Glantraeth living in Normandy. I drop you this postcard to tell you that I do not forget the club and that I am very happy to see they are restarting for the present season. Kind Regards, Guy."

(07/11/10) Thanks to Mon and Rob Roberts whose company Roberts Brothers Roofing have sponsored the player's winter warm-up tops that were used for the first time at Bethel on Saturday.


(06/11/10) A strong performance gave Glantraeth a 4-2 win over Bethel to go through to the last four of the Gwynedd League Premier Cup. While the home side were always dangerous with their direct style of play Glan were well worth the win over the ninety minutes. On a very heavy pitch the visitors played some excellent passing football in the opening forty five minutes and were unlucky to reach the interval a goal down. They came close to taking the lead on 20 minutes as a brilliant flick from James Saxon gave Craig Evans a clear run on goal only for the Glan captain's powerful drive to come back off the crossbar. The visitors took the lead with a quick break 7 minutes before the interval as Aled Steele's cross from the right was expertly finished by Lee Allen. After a sluggish opening to the second period Glan began to get on top and pulled level on 58 minutes as James Saxon took control of an Ian Pleming throw-in and his shot seemed to be headed for the net only for Craig Evans to rush in and apply the finishing touch. A minute later Evans missed a great chance to add a second but got the chance to make amends on the hour mark as he was left with an easy scoring opportunity after more good work by James Saxon. Ten minutes later Bethel could consider themselves hard done by as Ian Pleming (pictured right) went down in the box despite little or no contact and referee Chris O'Neal awarded a penalty kick despite Pleming's creditable protestations that it wasn't a penalty. Gary Jones powerfully struck the spot kick past home keeper Louis Williams. There was some compensation for Bethel fifteen minutes from time as they were also awarded a questionable penalty, Sam Williams making it 3-2 from the spot. Glan's win was secured on 84 minutes as Chris Saxon created a shooting chance for Pleming whose shot from outside the box carried too much power for keeper Williams who could only help the ball into the net.

(06/11/10) Ground has been declared fit so today's game at Bethel goes ahead, 1.30 pm kick-off.

(04/11/10) Defender Gareth Sharp who fractured an ankle in September on his Glantraeth debut is hoping to resume training next Wednesday.

(03/11/10) Glantraeth make their second visit of the season to Bethel on Saturday in the second round of the Gwynedd League Premier Cup sponsored by Black Dragon Badges. The league fixture back in August saw Bethel win by three goals to two in what was one of our most disappointing performances of the season. Bethel are handily placed in the league with games in hand over the top three so progress in this competition will not be easy. The game kicks-off at 1.30 pm.

(03/11/10) Goalkeeper Kyle Williams has recovered from being knocked unconscious during Saturday's win over Bro Goronwy and should soon be back in action. John Glyn Roberts will be between the sticks for next Saturday's trip to Bethel.

(02/11/10) Glantraeth have signed 21 year old Liam West from Bangor University after the midfielder impressed in the recent 3-3 draw between the two clubs. Chester born Liam has also represented Cardiff University and at school played for Cheshire Schoolboys and the North of England Independent Schools XI. Liam is pictured above with former Liverpool manager and Wales assistant manager Roy Evans when helping out with the Welsh international side.

(30/10/10) What a game and what a brilliant advert for Gwynedd League football as both sides went head to head in a feast of attacking football that resulted in thirteen goals and a game that will long be remembered by those privileged to witness it. The game got off to a dramatic start as confusion in the Glantraeth penalty area resulted in a penalty kick to Bro Goronwy within a minute of the kick-off only for home keeper Kyle Williams to pull off a brilliant save from Pat Roberts’s spot kick (see picture above). Glan recovered from a nervous opening to take the lead on 13 minutes as Gary Jones held off his marker to fire the Bodorgan side into the lead. Bro are always dangerous going forward and pulled level on the twenty minute mark as Andy Williams volleyed home after Kyle Williams had done well to keep out a shot from Alex Jones. Glan regained the lead nine minutes later as James Saxon was on hand to finish off a perfectly delivered cross from Craig Evans (pictured left). The scoreline continued to change in bewildering fashion as two goals just before the interval put the Moelfre side in front, Andy Williams with his second and Pat Roberts being the scorers. There was more drama on the stroke of half-time as Glan keeper Kyle Williams dived in bravely for the ball but ended up badly concussed on the ground and for the second home game running an ambulance had to be called. John Glyn Roberts replaced him in goal. After the break Glan really began to take control and pulled level on the hour mark as Peter Twigg’s excellent cross from the right was superbly volleyed home by Chris Saxon and a minute later went back in front through Craig Evans after Jamie Roberts’s shot had been blocked. Despite Glantraeth now being well in the ascendancy you can never write Bro’s exciting forwards off and the game changed yet again on 70 minutes as within the space of three minutes they had scored twice and were now almost unbelievably back in the lead through swift counter-attacks that saw Pat Roberts level then Andy Willams complete his hat-trick. If Glan were stunned it didn’t show as they continued to pour forward and it was Gary Jones again on target 13 minutes from time with a shot that looped over keeper Alan Jukes to put the sides on equal terms at five goals each and that’s the way the ninety minutes ended. Since the interval Glan had been far the stronger side but they now had to face up to a period of extra-time on a heavy pitch but they were not found wanting as they quickly put the tie to bed with three goals in an eight minute period through Alec Griffith with a simple tap-in following good work by Chris Saxon, then Craig Evans headed home a great cross from Gary Jones and it was Gary Jones who completed his hat-trick on 105 minutes with a tremendous strike from 25 yards to give Glantraeth a memorable victory and a place in the third round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. Final score: Glantraeth 8 Bro Goronwy 5. Glantraeth are now away to Llandudno in the third round on Saturday 27th November.

(28/10/10) November looks like being cup month for Glantraeth. On Saturday 6th November we are away to Bethel in the 2nd Round of the Black Dragon Badges Premier Cup, kick-off 1.30 pm. The following Saturday we travel to face Bontnewydd in the 2nd Round of the Bob Owen Memorial Shield. Kick-off is again 1.30 pm. Conwy United are the visitors in the FAW Trophy 4th Round on Saturday 20th November.

(28/10/10) Glan defender Gareth Sharp, whose ankle was fractured in a tackle last month, visited Llandudno Hospital on Tuesday and the bad news is that they have also found some ligament damage that is likely to delay his return to action.

(28/10/10) Bro Goronwy make their second visit of the season to Trefdraeth on Saturday as both clubs battle for a place in the third round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. Bro won the corresponding league game 6-3 with an impressive performance although Glan contributed to the defeat with some sloppy defending after taking a two goal lead. The Moelfre side are many people’s favourites for the Gwynedd League title, have been scoring goals for kicks and Glantraeth will have to be at their very best to progress. Kick-off is 2.00 pm and the referee is Heinz Broering of Amlwch.

(26/10/10) Gwyndaf Davies was this evening transferred to Gaerwen. The 25 year old defender made 10 appearances for Glan this season and will be best remembered for a stunning strike against Llanfairfechan Town in August. Gwyndaf goes with all our best wishes.

(23/10/10) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,000. The winning numbers were 2, 12 & 13. The next draw is on Saturday 13th November in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

(23/10/10) With thirty minutes left on the clock the University side were three goals up and had just been awarded a penalty. It looked all over for Glan who had been a pale shadow of the side that played so well last week. But the game was to change dramatically as keeper Kyle Williams pulled off a fine save and the visitors suddenly came to life, scoring three times in a five minute spell to pull level. The home side had gone ahead with their first attack on 4 minutes as a flowing move ended with Matt Devine converting at the far post following a cross from the right. Glan were having the major share of play without really troubling home keeper Luke Hughes and the University side always looked dangerous on the break. The second half began in the worst possible way for the visitors as Kyle Williams miscued a clearance into the path of Devine for him to score an easy second on 51 minutes and four minutes later the same player completed his hat-trick as he broke clear of the Glan defence leaving him another simple finish. It was Devine who had the chance to score his fourth on 60 minutes as referee Simon Wallace pointed for a penalty kick but his miss from the spot was to change the game. Glan at last began to go forward with some real purpose and pulled a goal back on 65 minutes as Ian Pleming forced the ball home from close range after a long ball had caused confusion in the home defence. A minute later it was all to play for as Craig Evans headed home a James Saxon corner kick (pictured right) and on 70 minutes it was Pleming again who curled one into the top corner from an acute angle. Glan can even count themselves unlucky not to claim all three points as Craig Evans was wrongly pulled back for offside as he ran through to score as the final whistle approached. Final score: Bangor University 3 Glantraeth 3.

(21/10/10) Next Saturday we now face another tough test against the University side. They were highly motivated for their visit to Glantraeth on 9th October and we had our work cut out to overcome them by two goals to one and their win at Bro Goronwy last Saturday will have done their confidence no harm. Dave Cashman and Gary Jones will be added to the squad that beat Bodedern so we should be pretty much at full strength. With seven wins in the last eight games it is important that we keep the momentum going as we still have some work to do to get right up there amongst the leaders.

(20/10/10) In today's draw for the fourth round of the FAW Trophy Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Conwy United. The tie will be played on Saturday 20th November. Conwy currently lie third in Welsh Alliance Division One and have beaten Llanrug United, Machynlleth and Bethesda Athletic to reach this stage. The winners will go through to the last eight when the draw goes national. Other ties in the northern section of the draw are: Pwllheli v Llanfairpwll, Coedpoeth United v Glan Conwy & Holywell Town v Gresford Athletic.

(18/10/10) Ian Pleming has been on the phone this morning and has asked for the following statement to be put on the website:
"I am really sorry that Aron Owen got injured following my tackle. I admit I went in hard but I was only trying to get the ball, I would never deliberately try and injure another player. I just hope Aron is back playing soon and we can put all this behind us as it spoiled what should have been a good day for Glantraeth."
As both clubs are likely to be reported to the FAW for incidents that took place during the course of the game we will not be making any further comments regarding Saturday's game. The most important thing is that Aron Owen makes a full recovery.

(17/10/10) Our NWCFA Intermediate Cup game at home to Bro Goronwy will now be played on Saturday 30th October in place of our scheduled league fixture at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. The change in fixtures is because Bro Goronwy have requested a free date next Saturday.

(17/10/10) Glantraeth chairman Gareth Evans (pictured) contacted Kev Hughes this morning to get the latest news on Aron Owen who was taken to hospital during yesterday's game. Sadly, it has been confirmed that Aron's ankle is fractured and we have sent a letter to Bodedern wishing Aron a speedy recovery. Gareth as well as being chairman is also a qualified physio and he was on hand to see that Aron was properly cared for prior to the arrival of the ambulance. We would like to thank Boded manager Ricky Williams and the Boded players for accepting our after-match hospitality despite the upset of Aron's injury and the disappointment of losing.

(16/10/10) It appears from an email I have received today from the Gwynedd League secretary that we are now away to Bangor University next Saturday in a league fixture rather than being at home to Bro Goronwy in the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. The University this afternoon beat Bro Goronwy 4-2 away in the Bob Jones Memorial Shield with three goals in the final three minutes, proof that they will be a strong force this season. Two league games were played, Beaumaris Town beating Llanystumdwy 4-0 and leaders Holyhead Hotspur being held to a 2-2 draw at the New Oval by Llanfairfechan Town. Other teams through to the last 16 of the FAW Trophy include holders Glan Conwy, Conwy United, Llanfairpwll, Holywell Town, Gresford Athletic and Pwllheli. The draw for the fourth round of the FAW Trophy takes place on Tuesday. It is expected to remain regional until the quarter-finals. (SS)

(16/10/10) Glantraeth won through to the fourth round of the FAW Trophy this afternoon with a 2-1 win over Welsh Alliance side Bodedern Athletic. It was no more than they deserved as apart from a late rally from Boded they were the better side. Sadly the win is likely to be remembered more for unsavoury incidents and a serious injury to Boded defender Aron Owen that cast a cloud over the game. The opening half-hour saw the home side in total control and playing some of their best football of the season although there was only one clear opening as Craig Evans got behind the Boded defence on 7 minutes for a free header but found keeper Gareth OJ Roberts perfectly positioned to save. Emotions began to run high on 32 minutes as Ian Pleming and Aron Owen went into a full blooded challenge for which Pleming quite correctly received a yellow card but Owen was left writhing on the ground with what was quite clearly a serious injury. The game was halted for over half-an-hour until an ambulance arrived to take Aron to hospital with a suspected fractured ankle. Three minutes after resumption of play Glan took the lead as Chris Saxon drove home following a right wing cross from Pleming. Four minutes into the second period the home side went two up as Pleming took possession of a long ball from Peter Twigg and held off his marker before driving the ball into the bottom corner. As the game entered the final twenty minutes Glan were defending deeper and deeper and giving the initiative to Boded, a risky strategy, and with eight minutes remaining the result was again thrown wide open as substitute Mark Jones pulled a goal back for the visitors. With the game in the third minute of added time it took a brilliant save from new keeper Kyle Williams as he pushed a deflected shot from Adam Roberts against the crossbar to preserve Glan's lead. There are likely to be repercussions when the referee's report goes in after incidents that have no place in this report. Finally, everyone at Glantraeth wishes Aron Owen a speedy recovery from injury.

(14/10/10) Robin Williams of Pwllheli is now the referee for Saturday's game with Bodedern Athletic replacing Martin Roberts of Llangefni.

(14/10/10) Glantraeth have today signed 23 year old striker Gary Jones from Welsh Alliance club Llanfairpwll. Gary has also played for Pentraeth where he was leading scorer.

(14/10/10) We are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Kyle Williams from Bangor City. 21 year old Kyle has already played for City in the Welsh Premier League but had expressed a wish to join Glantraeth. He has also played for Welsh National League side Penyffordd and Bangor University. Six foot one in height Wrexham-born Kyle greatly impressed in our Gwynedd League game at Farrar Road last month for City Reserves and we welcome him to the club. He will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s FAW Trophy tie with Bodedern Athletic.

(12/10/10) Saturday sees us up against old rivals Bodedern for a place in the fourth round of the FAW Trophy. Now renamed Bodedern Athletic they have done a great job of reviving the club since resigning from the Cymru Alliance during 2006-07 season. A tidy new ground, an excellent youth set-up and under manager Ricky Williams they have built up a strong squad that has started the season promisingly after gaining promotion to the second division of the Welsh Alliance. In past encounters we might well have started favourites but much has changed since then and now as the only Gwynedd League club remaining in the competition league positions alone will dictate that we start as underdogs which is not always a bad thing. We have already beaten teams from higher leagues in this competition and we will have to raise our game once again if we are to progress to the last sixteen. Kick-off is 2.30 pm (not 2.00 pm as was quoted in last Saturday's programme) and the match referee is Martin Roberts of Llangefni.

(10/10/10) We will face Bro Goronwy at Cae Glantraeth on Saturday 23rd October in the second round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup after the Moelfre side had an easy 7-1 win yesterday over Gap Connahs Quay's second string. More photos from yesterday are now online.

(09/10/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a jackpot of £500 was Tony Owen (Huws Gray). The winning numbers were 6, 10 & 14. The next draw for a further jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 23rd October in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.

(09/10/10) Any ideas that this would prove an easy game for Glantraeth were quickly dispelled as the University fielded what their manager described as 'a completely different team' from the side that lost heavily at Beaumaris last week when the visitors were still awaiting international clearance for much of their squad. Playing with a strong wind at their backs the University took the game to Glantraeth in the early stages and it was somewhat against the run of play when the Bodorgan side took the lead on 19 minutes as James Saxon fastened on to a well delivered cross from Ricky Owen and slid the ball under keeper Steffan Holden. Glan began to settle following the goal and a good effort from Graham Jones was just too high but it took a fine save from debutant home keeper John Glyn Roberts just past the half-hour mark to keep out an effort from Matthew Devine. Ian Pleming went close as the interval approached but the keeper did well to save with his knees but six minutes into the second half the University pulled level as Matthew Middleman's powerful shot from outside the area curled just inside a post. Nine minutes later Glan went back in front as an Ian Pleming free kick was only half cleared and Ricky Owen drilled a low shot past Holden. With five minutes remaining it took another fine save from John Glyn Roberts to prevent an equaliser as he went full length to keep out a shot from Devine. On the evidence of this game the University won't be a pushover for anyone this season and Glan were just happy to pocket three points from a closely fought game played in difficult conditions. Final score: Glantraeth 2 Bangor University 1.

(07/10/10) Bangor University play their second game of the season on Saturday with their first ever visit to Trefdraeth. They lost their opening game 7-0 to Beaumaris Town last Saturday then saw their midweek game with Bethel abandoned shortly after kick-off due to a problem with the lights. It is important we put in a focused and professional performance to keep the momentum of the past few games going. Dave Cashman will finally be available for selection after his prolonged transfer from Bethesda Athletic. Kick-off is 2.30 pm.

(05/10/10) Tonight's Gwynedd League fixture between Bangor University and Bethel was called off due to floodlight failure.

(05/10/10) After just one game for Glantraeth since signing from Bangor City central defender Gareth Sharp faces an extended lay-off through what has now been diagnosed as a fractured ankle. It occurred in the home game with Bontnewydd although it has taken a few days to confirm the full extent of the injury. He is due to return to hospital in three weeks time.

(03/10/10) Following yesterday's win over Rhuddlan Town we will now be at home to Gap Connahs Quay or Bro Goronwy in the second round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup on Saturday 23rd October. The two clubs were due to meet yesterday but Bro Goronwy complain that they were only informed on the morning of the game that it had been put back a week, possibly another casualty of the chronic shortage of referees which saw several games throughout North Wales called off yesterday.

(02/10/10) A good team performance from Glantraeth saw off Clwyd League Premier Division leaders Rhuddlan Town to enter the second round of the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup. After a strong start by the home side Glan began to get on top and took the lead after 25 minutes as Jamie Roberts was quickest to react as the ball came back off the keeper following a well struck free kick from Peter Twigg (see top picture). Ian Pleming and James Saxon both went close to adding a second but it took a great flying save from stand-in keeper Chris Roberts just on half-time to stop Karl Evans putting the home side level. It had been a lively first forty-five minutes that had threatened to spill over at times especially when a punch off the ball felled Glan defender Graham Jones but Glan refused to be diverted from the job in hand and continued to play the ball around well on a poor playing surface. The visiting side remained in command after the break and scored a second through a powerful header from Ricky Owen as he rose to meet an Ian Pleming cross on 50 minutes. Glan looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory but a failure to deal with a corner kick from the left five minutes later gave Demo Ketley an opening and he finished well to once again put the result in doubt. The goal lifted Rhuddlan and the game was now more evenly contested but it was Glan who came closest to adding to the scoreline as Steve Jones headed against the crossbar with nine minutes remaining.

(01/10/10) After intensive physiotherapy on a hamstring injury midfielder Chris Saxon is hopeful of returning to the squad tomorrow for the trip to Rhuddlan. Gareth Sharp sustained a leg injury on his debut last Saturday and will miss the game while Peter Twigg is doubtful after hobbling off injured in the same game. New signing Dave Cashman is not eligible having not met the seven day's qualification required for this competition, a strange rule considering only 24 hours or less is required for the Welsh Cup and just about all other competitions, but maybe I'm missing something. (SS)

(28/09/10) Currently top of the Clwyd League Premier Division Rhuddlan Town will host Glantraeth on Saturday in the first round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. On league position alone the Denbighshire side will be favourites to progress but four wins in the last five games will give Glan confidence they can pull off another cup win. It will be the first time we have taken part in a North Wales Coast FA cup competition since a bitter dispute several seasons back over a decision by the governing body ordering Glan to give up home advantage for a Challenge Cup tie with Caernarfon Town. Kick-off at their Pengwern College ground (pictured above) is 2.00 pm.

(23/09/10) 20 year old David Cashman has finally joined Glantraeth from Bethesda Athletic after a much protracted and wholly unnecessary transfer saga that has gone on for over a week before the Welsh FA stepped in and quite correctly instructed Bethesda to sign the transfer form. Deiniolen based David, a central defender, was previously with the TNS Academy and has also been with Holyhead Hotspur and Bangor City.

(25/09/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a jackpot of £500 was Mary Owen of Brynsiencyn. The winning numbers were 9, 10 & 15. The next draw for a further jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 9th October in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.


(25/09/10) Two goals in the opening four minutes put Glantraeth firmly in control, both identical in the making and the execution as Ian Pleming’s crosses from the right were headed home at the far post by Craig Evans. A minute later Evans almost completed a hat-trick as his long range effort was turned on to the crossbar by Bont keeper Steve Jones. It was three for the home side on 13 minutes as a fine strike from Alec Griffith opened his account for the season. The expected first half avalanche failed to materialise as the visitors bravely battled to get back in the game and Glan were guilty of a degree of complacency after storming into an early lead although Craig Evans was again unlucky not to get his third minutes before the interval as a tremendous shot came back off the bar. There was no complacency at the start of the second half as Ian Pleming (pictured left) added a fourth within 65 seconds of the kick-off, rounding a defender and finding the bottom corner. On the hour mark Pleming was on target again this time finding the top corner with a curling free kick from fully 30 yards. Steve Jones was next on target as a ball headed over the Bont defence left him with a clear run on goal and there is no-one better at finishing in those situations. With 15 minutes remaining Pleming did get his hat-trick as a surging run took him past two defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot that flew into the net. James Saxon rounded off the scoring in the 85th minute as Daron Wyn Jones’s ball in from the left found him unmarked and he cleverly dinked the ball past the keeper. Final score: Glantraeth 8 Bontnewydd 0.

(23/09/10) Gareth Sharp, a 19 year old defender, has signed for Glantraeth from Bangor City. Born in Shrewsbury Gareth has made first team appearances in the Loosemores Cup for the Farrar Road club and comes highly recommended as a player with the ability to go on and play at a higher level. He is expected to be in the squad for Saturday’s home game with Bontnewydd. Huw Allan Jones, the brother of Glantraeth defender Graham Jones, has also joined the club.

(22/09/10) Saturday sees the visit of struggling Bontnewydd to Trefdraeth and although they have suffered a horrendous week, losing 12-0 at Bro Goronwy last Saturday and 5-1 at Bangor City Reserves last night, it is vital that we treat this game as any other and put in a totally professional performance with full commitment from every player. The squad is still developing as the management look to achieve their aim of building a team capable of taking the club to a higher level. We know it is not going to happen overnight, some of the more established sides we have met have proved there is no substitute for a settled squad of good quality players and naturally that takes time to achieve. We’re only in the sixth week of the season. Defender Gwyndaf Davies (pictured right) will be missing on Saturday due to a one match suspension although we are still hoping to complete the signing of two new players in time for the game. Kick-off is 2.30 pm.

(22/09/10) The draw for the third round of the FAW Trophy was made today in Cardiff and Glantraeth were drawn at home to Bodedern Athletic. We couldn't have got a tougher game, Boded impressed me greatly in a recent win over Penmaenmawr. The tie will be played on Saturday 16th October with a 2.00 pm kick-off and replaces our league cup game at Bontnewydd. The winners will enter the last 16 of a competition won by Glan Conwy last season. For my part how I would love to be the first club secretary to ever be part of winning both the English FA Trophy and the Welsh FA Trophy. An impossible dream perhaps for a Gwynedd League club although I’ve heard similar words used in the past. (SS)

(18/09/10) A goal five minutes before time from Peter Williams gave Welsh Alliance outfit Penmaenmawr Phoenix false hope that they could claw their way back into a game that had for the most part seen them outplayed by a Glantraeth side looking for a measure of revenge after the controversial defeat in the Welsh Cup last month. It was not to be though as the Bodorgan boys ended 2-1 winners to go through to the last 32 of the FAW Trophy. The opening to the game was decidedly low key with little scoring threat from either side of note and both keepers largely untroubled but as the half-hour mark approached the visitors suddenly sprang to life with Ian Pleming through on goal only to see Phoenix keeper Robert Benjamin save with his legs. Pleming and Craig Evans had further chances as Glan finished the half looking the more likely scorers. Whatever was said at the interval it was a revitalised Glantraeth that took the field for the second half and they went on to monopolise possession. A goal had to come and it was Steve Jones with his fifth of the season who obliged on 53 minutes fastening on to a through ball from Daron Wyn Jones (pictured right) and expertly finishing past the advancing keeper. The Anglesey side were now playing the ball around with some style and went two ahead with twenty minutes remaining as a glorious passing move finished with Craig Evans sliding the ball past a defender leaving Pleming to stride on and powerfully drill the ball into the bottom corner. A lack of concentration in the closing minutes let Phoenix in to pull back a goal and make for a nervous ending that should never have been. Any result other than an away win would have been a travesty.

(17/09/10) Dave Jones, sports writer for the Daily Post and sports editor of the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail, has been trawling the football club websites of North Wales and published his opinions of which are best on his Daily Post football blog, a great source of information for local football fans. We are not too immodest to publicise that we were placed fourth, top of all the island sites and the recipient of some very nice comments from Dave. You can view the full results and comments here. Worthy winners were Porthmadog who regularly win awards with their fully bilingual site, a real labour of love and pride in Wales because of the extra work involved. Second was the Bangor City Citizen's Choice site administered by Mike Smith which is a mine of information about the club and it's proud history as well as having a lively fan's forum. Third were Airbus UK Broughton with a site that is obviously professionally designed but very easy on the eye. The Pitchero 'revolution' has seen more and more Anglesey clubs take advantage of the opportunity to have a free website that is easy to keep updated and it has been particularly pleasing to see the likes of Gwalchmai, Bro Goronwy, Beaumaris Town and Bodedern Athletic take advantage of this facility so providing up-to-date news of what is happening at their clubs. In many ways the websites have overtaken the matchday programme in being a source of information for supporters and our football administrators seem to have been slow to appreciate their importance in promoting football in North Wales. One or two awards and a little funding would not go amiss!

(16/09/10) Glantraeth have signed 32 year old midfielder Peter Twigg (pictured) from Gwalchmai. Peter was a regular in last season's Gwynedd League winning squad and we are grateful to Gwalchmai manager Paul 'Skin' Owen for allowing Peter to join us without the normal seven day's notice. It means that Peter goes straight into the squad for Saturday's game at Penmaenmawr. Another signing of a 20 year old defender is awaiting completion of the paperwork although the player would not have been eligible for Saturday's game. Going the other way is Gwyn Owen who has been released to return to Gaerwen. Yet again we have waived the seven day rule! Welcome to Peter and best wishes to Gwyn.

(16/09/10) We travel to face Penmaenmawr Phoenix on Saturday in the second round of the FAW Trophy. It will be our third visit to Cae Sling already this season and we certainly have a point or two to prove after the manner of our defeat in the Welsh Cup on the first day of the season. We looked far too strong for them in the opening half hour but the refusal of a clear penalty and dismissals changed the game dramatically and the home side went on to gain what looked on paper an easy win. In some ways we are lucky to now have the opportunity to put right a perceived wrong so it is important we take full advantage, it would be nice to have a good run in this competition. James Saxon (pictured) returns to the squad after completing a two match suspension.

(14/09/10) We’ve had some good wins and some disappointing defeats in what has been a mixed start to the season but considering we have been out of the game a year and had to start afresh we should not be too disappointed with how things have gone so far. The squad is likely to get stronger as the season progresses and hopefully we might have some silverware to show by the end. What is certain is that the Gwynedd League will not be an easy competition to win, there are some fine sides competing for the honour. Although we felt we were our own worst enemies on Saturday, shooting ourselves in the foot after taking what should have been a match winning two goal lead, Bro Goronwy still looked an impressive side going forward and seem sure to be there or thereabouts come next April. Injuries and a dismissal didn’t help to make the afternoon more palatable but we now move on and the concentration switches to preparing for the next game.

(12/09/10) The winner of last night's 3 Number Lotto draw for a jackpot of £500 was Wayne Roberts of Caernarfon. The winning numbers were 3, 9 & 14. At the time of writing he still thought it was a hoax call when Helen phoned him last night to tell him of his good fortune but will be convinced when he is paid the money next weekend. (We always wait seven days before paying out to allow time for any further claims to be made). The next draw for a further jackpot of £500 will be on Saturday 25th September in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.

(11/09/10) The final scoreline might have flattered the visitors but there was little doubt about their credentials as possible title challengers as they took advantage of Glan going down to ten men to score three times in the final six minutes and run out 6-3 winners. The home side should be kicking themselves after taking a commanding position as they were two up by the 47th minutes, both goals scored by Craig Evans, then threw away their lead within two minutes through some poor defending. A hopeful ball into the area from Chris Hough found the net then poor marking left Pat Roberts with an easy header to put the Moelfre side level. On 57 minutes the visitors went ahead as they broke quickly for Pat Roberts to score his second. Glan drew level with ten minutes remaining through a superb strike from Steve Jones and were then looking the more likely winners but it all turned sour two minutes later as Gwyndaf Davies was dismissed for a second caution and from the restart an own goal put Bro Goronwy ahead, Graham Jones deflecting the free kick past Bentley. As Glantraeth pushed forward they were twice caught on the counter-attack as substitutes Steve Jones and Gary Swindells added further goals to put the lid on a game that Glan will prefer to forget with Chris Saxon, Chris Roberts and Matthew Scowen having all hobbled off injured during the course of the afternoon.
In the only other league game played today Bethel beat Llanfairfechan Town 1-0.

(09/09/10) Saturday’s visitors are Bro Goronwy who look likely to be amongst the title challengers this season. The Moelfre based club recently had a good win at Bangor City Reserves and must have been gutted last weekend when their scheduled league game at home to Bethel was called off as no referee was available. All island derbies are hard fought competitive affairs but if we add total commitment and good discipline to our undoubted quality we must be in with a chance of making it three in a row. The referee is Dewi Morris of Llanfairfechan and there will be hot food for players and officials of both clubs in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth following the game.

(09/09/10) Lee Jones has had his contract with Glantraeth cancelled by mutual consent. With twenty plus players registered it is inevitable that some players will move on if they feel they can play regularly elsewhere. Lee cannot register as a non-contract player with another club for a period of 30 days according to FAW rules, the 30 day period commencing from his last appearance with Glantraeth. We wish Lee all the best with whatever club he decides to join.

(07/09/10) The Gwynedd League have released the fixtures for October. On Saturday 2nd October Glantraeth are away to Clwyd League Premier Division leaders Rhuddlan Town in the first round of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup. The following weekend Bangor University are the visitors to Cae Trefdraeth for a league fixture. On Saturday 16th October Glan visit Bontnewydd in round one of the Bob Jones Memorial Shield and are away again on the last Saturday of the month for a league fixture at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. Fixture page has been updated.

(05/09/10) Our scheduled Gwynedd League fixture at Bontnewydd on Saturday 25th September has now been switched to Glantraeth.

(04/09/10) Two games played today in the Gwynedd League with Holyhead Hotspur Reserves stretching their lead at the top with an 8-1 win over Llanystumdwy while second placed Beaumaris Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Llanfairfechan Town. Glantraeth remain in third place. The game between Bro Goronwy and Bethel was cancelled due to no referee! League table has been updated.

(03/09/10) It was never easy against a young, talented Bangor City Reserves side but Glantraeth put on a powerful show at Farrar Road tonight to come away with a 3-0 win. The opening half-hour was evenly fought before Glan began to take control, taking the lead on 39 minutes as Daron Wyn Jones came in at the far post to head home a Steve Jones corner kick (top picture). Ian Pleming, coming back after a two game suspension, soon made his presence felt after the break, hitting the bar before putting Glan ahead on 54 minutes with a superb strike after cutting in from the left. Four minutes later it was Pleming again latching on to a through ball from Gwyn Owen and driving the ball past the outstanding Kyle Williams in the home goal. The visitors seemed to lose concentration after taking a three goal lead and Bangor enjoyed their best spell of the game but Glan will be happy with this performance that moves them into third place.

(03/09/10) Kieran Lewis has been released and has rejoined Gaerwen. Once again we have waived the requirement for seven day's notice of approach so that Kieran is free to play in Gaerwen's opening Welsh Alliance Division Two fixture at Greenfield tomorrow.

(02/09/10) Glan travel to Farrar Road tomorrow evening looking to build on their midweek victory over a gutsy Llanfairfechan side. They will face a Bangor City Reserve side who won the Caernarfon & District League last season but are in a period of transition after several of that title winning squad moved on during the summer. Glan have had a mixed start to the season but we always knew that after a season out of the game it would take time to rebuild, on and off the field. Twelve months back we couldn’t even field a team! Rob Bentley, Chris Saxon and Ian Pleming are expected to be additions to the squad.

(01/09/10) Three Gwynedd League games played last night. The other results were: Beaumaris Town 4 Bontnewydd 1, Bangor City Reserves 2 Bro Goronwy 6. League table has been updated.

(31/08/10) With seven minutes remaining and 2-1 down it was all looking pretty desperate for Glantraeth but their pressure finally paid off as they hit Llanfairfechan Town with a three goal burst to take the points. Glantraeth were the better side in the opening forty-five minutes, twice seeing shots cleared off the line before they took the lead on 32 minutes as a long ball from Gwyndaf Davies gave Steve Jones a clear run on goal and his well drilled shot past keeper Paul Davies found the bottom corner. Four minutes later Matty Barley went close to adding a second as he drove inches over. The visitors pulled level on the hour mark as Glan were punished for some sloppy defending with Shane Jones applying the finishing touch. Despite Town being reduced to ten men two minutes later as Rory O'Hagan was dismissed for a bad foul the home side fell behind on 65 minutes with Shane Jones again the scorer. Things were looking decidedly grim for Glan but it all changed on 83 minutes as Craig Evans headed home from a Steve Jones corner (top picture). It was the signal for the home side to throw caution to the wind and with a minute of normal time left they went in front with Craig Evans again the scorer, taking advantage of a defensive mistake to poke the ball past the advancing keeper. It got even better on 90 minutes as Gwyndaf Davies found the top corner from 30 yards to clinch a 4-2 victory.

(31/08/10) Yesterday's Gwynedd League fixture saw Llanystumdwy beat Bethel by six goals to one.

(30/08/10) Following two successive defeats tomorrow’s league fixture at home to Llanfairfechan Town takes on even greater importance as Glan look to close the points gap on the leading group. Town have lost two and won one but only four goals conceded in those three games suggest they will not be an easy side to beat. The game kicks-off at 6.15 pm and entry to the ground will be from the car park with no parking allowed on the field.
Glantraeth have completed the signing of 26 year old central defender Graham Jones, formerly with Llangefni Town.

(28/08/10) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 10 & 13 and there were two winners who share the £500 jackpot, Melfyn Hughes of Llanerchymedd and Mr & Mrs Hughes of Malltraeth. The next draw is on Saturday 11th September when the jackpot will be £500.

(28/08/10) Once again a poor second half performance led to defeat for Glantraeth as they went down 3-2 at Bethel this afternoon. The visitors should have been two or three in the lead at the break such was their first half domination. Playing with the wind Bethel could offer little more than a long punt upfield and it gave them the lead on 17 minutes as a ball broke nicely for Sam Williams to slot the ball into an unguarded net. After a period of Glan pressure they drew level on the half hour mark as Lee Jones thundered a free kick into the top corner (top picture) and as the pressure mounted on the Bethel goal Chris Saxon headed inches wide then had another header cleared off the line. It should have been the signal for Glan to take the second half by storm but whether it was Bethel that improved or the visitors that took their foot off the pedal Glan just could not regain the same measure of control and became increasingly frustrated leading to Bethel regaining the lead in the 64th minute, Ben Bolton the scorer after keeper Rob Bentley had made a tremendous stop from Sam Williams. Pushing forward Glantraeth were caught out again with ten minutes remaining as Aled Steele took advantage of no offside flag to put the Gwynedd side two ahead. Within a minute Lee Jones had scored a second to set up a grandstand finish but Bethel desperately clung on to their advantage. Photos now online.
Today's other Gwynedd League results: Holyhead Hotspur Reserves 3 Bangor City Reserves 1, Llanfairfechan Town 3 Bontnewydd 1, Llanystumdwy 5 Beaumaris Town 2.

(28/08/10) Presidents Cup: Glantraeth have a bye in the first round and will be away to Bangor City Reserves or Bethel in the second round
Gwynedd Cup: Again a bye in the first round then a home tie against Bethel in the second round.
Bob Owen Memorial Shield: A first round bye and away to Bontnewydd in second round.
Gwynedd Safeflue Shield: Away to Beaumaris Town in first round with winners at home to Bontnewydd.

(27/08/10) Glantraeth travel to Bethel on Saturday looking to bounce back after Wednesday’s defeat by Beaumaris Town. They will have to do it without striker Ian Pleming and midfielder James Saxon who are both suspended. Pleming has in fact been the subject of 7 day’s notice of approach from Bethel but they have been informed he has a written contract with Glantraeth and any approach would be in breach of FAW rules. Bethel are now the only Gwynedd League side with a 100% record so it will need an improved performance if we are to come away from Cae Coed Boelyn with a good result.
Glantraeth have today signed Paul Williams, known as 'Magic.' Paul is an experienced forward who has been with Glantraeth at the start of his career then spent 13 years with Bodedern. He has also played with Gwalchmai and Trearddur Bay.

(27/08/10) Glantraeth will be away to Bangor City Reserves on Friday 3rd September, 7.00 pm kick-off. On Saturday 11th September Bro Goronwy will be the visitors to Trefdraeth subject to their involvement in the Welsh Cup. The following Saturday we have our FAW Trophy visit to Penmaenmawr and the final Saturday of the month will see us at Bontnewydd. The NWCFA Intermediate Cup 1st Round tie at Rhuddlan Town will be played on Saturday 2nd October. Fixtures page has been updated.
Porthmadog Reserves have officially resigned from the Gwynedd League according to their website leaving the league with ten clubs.

(26/08/10) In the North Wales Coast FA Intermediate Cup we have been drawn away to Rhuddlan Town from the Clwyd League. Date to be announced. We now have a league fixture at Farrar Road on Friday 3rd September when we will face Bangor City Reserves. Finally, best wishes to Kelvin Evans who has rejoined Gaerwen.

(25/08/10) Beaumaris ran out deserved winners at Glantraeth by two goals to nil. Any ideas that the Gwynedd League will prove anything but a tough competition to win were dispelled this evening as the visitors took the lead two minutes after the break through ex-Glan striker Richard Owen and with Glan clearly rattled went on to dictate the pattern of the second period before clinching victory four minutes from time through an Andy Clarke penalty. The first forty-five minutes had proved evenly fought with both sides having opportunities to take the lead, Glan perhaps having the best as Daron Wyn Jones drove wide from a great position and Craig Evans saw a shot saved at point blank range by keeper Dave Clarke. The visitors were clearly well motivated for the game, something Glantraeth will have to get used to, and they will be well pleased with this performance and look certain to be one of the major contenders for honours this season. They are an experienced side and that showed as they put something of a stranglehold on Glan after taking the lead, denying them the time and space to really threaten until late on when Craig Evans was left with just the keeper to beat but failed to get enough power on his shot.

(24/08/10) With the season barely started we are already faced with our third visit to Penmaenmawr Phoenix having against all the odds drawn them in round two of the FAW Trophy. The game will be played on Saturday 18th September. We won the pre-season friendly 3-2 but then lost the Welsh Cup Tie by four goals to one after being reduced to nine men. Eleven against eleven we believe we are the better side and now have the chance to put our money where our mouth is!

(23/08/10) We've had no easy games so far and it will be no different on Wednesday evening when we play our second league game at home to Beaumaris Town. They already look like being amongst the strongest sides in the league this season and as well as being another island derby with local pride as well as points at stake we look forward to welcoming some familiar faces back to Glantraeth with Carl Thomas, Anthony Hughes (pictured) and Richard ‘Pigeon’ Owen named in their squad. Chris Saxon looks likely to return for Glan after missing out on Saturday’s trip to Wrexham. It's another tough one in what is promising to be a highly competitive league. Kick-off is 6.30 pm.

(21/08/10) We have now been notified that Glantraeth will be away to Bethel next Saturday. Today's results mean that Glan are the only Gwynedd League side remaining in the FAW Trophy following the elimination of Bethel and Llanystumdwy.

(21/08/10) Glan began well at Brickfield Rangers in today’s FAW Trophy clash, taking the lead after just 8 minutes as Gwyndaf Davies found Ian Pleming down the right and his cross was finished by Ricky Owen who found the net with a well placed left foot shot from 15 yards. Rangers came back strongly and Glan keeper Luke Davies twice in as many minutes made vital saves at the feet of first Owen Williams then Naz Fazphut. The Wrexham side were looking useful, as you would expect of a side playing two levels higher then Glan, and levelled on 32 minutes as Owen Williams headed home from a corner kick from the left. Within a minute Glan were back in front and again Pleming was involved as his shot was blocked only for Craig Evans to follow up and apply the finishing touch. There had been little to choose between the sides as the second period got underway and the home side pulled level on 65 minutes as Owen Williams got his second. From then on Glantraeth took control and should have gone ahead seven minutes later as Pleming was pulled back in the area and then elected to take the penalty kick himself only to drive the ball wide of the right hand post. Four minutes later and Glan missed an open goal. With the home defence all at sea four attackers only had the keeper to beat, Alec Griffith squaring the ball for Steve Jones to score only for the referee to rule that Jones had strayed into an offside position. It was wasteful play by Glan and it looked like they would pay the price as the game seemed headed for extra-time. With six minutes remaining their luck changed as Pleming was again brought down and this time Lee Jones made no mistake from the spot. All that was missing was for Pleming, who has been a constant thorn in the side of opposing defences, to open his account for the season and it came on 88 minutes as he got behind the home defence and had the confidence despite the missed penalty to brilliantly chip the keeper. The game still wasn’t over as Owen Williams completed his hat-trick for Rangers in the final minute to make the game appear closer than it really was. Final score: Brickfield Rangers 3 Glantraeth 4.
Gwynedd League results: Friday: Bangor City Res 1 Beaumaris Town 1 - Saturday: Bro Goronwy 2 Llanfairfechan Town 1; Bontnewydd 0 Holyhead Hotspur Res 3.

(19/08/10) Rhys Evans (pictured far left) has this afternoon been transferred from Glantraeth to Gaerwen and Ian 'Spud' Owen has signed for Bontnewydd. With 23 players registered it is impossible to keep them all happy, especially without a reserve side, so there is bound to be a reduction in squad numbers. Both players have shown a great attitude during their short time with the club and we wish them all the best for the season.

(19/08/10) Little is known about our opponents in the FAW Trophy on Saturday as we travel to Wrexham to face Welsh National League Premier Division side Brickfield Rangers. Brickfield are a strong community club with junior boys and girls sides as well as a special needs section. Certainly their pre-season results have been impressive and the signs are that we will have to be at our very best if we are to progress further. Team changes are likely to be few following Wednesday's win although Luke Davies (pictured) will make his first start of the season in goal.

(19/08/10) I was talking to S4C presenter Nia Parry earlier today at Caban in Brynrefail and told her, amongst other things, that I've heard several Glantraeth players, not to mention one or two committee members, have had her high on their most fanciable list over the past two or three years. She was with her baby boy and came back with; ‘they wouldn’t fancy me at the moment as my blouse is covered in baby sick!’ Nia now lives in Rhostryfan with her husband Aled after spending 12 years in Cardiff. She is every bit as nice as she comes over on TV and sent her regards to everyone at the club. (SS)

(18/08/10) With a large crowd present at the new look Cae Trefdraeth this evening Glantraeth began their Gwynedd League campaign with a 3-1 win over Holyhead Hotspur Reserves. It was never easy but Glan deserved the three points, making the better chances throughout. Playing in blue while the visitors were in Glan's usual colours of red may have led to some confusion but there was no denying it was the home side that took the lead after 9 minutes as Ian Pleming's cross was well converted by Steve Jones. The lead lasted just two minutes as home keeper Rob Bentley saved well from Ricky Lavelle only for the ball to spin loose to Ant Parry who unleashed a tremendous shot into the roof of the net. Chris Saxon, Steve Jones and Pleming all threatened for Glan before they regained the lead on 37 minutes and it was the same combination again as Pleming crossed from the left and Steve Jones (pictured right) was there to finish. As half-time approached Hotspur's Ad Cousins was dismissed for a second caution. The visitors began the second period in the ascendancy but Glan weathered the storm and came back strongly with Gwyn Owen firing against a post on the hour mark before James Saxon increased the lead from the penalty spot thirteen minutes later after the always dangerous Pleming had been brought down in the box. It was never a dirty game but there had been a flurry of cards shown by referee Arwel Jones and the home side were next to suffer as James Saxon was sent off for the second successive game with ten minutes remaining following a second caution.
League table has now been updated.

(16/08/10) Glantraeth begin their Gwynedd League campaign on Wednesday evening with the visit of Holyhead Hotspur Reserves who finished in third place last season and seem sure to be amongst the front-runners once again, winning their opening game at Llanfairfechan last Saturday. It wasn’t the start to the season we would have hoped for last Saturday but there was clear evidence in that opening half hour of the quality in the squad and that’s what we have to build on. We were awesome while we had eleven players on the pitch and although we still had more of the play even when reduced to nine the home side were able to take advantage of the gaps that inevitably appeared and ran out comfortable winners. Kick-off on Wednesday is 6.30 pm and Glan will be playing in blue.

(15/08/10) Only two league fixtures played yesterday with Holyhead Hotspur Reserves winning 1-0 at Llanfairfechan Town and Bangor City Reserves coming out on top by three goals to nil at Bontnewydd.

(14/08/10) The winner of tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw for a massive £1,500 Rollover Jackpot is Meredith Hughes of Llangefni. Winning numbers 2, 10 & 15. The seller of the winning ticket was Glantraeth joint manager Kev O'neill who gets his 10% agent's commission of £150. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th August when the Jackpot will be £500.

(14/08/10) For 27 minutes Glan besieged the home goal without managing to force the breakthrough but the refusal of a clear penalty kick when Ian Pleming was chopped down in the area changed everything as the big Glantraeth striker reacted far too forcibly for the match official and was red carded. While the visitors were still visibly shell-shocked Phoenix took the lead three minutes later as they broke quickly leaving Peter Williams with an easy tap-in and it got worse on 36 minutes as a long ball downfield found Gavin Simpson with another simple chance to pick his spot.
Glan had started off like a house on fire, Steve Jones striking a post in only the second minute. Chris Saxon, Jamie Roberts and Craig Evans all went close as the home side struggled to cross the halfway line then the keeper made a point blank save from Pleming. The only threat during that period from Phoenix came in the 8th minute as Glan keeper Rob Bentley pulled off a brilliant double save from Simpson. On the stroke of half-time Matty Barley was through one-on-one but keeper Robert Benjamin was out quickly to smother his shot. From a position where it looked as if they would completely overpower the opposition it had all gone wrong for Glan and it got even more desperate on 67 minutes as James Saxon was dismissed for a second yellow. Down to nine men the visitors battled on and only a fine save from Benjamin kept out a good effort from Barley. It was just about curtains for Glan with fifteen minutes left as Williams got the run of the ball after his first effort had been saved by Bentley leaving him another open goal to aim at. Chris Saxon pulled a goal back on 85 minutes as he rose to head home a Lee Jones corner but a hugely disappointing afternoon was made worse as Williams completed his hat-trick in the final minute and the home striker's verdict after the game that 'you outclassed us while you had eleven men' was of little consolation.
If we are to achieve anything at all this season we have to keep eleven players on the pitch. This was a game that was so clearly there to be won, we were really impressive during that opening period, but the combination of a poor refereeing decision and a failure to maintain our discipline almost certainly cost us a place in the next round of the Welsh Cup. Final score: Penmaenmawr Phoenix 4 Glantraeth 1.

(13/08/10) Sixteen months after playing our last competitive game, a 1-1 draw with Penrhyncoch, Glantraeth return to action tomorrow with a Welsh Cup tie at Penmaenmawr Phoenix. It was not a cup we expected to be in this season but a change to the entry rules means we are once again involved in the nation's most famous football competition, albeit at an early qualifying stage. There is a great buzz about the club once again and if we don't enjoy a good result at the weekend it won’t be through a lack of preparation. A tremendous amount of work has gone into our return to football, on and off the field, and we have every reason to be proud of the way the club has bounced back in the face of adversity. Midfielder Jamie Roberts (pictured left) was unable to train yesterday and faces a late fitness test after hobbling off during Tuesday’s encounter with Llangoed.

(12/08/10) Pictured with the new Glantraeth shirt for 2010-11 season are Arfon Williams the owner of Ty Crwn Garage of Gaerwen, the club's sponsors this season, along with Glan chairman Gareth Evans. Ty Crwn were the club's sponsors during those glory years in the Cymru Alliance and we are looking forward to an equally rewarding partnership this season.

(11/08/10) Saturday is a red letter day for me personally as it is the first time I have been secretary of a football club for a cup tie, in fact for any kind of competitive game, since Sunday May 18th 2003 when Burscough met Tamworth. My club Burscough had started the season as 400-1 outsiders to win the English FA Trophy and after already winning through five rounds were drawn away to runaway Conference leaders Yeovil Town in the quarter-finals. In what was described by Daily Telegraph journalist Ricky George as 'the biggest shock in the history of non-league football" we beat Yeovil 2-0 at Huish Park and went on to reach the final at Villa Park, Birmingham. In front of a crowd of 15,000 and with the game transmitted live by Sky we triumphed 2-1 over Tamworth to win the FA Trophy. It was an incredible achievement for a village club and by far my greatest memory in football. (Click on the picture to see the highlights if you are interested).
The relevance? Well, next Saturday we start the season with a Welsh Cup tie at Penmaenmawr and as a Gwynedd League side could well face similar or even greater odds against winning the Welsh Cup. Over to you lads. (Stan Strickland)

(11/08/10) When Simon Duckworth set off from his Huddersfield home last weekend to spend a week on Anglesey with his family little could he have imagined that their holiday cottage was situated right next to a football ground and even less likely could he have imagined he would end up playing a game for one of Anglesey’s top football clubs. With Glantraeth keeper Luke Davies a last minute casualty the search was on for a replacement to play against Llangoed yesterday evening and Simon, who had been kicking a ball around with his young son, agreed, after some persuasion, to take Luke’s place between the sticks. Although he didn’t have a great deal to do Simon acquitted himself well when called into action, one long throw to the halfway line almost leading to a goal. Back home in Yorkshire he coaches a junior football team and at an amateur Rugby League club and to prove to his mates that he did play for Glantraeth as ‘they just won’t believe this’ he had his picture taken with the team following the game. Here is further proof Simon.

(10/08/10) Glantraeth completed their pre-season fixtures this evening with a 9-1 win over Anglesey League side Llangoed and now get down to the serious stuff as they face a Welsh Cup tie at Penmaenmawr next Saturday. First half scorers were James Saxon, Ian Pleming (2), Craig Evans and Kieran Lewis. After the break Craig Evans went on to complete his hat-trick with Matty Barley, from the penalty spot, and Steve Jones also on target.

(08/08/10) Anglesey League side Llangoed & District are our opponents on Tuesday evening as we round off pre-season at Cae Trefdraeth. Kick-off is 6.30 pm and the match referee is Allan Rowlands. There is training at the ground on Thursday evening and it is important all players attend with the season starting next Saturday.
Admission to the ground this season will be £2 for all adults with youngsters under 16 free. Entrance will normally be from the car park with no parking allowed on the field. There may be exceptions when a larger crowd is expected that will test the car park’s capacity when admission will be taken at the main gate. There will be a basic four page programme issued that will be free with paid admission while stocks last. The canteen, Hel’s Kitchen, will be open from about one hour before kick-off to about twenty minutes prior to the final whistle. Club badges and lottery tickets will also be on sale at the canteen with next Saturday’s lottery jackpot now standing at £1,500. The entrance to the canteen has now been caged to protect customers from flying footballs following one or two near misses.
The new playing kit sponsored by Ty Crwn Garage of Gaerwen and tracksuits sponsored by BrakeFree Driving School of Bodorgan have now been delivered and will be in use for the first time next Saturday.
Please note the Gwynedd League home game with Llanfairfechan Town has now been put back from Bank Holiday Monday to Tuesday 31st August, 6.15 pm kick-off.
It’s good to be back.

(06/08/10) 2007-08 season Glantraeth Player of the Year Chris Saxon has rejoined the club from Holyhead Hotspur. It is an excellent signing for Glan. Only 22 Chris already has an impressive CV having also been voted Hotspur’s Player of the Year last season. He has loads of Cymru Alliance experience, scores goals from midfield, is strong in the tackle and a dominant figure in the air. Chris will join up with his brother James to bolster the engine room of the side. No signing-on fee was ever offered or asked for.

(06/08/10) Glantraeth captain from 2008-09 season Gareth Owen was married in the Shetland Isles earlier this week and we send Gareth and Debs our congratulations. They met when Gareth was a member of the Ynys Mon Island Games squad that travelled to the Shetlands in 2005. The service took place at Bridge End on West Burra which looks a remote but scenic location. Gareth has been a great servant of our club and played in the Cymru Alliance double winning side in 2006. This season he has signed for Gareth Parry at Porthmadog. Richard ‘Freddy’ Owen, also ex-Glan and now with Port, was a member of the wedding party.

(05/08/10) Bodedern have this evening completed the signing of Billy Evans from Glantraeth following our decision to waive the seven day's notice of approach put in by the Welsh Alliance club. It's a shame to see him go but all the best to Billy at Boded.

(03/08/10) Midfielder Gethin Davies has expressed a wish to leave and join Gwalchmai as he feels his chances of playing regularly at Glantraeth are limited. The club have therefore agreed to waive the requirement for seven day's notice and he is free to sign for the Welsh Alliance club immediately. We wish Gethin the best of luck at Maes Meurig.

(03/08/10) Glan eased to victory over a feisty Holyhead Town this evening by four goals to nil. The Anglesey League side went behind after just 3 minutes as a Steve Jones cross found Ian Pleming who buried the ball in the top corner, the keeper having no chance. It wasn't all plain sailing for the home side as Town threatened on more than one occasion but a second goal from Pleming in the 19th minute when he beat the keeper through the sheer power of his shot seemed to take the wind out of their sails and Glan cruised through the remainder of the half putting the visitors under the cosh with some top quality football. Holyhead came out fired up after the break and at times the game threatened to get out of hand but a third goal on 65 minutes just about clinched victory for Glan, Steve Jones (pictured right) finishing with a glancing header from a Kieran Lewis corner kick. The scoring was completed in the 87th minute as Matty Barley brilliantly used his body to hold off his marker and create the space to drill the ball past the keeper.

(02/08/10) We will play our first Gwynedd League fixture on Wednesday 18th August when Holyhead Hotspur Reserves are the visitors to Glantraeth. Because of this our pre-season fixture this weekend at Hotspur Reserves is off. Our final pre-season fixture will be on Tuesday 10th August at home to Llangoed, 6.30 pm kick-off. On Wednesday 25th August we entertain Beaumaris Town and are at home again on Monday 30th August when Llanfairfechan Town are our opponents. The fixtures page has now been updated. (SS)

(02/08/10) In the 1950s and 1960s there was no more famous name in North Wales football than Holyhead Town. They played at Cae Mwd and their most legendary player was Tommy Welsh (pictured), a prolific centre forward of his day. Last season the name resurfaced once again as a newly formed Holyhead Town club entered football in the Anglesey League and had an excellent first season. We welcome them to Glantraeth tomorrow (Tuesday) for the sixth of our pre-season friendlies.
So far pre-season has gone pretty well with Llanfairpwll being by some distance the best side we have faced. They should do well in the Welsh Alliance. The managers have learned a great deal about the players and will now have a good idea who is going to make the squad for the forthcoming season.

(31/07/10) This was a game Glan should have won comfortably as they created chance after chance during the second period only for wayward finishing and the brilliance of Boded keeper Gareth OJ Roberts to keep them at bay, the game ending 0-0. The opening forty-five minutes proved an evenly contested affair the closest to a goal being a powerfully struck free kick in the 7th minute by Ian Pleming for Glan that came back off the crossbar. Gav Sharpe and Tomos Jones went near for the visitors while Alec Griffith, playing his best game in the red shirt, and Jamie Roberts had good opportunites for the home side. Glan had numerous chances after the break to secure victory, Matty Barley firing inches over on 52 minutes following a great run by Pleming. Twice in as many minutes it was OJ Roberts to the rescue for Boded as he pulled off saves from Pleming but he should have had no chance on 68 minutes as Pleming set up Ricky Owen for a golden opportunity only for the home forward to shoot well over. A surging run from Matty Barley saw him through on goal but again OJ spread himself to pull off a brillant save and he did the same eight minutes later, this time Pleming's shot being blocked. Boded were always dangerous on the break and there was real concern they could sneak a win with so many chances being missed at the other end but the game ended with honours shared and with so many players unavailable through holidays this has to go down as a much improved performance by Glantraeth after the disappointment of Tuesday's defeat by Llanfairpwll.

(29/07/10) Games between island clubs are rarely anything but competitive affairs, pre-season or not, and Saturday will be no different when we welcome Bodedern Athletic to Trefdraeth. Boded have done brilliantly since resigning from the Cymru Alliance and are an example to any other club that falls on difficult times of just what can be achieved through hard work and commitment when a club has to virtually make a fresh start. I like to think we have provided a similar example.
With local pride at stake the result of these games perhaps becomes all too important and that was obvious on Tuesday when we lost to Llanfairpwll in a full-blooded encounter. I thought the scoreline was harsh on us, others might disagree. For a period of fifteen minutes at the end of the first half they put us under heavy pressure and scored two goals but for the other seventy-five minutes I thought we matched them in most departments without enjoying very much luck and that is the positive we must take from the game. Darren Moore has built and fine tuned his squad over 13 years, Kev and Chris have been doing it for about six weeks!
Saturday’s game kicks-off at 2.30 pm and after match hospitality for both clubs will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth. Referee for the game is Arwel Jones. (SS)

(28/07/10) Porthmadog Reserves will play in the Gwynedd League this season after withdrawing their appeal against their exclusion from the Clwyd League Reserve Premier League. Their website also says that due to a change of management several of their players have drifted away from the club so the Gwynedd League have allowed them time to sort out their difficulties and will not include them in 'the first few rounds of fixtures.' There are also reports that Bangor City Reserves are experiencing similar problems.

(28/07/10) A further friendly has been added to the pre-season schedule when Anglesey League side Holyhead Town will visit Glantraeth next Tuesday, 3rd August, 6.30 pm kick-off.

(27/07/10) A well organised Llanfairpwll side ran out 4-0 winners this evening and brought Glan down to earth with a bump. The game was played at a frantic pace throughout and a purple patch for the visitors in the ten minutes before the interval saw Llanfair take a two goal lead, both goals coming from Gary Jones. To their credit the home side reorganised at the break and enjoyed the better of the second half but pushing forward in numbers they were always likely to be exposed at the back and Ian Burgess's goal on 67 minutes shortly after Craig Evans had struck the crossbar for Glan just about sealed their fate. Within a minute Ian Pleming had the ball in the net and was unlucky to be ruled offside and Llanfair completed their scoring on 81 minutes through Ian Owen at a time when Glan were well on top. It was a harsh scoreline for Glan after their improved second half performance but the visitors proved more streetwise on the night and it is all part of the learning curve of Glan's comeback. It was a reminder not to get too ecstatic about the wins and too despondent about the defeats. There is a long season ahead.

(24/07/10) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 6 & 20. There was no winning ticket so the next draw on the second Saturday of next month, 14th August, will be for a Rollover Jackpot of £1,500.

(24/07/10) An evenly fought first period saw Glan start off the strongest but after falling behind on 16 minutes when Sam Hughes slid in at the far post to convert a right wing cross it was the home side who began to take a measure of control. Glan came back strongly as the interval approached, Kieran Lewis having a great chance to equalise on 40 minutes as Craig Evans fed him a clear shooting opportunity and four minutes later a flowing move finished with Billy Evans firing just wide. The second half was a different affair all together as the visitors took complete control with some superb passing moves. Glan pulled level on the hour mark as a searching free kick from James Saxon caused panic in the Phoenix rearguard and ended with a defender getting the last touch under pressure from Daron Wyn Jones (see top picture). There was a strong appeal for a penalty five minutes later as Matty Barley appeared to be clearly tripped in the area and then the home keeper had to make a flying save to keep out a long range effort from Lee Jones. Glantraeth were now playing some impressive pass and move football and the Anglesey side deservedly went ahead on 70 minutes as another emerging young talent, 16 year old Matty Barley (pictured right), rode a couple of desperate tackles to fire home and seven minutes later the same player was again on the scoresheet as he tried his luck from 25 yards and found the bottom corner. Ricky Owen came close to scoring the goal of the game on 80 minutes as a quite marvellous passing move left him with a clear run on goal only for the home keeper to race out and smother his shot. Glan should have had the game well won by now but with 90 minutes gone Sam Hughes pulled a goal back and a minute later struck the crossbar as the home side made a spirited attempt to draw level. There was still time for Ian Pleming to strike a post at the other end before the final whistle sounded. A win for Glan but it will have no bearing on the result of the Welsh Cup tie in three weeks time. Penmaenmawr proved they can play if given half a chance and any complacency will be severely punished. Photos now online.

(21/07/10) Not the ideal choice of pre-season fixture as we travel to Penmaenmawr Phoenix on Saturday only three weeks before the two clubs meet in the Welsh Cup at the same venue. This is one game where gaining further match fitness might just be more important than the result itself as I feel certain both club’s managers will be looking to give as little away as possible. The game was of course arranged before the cup draw was made and rather than having to find an alternative fixture at such short notice the managers decided to go ahead as both clubs had squads of twenty plus players available for selection. Pen are one of the clubs who have joined the newly formed Welsh Alliance Division Two from the Clwyd League Premier Division, having finished in eighth place last season. The pre-season so far has given just cause for cautious optimism. We have a good mix of youth and experience in the squad and the trip to Nefyn last Saturday proved a good bonding exercise as well as providing further evidence of the quality in all positions. Some of the football was a joy to watch against an experienced Nefyn United side that are more than capable of giving any side in North Wales a tough time on their day. Kick-off at Conwy Road is 2.30 pm.

(20/07/10) 18 year old Lee Jones has been registered for Glantraeth as a contract player with the FA of Wales. In the two pre-season games to date Lee has been played in a central defensive position by managers Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts and has shown great ability and maturity for such a young player. He clearly has tremendous potential to move on and play at a higher level at sometime in the future and as a semi-professional club it is now more than ever our policy to reward and encourage the development of talented young players while also protecting the interests of the football club.

(19/07/10) Former Glantraeth player Llion Davies (pictured left) sent his best wishes by email today. "Glad to hear that Glantraeth FC are back, it was a real shame when you dropped out of the Cymru Alliance and football altogether. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at your club playing good football in the process. Hopefully I will meet up with you again in a few years to share some stories. Glantraeth is such a warm friendly club, other teams should take note. It is great to hear that you are back. Good luck for the season. Llion."
Llion played for us under manager Paul Whelan during 2007-08 season while he was studying at Bangor University and proved an outstanding central defender. His home was near Welshpool so the following season after graduation he signed for his local Cymru Alliance club Guilsfield. It's always good to hear from ex-players who have good memories of the club. We also had similar good wishes from Gafyn Lloyd Jones (pictured right) and send our congratulations to Gaf on his forthcoming marriage. Gafyn played for us during 2008-09 season, scoring the vital goal at Llandyrnog that could well have kept us from finishing bottom of the league for the only time in our history.

(17/07/10) It’s far too early to get carried away but it was the manner of this win over Welsh Alliance Division One opposition that gave so much hope for the season ahead. It was an outstanding team display and every one of the 17 players used played their part. The scoreline was 2-1 for Glantraeth but despite Nefyn striking the crossbar in the opening forty-five minutes they were fortunate to get off so lightly such was Glantraeth’s superiority over the 90 minutes. Up front Ian Pleming (pictured right) was virtually unplayable at times and although it may seem unfair to single out one player amongst so many fine individual performances it is the end result of so much excellent build up that makes all the effort worthwhile and it was Pleming who provided the finishing touch on two occasions, once in each half. The first after 18 minutes was struck with such power that the keeper hardly moved but the second on.65 minutes was even more awesome, almost uprooting the upright as it ricocheted in off the woodwork. Assists for the goals came from Matty Barley and Steve Jones. The Nefyn goal on the stroke of half-time had to go down as a fluke as a corner kick swung in from the right literally hit James Saxon at the far post and rolled in off his leg. There were endless other occasions when Glan came close to scoring. Among the highlights were Lee Jones hitting s superb drive only inches wide on 16 minutes and Craig Evans getting on the end of a James Saxon shot only to see the ball pass narrowly the wrong side of a post. Pleming was several times close to adding to his tally and in the later stages Billy Evans and Steve Jones both went close before a scorching drive from Kieran Lewis brought out a tremendous save from the home keeper. Celebrating a pre-season win is usually a low key affair but when a group of happy footballers go for after match hospitality at the same time as a hen party is in full swing then things are likely to get pretty lively. And they did!

(15/07/10) Daron Wyn Jones has joined Glantraeth. Described by Llangefni Town as a ‘club legend’ Daron, also known as Sion Billy, is the all-time record scorer for the Talwrn Road club with 323 goals during the eighteen years he spent with them. He has also played for Gaerwen and Llanerchymedd. Able to play midfield or up front Daron is a proven and experienced addition to the squad.

(14/07/10) Glantraeth eased there way back into football on Tuesday evening against a side one level down and there were plenty of positives that came out of the game not least the enthusiasm that Kev, Chris and Ems have brought to the club in so short a time. We will learn even more about the current squad on Saturday when Glan travel to Duffy’s home town to meet an established Nefyn United side who operate two levels higher in Welsh Alliance Division One. Pre-season results are a notoriously unreliable guide to what the season might bring and matter little in the longer term but as well as the important business of getting players match fit it’s nice to get one or two confidence boosting results along the way so a win on Saturday at Cae’r Delyn would go down very well and make for an enjoyable journey home. No pressure lads.
Pick-up points for the team coach are: Holyhead Leisure Centre 11.15 am, Malltraeth - Morawelon 11.45 am, Llangefni Bus Station 12. noon, Gaerwen – Stermat 12.10 pm, Llanfairpwll – Pringles 12.15 pm, Caernarfon – McDonalds 12.40 pm.
We will be announcing the signing of a 'club legend' tomorrow night.

(13/07/10) Although they will face tougher games ahead this was an ideal opener for the newly formed Glantraeth side against Anglesey League Llandegfan who despite going down to a heavy defeat stuck to the task from first to last and gained two consolation goals for their efforts. The home side used eighteen players and there were several stand-out performances that would have pleased the management team. The opening goal came after 3 minutes as an Ian Pleming cross was forced home by Kieran Lewis and eleven minutes later the same duo combined as a superb Pleming cross was converted with a bullet of a header from Lewis. Pleming got on the scoresheet on 20 minutes, side-footing home as the ball came in from the impressive Gwyndaf Davies and it was Pleming again seven minutes later as he turned his marker before rifling the ball home from 25 yards. Five minutes into the second half it was 5-0 as Jamie Roberts volleyed home superbly from outside the box and two minutes later young Matty Barley finished clinically after breaking clear. The goals continued to come with the visitors pulling a goal back a minute later before Glan went further ahead on 63 minutes as Pleming completed his hat-trick, as he fastened on to a through ball from Gwyn Owen to score. Craig Evans added another in the 76th minute as he headed home a perfect cross from Lee Jones. The goal of the game came eight minutes from time as Kieran Lewis found the top corner with a marvellous strike from fully 30 yards and Glan reached double figures two minutes later as a long ball from Gwyn Owen found the net after the Llandegfan keeper was distracted by the threatening presence of James Saxon. All credit to Llandegfan for not giving up and reducing the deficit with a further goal as the final whistle approached. Final score: Glantraeth 10 Llandegfan 2.

(12/07/10) At tonight's Gwynedd League Annual General Meeting held at Mountain Rangers Sports & Social Club the following 11 clubs were confirmed as members for season 2010-11: Bangor City Reserves, Bangor University, Beaumaris Town, Bethel, Bontnewydd, Bro Goronwy, Glantraeth, Holyhead Hotspur Reserves, Llanfairfechan Town, Llanystumdwy & Porthmadog Reserves. All league clubs will enter the Cwpan Gwynedd, Gwynedd Premier Cup and also the Eryri Shield, to be renamed in honour of the late Bob Jones. Already entered in the Welsh Cup, FAW Trophy, NWCFA Intermediate Cup as well as the three league cup competitions Glantraeth have opted out of entering the Barritt Cup.

(10/07/10) Anglesey League side Llandegfan are the first opponents when we open our pre-season programme at Cae Trefdraeth on Tuesday (13th July). Kev and Chris will be wanting to have a look at all of the squad I would imagine so there are likely to be plenty of changes during the course of the game but it will be good to once again see a game of football being played on the ground, the first time in almost 15 months. The game kicks-off at 6.30 pm and there is no charge for admission. At present the Glantraeth Restaurant is in the process of being converted into holiday cottages so we apologise in advance if this causes any inconvenience particularly for players in the changing room area. After match hospitality will again be at the Joiners Arms in Malltraeth. To get there turn right upon leaving the ground and carry on down to T junction, turn right and follow road alongside river passing under railway viaduct into Malltraeth, Joiners is set back on right. The match referee is now Allan Rowlands of Llangefni (SS).

(10/07/10) A couple of near misses but no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot increases to £1,000. The winning numbers were 11, 13 & 19. The next draw takes place on Saturday 24th July in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.


(08/07/10) The final training session before the pre-season fixtures begin next Tuesday proved a really intensive workout this evening under the supervision of Emrys 'Ems' Jones. Lasting almost two and a half hours it showed just how far the players have come since training commenced on June 10th. Video quality is not great as cameraman is not up to much. Joint manager Chris Roberts was absent, attending his dad's 50th birthday celebrations, but Kev O'Neill was delighted with how the squad is coming along, this evening completing the signing of last season's Gaerwen Player of the Year Lee Jones (pictured). 18 year old midfielder Lee has also been with Llangefni Town and Bodedern.

(07/07/10) Glantraeth have been drawn away to Penmaenmawr Phoenix in the 1st Qualifying Round of the Welsh Cup. The tie will be played on Saturday 14th August with the winners away to Tregaron Turfs or Montgomery Town. After discussions between the managers the pre-season friendly between Penmaenmawr Phoenix and Glantraeth will still go ahead on Saturday 24th July. In the first round of the FAW Trophy Glan have been drawn away to Wrexham based Brickfield Rangers from the Premier Division of the Welsh National League. That will be played on Saturday 21st August.

(06/07/10) We have received many good luck messages as we prepare to return to football that are greatly appreciated. There is a great deal of rubbish spouted about Glantraeth so it is nice to receive good wishes from those that are genuinely knowledgeable and highly respected within the island football community. If I can just mention a couple, and I hope I am not betraying any confidences, Russ Austin the vice-chairman and licensing officer of Llangefni Town wrote that he ‘never doubted that you would get it all back together again’ and ‘for me a strong island football scene is of paramount importance and I will always support the clubs striving to make it better, we all know how hard committees have to work off the field usually without any thanks or recognition, so I wish you well in the new campaign on behalf of our club.’ Russ was amongst those that worked tremendously hard to try and ensure that Cefn’s title winning season ended with a well deserved promotion to the Welsh Premier League and it is a tragedy in sporting terms that they failed on what appeared to be technicalities after a mind-boggling amount of work had been completed. Also wishing us well was former keeper Gareth OJ Roberts who also wrote Glantraeth ‘is a very well run club and I enjoyed my time there, albeit a brief one under the management of Paul Whelan.’ Thanks also to others who have taken the trouble to phone, text or send an email to the chairman or myself. I am a great believer in rivalry with respect as we all work tremendously hard and share the same problems in keeping football clubs alive and healthy within our communities despite all of the many counter attractions of modern day living, not least football almost 24/7 on the box. (SS)

(05/07/10) Managers Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts have made Craig Evans club captain for the new season with Gwyn Owen being appointed vice-captain. Training again went well this evening with the squad now nearing completion although a further signing is likely later this week.

(04/07/10) Hel's Kitchen will once again provide a saliva-inducing canteen menu for the new season with a choice of everything from a full Welsh breakfast to a packet of crisps. The new menu can now be accessed online and once again Helen (pictured) has done us proud with chips & baked potatoes the latest additions to what must be one of the most extensive menus at any football ground in North Wales. The canteen will be open at all games including pre-season from well prior to kick-off until twenty minutes before the final whistle.

(04/07/10) The 27th Annual General Meeting of Clwb Peldroed Glantraeth Football Club will be held next Tuesday, 6th July, at the ground, 7.30 pm start. We are always looking for new committee members so if you live local and fancy joining a great little club at an exciting stage of Glantraeth's redevelopment please give me (Stan) a call on 07743 483733 or email me through the website.

(02/07/10) Our absence from football over the past 12 months has given us the opportunity to develop our ground at Cae Trefdraeth and although there remains plenty still to do you can see the improvement in these two before and after photographs (click to enlarge). Last year was the first real blip in the club's 25 year history and we could well have folded but the response by the club's committee and helpers has been quite remarkable and through using our time and resources wisely we have rebuilt the foundations of the club in a way that promises well for the future. One of the things I best like about Glantraeth is the self help mentality within the club, we don’t rely on others we get off our butts and make things happen through sheer hard work and rather than whinging when things went wrong last year we just got on with putting things right and all that now remains is to see football once again being played at Glantraeth and that gets nearer by the day. A big pat on the back to everyone associated with the club. (SS)

(01/07/10) 21 year old Steve Jones has signed for Glantraeth. Steve, who plays wide left or as a striker, was a member of last season's treble winning Gwalchmai side. He has also played for Llangefni Town. Also signing this evening was Alec Griffith a 22 year old defender who last season played for Market FC in the North Gwynedd & Anglesey Sunday League.

(30/06/10) Although nothing will be definitely confirmed until the AGM on Monday 12th July it appears that eleven clubs now look certain to form part of the membership of the Gwynedd League next season; Bangor City Reserves, Bangor University, Beaumaris Town, Bethel, Bontnewydd, Bro Goronwy, Glantraeth, Holyhead Hotspur Reserves, Llanfairfechan Town, Llanystumdwy and Porthmadog Reserves. It has been a chaotic time for many league officials who perform a thankless task at the best of times and much of it could have been avoided with proper planning, communication and consultation as you didn’t need to be Kim Ung Yonga (Google him!) to appreciate that the effect of so many clubs being relegated from the WPL would have repercussions throughout the Welsh Pyramid and it seems to me that these lower leagues have just been abandoned to pick up the pieces. We believed and still believe we had a strong case for being placed in the Welsh Alliance Second Division in line with the FAW’s regulations for the Pyramid Structure that state that ‘a club withdrawing from a league shall not be permitted to re-enter at a higher level, than two divisions below its existing level, unless a league below does not have a maximum number of clubs.’ As we had been accepted into membership of the Cymru Alliance for 2009-10 season, had paid our entry fees and affiliated with the FAW and NWCFA we believe that this rule applied to us but after representations from ourselves and no doubt others the FAW have placed us in the Gwynedd League for the coming season and we look forward to making a full contribution to the continued success of that competition. (SS)

(27/06/10) Amanda Rutter of RAF Valley was the winner of last night's £500 Lotto Jackpot. The winning numbers were 7, 13 & 14. The next draw takes place on Saturday 10th July in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth with a Jackpot of £500.

(26/06/10) 25 players at training on both Monday and Thursday this week despite it not even being July yet shows just what a great atmosphere Kev and Chris have already generated at the club. Training looks well organised, is really putting players through their paces and, just as important, looks fun (easy for me to say!). 18 players are already signed up with no doubt more to follow so there will be real competition for places but we were determined to get organised early this year after the problems we encountered before last season and there is a real sense of anticipation within the club at starting up again, albeit in a lower league. The ground is looking fantastic after all the work we have carried out while not playing although a bit of rain on the pitch would now be welcome. Even after four years here I never fail to be anything but gobsmacked on every occasion I go down to the ground by the sheer magnificence of its setting, and I've been to a few grounds in my time. There is a Lotto draw tonight in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth that will bring the total prize money generated so far this year to £6,000, once again a tribute to our hard working committee. All I do is write a few letters and punch a few computer keys but these are the guys who go out raising the funds to run the club as we are hardly going to survive on gate money alone and we are not a club that have ever enjoyed preferred grant status. It's incredible for such a small club with a village population of little more than 300. (SS)

(25/06/10) We are pleased to announce that BrakeFree Driving School of Bodorgan are to sponsor the player's tracksuits this season. BrakeFree are owned by Brian Roberts and are Pass Plus Registered so have a very high pass rate, lessons starting from only £20 per hour. You can visit their website at

(24/06/10) One of last season's leading scorers in Gwynedd football, Ian Pleming, this evening signed for Glan from Caernarfon & District League side Mountain Rangers. 24 year old Ian has also played for Caernarfon Town, Caernarfon Borough, Bethel, Llangefni Town and Bontnewydd. Also signing was 24 year old midfielder Ian Owen who has previously been with Caernarfon Borough and Caernarfon Town. Matthew Scowen (pictured right) a central defender aged 25 who was with Kev O'Neill at Pentraeth has also joined the club.

(23/06/10) Further signings include defender Gwyndaf Davies (pictured left) from Bethel, Kelvin Evans from Gaerwen, Jamie Roberts brother of joint manager Chris Roberts and Bryn Jones returning to the club. Gwyndaf is 24 and his former clubs include Gwalchmai, Pentraeth, Llangefni Town, Bodedern and Gaerwen. Kelvin (pictured right) is 30 and was a defender and assistant manager at Gaerwen last season. He has also played with Llangefni Town and Bodedern. 22 year old Jamie Roberts has been with Llangefni Town and Gwalchmai but after three years out of the game played with Sunday League oufit Market FC last season. Bryn came through Glan’s under 17 side before making his Cymru Alliance debut in 2008-09 season. During our absence from football last season he joined Amlwch Town. Young local talent is also being given its chance with Kev and Chris also signing up three local youngsters who have impressed in training; Matty Barley from Penrhos and Matthew Williams and James Ross both from Llangefni Town Juniors. James is the son of former Glantraeth player Keith Ross. The player profiles have now been updated.

(22/06/10) Glantraeth have signed Rhys Evans from Llanfairpwll and Kieran Lewis from Gaerwen. Kieran (on right of picture) is 22 and has played up front for Gaerwen as well as in central midfield. He has also played for Llangefni Town and Bodedern. 26 year old Rhys is a proven midfielder with Cymru Alliance experience.

(21/06/10) Gwyn Owen (pictured right) who was captain of Gaerwen last season signed on for Glantraeth this evening. A central defender 28 year old Gwyn was one of the first targets of the managers and is a key signing at the heart of defence. Previous clubs include Llanfairpwll, Beaumaris Town, Gwalchmai, Llanrug United, Llangefni Town, Pentraeth and Bethesda Athletic. Another quality signing is evergreen striker Billy Evans (top picture) from Llanfairpwll. Billy has also played with Gaerwen and has won many honours in the game. Although now 35 he is still one of the fittest and most enthusiastic at pre-season training. Both Gwyn and Billy bring plenty of experience to the squad. More of tonight's signings will be added to the website during the course of the week

(20/06/10) After a three year absence we are pleased to announce that Arfon Williams of Ty Crwn Garage in Gaerwen is to once again sponsor the club this coming season. Ty Crwn sponsored Glantraeth during the memorable 2005-06 season that saw the club become the first and only Anglesey club to ever win a Cymru Alliance League and Cup double. Arfon also runs the award winning Tacla Taid Transport & Agriculture Museum in Newborough. There are still opportunities remaining for sponsorship and advertising with the club. For details contact secretary Stan Strickland on 07743 483733.

(19/06/10) Goalkeeper Rob Bentley has joined Glantraeth from Anglesey League side Trearddur Bay United. Rob at 31 is an experienced keeper who has given loyal service to Bay for the past eleven years and is generally recognised to be one of the best keepers on the island recently being named in the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail's Team of the Season. Before that he had a spell as a youngster in London with Queens Park Rangers during the period that Ray Wilkins was manager.

(18/06/10) Latest signing is skilful midfielder James Saxon from Gaerwen. James is 23 and was vice-captain of Gaerwen last season. He has also played with Llangefni Town and Bodedern as well as previously being on Bangor City's books at under 21 level. He is the brother of Chris Saxon, Glan's Player of the Year 2007-08 season.

(18/06/10) Craig Evans has joined Glantraeth from Gwalchmai. 26 year old Craig was a prolific scorer with the Maes Meurig club last season as they won the Gwynedd League Title. He was last with Glantraeth during 2008-09 season and has also played for Llangefni Town and Bodedern.

(18/06/10) Two good training sessions this week under the supervision of Emrys Jones with at least twenty players at each. Several players have already signed with more now fully committed to joining the club as Kev and Chris's squad begins to take shape. News of signings will be gradually released on the website over the next couple of weeks. Training again next Monday and Thursday 6.30 pm.

(12/06/10) Nerys Eccles of Gwalchmai and Marina Roberts of Llanfachraeth shared tonight's £500 Lotto Jackpot. The winning numbers were 10, 13 & 17. The next draw takes place on Saturday 26th June in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth with a Jackpot of £500.

(10/06/10) Football returned to Glantraeth this evening with a good turnout of players for the first of the pre-season training sessions. Further sessions will take place each Monday and Thursday evening, 6.30 pm start.

(08/06/10) It has been confirmed to us that yesterday's FAW Council meeting in Cardiff ratified the decision of their Domestic Committee on 10th May that Glantraeth will play in the Gwynedd League next season. A reminder that training for next season commences at Cae Trefdraeth this Thursday, 6.30 pm start. Managers Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts can be contacted on 07717 609790 and 07876 010406.

(27/05/10) Pre-season arrangements rarely go exactly to plan and we have had to change our fixture on Saturday 17th July at Caerwys who have informed us that they will not have showers available by that date. We will now travel to face Nefyn United. Fixture page has been updated.


(27/05/10) With the start of training just two weeks away and a full set of pre-season fixtures now in place there is a growing sense of anticipation around Glantraeth. It has been painful to have to stand aside for 12 months while all around us have been enjoying a nail-biting season but the thing we want most of all is to get the buzz back in the club after the frustrations of 2008-09 season. When Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts accepted the posts of managers they asked what were our expectations and basically we just want to get back to enjoying our football again and hopefully see the team win more games than we lose. Anything more will be a bonus because we recognise it might take a little time to build up the playing strength of the club after such a break. The ground is currently a hive of activity in preparation for the new season and certainly greatly improved although some jobs might have to wait until we are in a position to once again attract grant money, a further incentive to make upwards progress. Our first competitive game could well be in the qualifying round of the Welsh Cup on Saturday 14th August and it will be interesting to see just which clubs have entered the newly extended national competition. Certainly witnessing a crowd of 600 at Bodedern a couple of weeks back for a Gwynedd League fixture was enough to whet anyone's appetite for the season ahead.

(24/05/10) Latest friendly to be confirmed is away to Clwyd League side Caerwys on Saturday 17th July. The game against Holyhead Hotspur Reserves originally scheduled for that date has now been cancelled so Hotspur can host a double header that day against Runcorn Town. The two sides will now meet on Saturday 7th August at the New Oval. Our first friendly will be a midweek home game with Anglesey League side Llandegfan on Tuesday 13th July. On Saturday 24th July Glan will be away to Penmaenmawr Phoenix. Now confirmed are home fixtures with Llanfairpwll on Tuesday 27th July (6.30 pm) and Bodedern Athletic on Saturday 31st July, kick-off 2.30 pm. Pre-season training starts at the ground on Thursday 10th June and continues each week on Monday and Thursday evenings. Managers Kev O'Neill and Chris Roberts can be contacted on 07717 609790 and 07876 010406 respectively. The fixtures page has now been updated.

(23/05/10) Kim Burnell of Bethesda was the winner of last night's £500 Lotto Jackpot. The winning numbers were 6, 14 & 18. The next draw takes place on Saturday 12th June in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth with a jackpot of £500.

(16/05/10) Although we have not yet received official confirmation we understand that the FA of Wales have placed us in the Gwynedd League next season. We had made a policy decision that we would try and re-enter football at the highest level possible and with that in mind we had applied to join the Welsh Alliance Second Division, however the FAW have vetoed that possibility and we are happy to accept their decision although we have sought clarifiaction as to how the decision was made. Glantraeth have also entered the Welsh Cup and the FAW Trophy.

(14/05/10) Chris Wathan, a journalist with the Western Mail, phoned me earlier this week to tell me he is working with Swansea City star Lee Trundle on the book Lee Trundle, My Story which is due out in September of this year. Lee has made his name in Welsh football with first Rhyl, then Wrexham, and most of all of course with Swansea. He was sold for £1 million to Bristol City in the summer of 2007 before returning to the Liberty Stadium. He also became a cult figure on TV with Sky demonstrating some of his fantastic skills and also made the celebrity pages through his relationship with Atomic Kitten's Liz McClarnon. Chris had been interviewing Lee who mentioned that I brought him into professional football as an 18 year old and wanted some background on his early days in senior football. I first saw Lee play in a national youth cup final at the ground of my former club in 1995 and tapped him up at the after match banquet for his phone number. Before the start of the next season I visited him at his home in a Liverpool suburb and convinced him to play for us in a trial game for our manager to take a look. The rest is history, he signed first team forms and one Tuesday night a couple of weeks later scored four sensational goals and left the field to a standing ovation. Within 48 hours I had signed him on his first ever professional contract. Only six weeks later Chorley, who were bankrolled by Trevor Hemmings the owner of Pontin’s Holiday Camps, made an offer of £7,000 which we accepted. It was good business as at that young age he did not fulfil his potential and drifted for five years around the non-league scene after leaving Chorley with Stalybridge Celtic, Bamber Bridge and Southport before eventually moving to Belle Vue where Wrexham’s Brian Flynn finally spotted his potential and he went on to become one of the greatest crowd pleasers Welsh football has ever seen and as Swansea’s webmaster once told me ‘the club’s biggest legend since Ivor Allchurch.’ (SS)

(08/05/10) John Parry of Llangefni was the winner of tonight's £500 Lotto Jackpot. The winning numbers were 5, 11 & 17. The next draw takes place on Saturday 22nd May in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth with a jackpot of £500.

(06/05/10) In what appears to be a surprising development Andrew Howard, the Head of Competitions at The FA of Wales, has sent out a memo that includes the following statement: "Please also be advised that the Welsh Cup is now available to all clubs, subject to clubs meeting the Ground Criteria as stated in the Competition Rules and on the Application Form."
Entry to the Welsh Cup is mandatory for clubs at levels one and two but the statement now appears to suggest that any Welsh club at any level can now enter subject to meeting the ground criteria laid down in the rules that are in truth not that demanding. It is likely to lead to a considerable number of new entries for season 2010-11. (SS)

(05/05/10) Congratulations to our near neighbours Aberffraw who last night won 3-1 in their final game of the season to win the North Gwynedd & Anglesey Sunday League Division One Championship and now look forward to a League Cup Final date with Caernarfon Town on Sunday May 16th at Llanfair PG. The important goals were scored by Richard Roberts, Deian Williams and Al Williams.

(04/05/10) A 1-1 draw at Bodedern this evening was enough to give Gwalchmai the Gwynedd League title and likely promotion to the Welsh Alliance. The first forty-five minutes saw few goalmouth chances with the gusting wind and rock hard pitch hardly helping but the game sprung to life on the stroke of half time as a ball came back off a Gwalchmai player and left Iwan Jones onside and with a clear run on goal, the Boded forward rounding keeper Kenny Hughes and firing into the empty net to send a large section of the 500 plus crowd wild. The second period was a tremendous affair as the game really stretched out, both sides having great chances to score. Bodedern were carrying the greater threat up front with Iwan Jones and Gareth Wyn Roberts rolling shots agonisingly wide while Gwalchmai's best efforts came from midfielders Paul Tilbury and Paul Bryant. The game could have gone either way but with just under 20 minutes remaining Craig Evans broke clear for the visitors to score the decisive goal, unleashing a scorching volley past keeper Gwynfor Williams. It was a thrilling climax to the Gwynedd League campaign and the game and the setting were a great advert for Anglesey football.

(27/04/10) Despite opposition from some quarters the plan to form a Second Division of the Welsh Alliance has now been given the official go ahead by The FA of Wales. The new division will start with 12 teams which will be selected from the 16 clubs who have already applied to join the league along with the teams who will be relegated from Division One at the end of this season. The Welsh Alliance now have a new website at

(27/04/10) With Bodedern winning 2-0 at Holyhead Hotspur Reserves this evening and Gwalchmai cruising to a 6-1 win over Gaerwen it's all to play for at Bodedern next Tuesday. A win for Boded gives them the Gwynedd League title while a draw or win for Gwalchmai sees them crowned champions. After going a goal down in the opening minutes to a Kieran Lewis header Gwalchmai eventually overpowered the visitors, the highlights being a hat-trick for Craig Evans and another quite spectacular strike from Corey Sinnott. Outstanding at the back for the visitors was ex-Glan player Richard 'Boskin' Hughes (pictured).

(24/04/10) Mr A.W.Roberts of Malltraeth was the lucky winner of Glan's 3 Number Lotto £1,000 Rollover Jackpot drawn in the Royal Oak this evening. The winning numbers were 4, 5 & 16. The next draw takes place on Saturday 8th May in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth with a jackpot of £500.

(24/04/10) In his first season as a manager ex-Glan defender Lee Dixon has led Llangefni Town to the Cymru Alliance title following a 2-0 win over Penrhyncoch this afternoon. Congratulations to Lee and Cefni and let's hope they get the domestic licence on appeal, Anglesey should be represented in the Welsh Premier League. The Gwynedd League title race remains tight with Bodedern drawing two all at Beaumaris, Alun Roberts and Gary Bolton on target, and leaders Gwalchmai also being held to a 2-2 draw by Bethel, Paul Bryant and Corey Sinnott the scorers for the home side.

(24/04/10) Porthmadog manager Tomi Morgan has clearly given a great deal of thought to the FAW reducing the size of the Welsh Premier League to 12 clubs next season, then 10 clubs within two years. He has been a consistent critic of the plans and his criticisms appear to be well argued and some of his alternative proposals make a great deal of sense. His main beef is that managers, players and supporters were never consulted and his own survey of WPL managers indicated none were in favour of the new proposals, the vast majority wanting a league of 16 clubs, clubs playing each other twice with two cup competitions thrown in. Their loudest shout was for better playing surfaces which would definitely improve the standard and that, quite unbelievably, is not a pre-requisite for obtaining a domestic licence. This is a problem throughout the UK with ground criteria for leagues often specifying everything from the number of urinals to the size of the car park yet failing to lay down detailed requirements for a top class playing surface. (SS)

(22/04/10) Over 1,000 turned out at Llangefni last weekend for a game in memory of Osian Roberts. It was a great example of the community spirit on the island after the game was given tremendous advance publicity through a front page feature in the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail as well as being carried by all of Anglesey's football club websites. One of the main organisers was Glantraeth joint manager of next season Chris Roberts (pictured) and he can be proud that over £6,000 was raised for Wales Air Ambulance as well as providing a fitting occasion in memory of Osian.

(17/04/10) Llangefni Town jumped back to the top of the Cymru Alliance with a 6-1 win at Mold Alex and with Flint Town United losing 1-0 at home to Penrhynoch the Talwrn Road side are now strong title favourites, a point ahead of Flint with a game in hand. The Gwynedd League title race is going right to the wire Gwalchmai staying on top with a hard fought 1-0 win over Caernarfon Wanderers, the goal a first half penalty from skipper Paul Bryant. Wanderers gave a spirited second half performance without really testing home keeper Kenny Hughes. Second placed Bodedern Athletic kept up the pressure overcoming Bontnewydd by four goals to two, scorers Gav Sharpe, Iwan Jones, Kevin Owen & Gareth Wyn Roberts.

(14/04/10) When Bodedern resigned from the Cymru Alliance midway through 2006-07 season it could well have spelt the end for a club with a proud 60 year history but they were able to continue through having a reserve side in the Gwynedd League and in truth it has been the catalyst for sparking the re-emergence of the club as Bodedern Athletic with arguably more potential than ever as they now close in on possible promotion to the Welsh Alliance.

Their previous ground at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern had its limitations being situated on the school playing field but now they have a ground they can truly call their own situated on the edge of the village which is now under development following the landowner granting the club an extended lease on the site.

Boded have tremendous player loyalty, have an excellent youth set-up and like ourselves are little more than a village club. All clubs are different but they have demonstrated how a club can bounce back stronger than ever in the face of adversity and that is what we are trying to achieve here at Glantraeth.

While the best some could offer was 'how the mighty are fallen' when Glantraeth came close to folding last season we haven't sat around feeling sorry for ourselves, we have taken stock, tried to learn from our mistakes and gone about building up the club again and now look forward to playing once more later this year.

Village clubs in many ways are the mainstay of Welsh football, something hardly recognised by the hierarchy in Cardiff who seem to believe Welsh football starts and ends with two or three clubs qualifying for Europe. More than ever we are likely to be marginalised as the top two tiers become ever more elitist and the demands for clubs to achieve or be within spitting distance of the dreaded Domestic Club Licence are extended.

There is no place for village clubs in their grand scheme of things. If we had been daft enough to spend a six figure sum (as if) on our ground to gain promotion to the WPL in 2006 Mr Deakin and his colleagues who were so quick to criticise us at the time would have by now dumped us without a second thought as their grand scheme began to take shape. There was never any place in their future plans for small clubs such as Glantraeth and they should have been honest enough to say so.

The Welsh Alliance and Gwynedd League are thriving. The early season Gwalchmai/Bodedern local derby saw a crowd in excess of 200 and the return which could well be the title decider is likely to attract even more. Welsh Alliance games on Boxing Day drew an average of more than 300 spectators. Many Cymru Alliance and even one or two WPL clubs struggle to achieve those kind of crowds.

There is plenty of life in the lower leagues of which Glantraeth will be part. I believe they are going to become healthier and more competitive as teams are pushed down from above, certainly a whole lot healthier than a league where clubs are likely to regularly meet the same opposition four or even more times a season! How long before they are planning another reorganisation? (SS)

(10/04/10) There were no lucky winners of tonight's £500 Jackpot in the Glantraeth 3 Number Lotto draw so the Jackpot now increases to £1,000. The winning numbers were 2, 6 & 12. The next draw takes place on Saturday 24th April in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.

(08/04/10) Despite the difficulties we faced last year the season finished on a high note with a great turnout of players for one of the best presentation nights Glantraeth have ever had. The players who finished the season are now scattered far and wide, Jarlath Glynn and keeper Marc Newbould (pictured) have graduated at Bangor University and returned to County Mayo and Kent respectively. Caerwyn Roberts is with Caernarfon Town. Eppy McFadden is back playing with Bangor University while full back Dave Hughes who suffered a lengthy absence through injury is now recovered and playing with Llanfairfechan Town. Player of the Year Gareth Owen, Kevin Roberts and Chris Evans are now at Bethesda Athletic and acting manager Emyr Rowlands has moved down to London. Adam Jones and Anthony Hughes joined Beaumaris Town where Anthony continues to knock in the goals. James Burgess and young Bryn Jones are at Amlwch Town while David Alan Jones was rumoured to have rejoined his home town club Blaenau Ffestiniog. It remains to be seen whether we will ever see any of them back at Cae Trefdraeth in the not too distant future!

(04/04/10) Glan chairman Gareth ‘Gari’ Evans is now in his 26th year with the club and can’t wait for the new season to begin after ‘re-charging his batteries’ during the club’s break from football. There is no-one who epitomises the heart and soul of Glantraeth more than Gari.

Over that period he has also managed the Car Boot at Mona to raise funds for the club, getting up at 5.00 am every Sunday morning throughout the year...rain, hail or snow. He has also been the club physio although he is now looking to hand over to a younger man (or woman). Gareth, and his wife Helen who also does so much for the club, were the main reasons I threw my lot in with Glantraeth following 13 years with Burscough FC. Along with Len Jones, Les Thomas and John Owen who have all been on the committee since the club were formed in 1984 they have been the backbone of the club who have built the foundations of so much of the club’s success over that 25 years. They have every reason to be enormously proud of their achievements. In all my life I have never known a football club that works so hard at raising funds.

There was a real danger of the club folding last year if we hadn’t made the decision to withdraw from football and address several important issues and I am convinced we will come back stronger than ever although a somewhat different club. One of the criticisms levelled at us in the past is that we have spent money on players but not on the ground and the infrastructure of the club and although much rubbish was spoken and written about how much we spent we have to accept that there is some basis in that criticism and it is something we are addressing with the ground developments already underway although the chief ambition of the club will always remain targeting success and winning trophies on the field of play, otherwise why bother?

I personally would also like to see us build up the infrastructure of the club by introducing an under 18 youth side (rather than a reserve side) at the earliest opportunity to complement the work being done by Glantraeth Juniors but that has to be a committee decision. I was part of building up the most successful non-league youth set-up in England at my former club although there we had the advantage of drawing players from the huge reservoir of young talent on nearby Merseyside. When the club won the FA Trophy at Villa Park in 2003 eight of the sixteen man squad had progressed from the youth team and I would love us to build a similar quality set-up here at Glantraeth and gain the benefit for the first team while recognising the challenge would be somewhat different in a much more rural location.

Island football is thriving at present and it is important that a healthy Glantraeth again become part of it such has been our contribution over many seasons now. Holyhead and Llangefni have made massive strides and both have genuine potential to progress to the Welsh Premier League. Llanfairpwll continue to punch well above their weight although relegation to the Welsh Alliance remains a real threat at present while Gwalchmai, Bodedern. Beaumaris Town and Gaerwen are all amongst the leaders in the Gwynedd League. Across the island Wayne and his colleagues continue to fly the flag at Amlwch and despite recent difficulties I feel certain better times lie ahead for the Lôn Bach club. We have also seen the resurrection of some well known names from the past in Holyhead Town and Menai Bridge Tigers. It’s all looking good, let’s keep it that way, a vibrant island football scene benefits us all. (SS)

(02/04/10) Never has there been such uncertainty about promotion and relegation issues as this season with the reorganisation of the Welsh Premier League impacting throughout Welsh football.

Quite what the make-up of the various leagues will be next season is anyone’s guess and the uncertainty is likely to go well into the summer when the league AGMs are held but based on present league positions and which clubs are likely to achieve the domestic club licence, meet ground criteria requirements of the higher leagues and even accept promotion then here is my stab for what it’s worth….not a lot probably!.

Based on current league positions my guess is that only Llangefni Town will be promoted to the WPL meaning that the bottom seven clubs in the higher league will be relegated of which six - Newtown, Connah’s Quay, Welshpool, Porthmadog, Caersws & Cefni Druids - are likely to become members of the Cymru Alliance. With the CA reducing to sixteen clubs that would mean the bottom eight clubs in the CA being relegated as my guess is that only two clubs will be promoted from the three feeder leagues.

Of these, again based on current league positions, only Bethesda, Llanfairpwll & Caernarfon would be likely to join the Welsh Alliance and with Gwalchmai, Bodedern Athletic & Connah’s Quay Town having applied and all in with realistic chances of promotion the WA could well see four clubs pushed out, currently Llandyrnog United, Amlwch Town, Nantlle Vale & Halkyn United, presumably into the proposed second division.

It does seem crazy to me, and again illustrates the absence of a cohesive plan for next season outside of the WPL (probably due to a lack of consultation!), that clubs with the facilities of such as Caernarfon Town and even Holyhead Hotspur could find themselves in the Welsh Alliance next season while Ruthin Town and Rhos Aelwyd for example with far more basic facilities might be playing in the Cymru Alliance, both fine clubs with tidy grounds I must add and I mean them no disrespect as the same could well have applied to Glantraeth under different circumstances. This goes against the FAW’s own consultation document that states that standards in the feeder leagues ‘must reflect a proximity to WPL standards rather than the standards in the next tier downward.’ It means there is likely to be more disruption in the near future as the criteria for being a member of the Cymru Alliance are upgraded to reflect this and clubs are again moved around in yet another bout of social engineering.

It will be interesting to see which clubs make up the proposed Welsh Alliance second division if it goes ahead. At this stage my best guess, and it is a wild guess, would be: Amlwch Town, Halkyn Utd, Nantlle Vale, Llandyrnog United, Penmaenmawr Phoenix, Gaerwen, Caernarfon Wanderers, Gwalchmai or Bodedern Ath, Beaumaris Town, St Asaph, FC Nomads plus one other. (SS)

(28/03/10) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 11 & 15. The winner of the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot was Jenny Walker of Aberffraw. The next draw for a £500 Jackpot takes place on Saturday 10th April in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

(27/03/10) A goal three minutes from time from ex-Glantraeth player Craig Evans gave Gwalchmai a 1-0 win over Welsh Alliance high-flyers Llandudno Junction this afternoon to take the Gwynedd League leaders into the final of the Barritt Cup where they will meet Pwllheli. Junction had the better of the first half playing with the wind but it was Gwalchmai who went closest after the break as Craig Evans headed against the foot of the post on 70 minutes before going on to score the late winner.

(25/03/10) The Design2Print Welsh Alliance League have invited applications for their proposed second division next season spelling out the advantages of clubs joining. Among the most obvious benefits include clubs accepted for entry being able to enter the Welsh Cup and also becoming eligible to apply for grants from Welsh Ground Improvements. The way the various leagues stand at present it seems possible that a new division could be made up of the bottom five from the present Welsh Alliance, currently Nantlle Vale, Amlwch Town, Halkyn United, Llandyrnog United and Llanberis, plus seven others who are likely to come mainly from the Gwynedd and Clwyd Leagues. It seems an excellent opportunity for ambitious clubs to become part of the FAW’s Directly Affiliated League Structure for 2010-11 season and become full members of the FA of Wales.

(15/03/10) Even if you live outside the catchment area of our Lottery agents you can still support the club by entering Glantraeth's popular 3 Number Lotto Draw and have a chance of winning the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot at the next draw on Saturday 27th March. Simply download the standing order mandate here, complete all the shaded areas ticking whether you want one or two entries per draw (£2 per month or £4 per month) and including your choice of three numbers from 1 & 20 then send back to the club at the address shown. The draw takes place on the second and fourth Saturday of each month with £500 minimum prize money at each draw that rolls-over when not won. All winners will be notified and details posted on the club website and in the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail. You will be entered into every draw with those same numbers until the standing order is cancelled. Alternatively, anyone at home or abroad can take out a year's subscription to the Lottery by sending a sum of £24 (one entry per draw) or £48 (two entries) either as a bank transfer or to the club address shown on mandate. Don't forget to include your choice of numbers.

JACKPOT NOW UP TO £1,500 !!!
(13/03/10) There was no winner in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Rollover Jackpot will now be a massive £1,500. The winning numbers were 6, 7 & 14. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 27th March at 9.50 pm.

(11/03/10) Glantraeth have appointed Kev O’Neill and Chris Roberts as their joint management team that will take charge of the club as they re-enter football next season. Kev has been manager of Pentraeth for the past four seasons, winning seven cup finals during his time in charge and leading them to the Anglesey League title last season. He was also an unbeaten manager of the Anglesey League Select side. This will be the first senior management appointment for 24 year old Chris who has played for Llangefni Town and Gaerwen but both Kev and Chris impressed with their enthusiasm for the job and their knowledge of local football. They will officially take up their duties at the end of the season.

(08/03/10) Ground development is gradually progressing as you can see above in this scenic view of Cae Trefdraeth with a snow-capped Snowdon forming a magnificent backcloth (click on picture to enlarge). The new spectator barriers are now in place with the old ones waiting to be dismantled, a concrete hard-standing covering three sides of the ground is complete and the surrounding farmland is now fenced off to keep the livestock away from the spectator areas. Although we have had to take a couple of steps back on the playing side we have made massive strides off the field over the past few months in rebuilding the club and I feel proud to have been part of it, as proud as anything I have ever achieved in football. What the future holds and how far we can progress we just don’t know. Welsh football is changing dramatically and not necessarily for the better. I have always harboured great doubts about the indecent haste in which the WPL has sought to reduce to 10 clubs. I believe it to be a ridiculous decision with clubs likely to end up sick of the sight of each other and that seems to be further reinforced by the news that the Scottish Premier League are now seriously considering increasing its numbers back to 16 or even 18 clubs. Rangers manager Walter Smith (pictured with yours truly right) saying that ‘a staleness has crept into the present model because teams face each other four times, or even more if cup contests are added.’ (SS)

(06/03/10) I have been asked to publicise a game on Friday 16th April at the ground of Llangefni Town FC in memory of Osian Roberts who was tragically killed while on holiday in Australia in 2007. All proceeds will go to Air Ambulance Wales. The game will be between Osian’s XI (his former under 17's team) and a Llangefni Legends side that will include the likes of Bob Parry, Keith Ross, Alec James, Darren Baker, Andy Roberts, Emrys Jones, Dafydd Allan, Gary Campbell and Robert Gilmour to name but a few. The aim is to raise as much money as possible and ensure Osian is never forgotten. Osian was one of the finest young footballers the island has seen having been on the books of several top clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal, Coventry City, Wrexham and Wolves. This is an event well worth supporting and we would ask you to publicise the game by downloading a poster here to put up in your local pub, shop, workplace, etc. (SS)


(02/03/10) The national car boot website describes Mona Car Boot near Gwalchmai as 'the daddy of all car boots - it's huge, beyond anything you will see elsewhere in the UK.' Now managed by Glantraeth FC for over 25 years the car boot is open every Sunday all year round from 6.30 am to 4.00 pm. There are two large sheds and a food hall so no matter what the weather the car boot is almost certain to go ahead. Stalls are from £8, there is catering on site and there are toilets for the disabled. Directions: leave the A55 at Junction 6 (Llangefni) and take the A5 towards Gwalchmai. Car Boot on left opposite airfield. For enquiries call 07747 890497.

(28/02/10) There was no winner in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw so the rollover jackpot will now be £1,000. The winning numbers were 5, 11 & 15. The next draw takes place in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 13th March at 9.50 pm.

(25/02/10) At Monday’s club management committee meeting it was agreed that we would apply to re-enter football at the highest level possible next season. The news that the Welsh Alliance have been given approval by the FA of Wales to form a second division next season seems to have thrown everything back into the melting pot after the Gwynedd League had announced the same. It only enforces the view that all of this should have been sorted out before the introduction of a 12 club Welsh Premier League and it is this lack of co-ordinated planning for the WHOLE of Welsh football that is at the root of all the chaos that looks ever more likely once the season ends and the domino effect of clubs being demoted becomes clear. There look to be some lively times ahead and as someone said to me the other day we can only hope that it is all sorted out by August!
The appointment of a joint management team for next season was also rubber-stamped at the meeting and if circumstances permit we will now be making an official announcement next month.
Further work on the ground to prepare for next season will commence early in April. (SS)

(23/02/10) With the compensation culture that has been allowed to develop in the UK over recent years there have to be concerns from all clubs about a recent case in which a footballer with Altrincham FC has successfully sued for compensation after his leg was broken following a tackle by a player from Ashton United FC, the judge deciding in the injured player's favour despite no video evidence being available and the tackle not even meriting a yellow card from the match official.
This decision could create a legal precedent in football whereby any injury could result in players or clubs being taken to court, and the financial implications could bankrupt both club and player. Furthermore this seriously undermines the position of the officials within the game if a judge can “overturn” decisions made by qualified people “who were there”. Somehow this verdict MUST be reconsidered – and we must possibly look to setting up enforceable guidelines for all football clubs and players in respect of liability insurance.
A petition has now been started at and it seems to make sense to me to make our concerns known. (SS)

(19/02/10) The Welsh Alliance have been given permission by the FA of Wales to form a second division next season and at last night's meeting of clubs in Colwyn Bay the member clubs voted for the new division to go ahead.

(13/02/10) Tonight's £2,000 Rollover Lotto Jackpot was shared between Irene Williams of Newborough and Barry Jones of Llangristiolus. They both had the winning numbers 5, 7 & 16. The next draw will take place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th February with a Jackpot of £500.

(13/02/10) Our old adversary Bala Town boss Colin Caton has been rewarded for a marvellous start to his first season in the Welsh Premier League and will receive the League's manager of the month award for January. Caton has guided his side to away victories at Porthmadog and Caersws during the month, as well as a 2-0 Welsh Cup fourth round success at home to Caersws, to set-up a quarter-final meeting with Afan Lido. Caton took over the reins at Maes Tegid in 2003 when the club was struggling in the lower reaches of the Welsh National League and gained promotion to the Cymru Alliance at the first attempt in 2004. After successive runners-up finishes in 2007 and 2008 Bala clinched the title and promotion to the top flight in 2009. I remember Colin well during my time at Burscough as a tough and uncompromising player/manager of Colwyn Bay and while his style might not suit everyone (usually when they have just lost to Bala) we at Glantraeth have always had an excellent relationship with the Maes Tegid club and its good to see them and Prestatyn Town both doing so well following promotion from the Cymru Alliance. (SS)

(22/01/10) The Mail’s Dave Jones has had a go at naming Glan’s best all-time XI and now Douglas Fowlie has also had a stab. Doug is still a young man but has supported Glantraeth for many years and IMO will one day make a good club manager if someone gives him the chance. His chosen eleven are: GK-Paul Pritchard, LB-Jason Joyce, CB- Ryan Davies, CB-Andy O'Malley, RB-Emyr Rowlands, LM-Les Davies, CM- Mark Thomas, CM-Tony Jackson, RM-Craig Brodie, ST-Paul Whelan & ST-Nigel Moore:
I haven’t yet managed to persuade the chairman to make a selection but never short of an opinion (so they tell me) I will have a bash at my best XI from the players over the four years I have followed Glan between 2005 and 2009, a real topsy-turvy period for the club. In goal I would have no hesitation in naming Gareth OJ Roberts (pictured). Brought to Trefdraeth by Paul Whelan OJ is easily good enough for the WPL but you have to admire the way he has stayed loyal to Bodedern. At right back my choice would be Jonathan Peris Jones who joined us from Porthmadog in 2007-08 season and made an immediate impact defensively before being moved forward later in the season and scoring 10 goals as a striker. My central defensive partnership would be Gareth Owen and Carl Thomas. Gareth has been tremendously loyal to the club and was deservedly voted Player of the Year last season. Although I only saw Carl over 15 games he was a commanding presence at the back. At left back it would have to be ‘Chicken’, Darren Jones, who was always a big influence down the left flank until we lost him to Bethesda. In the centre of midfield I would have Mark ‘Cabbage’ Thomas and Chris Saxon. Mark was tremendous during our double winning season, winning Player of the Year and the leading scorer award. Chris’s high with the club came in 2007-08 season when he scored 10 goals from midfield and took the Player of the Year trophy. When fully committed and fully fit his strong tackling and ability in the air get him a place in my team. Right mid I would have Emyr Rowlands, a strong runner who had an outstanding 2008-09 season despite our difficulties and was unlucky to get pipped for top player by Gareth Owen. On the left of midfield I choose Paul Rowlands. Paul might lack some consistency but on his day he is a joy to watch and a potential match-winner. My first choice as a striker would be Craig Roberts. When he is in the mood Craig is virtually unstoppable, his performance in helping clinch the league title at Buckley being particularly memorable. I would go for Rob Williams as my second striker. Although I saw Rob in the later stages of his career his class was evident and I think he would be the ideal partner for Craig. It is difficult to leave out players such as Nigel Barry, Kevin Roberts, Lee Dixon, Chris Evans, double winning captain Warren Gibbs and even Richard ‘Pigeon’ Owen who was a prolific scorer for the club but football is all about opinions and they are mine for what they’re worth. (SS)

(22/01/10) No sooner had we announced our intentions to resume playing football next season than the island rumour mill had started with all kinds of ill-informed comments about our plans being put about. They can be quite damaging at times. Some will believe what they wish to believe but the truth is there is still much we don’t yet know ourselves. It is likely we will be playing in the Anglesey League or Gwynedd League Division Two next season but we are going to be in the dark for quite some time yet as are many other clubs. We will happily play wherever we are placed, we have no illusions of grandeur.

We have interviewed and targeted a manager who currently has no connections with any club. He plans to work as part of a joint management team but it will be the end of the season before an official announcement is made.

I manage the club finances and I can confirm we will not be ‘splashing the cash’ to try and buy instant success, our spending will be far more prudent than ever before, another lesson we have learnt over the past 18 months. We have a hard working committee who have a tremendous record of fundraising for the club so we might enjoy a financial advantage over some clubs at the level we will be playing but there is no reason why they cannot strive to match what we achieve. I will repeat what I have said before, we have no rich benefactor, although we are grateful to landowner Iolo Owen who generously makes the land available on which we play. We fully appreciate we are starting at the bottom again and will hardly merit more than a line or two in the local press next season but much as it pained us to resign from the Cymru Alliance we had to recognise the fact that sometimes you have to take a step or two back in order to move forward again. (SS)

(14/01/10) No more applications for the post of manager can be accepted and an announcement regarding an appointment will be made at the end of the season.

(14/01/10) Not my words but those of Mail sports editor Dave Jones in this week’s full page spread celebrating the ‘glorious past of this successful village club.’ It was a fine tribute to the club but we mustn’t get carried away, we will be starting at the bottom again next August and last time we entered football at local league level it took us 11 seasons to gain promotion to the Welsh Alliance so we know it won’t be easy. Quite which league we will be applying to enter next season now seems open to conjecture with the Gwynedd League having been given the go-ahead to expand to two divisions it is being seen as a threat to the future of the long established Anglesey League. We will just have to wait and see as it promises to be July and even August before this little lot is sorted out and clubs know quite how the domino effect of several clubs being expelled from the Welsh Premier League impacts on the feeder leagues below.
Dave’s choice of Glan’s ‘all-time best XI’ was interesting and is bound to prove a talking point amongst those that have followed the club over the years. I will try and get one or two of our committee such as Gareth Evans, Les Thomas, Len Jones and John Owen who are all founder members of the club to make their own selections. Les hasn’t made a good start as he has himself in goal and his brother Michael at left back so we might give that one a miss! (SS)

(10/01/10) Thanks to Dave Jones, sports editor of the Holyhead & Anglesey Mail, for his excellent back page coverage of our 'comeback' planned for next season which has triggered off a tremendous response in our search for a manager. No decision is planned before the end of January so there is still time to make your interest in the position known and as we have previously said all communication will remain confidential and no official announcement will be made until the end of the season. Contact details lower down page.

(10/01/10) There was no winners again in last night's 3 Number Lotto Draw so the Rollover Jackpot increases to £1,500. The winning numbers were 4, 12 & 15. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth at 9.50 pm on Saturday 23rd January.

(04/01/10) Firstly, Happy New Year to anyone visiting the site for the first time in 2010. Belated thanks to the many clubs that sent their good wishes following our enforced resignation from the Cymru Alliance back in the summer, they included the secretary of Mynydd Isa who had folded earlier that year, Richard Parry, secretary of Holyhead Hotspur, and Llangefni Town manager Lee Dixon. Their good wishes were greatly appreciated.

After taking a break from football following our resignation from the Cymru Alliance the club are well advanced with their plans to re-enter local football next season. We have not been idle during this period of inactivity. Using grant money from Welsh Ground Improvements we have completed a considerable amount of work to upgrade our ground at Cae Trefdraeth. Ladies and gents toilets have been erected on the ground, new spectator barriers have been installed, the ground has been fenced off from surrounding farmland and a concrete hard-standing has been laid between the main spectator areas. Further work is to be carried out on the playing surface and new tip-up seating is planned for the main stand during the coming year.

Fund-raising has also continued. Every penny we earn at Glantraeth comes about through nothing but sheer hard work with a club lottery and managing the Car Boot at Mona every Sunday being the main sources of income.

Many lessons have been learned because of the difficulties we encountered last season and it’s crucial that we don’t go chasing instant success as we re-enter football though our medium term aim must be to eventually gain promotion to the Welsh Alliance. It’s important we keep the right balance between progressing as a team on the pitch and developing further as a club. One of the most important decisions we still have to make will be in regards to the appointment of a team manager for next season. It will be a fascinating challenge for the right person and Glan chairman Gareth Evans has now begun the search in earnest. Anyone with a good knowledge of local football who feels qualified to take on this role and is enthusiastic about facing up to this challenge should contact Gareth on 07747 890497 or myself on 07743 483733. Contact can also be made by email through the club website. All communication will remain confidential and it is not planned to make any announcement until the end of the season.

Glantraeth have been one of the most successful clubs in the history of Anglesey football and for such a small village club our achievements over the past 25 years have been nothing short of incredible and we remain the only Island club to complete a Cymru Alliance League and Cup double. However, that is all in the past and we now have to build again but there is a real impatience around the club to get back playing and next August cannot come quickly enough. (Stan Strickland)

(27/12/09) There was no winner in last night's 3 Number Lotto Draw so there will be a £1,000 Rollover Jackpot up for grabs on Saturday 9th January. The winning numbers were 6, 10 & 19.

(12/12/09) Glyn Jones of Newborough tonight won the £1,500 Rollover Jackpot in the 3 Number Lotto draw. The winning numbers were 7, 14 & 16. The next draw for a £500 Jackpot will be on Saturday 26th December in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth.

(29/11/09) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 8, 12 & 20. There were no winners so there will now be a bumper £1,500 Rollover Christmas Jackpot when the next draw takes place on Saturday 12th December in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth.

(14/11/09) There were no winners in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw so the Rollover Jackpot on 28th November will be £1,000. The winning numbers were 3, 19 & 20..

(31/10/09) Due to the closure of Yahoo Geocities I have now moved the website to Yahoo Web Hosting which has necessitated a change of address from to For the immediate future all visits to the old address will automatically be diverted but that might not happen forever so I would ask anyone with a link to or an interest in the Glantraeth site to change the club's website address accordingly. I hope to renew the news updates after the New Year and reveal how plans are going for next season. (SS)

(24/10/09) The winning numbers in this evening's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 6 & 7. There was one winner of the £500 Jackpot, Dylan of Gaerwen. The next draw will be in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th November when the Jackpot will again be £500.

(10/10/09) Jane Evans of Llangefni was the outright winner of the £1,000 Rollover Jackpot in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw in the Joiners Arms. The winning numbers were 5, 19 & 20. The next draw takes place in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 24th October when the Jackpot will be £500.

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