OnlNorth Wales football’s greatest stories No13: Quadruple joy for Prestatyn Sports in 2014-15
Prestatyn Sports celebrate another cup success in 2014/15

To win four trophies in just your second season of existence is quite a feat.

That is what Prestatyn Sports achieved back in 2014/15.

When Sports defeated Llandudno Albion 2-1 in the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Presidents Cup Final, it completed a tremendous quadruple for the fledgling club.

The Prestatyn side won the Premier Division title by a very comfortable 13-point margin, hammered Waunfawr 5-1 in the final of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup and battered Rhyl Rovers 9-2 in the Premier Cup Final. In the latter showpiece, Darren Cassidy scored five goals – an unusual occurrence in a final.

Goals flowed throughout the season for Mark Hughes and John Hargreaves’ team – 178 in 36 matches in all competitions making it an average of almost five per game.

After losing their fourth match of the campaign, 3-2 at home to Conwy Legion United, Sports then embarked on a remarkable run of 29 straight victories before exiting the Clwyd Cup at the semi-final stage to eventual competition winners Aston Park Rangers.

Formed in 2013/14, Prestatyn Sports were second best in their debut season to Division One champions Legion, but gained revenge the following term, winning three out of four tussles with the Conwy outfit and finishing 13 points ahead of them in the Premier.

Sports had built a strong squad comprising players with Welsh Premier, Huws Gray Alliance and Welsh Alliance experience.

They possessed several players who could score goals, although the main two net-finders in 2014/15 were Darren Cassidy with 51 and Craig Griffiths on 45.

Prestatyn Sports 2014-15 season

Won Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division by 13 points

v Waunfawr (NWCFA Intermediate Cup Final) 5-1 (Darren Cassidy 2, Craig Griffiths 2, Shane Middleman)

v Rhyl Rovers (Premier Cup Final) 9-2 (Cassidy 5, James Harper, Russ Jones, Mike Jones, Griffiths)

v Llandudno Albion (Presidents Cup Final) 2-1 (Griffiths, Harper)

Record since then

Promoted to Welsh Alliance Division Two for 2015/16, Sports finished a more than respectable sixth in their debut campaign at tier-four and reached the Take Stock Van Hire Cup Final.

In 2016/17, Sports just missed out on promotion, ending up third, but last season they made no mistake, lifting the Division Two title by eight points.

The team’s league record was remarkable: Played 28 Won 24 Drawn 3 Lost 1 Goals For 117 Goals Against 30.

Sports had perfect home stats of 14 straight wins and their only defeat came at Felinheli in the third to last game. They had gone 25 league outings unbeaten.

One of the key players was 35-goal hero Ian Griffiths, former Welsh Premier League striker with Prestatyn Town.

What Sports achieved was all the more amazing because of what they had to endure over the previous 12 months due to red tape.

In summer 2017, the club was expelled from the Welsh Alliance League on ground criteria issues.

However, well-known North Wales football figure Chris O’Neal took up their case and Sports were reinstated on appeal.

More problems emerged in October 2017, when the club had to withdraw from the Welsh Cup after their ground was deemed unsuitable by the FAW to stage a tie against Caersws.

Far from feeling sorry for themselves, Sports got weaving on making improvements at their Gronant base, the stirring work of a dedicated band of volunteers eventually paying deserved rewards.

After landing the league title, the icing on the cake was delivered when the club met the ground criteria required to secure promotion to Welsh Alliance Division One.

This season has seen Sports make a solid start in tier-three, currently lying fifth in the table.

Looking back – Prestatyn Sports results and stats 2014/15 season

All hail the 2014/15 quadruple-winning heroes of Prestatyn Sports


Sep 06 – Llansannan (a-lge) 4-0 (Craig Griffiths 2, Dion Waller, own goal)

Sep 13 – Machno United (h-lge) 8-0 (Gareth Walsh 4, Darren Cassidy, Cameron Campbell, Griffiths, Waller)

Sep 20 – Rhos United (a-lge) 9-0 (Griffiths 4, James Harper 2, Waller 2, Michael Jones)

Oct 04 – Conwy Legion United (h-lge) 2-3 (Griffiths, Cassidy)

Oct 11 – Holyhead Hotspur Res (a-NWCFA Intermediate Cup R1) 5-4 (Harper, M Jones, Cassidy, Griffiths, Waller)

Oct 18 – Conwy Legion United (h-NWCFA Intermediate Cup R2) 5-2 (Harper, Griffiths 2, Walsh, Matthew Bennett)

Oct 25 – Bro Cernyw (a-lge) 5-1 (Walsh, Griffiths 2, Waller, Tomos Court)

Nov 08 – Rhyl Town (h-lge) 2-0 (Griffiths, Cassidy)

Nov 15 – Machno United (a-NWCFA Intermediate Cup R3) 5-2 (Harper 2, Cassidy 2, 1 og)

Nov 22 – Llannefydd (a-lge) 6-1 (Cassidy 3, M Jones, Griffiths, Walsh)

Nov 29 – Rhyl Rovers (h-lge) 7-0 (Cassidy 3, Court 2, M Jones, Walsh)

Dec 06 – Old Colwyn (h-lge) 11-1 (Cassidy 4, M Jones 2, Griffiths 2, Waller 2, Harper)

Jan 17 – Llansannan (h-lge) 10-2 (Griffiths 5, Cassidy 3, Harper, Steve Roberts)

Jan 24 – Rhyl Athletic (a-lge) 5-2 (M Jones 2, Cassidy 2, Griffiths)

Jan 31 – Bro Cernyw (a-Premier Cup R1) 7-0 (Cassidy 4, Griffiths 2, Waller)

Feb 07 – Llannefydd (h-lge) 4-1 (Court, Griffiths, Walsh, Simon Fawcett)

Feb 14 – Machno United (a-lge) 6-1 (Cassidy 4, Harper 2)

Feb 21 – Conwy Legion United (a-Presidents Cup R2) 5-1 (Walsh 3, Griffiths, Bennett)

Feb 28 – Rhyl Rovers (a-lge) 4-1 (Court 2, Shane Middleman, Cassidy)

Mar 07 – Rhyl Athletic (h-lge) 5-1 (Bennett 2, Cassidy, Griffiths, Court)

Mar 14 – Rhos United (h-lge) 3-1 (Harper, Cassidy, Ryan Brady)

Mar 21 – Machno United (a-Presidents Cup R3) 5-0 (Griffiths, Walsh, Cassidy, Sam Warhurst, Harper)

Mar 28 – Rhyl Town (a-lge) 3-0 (Griffiths, Walsh, Ian Dunn)

Apr 04 – Llansannan (h-Premier Cup R2) 3-1 (M Jones, Cassidy, Griffiths)

Apr 11 – Bro Cernyw (h-lge) 6-1 (Cassidy 3, Harper 2, Campbell)

Apr 17 – Rhyl Athletic (NWCFA Intermediate Cup SF) 2-1 (Cassidy, Griffiths)

Apr 25 – Old Colwyn (a-lge) 3-2 (Harper, Griffiths 2)

Apr 28 – Conwy Legion United (a-lge) 4-2 (Griffiths 2, Cassidy 2)

May 01 – Waunfawr (NWCFA Intermediate Cup Final) 5-1 (Cassidy 2, Griffiths 2, Middleman)

May 04 – Rhyl Town (a-Premier Cup semi-final) 4-1 (Griffiths, M Jones, Cassidy 2)

May 09 – Llanfairfechan Town (a-Presidents Cup semi-final) 5-1 (Griffiths 3, M Jones, Cassidy)

May 12 – Acton (a-Clwyd Cup QF first leg) 5-1 (Dunn 2, M Jones, Harper, Cy Williams)

May 16 – Acton (h-Clwyd Cup QF second leg) 3-1 (Cassidy, Dunn, Chris Lowe)

May 19 – Aston Park Rangers (Clwyd Cup SF) 1-4 (Griffiths)

May 21 – Rhyl Rovers (Premier Cup Final) 9-2 (Cassidy 5, Harper, Russ Jones, M Jones, Griffiths)

May 23 – Llandudno Albion (Presidents Cup Final) 2-1 (Griffiths, Harper)

TOTAL MATCH RECORD

Played 36 Won 34 Lost 2 Goals For 178 Goals Against 45

LEAGUE: P 20 W 19 L 1 GF 107 GA 20

NWCFA INTERMEDIATE CUP: P 5 W 5 GF 22 GA 10

PREMIER CUP: P 4 W 4 GF 23 GA 5

PRESIDENTS CUP: P 4 W 4 GF 17 GA 3

CLWYD CUP: P 3 W 2 L 1 GF 9 GA 6

GOALSCORERS:

Darren Cassidy 51

Craig Griffiths 45

James Harper 18

Gareth Walsh 14

Michael Jones 13 

Dion Waller 9

Tomos Court 7

Matty Bennett 4

Ian Dunn 4

Cameron Campbell 2

Shane Middleman 2

Own goals 2

1 – Steve Roberts, Sam Warhurst, Simon Fawcett, Ryan Brady, Cy Williams, Chris Lowe, Russ Jones.

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