The man known popularly as Mr Nefyn United received a special accolade recently.
Eifion Parry was presented with a long service medal from North Wales Coast FA president Dennis Bryant at the association’s recent AGM.
Former postman Eifion, who lives in Pwllheli, is best known in football for his dedication to Nefyn United, where he has been involved for 27 years.
He is a past winner of Welsh Alliance Secretary of the Season and secured the same award twice in the Caernarfon and District League.
Nefyn have operated in the Caernarfon and District, Gwynedd and Welsh Alliance leagues under Eifion’s secretaryship.
Having lifted the Gwynedd League title in 1991-92, the Penwaig were in the Welsh Alliance between 1992-93 and 1995-96, finishing an excellent fifth in a very strong league in 1993-94.
After winning the Caernarfon and District title in 1999-2000, then clinching promotion as Gwynedd League runners-up in 2004-05, Nefyn rejoined the Welsh Alliance in 2005-06 and stayed there for nine seasons.
They returned to the Gwynedd in 2014-15, where they have remained since.
During Eifion’s involvement at Cae’r Delyn, the club have won the NWCFA Junior Cup twice – in 1999-2000 and 2017-18.
Last season they lifted the Bob Owen Memorial Shield, beating Gwynedd League champions Menai Bridge Tigers 5-0 in the final at Porthmadog.
Eifion has suffered serious health problems in recent years, leading to several stays in hospital, but on each occasion he has returned to his football duties on release. This season, however, due to further deterioration in his condition, he doubts he will be able to carry on.
His contribution to Nefyn United and North Wales football will forever be remembered.
Recalling the highlights of his time at Nefyn, he said: “We went to the semi-final of the Welsh Trophy (in 2008-09), losing to Penycae 3-2 (at Rhyl), and we lost in the Barritt Cup Final (2011/12) to Caernarfon Town 2-1 (at Conwy), but stayed in the Welsh Alliance 10 years without relegation – what a record for such a small place.
“Winning the Junior Cup in 2000 and 2018 (I think I am the only person now at the club who was involved in both finals) and the Bob Owen Memorial in 2019 will also always be special memories.”
Eifion, also a former club treasurer at Nefyn, has always been brilliant to work with, supplying match reports regularly in both Welsh and English (a rare service in Welsh football).
He has always been very passionate, often outspoken, about football matters, but his opinion is always honest and to be respected.
No wonder he is known as Mr Nefyn United.
Past. present and future, the club could never be mentioned without reference to Mr Eifion Parry.