Llannerchymedd Football Club have stepped down from the Welsh Alliance and will play in the Gwynedd League this season.
The Anglesey-based club said the decision is down to the loss of almost all of last season’s squad to other island clubs.
Llannerchymedd had competed in the Welsh Alliance for the past five seasons since gaining promotion after winning the 2013-14 Gwynedd League title.
Chairman Elwyn Hughes expressed his disappointment at what the club sees as an enforced decision.
“I, as chair, along with my committee made the decision after losing all of last season’s squad due to various reasons, some to past clubs, some to clubs of higher leagues and some to clubs in the same league,” he explained.
“We as a club can only wish them the best of luck wherever they play, but as a local lad and proud chairman of this great club I am asked by now ex players, what’s happened to Llan FC?
“I have no answer! I personally make sure the players want for nothing, and all I ask for in exchange is a bit of loyalty to this club. Am I old fashioned in thinking this way? What I have seen and someone stated on social media recently, the loyalty to a club has gone from Anglesey.
“I understand this has happened at other clubs on Anglesey in the last few years and they pulled out of football for a season, but the players that left them clubs then, are the ones back there now.
“With the strong finish Llan made towards the end of last season, I naively thought we would have been pushing towards the top of the Welsh Alliance Second Division this season, but it would have been unfair to put so much pressure on the youngsters that manager Darren Hughes has signed and swayed us towards the Gwynedd League.
“Just to finish, these young lads will try their best for the shirt of CPD Llannerchymedd, and I hope to see the support of the village of Llan behind them.”
Llannerchymedd recently appointed Darren Hughes as team manager.
Hughes, 51, has been in and around Anglesey football for more than 20 years, starting off with junior teams and later holding assistant, managerial and other roles with senior teams at Cemaes Bay, Amlwch and Llangefni Town.
Hughes commented: “When I was asked to be the next first team manager for Llannerchymedd, I couldn’t refuse.
“It is a club I have admired for years and respected. I’m looking forward to all the challenges and hard work that lies ahead.”
Llannerchymedd will be part of a 15-team Gwynedd League in 2019-20
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