Grassroots football in the town of Llandudno is under threat – and it needs your support.
Llandudno Albion, Amateurs and Athletic all want to progress as clubs, but red tape is holding them back.
All three clubs have only formed within the last decade – Albion and Athletic in 2014 and Amateurs in 2017 – and they have each enjoyed considerable success.
Llandudno Albion landed the NWCFA Junior Cup and REM Jones Cup in 2014/15, were Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division champions in 2015/16, Welsh Alliance Division Two title winners in 2016/17 and lifted the Mawddach Challenge Cup in 2017-18.
Playing their home matches on Llandudno FC’s Maesdu Park 3G, for which they have to pay a fee, Albion are currently one of the leading sides in third-tier Welsh Alliance Division One and have qualified for this season’s national FAW Trophy semi-finals.
Llandudno Amateurs won back-to-back titles in their first two seasons, the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Division One and Premier Division crowns, and are holding their own in fourth-tier Welsh Alliance Division Two this term.
Meanwhile, Llandudno Athletic, after a few seasons of struggle to establish themselves, really hit the jackpot last term when scooping the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier and President’s Cups, as well as finishing runners-up in the Premier Division.
With lots of changes affecting North Wales football, not least more demanding criteria to compete at tier 3 level upwards from next season, Albion, Amateurs and Athletic – the latter two play at the town’s historic Oval – do not want to be left behind.
The clubs have joined forces to launch a petition calling on the powers-that-be to help them improve their facilities.
To date, their attempts to meet with councils and prominent Llandudno landowners Mostyn Estates have met with nothing but barriers.
The petition statement says: “We have been working to have some alterations made to The Oval to facilitate the progress the clubs have made. In order for these clubs to continue to play at their current levels, sadly a pitch with goals is no longer enough.
“We have asked for permission to install a temporary barrier around the pitch – this is a requirement at any level of football from next season – as well as temporary dugouts, again a minimum requirement for 2020-2021.
“This has been a two-year process and still we have got nowhere. We have made it clear that the clubs will foot the cost of all this development and all we require is the green light, however we are still no closer than we were two years ago.
“We have also been pro-active in trying to reintroduce the pitch at Trinity Avenue, but it appears the councils value the area more for dog fouling than football fouls.
“For many years The Oval has been neglected and is in poor condition which is really sad to see. The alterations would be for the benefit of all youth and junior sides also – and will safeguard The Oval in many ways.”
The statement continued: “Did you know that Wales have only ever played home games at 15 grounds in Wales and other than the Racecourse Wrexham, The Oval is the only other in North Wales where football is still played and is the third oldest of the 15 grounds?
“This is now at risk. Please support grassroots football in the town to enable future generations to enjoy The Oval and football for years to come.”
Athletic manager Rhys Lane added: “We have tried between us for two years now; the council keep passing the buck to Mostyn Estates and Mostyn Estates pass the buck to the council.
“It’s been explained to both that there is no cost to them and the clubs will pay for all the work but never get a answer from them. It’s broken promises for meetings time after time – they won’t sit down with us.”
Grassroots North Wales website says:
“Come on Llandudno Town Council, Conwy County Borough Council and Mostyn Estates – take notice of what these three football clubs are doing and arrange a proper meeting so this matter can be addressed as soon as possible.
“These are not just three clubs that play football – they are very successful clubs who have won a succession of trophies in recent years. They are progressing and want to keep it that way.
“Football in Llandudno is not just about Llandudno FC – it is about Albion, Athletic and Amateurs too. Albion are just one notch below Llandudno FC in the Welsh pyramid. These clubs have done the town proud and seem to get very little recognition.
“They want to safeguard football in the town, not just for themselves, but future generations. The Oval needs attention and you are in a position to give it. They are not even asking for money – just permission to carry out what are essential works in keeping with the increasing demands of operating football clubs in North Wales these days.
“It is time you acted to assist these clubs. How about the local councillors stepping up? This is why people vote for you, to assist in matters like this. This isn’t a scheme of no value or no future, it is a matter of protecting our sport and its facilities. Help is needed – please act now.”
Click on this link and please sign the petition to save grassroots football in Llandudno…..