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Flashback: Remembering the great Llangefni Town sides of the early 1990’s

With thanks to Craig Evans

Few teams in my experience of North Wales football can ever match the quality of the Llangefni Town squad which won the Welsh Alliance League title three times in the early 1990s.

Having romped to the Gwynedd League crown without losing a single game in 1989/90, Joe (Bach) Williams’ side were expected to perform well at the next level up, but few would have predicted the impact they went on to make.

In that debut 1990-91 season, Cefni ‘did a Nottingham Forest’ and made a first campaign after promotion a title-winning one.

The Anglesey side finished champions by three points from runners-up Caernarfon Town Reserves.

The 1991/92 season saw Town make it back-to-back titles, this time pipping Y Felinheli by just a single point to top spot.

A third-place finish ensued in 1992/93, but the following 1993/94 campaign brought Llangefni a third championship in four seasons after edging the most thrilling Welsh Alliance title race of all.

Cefni, Llanfairpwll and Rhydymwyn all compiled 78 points, but the Lon Talwrn outfit, despite losing two more matches than the other pair, produced a remarkable goal difference of + 90, finding the net 141 times in 34 games (a total eventually beaten by Bethesda Athletic in 2008/09).

It was not just league championships Llangefni specialised in during this golden period.

In 1991/92 they became the first and are still the only Anglesey side to lift the Welsh Intermediate Cup (now the FAW Trophy), beating Cymru Alliance champions Caersws in the final after a replay.

Cefni also picked up the Barritt and Alves Cups, as well as a recording a famous 3-0 NWCFA Challenge Cup victory over a strong Bangor City side.

I recently came across a very good photo of a Llangefni Town line up of the early 1990s put up on social media by Gwalchmai player-manager Craig Evans (featured at the top of this article). I’m not 100% sure which season the photo is from.

What a team. Along the top row we have one of the best central defensive duos ever to grace North Wales football – Keith Ross and the late Allan (Ali) Jones – plus a truly prolific front pair in Alec James and Bob Parry, who later became manager of the club.

The late Emrys Jones, the quiet man of the team, was a really special performer for Cefni, while midfield ace Darren Baker arrived at Lon Talwrn having been a Wrexham first-team regular, as well as a Bangor City and Caernarfon Town player.

An interesting face in there is Terry Owen, a fiery all-action player whose son Gari now plays for Cefni, while daughter Ffion is a highly-rated midfielder for Amlwch Town, having captained Caernarfon Town to the North Wales League title in 2016-17.

Andy Roberts, Gary Hughes the colossal goalkeeper, Peter O’Neill, Rob Gilmour, Anthony Jones and Gwyn Davies….the list goes on….

Since their glory Welsh Alliance days of the early 90s, Cefni have gone on to win the title twice more, making it a league record five championships in all.

They have also won the Cymru Alliance twice and spent a season in the Welsh Premier League in 2007-08.

Cefni have had a few downs along the way too, but have bounced back under manager Chris Roberts to compete in the tier-two Cymru North this season.

A truly remarkable club the isle of Anglesey can always be proud of – Llangefni Town.

Honours


Another vintage Cefni line up

League titles
Anglesey League 7 (2 reserve team – 6 top division, 1 second division); Welsh Alliance 5; Cymru Alliance 2; Gwynedd League 2.

Cups
Dargie Cup 6; Elias Cup 2; Megan Cup 1; Thomas & Williams Cup 1; Cookson Cup 2; Mawddach/Barritt Cup 3; Welsh Intermediate Cup/FAW Trophy 1; NWCFA Junior Cup 1; Alves Cup 1; Eryri Shield 3 AEEU Cup 1.

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