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Pre-season chat: Chris Roberts (Llangefni Town)

Chris Roberts. Pictures: Dai Sinclair

We all just want football in tiers 2 to 5 of the Welsh pyramid to start.

The delay has gone on long enough, it is time for action.

How much longer before there is an announcement?

In the meantime, Grassroots North Wales is chatting to clubs at all levels across North Wales on how things stand for them at present.

We begin with Chris Roberts, manager of Cymru North side Llangefni Town.

Grassroots North Wales

Overall, what shape are you in as a first team and club ahead of the 2020-21 season?

Chris Roberts

Things at the club are looking really promising with us now having a team registered in every age group from under-six right through to the first XI.

We are in the process of kitting out every team within our club in the same new Nike blue strip. This will be the first time this has happened at Llangefni Town.

Coaches have undergone courses whilst in lockdown to ensure all within the club are qualified.

Major work has also been carried out in both dressing rooms and officials room, also stripping out all of the seats from both stands and having them replaced with brand new blue seats which will also see our ground capacity increase.

So a lot of hard work has gone on to ensure we offer our players the best opportunities to develop their game locally along with improving our facilities to match.

Grassroots North Wales

You’ve made a few signings and there have been a few departures, tell us about your recruitment policy this season

Chris after Llangefni’s Welsh Alliance double success two seasons ago

Chris Roberts

With all of the work going on at the club off the field it was important that we as a team didn’t stand still.

Having sat down with the coaching staff at the end of last season I expressed my opinion that even though we had done really well with the resources we had, the time had come to freshen things up and bring in some new faces.

We had a few zoom meetings and I told them my plans and the type of players I was looking to bring in for us to progress.

The squad we are putting together this season is a real breath of fresh air, we have a great mix of youth and experience and the atmosphere around the squad is maybe the best I have ever worked with.

We have brought in 9 new players so far and are awaiting clearance on another 2.

Note: Curt Williams, Dion Owen, Terry Jones and James Phillips are among the new faces at Lon Talwrn.

Grassroots North Wales

Who do you see as the strongest teams in your division?

Chris Roberts

I think Bangor City are going to be a real force this season, they were probably one of the best teams we played last season and having strengthened again during the break I think they have a great chance of lifting the league title.

Prestatyn Town (last season’s champions) will also be there or thereabouts along with Colwyn Bay.

Llangefni players celebrate last season’s triumph at Llandudno

Grassroots North Wales

How difficult has it been to keep your squad motivated during the Covid-19 crisis? What challenges have you had to overcome?

Chris Roberts

A few people have asked me how hard has it been to keep the lads motivated with still no date of a return to play and my answer is it hasn’t been an issue at all, they are so motivated themselves there isn’t much motivating work required from me and we can concentrate on getting our fitness levels up to the max and work on all other tactical and technical elements of our game.

Grassroots North Wales

What are your ambitions for the season ahead?

Chris Roberts

I could sit here and give you an unrealistic target like a top 6 finish but that also comes with added pressure.

Having been in this league last season and knowing the quality of the teams, I have to be realistic and we will look to progress and improve on last season.

This does not mean that we are content with just staying in the league and my players and staff all know what our aims are and we will work hard together to ensure we achieve them.

Llangefni Town FC – recent league history

1988-89: Gwynedd League – 1st of 14 (CHAMPIONS)
1989-90: Gwynedd League – 1st of 13 (CHAMPIONS)
1990-91: Welsh Alliance – 1st of 15 (CHAMPIONS)
1991-92: Welsh Alliance – 1st of 15 (CHAMPIONS)
1992-93: Welsh Alliance – 3rd of 17
1993-94: Welsh Alliance – 1st of 18 (CHAMPIONS)
1994-95: Welsh Alliance – 6th of 18
1995-96: Welsh Alliance – 8th of 15
1996-97: Welsh Alliance – 13th of 14
1997-98: Welsh Alliance – 5th of 14
1998-99: Welsh Alliance – 1st of 19 (CHAMPIONS)
1999-2000: Cymru Alliance – 9th of 17
2000-01: Cymru Alliance – 2nd of 17
2001-02: Cymru Alliance – 2nd of 17 (as Llangefni & Glantraeth)
2002-03: Cymru Alliance – 4th of 17 (as Llangefni & Glantraeth)
2003-04: Cymru Alliance – 5th of 17
2004-05: Cymru Alliance – 3rd of 18
2005-06: Cymru Alliance – 5th of 18
2006-07: Cymru Alliance – 1st of 18 (CHAMPIONS)
2007-08: Welsh Premier – 18th of 18
2008-09: Cymru Alliance – 3rd of 17
2009-10: Cymru Alliance – 1st of 17 (CHAMPIONS)
2010-11: Cymru Alliance – 10th of 16
2011-12: Cymru Alliance – 15th of 16
2012-13: Welsh Alliance Division One – 15th of 15
2013-14: Anglesey League – 7th of 11
2014-15: Welsh Alliance Division Two – 2nd of 16
2015-16: Welsh Alliance Division One – 3rd of 16
2016-17: Welsh Alliance Division One – 3rd of 16
2017-18: Welsh Alliance Division One – 2nd of 15
2018-19: Welsh Alliance Division One – 1st of 15 (CHAMPIONS)
2019-20: Cymru North – 13th of 16

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