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Grassroots North Wales Teams of Season (2000-2020 – if we’d been going that long)

Rhyl FC celebrate winning the 2003-04 Welsh Premier title

Grassroots North Wales has not been going since 2000, but the man who runs the website certainly has!

These are the clubs we would have chosen as Team of the Season had we been born as a website at the start of the new millennium.

1999/2000
Halkyn United

What an effort from George Thelwell’s side.
They went the entire league season unbeaten to be crowned Welsh Alliance champions with a record of 19 wins, five draws and no losses.
Star players included Neil Howarth, Julian Jones, Gareth Thomas, Darren Wild, Darren Edwards and Nathan Jones.

2000/01
Caernarfon Town

Relegated from the Welsh Premier the season before, Adie Jones’ Caernarfon team bounced back magnificently.
Town scooped the Cymru Alliance League and Cup double and also lifted the NWCFA Challenge Cup.

2001/02
Bangor City Girls

The Citizens ladies were magnificent as they made it back-to-back Women’s Welsh Cups with a 4-2 win over Newport County in the final at Caersws.
Katie Williams, Ceryl Jones, Ailsa Orlik and Cheryl Foster sealed the win for Keith Fearns’ side, who also finished an excellent sixth in the Northern Division (one level below National Division)

2002/03
Llangefni Town Reserves

John Buckland and Rob Hughes guided Llangefni’s awesome reserves to a five-timer.
Cefni became Anglesey League champions, plus winners of the Dargie, Elias and Thomas & Williams plus the A.E.E.U. Cup.

2003/04
Rhyl FC

Who possibly else? The club’s end-of-season presentation night must have been an event to behold.
Rhyl’s first team won the quadruple of Welsh Premier League title, League Cup, Welsh Cup and NWCFA Challenge Cup.
Rhyl Reserves won the Welsh Alliance League and Rhyl Thirds were Clwyd Premier champions!

2004/05
Buckley Town

Double joy for Buckley as they claimed their one and only Cymru Alliance League title to date and were also victorious in the NEWFA Challenge Cup final – a competition they have won more than anyone else.

2005/06
Prestatyn Town

Dave Fuller’s first season in charge of Prestatyn – the club he had served so well as a player – will never be forgotten.
The Seasiders went undefeated for the entire season in being crowned Welsh Alliance League champions – 30 matches, 25 wins, 5 draws.

2006/07
Bala Town

Marvellous stuff from Colin Caton’s men.
They were runners-up to Llangefni Town by two points in the Cymru Alliance, but won the League Cup and NEWFA Challenge Cup, while Bala Town Reserves landed the Welsh National League Division One title.

2007/08
Brymbo

This was a golden period for Brymbo.
Having won the Welsh National League Premier Division title the previous season (and the FAW Trophy), they retained their league crown in 2007/08 – and added the divisional cup to make it a tremendous double.

2008/09
Bethesda Athletic

Champions of the Welsh Alliance the season before, but denied promotion on criteria failure, Bethesda went and did it all again in 2008-09, finishing 19 points clear at the summit and amassing a league record 146 goals.
Chris O’Neal’s men completed a double by winning the Cookson Cup.

2009/10
Bangor City

Neville Powell’s side were the toast of North Wales football after making it three Welsh Cup successes on the bounce.
After beating Llanelli in the 2008 final, then seeing off Aberystwyth 12 months later, City defeated Port Talbot Town 3-2 in the showpiece at Parc-y-Scarlets, Llanelli, on May 1, 2010. Dave Morley headed in a late winner after City had led 2-0 but been pegged back to 2-2.

2010/11
Trearddur Bay United

Trearddur Bay celebrated a quadruple success in a stunning season.
They won the Anglesey League title, Dargie, Megan and Thomas and Williams Cups.
Asa Thomas amassed an astonishing 112 goals in all competitions, while Bay also enjoyed a tremendous run in the Welsh Cup, reaching the second round proper including wins over Mold Alexandra (3-0) and Penparcau (7-3).
Worthy contenders this season were Glantraeth, who also recorded a four-timer, and Bangor City, who were crowned Welsh Premier champions for the first time in 16 years.

2011/12
Holyhead Hotspur

Hotspur finished just one win away from a truly spectacular quadruple.
The Holy Islanders won the Welsh Alliance title, Cookson and Barritt Cups, only to lose narrowly in the FAW Trophy final to Sully Sports.
Mel McGinness scored 50 goals for Hotspur that season.

2012/13
Caernarfon Town

Lee Dixon (left) with former Caernarfon Town chairman Arfon Jones

Lee Dixon led the Canaries, who almost went out of business three years earlier, to a wonderful treble.
Town lifted the Welsh Alliance championship, Cookson Cup and FAW Trophy, whipping Kilvey Fords a record 6-0 in the final.

2013/14
Holywell Town

This season saw Holywell create the best North Wales football story in years as they became the first tier 3 club ever to make it to the Welsh Cup semi-finals.
Johnny Haseldin’s Welsh Alliance heroes eliminated three Cymru Alliance teams and one Welsh Premier side before losing 3-1 to Aberystwyth Town in the last four, despite taking the lead.

2014/15
Prestatyn Sports

New club Sports recorded a quintet that will never be repeated.
John Hargreaves and Mark Hughes’ side won the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier title, Premier Cup, President’s Cup and NWCFA Intermediate Cup.
As if that was not enough, Prestatyn Sports Reserves won the VoC Division One title, making it a five-timer for the club as a whole.
Darren Cassidy and Craig Griffiths were the chief goal kings for the firsts.

2015/16
Rhostyllen

In their debut season, Rhostyllen picked up four trophies and scored 218 goals in 46 games.
They finished 13 points clear to land the North East Wales League title – bagging 121 goals in 20 matches.
Rhostyllen also snared three other domestic trophies and enjoyed giant-killing runs in the Welsh Cup and FAW Trophy.
In the Trophy, as a tier-five team they made it to the semi-finals of the national competition, seeing off Welsh National League Premier Division sides Brymbo, Brickfield Rangers, Saltney and Ruthin Town.

2016/17
Holyhead Town

One of the most famous names in North Wales football history returned to the scene in 2016-17.
And Holyhead Town made quite an impact, landing the treble of Anglesey League title, Megan Cup and Lucas Oil Cup, as well as finishing runners-up in the Elias Cup and Bwlch Car Boot Trophy.

2017/18
Holyhead Town

Elevation to the Gwynedd League promised to be a much tougher assignment, yet Craig Brodie’s side finished champions and also raised the Gwynedd Cup, making it five trophies in two campaigns.
Asa Thomas notched a fabulous 45 goals for the double-winners.

2018/19
Cefn Albion

Cefn Albion made national headlines in 2018/19 when they won the biggest prize in their brief history.
In just their fifth season of existence, the Wrexham-area club lifted the FAW Trophy with a 4-0 demolition of Pontardawe Town at Aberystwyth.
And they went on to land the Welsh National League Premier Division Cup to make it eight honours already for this young club.

2019/20
Connah’s Quay Nomads

Although the coronavirus pandemic ended last season abruptly, the campaign did create a few cracking stories.
The best had to be Nomads winning the Cymru Premier title for the first time in their history and ending The New Saints’ run of eight successive championships.
Nomads also lifted the Nathaniel MG (League) Cup and sensationally knocked SPL side Kilmarnock out of the Europa League.

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