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Amlwch Town fans yearn for a return to the club’s glory days

Amlwch Town celebrate after winning the NWCFA Junior Cup Final in 1996-97. They beat Llannerchymedd 3-1 in the showpiece game in front of an estimated 2,000 spectators at Cemaes Bay. Aidy Jones (No 7) is pictured at the front, furthest left

It is a fair few years since Amlwch Town’s men’s team won a notable honour.

Back in 2005-06 it was, when they were crowned Anglesey League champions and Elias Cup double winners.

Recent seasons have brought mixed fortunes in Division Two of the Welsh Alliance League.

When – or if – the 2020-21 campaign eventually starts, a fresh challenge awaits the club in the newly-formed North Wales Coast West Premier Division.

No less than nine of the 16 teams in this division will hail from Anglesey, so Town have a wealth of local derbies to look forward to.

With a different league also comes a change in manager at Lon Bach, with Chris Byast coming in as interim-boss initially to replace Ryan McKean.

There have been many good times in the past for Amlwch Town – and now they are aiming to create more.

The club certainly rates among Anglesey’s most successful, with 31 main honours lifted since the end of World War Two.

Amlwch scooped five straight Anglesey League titles between 1946-47 and 1950-51, also landing the NWCFA Junior Cup and Megan Cup in that spell.

Town picked up one more Junior Cup in the 1950’s and in the 60’s added two Dargie, two Megan and an Elias Cup to their collection.

The start of the 1970’s brought more glory with back-to-back Anglesey League crowns, but silverware became thin on the ground for the north east coast club until a golden period emerged in the 1990’s.

This Amlwch Town team competed in the Anglesey League in 1993-94

Amlwch claimed an eighth Anglesey League title followed by a Gwynedd League championship plus a third Junior Cup and further Dargie and Megan Cup successes.

In 1997-98 the club recorded a major treble, adding the Cwpan Gwynedd and Eryri Shield to their Gwynedd League title triumph.

Promoted to the Welsh Alliance in 1998-99, Town lifted the Alves Cup and finished fourth in the league.

Welsh Alliance champions 2001-02

When the Welsh Alliance title was won in 2001-02, the team losing just once in 24 matches, it paved the way for Amlwch to play two seasons at the highest-level the club has reached – the tier 2 Cymru Alliance.

The 2002-03 season saw Town finish a very respectable eighth, Llangefni the only Anglesey club to end up above them, but the loss of several key players in 2003-04 meant Amlwch weakened and finished bottom.

Instead of dropping back into the Welsh Alliance, the club returned to the Anglesey League, which they won for a record-equalling ninth time in 2005-06.

Amlwch went up to the Gwynedd League, and their first season saw them finish runners-up behind Barmouth & Dyffryn United. This was enough to gain promotion back to the Welsh Alliance as Bermo’s ground did not meet the necessary criteria.

The club remained in the Welsh Alliance from 2007-08 until the league disbanded at the end of 2019-20. Amlwch spent the last 10 seasons in Division Two, achieving a highest placing of fifth.

Greatest Amlwch squad ever?

Manchester United player Michael Thomas pictured at the photocall ahead of the 1980/81 season at Old Trafford. (Photo by Duncan Raban/Allsport/Getty Images)

So many fine players have represented Amlwch over the years, not least former Wales and Manchester United star Mickey Thomas, who featured in a number of games for the islanders in 1998-99.

However, the squad was perhaps at its strongest when winning the Welsh Alliance in 2001-02 and then competing so well in the Cymru Alliance the following season.

Here is a look back at that great group of players, some of the finest Anglesey has ever produced.

Majority of 2002-03 and 2003-04 squads (thanks to Aidy Jones for all his help and to Amlwch Town Facebook page for photos)

Tony Roberts, Ben Jones (capt), Stewart Williams, Andy Macbeth, Richard Jones, Tony Jackson, Adrian Jones, Dylan Roberts, Kyle Hazelaar, Andy Roberts, Darren Thomas, Mervyn Williams, Andrew Stewart, Alun Roberts, Mike Goodyear, Aidy Jones, Alun Jones. Pat Roberts, William Paterson. James Burgess

Player recollections (by Aidy Jones)

Legendary Amlwch Town player Richard Jones (Rich Bach – right)

Tony Roberts
Not THE Tony Roberts from Holyhead who played for QPR and Wales, but “Tony Bob” was a great keeper in his own right. Tony was outstanding when Amlwch won the Welsh Alliance and both seasons in the CA.
Stuart Williams
Right-back, experienced ex-Caernarfon Town. Brilliant player.
Ben Jones
Best centre back I’ve ever played with and I’ve played with some quality CB’s.
Andy Stewart
Another great CB, leader and a 100% player.
Darren Thomas
Class left back now Cemaes Bay manager 🤨
Simon Flower
Another class CB, also played for Holyhead Hotspur, brother of ex-Bangor City defender Steve
Pete O’Neil
What can I say.. simply brilliant, all-round midfielder.
Tony Jackson
Another quality midfielder and an eye for goal.
Andy Roberts
Forward, tricky, fast and quality in front of goal. Defender’s nightmare.
Evan Williams
Left-footed winger. One of the most skilful players I ever played with. Quick, strong and a really clever player.
Rich (Bach) Jones
Simply one of the best players Anglesey has seen. Midfield general, hugely respected.
Gareth (Sid) Pritchard
Mr Reliable and could play anywhere. Always gave 100%.
Stevie Owen
What a striker. Sort of player that could change a game with a bit of individual magic. He scored some goals for Amlwch.
Emrys Jones
Played a few games for Amlwch the first season in CA. We all know what a player Ems was, sadly no longer with us. Also a Llangefni Town great
Kyle Hazelaar
All-out striker, very consistent goalscorer. Also played in Welsh Premier for Cemaes.
James Parry
James played most of career for Holyhead Hotspur but I’d like to say he learnt his trade at Amlwch 😁
Malcolm Trigg
Not 100% sure but think Malcolm Trigg played a couple for us that season. He is probably one of the best players Anglesey has ever seen, what a player. He definitely played the season before when we won promotion.

Aidy Jones (written by Dave Jones)
If ever there was an Amlwch Town legend it’s Aidy. Later managed the club and was a major player in the Welsh Alliance/Cymru Alliance squads. Went on to win the Cymru Alliance with Llangefni Town. Now 44, but did play a couple of games last season at 43. Attacking midfielder who grabbed plenty of goals.

Tommy Charlton (manager – tribute by Aidy Jones)
I’ll add that Tommy Charlton was one hell of a manager to attract players. He signed some of the best players Anglesey has ever seen, Merv, Mark Gray, Trigg, Rich Bach, Viv Williams, Steve Owen, Pete O’Neil, Jacko, Ems….. the list goes on
Tommy had said he was stepping down at the end of the second season in the CA. Jacko, Flower, Stewart and a couple of others had left which left us a bit depleted going into our second season in the CA.

Rest of the Club

Amlwch Town is not just about the men’s first team!

The women’s team are really on the up, having won the North Wales League Division Two title last season and the Supplementary Cup the year before.

Amlwch Town’s women’s team 2019-20

Many of the girls were in the Ynys Mon squad which reached the Inter-Island Games final in 2019.

They included: Cerys Gadd, Lexi Crawley, Paige Williams, Catrin Evans, Ceri Slaney, Carol Lewis, Laura Eynon, Ceri Pritchard, Emma Roberts, Anna Roberts, Ffion Owen, Sara Furlong, Beth Jones, Ceri Lois…also joint-managers Mo Eynon and Charlotte Bethany Webb.

And the Veterans!

John Pritchard with the World Cup. Picture: Amlwch Town

John Llewelyn Pritchard, who plays for Amlwch Town FC’s Walking Football team, was part of the Welsh Over 60’s Walking Football squad crowned world champions in 2019.

His daughter Laura (Eynon) plays for Amlwch Ladies and was captain for the Ynys Môn women’s team who were runners-up in the 2019 Inter-Island Games Competition, Son-in-law Mo Eynon is joint-manager of Amlwch Town Women.

Some of John’s Amlwch FC Walking Football team mates represented the Over 50’s squad at the 2019 World Cup. Alan Whiston, Richard Jones, Steve Roberts and Alan Carter all took part.

As for Amlwch Town, their WF stars won the Denbighshire Walking Football Festival in 2019.

Amlwch Town FC – Club Honours

Anglesey League champions (9): 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51, 1970-71, 1971-72, 1996-97, 2005-06
Gwynedd League champions (1): 1997-98
Welsh Alliance League champions (1): 2001-02
Dargie Cup winners (4): 1967-68, 1968-69, 1989-90, 2004-05
Megan Cup winners (4): 1948-49, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1996-97
Elias Cup winners (3): 1964-65, 1999-2000, 2005-06
NWCFA Junior Cup winners (3): 1949-50, 1955-56, 1996-97
Cwpan Gwynedd winners (1): 1997-98
Eryri Shield winners (1): 1997-98
Alves Cup winners (2): 1998-99, 2001-02
JW Lees Shield winners (1): 1985-86
AEEU Cup winners (1): 2004-05
Trophies won: 31

Women’s team

North Wales Women Football League Division Two champions 2019-20

North Wales Women’s Football League Supplementary Cup winners 2018-19

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