Some football teams are not around for too long but in their short existence they make quite an impression.
Take Conwy Legion United, who competed in the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League for two seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Following a successful spell in Sunday football, Legion’s debut 2013-14 campaign in the Saturday game was something special as they scooped the Division One title, REM Jones Cup and President’s Cup treble.
The triple whammy was achieved within eight days.
Legion beat Prestatyn Sports 2-0 in the REM Jones Division One Cup final at Colwyn Bay thanks to goals from Chris Quinn and Olly Walters.
Another victory by the same score over title rivals Sports in a winner-takes-all battle secured the Division One championship, the prolific Quinn netting both.
And despite trailing in the President’s Cup Final to FC Tudno, they battled back to triumph 5-1, Quinn with two, Paul Wilson, Ross Howcroft-Jones and Walters adding singles.
The team, managed by Martyn Jones, with assistance from Olly Walters and a certain Mr Dave Fare among others, had a 22-man main squad to thank for their amazing success:
Paul Wilson, Olly Walters, Tom Paddock, Chris Quinn, Jordan Naylor, Kieran Davies, Carl Stephenson, Ross Howcroft-Jones, Ian Pattinson, Stephen Bibby, Haydn Griffiths, Nicky Pope, Neil Picton, Gari Thomas, Raph Maillard, Aaron Keating, Fred Avenell, Benn Hughes, Matthew Hunt, Adam Hunt, Martin Roberts, Dave Hughes.
(if we’ve left anyone out please let us know and we’ll gladly add them in)
It would be unfair to pick out any star players, but the top-scorer that season Chris Quinn, who bagged 43 goals in 22 appearances, warrants special mention.
Other awards that season, presented in a memorable ceremony at the Mailcoach, went:
Supporters’ Player of the Season – Martin Roberts
Players’ Player of the Season – Olly Walters
Most Improved Player of the Season – Adam Hunt
Managers’ Player of the Season – Matthew Hunt
Conwy Legion United were runners-up in the Premier Division in 2014-15 and disbanded at the end of the season.
Conwy Legion United honours
Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Division 1 champions
REM Jones Cup winners
Presidents Cup winners
Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division runners-up
Another great Legion feat
To go 12 months unbeaten in any league is quite a thing.
However, to win every league game you play over a year is even better.
When Conwy Legion United triumphed 2-1 at Llannefydd on November 8, 2014, it meant they had won all 15 league matches since their last defeat – a 5-0 home loss to FC Tudno exactly 12 months earlier.
In that run, Legion scored 83 goals and conceded just 18.
Nov 9 – FC Tudno (h) 0-5
Nov 23 – Llandudno United (a) 5-1
Nov 30 – Betws-y-Coed (h) 8-1
Dec 07 – Trefnant (h) 8-2
Apr 01 – Rhyl Town AFC (h) 3-0
Apr 05 – Y Glannau (a) 7-1
Apr 24 – Prestatyn Albion (h) 16-0
Apr 26 – Llysfaen (h) 11-3
May 10 – Prestatyn Sports (a) 2-0
Aug 30 – Llansannan (a) 6-2
Sep 06 – Rhyl Town AFC (a) 3-1
Sep 20 – Machno United (a) 1-0
Oct 04 – Prestatyn Sports (a) 3-2
Oct 25 – Old Colwyn (h) 4-2
Nov 01 – Bro Cernyw (h) 4-2
Nov 08 – Llannefydd (a) 2-1
P: 15 W: 15 D: 0 L: 0
GF 83 GA 18
This team produced some great football memories for the Conwy, Llandudno, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay areas and beyond.
For players, supporters and management of the Legion, these times will never be forgotten.