Penblwydd hapus Chris Roberts – rheolwr CPD Llangefni FC

Chris Roberts, manager of Llangefni Town. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Penblwydd hapus i Chris Roberts – rheolwr CPD Llangefni FC.

Born on May 4, 1985, Chris is 36 today.

He has been in management for 11 years and has won a host of trophies in stints at Glantraeth and Llangefni Town.

Chris began his playing career at Llangefni under John Buckland, progressing straight through to under-17 level.

He signed up for Cefni Town Reserves, then managed by the late and much-missed Rob Hughes, aged 16.

At 17 he was the Llangefni Town young player of the year and got called up for the first team. He was then selected for trials for North Wales Coast Under-18s and represented them against Scotland at Airdrie.

Chris won promotion with Llangefni Town’s second string, who were not allowed to go up due to the gap between the first team and reserves not being two leagues.

That meant many of the players got frustrated and decided to leave.

Chris had spells playing at Bodedern and Gaerwen before taking his first stab at management with Sunday league side The Market Pub, Llangefni.

In 2010-11, a 25-year-old Roberts applied with Kev O’Neill to take over as managers of Glantraeth, then in the Gwynedd League.

Chris (front row – second from right) and Kev O’Neill (end of back row – green track suit top) celebrate with the mighty Glantraeth squad of 2011-12

Success was immediate for the pair as Glan lifted the Gwynedd Shield, Bob Owen Shield, Gwynedd League Cup and North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup for a stunning quadruple.

And they were Gwynedd League runners-up to gain promotion in that debut campaign.

In the second season, Traeth won the Welsh Alliance Division Two title and the Welsh Alliance Division Two Cup double and were also North Wales Coast Challenge Cup finalists where they lost to mighty Bangor City.

Glantraeth consolidated for two seasons in Welsh Alliance Division One before Roberts took on the job of reviving hometown club Llangefni Town at the start of 2014-15.

At the beginning of 2013/14, Cefni hit their lowest point in more than 25 years when they decided to pull the first team out of the Welsh Alliance and start again with one side in the Anglesey League.

Chris (left) does much to ensure Llangefni Town have good links with the community

Roberts was hurt to see this happen and decided the time was right – having given Glantraeth plenty of notice – that he would take over at Lon Talwrn in 2014-15.

There was instant success again for Chris with Llangefni, restored to the Welsh Alliance, as they came runners-up to St Asaph City in Division Two, only missing out on the title on goal difference, but securing promotion to the top division.

Cefni ended up third, third and second in their first three seasons back in Division One before the club were crowned champions of the tier 3 league for a record fifth time in 2018-19.

Chris managed at the highest level of his career in 2019-20 – the tier 2 Cymru North – and despite a struggle the team managed to maintain their place in the league.

This season has been a non-starter due to Covid-19, but Chris is raring to go for his seventh campaign in charge of the club in 2021-22.

Have a great day Chris – you are a credit to Anglesey and North Wales football.

Enjoya dy ddiwrnod

Chris Roberts – management career

They should nickname him Cwpan Chris!

2010-11: Glantraeth – winners of Gwynedd Shield, Bob Owen Shield, Gwynedd League Cup, North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup (quadruple). Gwynedd League runners-up
2011-12: Glantraeth – winners Welsh Alliance Division Two title and Welsh Alliance Division Two Cup. North Wales Coast Challenge Cup finalists
2012-13: Glantraeth – 9th Welsh Alliance Division One
2013-14: Glantraeth – 5th Welsh Alliance Division One
2014-15: Llangefni Town – Runners-up Welsh Alliance Division Two (promoted)
2015-16: Llangefni Town – 3rd Welsh Alliance Division One
2016-17: Llangefni Town – 3rd Welsh Alliance Division One
2017-18: Llangefni Town – Runners-up Welsh Alliance Division One
2018-19: Llangefni Town – 1st Welsh Alliance Division One; winners Cookson Cup
2019-20: Llangefni Town – 13th of 16 Cymru North
2020-21: Season cancelled below tier 1 in Wales

Trophies won as manager/joint manager: 8
Runners-up/Promotions: 4

Chris Roberts managerial league match record

Glantraeth: P 96 W 57 D 8 L 31 GF 278 GA 175
Llangefni Town: P 170 W 104 D 28 L 38 GF 404 GA 203
Total record: P 266 W 161 D 36 L 69 GF 682 GA 378
(statistics for league matches only)

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