That well-known proverb about a new broom certainly applies to one Anglesey football club.
This summer has seen sweeping changes at CPD Gwalchmai.
A new management team has been appointed with Liam Ewing taking over as first-team boss and the highly experienced Gwyndaf ‘Giamocs’ Davies appointed his assistant.
There have also been a raft of new signings at Maes Meurig.
With some good results achieved in pre-season, the 2021-22 campaign promises much for the tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division outfit.
Firstly, manager Liam will run us through the new signings….
Signed from Bodedern Athletic, plays either LB or CB. Dominant, organised, comfortable on the ball.
Joins from Bodorgan. Played one game in the No 10 role, then on the right wing. Impressed so much with his ability on the ball, determination, will to win and the way he beats opposition players, we went and expressed our interest to sign him that day.
Arrives at Gwalchmai from Caernarfon Town, Local boy, still only 16 years old. Has been impressive during his two pre-season matches where he’s scored twice. An attacking player who glides past opponents with ease, turns opposition defenders inside out and chases everything down. All round player and fearless.
Yet another local lad who has previously played for the club. Has returned home after a short spell at Llangefni Town. Solid, determined, no nonsense defender who is comfortable in possession.
Guto (Beano) Jones
Plays anywhere in the middle. Another local lad who is Gwalchmai through and throug. Plays simple football. Tenacious, determined, solid player, again always at ease on the ball and very little seems to phase him.
Lands at Maes Meurig after previously playing with Cefni FC. Young lad with pace, quick feet, loves to get the ball to feet and take players on. Fantastic attitude, gives absolutely everything.
Signs from Llangefni Town. I’ve known him for a while and always believed in his ability but he has never been given the opportunity to show his potential. Solid defender who has filled in at right-wing and grabbed two goals over the pre-season period. All round nice lad, talented footballer with the potential to be a big player for us.
Local to Gwalchmai, he switches over from Llanfairpwll. He gives 100% when on the pitch. He’s a nightmare for defenders to deal with, strong, holds the ball up well and his reading of the game is second to none.
Plays for Bangor University, signs for us domestically from Llangoed. Nice guy with bags of talent and potential. Tidy player, makes all the right decisions, able to run and beat players, strong in a tackle and has a range of distribution capabilities.
WHO IS LIAM EWING?
A highly-talented goalkeeper well-known on the North Wales football scene.
Born on December 4, 1990, he’s had a successful playing career having won the Cymru Alliance, Welsh Alliance Division One and several cups.
Former clubs include Llandudno Junction, Bethesda Athletic, Llanfairpwll and Llangefni Town.
He represented Town in the Welsh Premier (2007-08) and Cymru Alliance. Injuries affected some of his time at Lon Talwrn and at one stage he took on the physio and goalkeeper coach role.
Liam joined Gwalchmai two years ago, signed by then manager Craig Evans. He has also turned out for North Wales Under-18’s.
When he first took over Gwalch at the end of May, he was working alongside Carl Taylor.
However, Carl stepped down and Liam has recruited to assist him Gwyndaf ‘Giamocs’ Davies, another former Gwalchmai player.
Both men will have the village club very much at the centre of their focus.
Liam said: “It’s been hectic so far, but things are falling into place. As well as the new signings, we’ve also had a number of players recommitting themselves to the club. Our performances have been good and we’re really optimistic about the season coming up.”
Gwalchmai are one of the most successful clubs in Anglesey football history.
They first emerged as a genuine force in the late 1950s.
Since then, they have won pretty much everything the island has to offer, including a joint-record nine top division Anglesey League titles.
They are also one of the most successful clubs to enter the NWCFA Junior Cup, sitting joint third in the list of all-time winners on five.
The highest tier Gwalchmai have played in is three – the Welsh Alliance.
League titles: Anglesey League 11 (9 top division, 2 second division); Gwynedd League 1.
Cups: Dargie Cup 4; Megan Cup 7; Elias Cup 6; NWCFA Junior Cup 5; JW Lees 2; SK Williams Challenge Shield 2; Gwynedd Premier Cup 1; Cwpan Gwynedd 1.