Happy birthday Craig Roberts – winner of many trophies

Craig Roberts in action for Menai Bridge Tigers. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

It is 20 years ago that Craig Roberts made his League of Wales debut for Bangor City.

And he is still going strong, playing central midfield for Menai Bridge Tigers in the North Wales Coast West Premier Division.

Today is Craig’s 38th birthday, the evergreen goal-getter having been born on July 13, 1983.

A product of the much-celebrated Maes-y-Bryn Juniors, the player nicknamed “Skin” went on to represent Beaumaris Town before joining the famous Bangor City.

He took his bow for the Citizens as 17-year-old, being picked in the starting line-up for an FAW Premier Cup group match against Carmarthen Town on January 30, 2001. The game finished 1-1.

On February 10, 2001, Craig came on as an extra time substitute in a Welsh Cup tie against Newtown and scored in a 3-2 victory for Meirion Appleton’s side.

Craig’s first League of Wales appearance came a week later, when he started in a 3-1 triumph over Afan Lido.

In that 2000-01 season, he made nine starts and eight substitute appearances for the Citizens in the LoW.

First-team outings were less frequent over the next two seasons under Peter Davenport, but Craig did register an LoW goal in a 5-2 win at Llanelli.

He also found the net in a 5-0 Welsh Cup semi-final victory over Cefn Druids at Rhyl in 2001-02. Craig came on as a substitute in the final against Barry Town, but City were beaten 4-1.

In all, he made 30 LoW appearances for the Farrar Road club.

Craig moved to Anglesey-based Glantraeth and in 2004/05 scored in a famous 2-0 Welsh Cup success over League of Wales club Cefn Druids.

Craig Roberts in his Porthmadog days. Picture: CPD Porthmadog website

In 2005/06 things got much better for Craig and a Glantraeth team which won the Cymru Alliance title and League Cup double.

A spell with Caernarfon Town followed before in 2007-08 and 2008-09 Craig was a member of the Bethesda Athletic team which scooped back-to-back Welsh Alliance League titles.

In the second of those campaigns, Pesda set a record for the most goals scored in a Welsh Alliance season and Craig himself netted 12.

Craig signed for Porthmadog in 2010-11 and was at Y Traeth for three seasons, the best of which for him was 2011-12, when he made 32 starts and scored 12 times.

After a second stint with Glantraeth, Craig joined Llangefni Town in 2016-17. He helped Cefni win a record fifth Welsh Alliance crown in 2017-18, securing them promotion to the tier two Cymru North.

Menai Bridge Tigers became Craig’s latest club last season, but due to Covid-19 no competitive football took place below tier 1 in 2020-21.

However, he remains a major part of the Tigers squad competing in tier 4 this term. An energetic midfield player with a keen eye for goal over many years, he still has plenty to offer.

Happy birthday Craig. Congratulations on a great career so far and hope the good days continue.

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