Môn Memories – remembering the Trearddur Bay team of 1984-85

Trearddur Bay FC team photo taken at temporary pitch at Penrhos in 1984-85. Back row Paul Martin, Emyr Williams, Mike Owen, Tony Greenway, Rob Evans, Martin Van Weert, Gwyn Jones, Ian Jones, Trefor Parry and Steve Griffith. Front row Dave Entwistle, Malcolm Clannaghan, Sammy Spears, Noel Jones & David Caven

This photo should bring good memories flooding back for those involved in football in the Holyhead area, as well as other parts of Anglesey, in the 1984-85 season.

The Trearddur Bay team was managed by Steve Griffith, then the village policeman, who had previously played for Holyhead United Juniors under John Edwardson.

Central defender Steve signed for Flintshire-based Caerwys FC in 1986 and took over as manager the following year. He has filled just about every role at the club ever since.

So to the photograph….
Steve is pictured in the back row, furthest right, while among the players I recognise are Martin Van Weert and Noel Jones, as well as Sammy Spears, a really lively attacking player I first saw play when I was 11, possibly for Holyhead Town and later Holyhead United Juniors.

Steve Griffith takes up the story: “It was the season we had major work carried out to the ground at Trearddur Bay.

“Eirlys Hughes, the county councillor who lived in the village, made all the arrangements to have the work carried out as the pitch used to slope down to a ditch on one side.

“So it was built up and levelled off, totally reseeded and a shower block built on the back of the pavilion.

“We made a pitch near Porthdafarch on land owned by our chairman Eric Roberts but it was very exposed and heavy going so we played most of our home games at the old Tinto pitch in the middle of the Nature Reserve at Penrhos.

“There was a small stone shed with only room for one team so we offered that to the opposition teams and got changed in our cars.

“Despite having a useful team we finished near the bottom of the Anglesey League. I’d signed Tony Greenway, Ian Jones and Dave Entwistle that season, who were exceptional players, but results didn’t go our way, particularly at home.

“I believe the council spent £15k, which was a fair amount back then.”

Talking about the squad, Steve recalled: “Not many of them lived in the Bay – Rob Lloyd, a teacher, Paul Martin,Trefor Parry and me.

“Ian Jones was a prolific goal scorer from Bryngwran. Tony Greenway a classy midfield player lived up by Rhosybol and Dave Entwistle was from Bolton working in Tinto (Anglesey Aluminium), a terrier in midfield.

“I couldn’t hang on to them as they got snapped up by other clubs the following season.”

Remembering his own football career on Anglesey, Steve added: “John Morgan Jones had persuaded me to start playing for Silver Bay Caravan Park where I enjoyed three years.

“I was stationed at Holyhead in 1976 then Trearddur Bay in 1979 until 1986 where I was the village bobby.

“I had a spell at Holyhead United Juniors in 1980/81 before moving to take on the reins at the Bay.

“The Anglesey League both at senior and junior level were really well organised and I have a lot to thank them for, particularly Trefor Lloyd Hughes.

“We had a great committee at the Bay with Eric Porth y Post as chairman, Eifion Parry, Arthur Lloyd, Vernon and co.

It was a sad day when I moved down the coast but I knew that the team would do well under the guidance of Trefor Parry and Malcolm Clannaghan who achieved major honours with the youth team featuring Carl Taylor, Andy Devlin, Les Williams etc.”

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