Happy belated birthday Gareth S Parry – a man who has done so much to boost Ynys Môn’s sporting profile in recent years.
Born on February 4, 1981, Gareth has been a driving force behind Anglesey’s successful bid to stage the International Island Games in 2027.
It will be the first time Môn has hosted the famous event, dubbed a mini-Olympics for the small islands of the world.
Gareth is chair of Ynys Môn’s bid committee, having previously played a major role in the Welsh island’s staging of the 2019 Inter Games Football Tournament, where Anglesey’s men won gold and the women took silver.
Before being key in raising Môn’s stature in the world of sport over recent years, Gareth had a fine career as a football player and manager.
He first came to prominence as a quality midfielder in Darren Moore’s Llanfairpwll side which competed in the Welsh Alliance and Cymru Alliance around the turn of the new millennium.
In 2002-03, Gareth joined Porthmadog, where he was to spend 12 largely enjoyable years.
His first season at Y Traeth saw Port lift the Cymru Alliance treble of league title, league cup and NWCFA.Challenge Cup.
A 22-year-old Gareth netted 13 goals during the campaign, including a crucial fourth in the 4-2 league cup final victory over Buckley Town.
Gareth moved up to the Welsh Premier with the Eifionydd club and thrived, making 153 top-flight appearances and notching 22 goals.
In June 2010, Gareth was appointed manager at Y Traeth following the sudden departure of Tomi Morgan to Carmarthen Town.
Gareth had filled in for Morgan in three North Wales Coast Challenge Cup games at the end of the season and finished up winning the competition, beating Llandudno in the final.
Unfortunately, Porthmadog had been relegated from the Welsh Premier, so Gareth had to start afresh in the second-tier Cymru Alliance.
In his first season, he led Port to the Huws Gray Cup final, where they lost to Guilsfield.
After four years at the helm, he stepped down in 2014.
While Porthmadog dominated much of his playing days, Gareth had two short spells at Bangor City – when he was aged 16/17 in Meirion Appleton’s first season, and then in Nev Powell’s debut campaign as boss in 2007-08.
After leaving Port as manager, Gareth played a few games for Holyhead Hotspur to help manager Campbell Harrison out when they were short on numbers.
Previous years had also seen Gareth represent Ynys Môn’s football team at the Island Games.
Gareth also did a season as assistant-manager with Iwan Williams at Caernarfon Town. That was in 2015-16, when the Canaries won the Cymru Alliance title, but were unable to progress to the Welsh Premier as the club failed to secure a domestic licence.
Since then, his only involvement in football management has been coaching his daughter’s under-12 team at Llanfairpwll.
Highly respected and much admired – Gareth S Parry, a man whose contribution to football and sport in general, especially on Anglesey and the Llŷn Peninsula, will be long remembered.