Who were North Wales senior football’s finest clubs in 2021-22? Here’s our top 12 (13)

North Wales Coast West Premier Division champions Bodedern Athletic were undoubtedly one of the teams of the season in North Wales

NORTH WALES’ DYNAMIC DOZEN 2021-22

After two seasons of disruption due to Covid it was great to see 2021-22 completed in its entirety – well almost.

The only major occasion to miss out was the NWCFA Intermediate Cup Final between CPD Y Rhyl 1879 and Bangor 1876, scheduled to take place next month.

Otherwise, we were treated to an excellent senior football season in North Wales in which numerous special teams came to the fore.

Here is Grassroots North Wales’ 2021-22 dynamic dozen…..

TEAM OF THE SEASON

🌟 Mold Alexandra 🌟

It was a close one, but Michael Cunningham’s Alyn Park heroes top the chart for us after winning both the Ardal North West League title and FAW Trophy.

They almost made it a treble, narrowly losing out in the Ardal Northern League Cup Final to Caersws.

To finish top of a very good standard tier 3 Ardal North West and achieve the difficult task of lifting the national FAW Trophy was some feat.

No surprise at all to see Cunningham and 34-goal (48 in all competitions) top scorer Danny Warren win the Ardal North West Manager and Player of the Season respectively.

BEST OF THE REST……

2

CPD Y Rhyl 1879

Rhyl 1879 celebrate a goal. Picture: SAM EADEN

After the heartbreak of the town losing its premier football club in 2020 following 141 years of existence, the formation of 1879 has brought back some much needed cheer to the resort.

Gareth Thomas led the club to the tier 4 North Wales Coast East Premier Division title as invincibles, and they also lifted the Cookson Cup.

And with the delayed NWCFA Intermediate Cup final still to come, the Belle Vue side could yet make it an inaugural season treble.

Adding to the men’s team success were the women’s side (pictured above), who scooped the North Wales League title, also without losing a single game.

3

Bodedern Athletic

Despite not being regarded among the pre-season favourites to land the tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division title, Bodedern went on to achieve something truly phenomenal.

After winning their first 18 league matches, the Anglesey club made national headlines by topping the Global League Stats table, published by the Non-League Matters website, for being the UK’s No1 form side.

Bodedern were still undefeated in 27 matches – 26 wins and 1 draw – when they were crowned champions.on April 29.

Ricky Williams’ side also reached the Premier Division Cup final and FAW Trophy last eight.

They produced the leading two goalscorers in North Wales – Marc Evans and Asa Thomas – who netted 68 and 58 times respectively.

4

Connah’s Quay Town

You cannot do much better than win a treble in your first season of existence.

Newly-formed tier 5 side Connah’s Quay Town lifted the North East Wales League Championship Division title, Two Counties Cup and Mike Beech Memorial Trophy.

They won 27 out of 33 matches in all competitions, were beaten just once in the league, and their other defeats came against higher-ranked teams Mold Alex, Cefn Mawr Rangers, Halkyn & Flint Mountain and Llangollen Town in cups.

5

Ruthin Town

Outstanding as a club, Ruthin shone at many levels.

Winners of the NEWFA Challenge Cup, Town also finished a very respectable fifth in the tier 2 Cymru North.

Their second team were runners-up in the FAW Cymru Reserves North West League, while the Vets won the North East Wales Veterans League Premier Division title and were finalists in the North East Wales FA Veterans Cup.

Ruthin also topped the Cymru North Fair Play table and had individual nominations for the league awards, as well as players involved in the representative team which reached the Uefa Regions Cup.

The brilliantly revamped Memorial Playing Fields also hosted a number of finals.

Just a fantastic club and well worthy of a high placing on this list.

6

Hawarden Rangers

Double winners Hawarden Rangers Veterans

Another club which experienced great success throughout its ranks.

The Vets took pride of place, winning not only the North East Wales Veterans League Championship Division as an unbeaten side, but also lifting the NEWFA Veterans Cup.

Hawarden Rangers’ second team were crowned champions of the North East Wales Reserves League and ended up beaten finalists in the Reserve Cup to Mynydd Isa Spartans Reserves.

Meanwhile, the first team received a massive end-of-season bonus when they were promoted to the tier 3 Ardal North West League, despite finishing fourth in the North East Wales League Premier Division.

Hawarden successfully applied for a vacancy after fitting the necessary criteria.

7

Airbus UK Broughton

Star striker Adam Davies. Pic By Will Cheshire/FAW

Finished up champions of a very high standard Cymru North League by nine points.

Striker Adam Davies, who netted 30 goals, was named Cymru North Player of the Season.

And Steve O’Shaughnessy deservedly picked up the league’s Manager of the Season award.

8

Chirk AAA

Picture: Brian Prydden

A season to remember for many years to come for a Chirk AAA side which landed the tier 3 Ardal North East title at the first attempt.

Despite strong opponents such as Caersws, Cefn Albion and Llanfair United vying for top spot, it was Andrew Pryde’s Colliers who came out victorious.

9

Bangor 1876

Sion Edwards takes a free kick for 1876. Picture: MATT JOHNSON

Tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division Cup winners and league runners-up.

Scored more than 200 goals over the season and are through to the NWCFA Intermediate Cup final, where CPD Y Rhyl 1879 await.

10

Greenfield

Managers Paul Evans and Scott Beck

Involved in a title battle with Chirk Town and Halkyn and Flint Mountain for much of the season, but once Town surprisingly resigned in the closing weeks, it left Greenfield to storm on to the title.

A tremendous effort from Scott Beck and Paul Evans’ side, who had previously won a tier 4 league back in 2015-16 when crowned Welsh Alliance Division Two champions.

Six years on, they lifted the inaugural fourth-tier North East Wales Premier Division championship.

Unfortunately, they did not fit the criteria for promotion to tier 3, but work is ongoing to put that right for 2022-23.

11

Llannerchymedd

League champions Llannerchymedd. Pic: JOHN ELFRYN OWEN

It was between Llannerchymedd and Abergele for 11th and 12th place as both won their league title and were runners-up in their respective league cups.

Llannerchymedd just edge it as they went further in the NWCFA Junior Cup, making it to the quarter-finals.

Meirion Grieves and Iwan Williams’ Anglesey side did fantastically well to win tier 5 North Wales Coast West Division One, seeing off the considerable challenges of Bethesda Athletic, Cemaes Bay and Talysarn Celts, as well as numerous other good teams.

Young Gwion Thomas emerged as a brilliant net-finder for the islanders, hitting 27 goals.

12

Abergele

Brilliant to see Abergele back among the trophies.

They managed to finish above class teams like Cerrigydrudion, Llanelwy Athletic and Llandudno Amateurs to take top berth in the North Wales Coast East League Division One.

Unfortunately, Gele do not currently have the facilities to earn promotion to the Premier. Hopefully they will be in a better situation next season, as this club deserves to be at a higher level.

LUCKY 13…..

Bethesda Athletic

Osian Hughes, Joe Todd, Scott Hughes and Noa Hughes were among the many players to shine for Bethesda

Mark N Hughes’ side thrilled wherever they played, deservedly winning the North Wales Coast Division One Cup and finishing runners-up in the league.

But for a shaky start, they may well have won the title.

Players such as Joe Todd, Osian Hughes, Noa Hughes and the prolific Scott Hughes were just a few who stood out.

Had to give Bethesda a special mention, otherwise Richard BA would be after me….🤣🤣🤣

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