CPDM Bangor 1876 add experienced and much-decorated performer to their squad

Jenna Allsup has joined Bangor 1876

CPDM Bangor 1876 has become the fifth club of Jenna Allsup’s senior football career.

The 35-year-old defender joins the all-blues from Bethel (now known as CPD Y Felinheli), where she spent the past two playing seasons.

Jenna has also previously played for Caernarfon Town, Bangor City and Bethesda Athletic.

She told Grassroots North Wales why she has decided to switch to 1876 this season.

“This season, with sadness, I decided to leave Bethel (now Felinheli Ladies) to join 1876,” said the mother-of-two.

“I have learnt so much at Bethel and enjoyed my time there but left for various reasons.

“Firstly, 1876 train and play on my home turf, overlooking beautiful Penrhyn Quarry, making it logistically easier for me with 2 kids.

Jenna (right) in action for Bethel last season

“This team looks good; youthful, fast and I can see that they would be competing for the title this season and I wanted to be part of that and hopefully my experience (talking loads) would help a bit.

“Also, I’ve already played with a lot of these players making the transition much easier.

“I’m now 35 and probably don’t have that much time left playing football so with my fitness at its peak I wanted an opportunity to play different positions, more attacking and more of a running role and I think this league (North East Wales Girls and Women’s League) is a good platform for me to explore that.”

Jenna first played football at primary school, but stopped when she went to secondary, and only returned 20-plus years later after suffering a rugby injury in 2012.

She had a baby in 2013 and returned to football in 2014, at the age of 28.

Usually a centre-back or left-back, Jenna enjoyed a memorable success in 2016 with a Caernarfon side which won the Betty Pickering Cup, beating Amlwch Town 1-0 in the final.

Jenna then lifted the North Wales League title with the Canaries in 2016-17.

She moved to Bangor City and was part of a cracking squad in the 2017-18 season. Next came a switch to newly-formed Bethesda Athletic.

Jenna in action for new team Bangor 1876 in a friendly on Sunday

Jenna played a key role in a tremendous side clinching the North Wales League Division Two title with a run of 10 straight wins.

Pesda folded early the following season and Jenna became part of the Bethel side which in a shortened 2019-20 campaign due to the pandemic finished second in the North Wales League and reached the Welsh Cup quarter-finals.

With the 2020-21 season scrapped due to Covid, Jenna resumed her stint with Bethel last term in the new tier 2 Adran North League, where she was an outstanding performer, winning Player of the Month for October.

The village side finished an excellent third in the table.

Although a defender for most of her career, Jenna hopes to play in a more attacking role for 1876 this season.

Jenna also excels at netball and was a member of the Tim o Walis side which won the Gwynedd and Anglesey Winter League’s first division last season.

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