Bangor City F.C.
Bangor City Football Club are a semi-professional Welsh football club from the City of Bangor, Gwynedd. The club compete in the Welsh Premier League, being ever present since the league was founded in 1992. Bangor City F. C. is one of Wales older football clubs, and has an history of competition in European football. In the 1961–62 season, Bangor City won the Welsh Cup, in the first round, Bangor was drawn against the Italian Cup winners, Napoli, at the time one of Europes greatest football teams. In the first leg, played at Farrar Road, unexpectedly Bangor won 2–0, world superstar Bobby Charlton guested for the Blues in the 1978 Anglo-Italian Tournament. At the end of 1977–78 when Southport was relegated from the English Football League Fourth Division, Bangor City, Boston United, due to Wigan Athletic having installed crush barriers, Bangor missed out on promotion. In 1979–80 Bangor City was invited to compete in the Alliance Premier League, on 12 May 1984 Bangor became the first Welsh club to play at Wembley since Cardiff in 1927, when reaching the FA Trophy final against Northwich Victoria. The match finished 1–1, with local boy Paul Whelan scoring for Bangor, the replay was played in Stokes Victoria Ground, and despite a goal from another Bangor lad, Bangor lost 2–1 conceding in the last minute. In 1985 Bangor City was back in the ECWC, in the first round drawn against the Norwegian cup winners, Fredrikstad. Interestingly, captain of Bangor that season was midfielder Mark Palios, against Atletico, Palios shaved the post with a header in the first minute that would have given Bangor an unlikely lead in the first leg at Farrar Road following a cross by Phil Lunn. In 1994 as League of Wales Champions, Bangor City entered the UEFA Cup, akranes won the leg in Bangor by 2–1, while Bangor lost the match in Iceland by 2–0. Łódź were a powerful side, But Nick dominated throughout the game. Having played Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester United in earlier campaigns, manager at the time was Nigel Adkins, now in charge of Championship side Reading. Unsurprisingly Bangor were beaten, 2–0 at home, and 1–0 in Finland, in 2006 the club made it to the Welsh Cup final where they were beaten by Rhyl 2–0 at Wrexhams Racecourse ground. The club managed to win back the Welsh Cup in 2008, defying the odds and defeating league high fliers Llanelli 4–2 after extra time at Latham Park, Newtown. An injury time equaliser saw an invasion by celebrating Bangor fans before the Blues were able proceeding to defeat their expensively-assembled opponents during the additional period. Victory in the Welsh Cup meant that Bangor had again qualified for Europe, the first leg was held at the Racecourse ground, Wrexham, saw Bangor beaten 6–1 by a talented Danish side. Despite this early setback Bangor ended the 2008–09 season with yet more silverware as they retained the Welsh Cup by defeating Aberystwyth Town 2–0 in a match held at Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli
Port Talbot Town F.C.
Port Talbot Town Football Club is a Welsh football club from Port Talbot. It was founded in 1901 as Port Talbot Athletic, one of the first clubs in the country, the club plays in the Welsh Football League Division One, and is based at Victoria Road, also known as the Genquip Stadium for sponsorship purposes. Formed in 1901, Port Talbot began life as a member of the Swansea Senior League, although the club can trace rather tenuous roots back to 1901, the modern club originated shortly after World War II as Port Talbot Athletic. The club gained promotion to Division 1 in 1956–57, but was relegated one season. It regained promotion as Division 2 West champions in 1961–62 but was relegated again after one season, the pattern of promotion and relegation after a year was repeated for the third time when Port Talbot went down at the end of the 1970–71 season. Port Talbot was promoted into the League of Wales in 2000, Port Talbots rivalry with Afan Lido, located less than half a mile away, is considered one of the fiercest in South Wales. Port Talbot finished third in 2009–10, gaining a berth in the Europa League 2010–11, during the 2015–16 Welsh Premier League season Andy Dyers Blues make it to the semi-final stage of the Welsh Cup against Airbus, but lost in a 7–0 drubbing. Weeks later the Football Association of Wales relegated Port Talbot from the Welsh Premier League although the club had finished above the relegation places in tenth spot, the relegation was the consequence of the FWAs decision to refuse Port Talbot a Domestic License on financial grounds. The club appealed the decision but the appeal was rejected, the club then overhauled its internal structure, appointing a new chairman, vice-chairman, secretary and treasurer, and forming a steering committee consisting of both staff and supporters. The wage bill for the 2016/2017 was cut massively in order to keep the club financially sustainable and this was done largely by replacing some of the existing squad with players from the Academy. Also, an estimated 400 supporters travelled to the 2010 Welsh Cup final in Llanelli between Port Talbot and three-time winners Bangor City, won by Bangor 3–2. Port Talbot has become renowned for its following in recent years. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
The Welsh Cup is a knock-out football competition contested annually by teams in the Welsh football league system. The Football Association of Wales is the body of this competition. The winning team qualifies to play in the following seasons UEFA Europa League, until 1995, Welsh clubs playing in the Welsh or English leagues were invited to play in the Welsh Cup. On occasion some English clubs, mostly those from border areas such as Shrewsbury, Hereford, however, in the event of an English club winning the Welsh Cup, they were not allowed to progress to the European Cup Winners Cup. Instead, the best placed Welsh club in the Welsh Cup competition would take the European place, from 1996 to 2011, only clubs playing in the Welsh football league system were allowed to enter the Welsh Cup. This rule excluded the six Welsh clubs who played in the English football league system, Cardiff City, Colwyn Bay, Merthyr Tydfil Town, Newport County, Swansea City and Wrexham. On 20 April 2011, the Football Association of Wales invited these six clubs to rejoin the Welsh Cup for the 2011–12 season, between the 1961–62 and 1984–85 seasons, the final was played as a two-leg match, originally on a points basis rather than aggregate score. In the 1985–86 season, it reverted to a game, to be decided by extra time. The last English winner of the Welsh Cup was Hereford United in 1990, for a list of Welsh Cup finals including venue and attendance information see List of Welsh Cup finals
Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain. It is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and it had a population in 2011 of 3,063,456 and has a total area of 20,779 km2. Wales has over 1,680 miles of coastline and is mountainous, with its higher peaks in the north and central areas, including Snowdon. The country lies within the temperate zone and has a changeable. Welsh national identity emerged among the Celtic Britons after the Roman withdrawal from Britain in the 5th century, Llywelyn ap Gruffudds death in 1282 marked the completion of Edward I of Englands conquest of Wales, though Owain Glyndŵr briefly restored independence to Wales in the early 15th century. The whole of Wales was annexed by England and incorporated within the English legal system under the Laws in Wales Acts 1535–1542, distinctive Welsh politics developed in the 19th century. Welsh Liberalism, exemplified in the early 20th century by Lloyd George, was displaced by the growth of socialism, Welsh national feeling grew over the century, Plaid Cymru was formed in 1925 and the Welsh Language Society in 1962. Established under the Government of Wales Act 1998, the National Assembly for Wales holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, two-thirds of the population live in south Wales, mainly in and around Cardiff, Swansea and Newport, and in the nearby valleys. Now that the countrys traditional extractive and heavy industries have gone or are in decline, Wales economy depends on the sector, light and service industries. Wales 2010 gross value added was £45.5 billion, over 560,000 Welsh language speakers live in Wales, and the language is spoken by a majority of the population in parts of the north and west. From the late 19th century onwards, Wales acquired its popular image as the land of song, Rugby union is seen as a symbol of Welsh identity and an expression of national consciousness. The Old English-speaking Anglo-Saxons came to use the term Wælisc when referring to the Celtic Britons in particular, the modern names for some Continental European lands and peoples have a similar etymology. The modern Welsh name for themselves is Cymry, and Cymru is the Welsh name for Wales and these words are descended from the Brythonic word combrogi, meaning fellow-countrymen. The use of the word Cymry as a self-designation derives from the location in the post-Roman Era of the Welsh people in modern Wales as well as in northern England and southern Scotland. It emphasised that the Welsh in modern Wales and in the Hen Ogledd were one people, in particular, the term was not applied to the Cornish or the Breton peoples, who are of similar heritage, culture, and language to the Welsh. The word came into use as a self-description probably before the 7th century and it is attested in a praise poem to Cadwallon ap Cadfan c. 633. Thereafter Cymry prevailed as a reference to the Welsh, until c.1560 the word was spelt Kymry or Cymry, regardless of whether it referred to the people or their homeland. The Latinised forms of names, Cambrian, Cambric and Cambria, survive as lesser-used alternative names for Wales, Welsh
English football league system
There are more than 140 individual leagues, containing more than 480 divisions. As there are no definitions of any level below 11, any references to the structure at level 12. The pyramid for womens football in England runs separately to nine tiers, the Football League was created in 1888 by Aston Villa director William McGregor. It was dominated by clubs who had supported professionalism. The twelve founding members consisted of six from Lancashire and six from the Midlands, no sides from the South including London initially participated. The system consists of a pyramid of leagues, bound together by the principle of promotion and relegation. A certain number of the most successful clubs in each league can rise to a higher league, in addition to sporting performance, promotion is usually contingent on meeting criteria set by the higher league, especially concerning appropriate facilities and finances. In theory it is possible for a local amateur club to rise to the pinnacle of the English game and become champions of the Premier League. While this may be unlikely in practice, there certainly is significant movement within the pyramid, the top five levels contain one division each and are nationwide in scope. Below this, the levels have progressively more leagues, with each covering progressively smaller geographic areas. Many leagues have more than one division, at the lower levels the existence of leagues becomes intermittent, although in some of the more densely populated areas there are leagues more than twenty layers below the Premier League. Clubs from these leagues may, if they feel they meet the standard of play and have suitable facilities. The seven levels immediately below the Premier League and English Football League are known as the National League System, in May 2014 The Football Association announced provisional plans for a new division between the English Football League and the National League which would include B teams of higher level clubs. The English football league system does not include the version of the game often called Sunday league football. These leagues are independent entities with no promotion or relegation involving the football pyramid, however, some Sunday League clubs have been known to join pyramid leagues if they desire to progress higher. There are also some Saturday leagues such as the Lincolnshire League which are not officially part of the pyramid, at the top is the single division of the Premier League, containing 20 clubs, all of which, up to the 2010–11 season, were based in England. Below the Premier League is the English Football League, which is divided into three divisions of 24 clubs each, The Championship, League One and League Two, the 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League are all full-time professional clubs. They are often referred to as League clubs because, before the establishment of the Premier League in 1992, clubs outside this group are referred to as non-League clubs, although they too play most of their football in league-type competitions
Parc y Scarlets
Parc y Scarlets is a rugby union stadium in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, that opened in November 2008 as the new home of the Scarlets and Llanelli RFC. The ground replaced Stradey Park, the home of Llanellis rugby teams for almost 130 years, the stadium complex includes facilities for matchday supporters and for non-matchday revenue generation, as well as a training barn and a training pitch with athletics track. The stadium also hosts some matches of the Wales national under-21 and senior football teams. Reserve Team played all of their fixtures at the stadium in the 2011/2012 season. The ground was built by Port Talbot-based Andrew Scott Limited on a site owned by Carmarthenshire County Council, the stadium was designed by specialist sports stadia architects, The Miller Partnership, whose designs include Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. Structural steelwork for the development was provided by Rowecord Engineering of Newport, the stands have a slight curvature to allow for better views. Having previously been known by the title of Pemberton Stadium. The approach to the stand is known as the Ray Gravell Legends Walkway paved with bricks naming each Llanelli RFC. Parc y Scarlets officially opened on 15 November to Llanelli RFC who played the first match at the stadium in a 32–3 win over Cardiff RFC in the Principality Premiership. The match was held before a limited to a maximum of 4,000 due to laws that require a stadium to host three events at restricted capacity before it can be authorised for its full capacity. The Scarlets hosted their first match at Parc y Scarlets on 28 November against Munster in the Celtic League with capacity limited to 9,000. The Scarlets first Heineken Cup match in the new stadium was on 12 December against Ulster, the official opening ceremony was held on 31 January 2009 when the Scarlets hosted the Barbarians, defeating them 40–24. It has also acted as home stadium for Llanelli A. F. C, when the facilities at their Stebonheath Park ground have not been sufficient, such as in European competitions. List of stadia in Wales by capacity Official site
Barmouth & Dyffryn United F.C.
Barmouth & Dyffryn United Football Club is a Welsh football club based in the coastal town of Barmouth, Gwynedd. The club currently play in the Welsh Alliance League, the Magpies play their games at the Wern Mynach. Barmouth also have a youth team, with many players who played for Barmouth playing for football league academies in England. The Magpies won the league in 2011 after a hard working season, the Club existed in 1863 and was one of six inaugural clubs when the Cambrian League was formed in 1896. Little is recorded of this early period, the Cambrian Coast Football League was founded in January 1920 and Barmouth were league champions in 1920 and 1922. In 1930 an eight-team Cambrian Coast League was revived and they won the Central Wales Challenge Cup in 1973. The club resigned from the CWL at the end of 1972–73 season, Barmouth & Dyffryn left the Aberystwyth & District League at the end of the 1992–93 season and joined the Gwynedd Football League. At the end of the 2000–2001 season they withdrew after finishing last and they played in the Caernarfon & District League winning the AEEU Cup in 2002 and, after becoming league champions returned to the Gwynedd Football League. In 2006/7 they were runners-up in the Gwynedd League title but were promoted to the Welsh Alliance League on appeal and they finished tenth in the first full season and fourth in 2009–2010. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. In 1905 Barmouth FC became the first Cambrian Coast League champions, the clubs stadium is next to a disused landfill site which has since been cleared and is now greenfield land. Barmouths nickname The Magpies comes from their home colours of black and white, all Barmouth teams have used this kit at all levels with different sponsors. Most Appearances – Darren Andrews,110 Appearances, top Scorers – Shane Jones,55 Goals in 96 Appearances Wern Mynach is the football stadium located in Barmouth, home of Barmouth & Dyffryn United F. C. The club holds the best pitch and best programme of the league title, the West End is where the majority of supporters tend to congregate on match days. The Standing terrace holds around 50 spectators and is the permanent cover available. There is also food and drink facilities and a club shop. There is uncovered seating for around 50 spectators on wooden benches, the North End has standing room behind the goal and a large wooden ship which children can play on. The East End backs onto spectacular mountain scenery, the South end of the ground feature high fencing to block stray balls going into Park
Barmouth is a town in the county of Gwynedd, north-western Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Mawddach and Cardigan Bay. Located in the Historic county of Merionethshire, the Welsh form of the name is derived from Aber, the town is served by Barmouth railway station. The town grew around the industry, and more recently as a seaside resort. Notable buildings include the mediaeval Tŷ Gwyn tower house, the 19th century Tŷ Crwn roundhouse prison, dinas Oleu which is located east of the town on the adjoining hillside, was the first tract of land to be donated to the National Trust. In January 2014 two trains were stranded at Barmouth after severe storms destroyed the sea wall at nearby Llanaber. Barmouth Bridge, which takes the Cambrian Line over the River Mawddach, was formerly at the end of the GWR Ruabon Barmouth line. The southern end of the bridge is now the start of the Mawddach Trail, the Barmouth Ferry sails from Barmouth to Penrhyn Point, where it connects with the narrow gauge Fairbourne Railway for the village of Fairbourne. The town has a RNLI lifeboat station with a Visitors Centre with shop, the nearest rugby club is in Dolgellau, some seven miles away. Barmouth has one association football team, Barmouth & Dyffryn United. Barmouth is the venue for the annual Barmouth Beach Race, a motocross event, usually taking place on the last weekend in October, the event sees riders take part in beach racing, using a temporary motocross course constructed on the beach. Over 200 riders typically take part in this event, with spectators attending free of charge, the event attracts champion riders from England and Wales. The busy harbour plays host to the annual Three Peaks yacht race, charlie Brooks, actress Herbert Tudor Buckland, architect Auguste Guyard, French educationalist and philosopher who moved to Barmouth upon the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War. Harold Lowe, 5th officer, RMS Titanic Tommy Nutter, fashion designer Fanny Talbot, public benefactor Bill Tilman, mountaineer and sailor, jim Valentine, legendary RU/Northern Union player, killed by lightning in Barmouth 25 July 1904. Johnny Williams, boxer St Davids Church, Barmouth St Johns Church, Barmouth St Tudwals Church, Barmouth community website latest news from Barmouth and historical photo gallery and much more. Mawddachestuary. co. uk Whats on in Barmouth Illustrated Guide to Barmouth Sunset at Barmouth and Barmouth Evening by Christopher Williams, painted in 1910s, aerial photograph of Barmouth www. geograph. co. uk, photos of Barmouth and surrounding area
Glan Conwy F.C.
Glan Conwy Football Club are a Welsh football club playing in the Welsh Alliance League. They are a member of the North Wales Coast Football Association, the club nickname was the “Jolly Boys” and they played at the former Gala Field. They remained playing in this league until the end of the 1938/39 season, brian Thomas and Dewi Williams of Glan Conwy managed to resurrect the club in 1979 and the following year the team rejoined the Vale of Conwy League. However, still without a pitch, they were forced to play their home games at different venues such as the Llandudno Oval, Hotpoint, Quinton Hazell. They remained in the Vale of Conwy League for a further eighteen years and they won the league championship as well as the North Wales Coast FA Junior Cup in 1998 and were promoted to the Gwynedd League. They stayed in this league for just the one season at the end of which they were crowned champions and were promoted to the Welsh Alliance League. Glan Conwy FC, although they have finished as league runners-up twice, Glan Conwy reached the final of the FAW Trophy in 2007 but lost heavily to Brymbo. The club had a successful 2009/10 season reaching the final of the FAW Welsh Trophy and they beat South Wales outfit Clydach Wasps 5-1 in the FAW Trophy final to take the cup home to Cae Ffwt. The home ground for Glan Conwy FC since its opening in 1998 has been Cae Ffwt, the club’s colours changed almost annually depending on shirt sponsorship but in 1997 the club adopted green and white stripes, which has now become green and white hoops. The club also runs a very successful side, under the auspices of manager Ray Carlisle. In all, there are thirty five players attached to the football club. The present manager, Jon Chapman, took control of the first team at the start of the 2009/2010 season having been the assistant to the manager, Paul Moroney. He is assisted by Gareth Evans who was one of the mainstays of the team, at the end of the 2009/2010 season Glan Conwy won the FAW Trophy final after thrashing Gwent County league outfit Clydach Wasps 5-1. Glan dominated the game and the win cemented their place in the history books, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Wrexham is the largest town in north Wales and an administrative, commercial, retail and educational centre. Wrexham is situated between the Welsh mountains and the lower Dee Valley alongside the border with England, historically part of Denbighshire, the town became part of Clwyd in 1974 and since 1996 has been the centre of the Wrexham County Borough. At the 2011 Census, Wrexham had a population of 61,603, human activity in the Wrexham area dates back to the Mesolithic period. By the early Middle Bronze Age the area had developed into a centre for an innovative metalworking industry, a Roman civilian settlement was located in the Plas Coch area of Wrexham and excavations have revealed evidence of agriculture and trade with the wider Roman world. By the end of the 6th century AD, the area was being contested between the Celtic-speaking inhabitants and the English-speaking invaders advancing from the east, the origins of the name Wrexham may possibly be traced back to this period. Renewed Welsh and Viking attacks led to a reduction in Anglo-Saxon power in north Wales from the early 10th century, following the Welsh reconquest of the area during the 11th century, Wrexham formed part of the native Welsh lordship of Maelor. During the 12th century the lordship was disputed between the Welsh and the English. The first recorded reference to the town in 1161 is to a Norman motte and bailey castle at Wristlesham which was founded in the Erddig area around 1150 by Hugh de Avranches. However, by the early 13th century Wrexham was undisputedly in the hands of the Welsh house of Powys Fadog, stability under the princes of Powys enabled Wrexham to develop as a trading town and administrative centre of one of the two commotes making up the Lordship. Following the loss of Welsh independence on the death of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd in 1282, Wrexham became part of the semi-independent Marcher lordship of Bromfield and Yale. From 1327 onwards, the town is referred to as a villa mercatoria and by 1391 Wrexham was wealthy enough for a bard, jester, juggler, dancer and goldsmith to earn their living there. At the beginning of the 15th century, the local gentry, local poet Glyn Gutor Glyn wrote of Sion ap Madog, the great-nephew of Owain Glyndŵr, as Alecsander i Wrecsam. In the mid 15th century, the church was gutted by fire. The main part of the current church was built in the late 15th, the Acts of Union passed during the reign of Henry VIII brought the lordship into the full system of English administration and law. It became part of the new shire of Denbighshire in 1536, the economic character remained predominantly agricultural into the 17th century but there were workshops of weavers, smiths, nailers as well as dye houses. A grammar school was established in 1603 by Alderman Valentine Broughton of Chester, during the English Civil War, Wrexham was on the side of the Royalists, as most Welsh gentry supported the King, but local landowner Sir Thomas Myddelton, owner of Chirk Castle, supported Parliament. The Industrial Revolution began in Wrexham in 1762 when the entrepreneur John Wilkinson, known as Iron Mad Wilkinson, wilkinsons steam engines enabled a peak of production at Minera Lead Mines on the outskirts of Wrexham. Wrexham was also known for its industry, by the 18th century there were a number of skinners and tanners in the town
Coedpoeth United F.C.
Coedpoeth United Football Club are a football club based in Coedpoeth, Wrexham County Borough. They currently play in the Welsh National League Premier Division, Steve Wilk took over as manager from Steve Jones at the start of the 2011-12 season. They finished up 3rd in the league in his first season in charge, in 2012-13, the club reached its first senior cup final for many years, losing 1-0 in the WNL Premier Division final to local rivals, Brymbo at Cefn Druids. Coedpoeth United FC finished in 8th place in the league in the season ended 2012-13, Steve Wilk remained in charge for the start of the 2013-14 season assembling arguably the strongest squad on paper they had for many years. After a tough first round of games, with one point on the board after 6 games. Steve Jones stepped back into management to bring the team up to away from the relegation zone in 11th place
A walkover or W. O. is the awarding of a victory to a contestant because there are no other contestants, or because the other contestants have been disqualified or have forfeited. The term can apply in sport but can apply to elections. The word is used generally by extension, particularly in politics. The strict and extended meanings of walkover as a word are both found from 1829. The word originates from horseracing in the United Kingdom, where an entrant in a race run under Jockey Club rules has at least to walk over the course before being awarded victory. This outcome was quite common at a time there was no guaranteed prize money for horses finishing second or third so there was no incentive to run a horse in a race it could not win. The term is used in tennis, in reference to a players unopposed victory as a result of the opponents failing to start the match for any reason. The only Olympic Games walkover for a medal was at the 1908 Summer Olympics. The only time it has happened at the FIFA World Cup was in the 1938 edition, after the England team declined to take Austrias entry, FIFA gave Sweden a walkover. A walkover is usually the sign of a strong mandate or unanimous support. It can, however, be interpreted by critics of the faction the walkover is awarded to as a sign of electoral fraud or gerrymandering to prevent other candidates from participating. The circumstances of such an interpretation are usually controversial, walkovers can thus often be a sign of an illiberal democracy. Many liberal democracies in history, including the United States, have had uncontested elections because support for one candidate was so strong. In the 1820 election, James Monroe also ran unopposed, though New Hampshire elector William Plumer cast a vote for John Quincy Adams as a symbolic measure, walkovers are called acclamation in Canada. Other multi-party systems that have held uncontested presidential elections include Germany, Singapore, Ireland, Algeria, Iceland, running without opponents is not always a guarantee of winning. Many elections require that the winner has not only the most votes of all candidates but a fraction of all votes cast. In this case electors may be able to cast a vote or none of the above vote, spoil their papers. In such cases, the members of the body usually appoint someone to the vacant seat
Corwen F. C. is a Welsh football club based in Corwen, Denbighshire, playing in the Welsh National League Premier Division in 2008-09 season. The earliest mention of football in Corwen is their entry into the inaugural Welsh cup in 1877, after beating neighbours Bala 1-0 after a reply they lost heavily to Bangor. Corwens recent revival started as early as 1966 in the wake of Englands World Cup success when a new committee was formed, success was soon to follow gaining promotion to the 1st Division from the 3rd Division in 2 seasons of the Welsh National League. This progress however did not continue due to the retirement of players and others moving on to other clubs. In 1986/87 things improved again and within two seasons they were in the reformed Premier division, winning the Division 2 League and cup double in 86/87 and the Division 1 League in 87/88. In 94/95 and again in 97/98 they finished runners up in the League, promotion to the Cymru Alliance proved too testing for the team so they returned to the Welsh National Premier Division the following season. In 2000 the club dropped Amateurs from the name of the club,2004 saw Corwens First Team win the Division One League Cup after a win against Brymbo at Llangollen Town, after the disappointment of relegation from the Premier Division the previous season. They coupled this with promotion back to the Premier Division after finishing 3rd in the league, in 2008 Corwen reached the F. A. W. Trophy final, where they lost 4-2 to fellow Welsh National League side Rhos Aelwyd at Cefn Druids ground, Corwen came through 3 penalty shoot outs on the way to the final. Corwen finished runners up in the 2010/11 Welsh National League Premier Division League Cup, after a 1-0 defeat to Gresford Athletic, neil Jones stepped down as First Team manager due to work commitments at the end of the 2011/12 season, and was replaced by former Chairman John Billington. John had led Corwen to the Second Round of the Welsh Cup, John Billington stepped down as the First Team Manager at the end of the 2012/13 season, and has been replaced by Steve Crompton. Steve was the First Team Manager at the star of the 2012/13 season, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, chairperson, Carol Evans Vice-Chaiperson, John Billington Secretary, Huw Jones Treasurer, Martin Lyons Kit man, Gareth Bodden Groundsman, Llyr Jones Press Officer, Gavin Billington Official Website
Halkyn United F.C.
Halkyn United F. C. is a Welsh football club representing the Flintshire villages of Halkyn, Pentre Halkyn and Rhosesmor, near Mold, in Wales. They play their games at Pant Newydd, which is also home to Halkyn Cricket Ground. They currently play in the Welsh Alliance League after being relegated from the Cymru Alliance in the 2005–06 season. Halkyn United Football Club was formed in 1945 in the aftermath of the Second World War and became members of the old Halkyn Mountain League. It is believed that during this period of the history the club played their home games on various grounds within the village of Pentre Halkyn. The earliest honours won by Halkyn were the Mountain League in 1956, after years playing in the Mountain League, the club joined the Clwyd League in 1975 and played their home matches in Pentre Halkyn on a field owned by the council. This field was adjacent to the Village Park in Pentre Halkyn, many of the current long-serving officials involved with the clubs modern-day success started to arrive at the club in the late 1980s and the 1990s. In the 1992–93 season under manager George Thelwell the club won the Clwyd League Division One title, in the first season in the Premier League despite finishing midway in the league United won both the Presidents Cup and the Arrows Cup. Further progress up the system was achieved, and in the season 1994–95 Halkyn achieved promotion as champions from the Clwyd League Premier Division to the Welsh Alliance League. Success continued with the prestigious Barritt Cup making its way to Halkyn in the season 1995–96, throughout their four years in the Welsh Alliance the club competed well and made steady progress. In the 1997–98 season a fourth-place finish was achieved behind runaway champions Holyhead Hotspurs, however, the following season brought the club down to earth with an indifferent season culminating in a mid-table finish. The 1999–2000 season proved the most successful in the clubs history, added to that the club progressed to the fourth round of the Welsh Cup including an away victory at League of Wales outfit Haverfordwest County. The club managed to stay in the Cymru Alliance for a few seasons, but the 2005–06 season proved too much of a challenge for them and this ensured the club would be relegated, and would play their football in the Welsh Alliance for the 2006–07 season. Promotion to the Cymru Alliance meant work was required at Pant Newydd to bring the ground up to the required standard, a makeshift stand was built and changes made to the rooms and the showers. More changes are in the pipeline as Halkyn strive to continue building the football club, the Derby is against neighbours Holywell Town. Other local/rival clubs include Rhydymwyn, Brynford United, Flint Town United, Mold Alexandra, Sychdyn, Caerwys, Greenfield. Key, P = Played, W = Won, D = Drawn, L = Lost, F = Goals For, A = Goals Against, Pts = Points Current league position as of 14 March 2015
Halkyn is a village in Flintshire, north-east Wales and situated between Pentre Halkyn, Northop and Rhosesmor. At the 2001 Census the population of the community was 2,876, Halkyn is one of the ancient parishes of Flintshire, originally comprising the townships of Hendrefigillt, Lygan y Llan and Lygan y Wern. The area was notable during the Roman occupation for the mining of lead, the village was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Alchene, when it was then part of Cheshire, in England. Halkyn had many public houses in the early 19th century and these public houses included the Crown Inn, which was situated on the left-hand side as you go towards Rhes-Y-Cae from the Old Halkyn Post Office. The Royal Oak, directly opposite the Blue Bell down a lane going towards Pen-Y-Parc Farm, also the Raven in the Catch, and the Blue Bell Inn, which is still operating. There were also a few shops, a butcher, a post office, the Crown Inn and the former Scranton Stores, an electoral ward in the same name exists. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 1,785. The village has a football club Halkyn United F. C. a cricket club, a post office, a church, a library. Dan Jones, translator of the Book of Mormon into Welsh, Halkyn Community Website Geograph. co. uk, photos of Halkyn and surrounding area
Holywell Town F.C.
Holywell Town F. C. is a Welsh football club from Holywell, Flintshire. They are nicknamed The Wellmen, and play their games at Halkyn Road. Holywell Town were founding members of both the Cymru Alliance and the League of Wales and enjoyed their best period in the top flight in the mid-1990s. For the 2015-16 season, they will be playing back in the Cymru Alliance after a gap of nine due to winning the Welsh Alliance League Division 1 the previous season. The history of football in Holywell can be traced back to a club that was known as Holywell. There is evidence of a Holywell team existing way back in 1881, back in March 1893, Holywell became one of the seven founder members of the North Wales Coast League, and had 58 players registered with the club within six months of the league commencing. Holywell would finish 4th in the season of the North Wales Coast League. This was followed by three seasons of fifth-place league finishes, ending in 1897–98, when the finished in sixth place. This would be the worst position the club would end up during their time in the Coast League, the club reached their first cup final in 1898, when they faced Bangor City for the North Wales Senior Cup, but would lose the final 3–0 to Bangor City. However, after being engulfed by the Baron Corvo episode of 1899, the left the North Wales Coast League at the end of the 1900–01 season. After three years absence, football returned to Holywell in 1905, with the formation of a new club and they would later rejoin the North Wales Coast League for the 1912–13 season. Holywell United was to enjoy a run during the next few years. In the 1913–14 season, they achieved the North Wales Coast League and Amateur Cup double, winning 15 of their 17 league games and it was during this period when Holywell United hosted their biggest game at that time, playing an Everton XI at their Ffordd Fer ground. The Merseysiders included at least five players with English First Division experience within the team and they also reached the final of the North Wales Coast Amateur Cup for the fifth time, but would lose to Holyhead 3–1. In 1929–30, the club first appeared under the new name of Holywell Arcadians, for the following three seasons, Holywell Arcadians competed in the Welsh Football League, which ran alongside the North Wales Football Combination, and was the forerunner of the Welsh League. Holywells social and football history came together and combined to establish the club as it is known today, in 1946 former soldiers that were returning home from World War II established the club at Halkyn Road, where it has played its home games ever since. It was also around this period that the moniker of The Wellmen was adopted by the club, the Wellmen beat Barmouth 2–0 in the final at Llandudno. More success came to Holywell when they joined the Welsh League in the 1949–50 season and they finished a highly creditable fifth place, but went on to become the Welsh League champions in the 1952–53 season
Llandudno Junction F.C.
Llandudno Junction FC are a part-time football club based in Llandudno Junction, playing in the Welsh Alliance League in Wales. The current club was founded as Hotpoint FC in 1975, playing in the Old Colwyn, during the 1996–97 season the team moved to Llanfairfechan’s Recreation Ground due to the limitations of the Victoria Drive ground. As a result, the changed its name to Llanfairfechan Athletic. In 1998, the returned to Llandudno Junction, to their current ground at The Flyover. The team changed its name again, to Llandudno Junction FC, Llandudno Junction FC are not the first team of that name. The original Llandudno Junction first played in the North Wales Coast League Division One in 1910, a second Llandudno Junction entered the Vale Of Conwy League 3rd Division at the start of the 1937/38 season. In 1954, this second Llandudno Junction merged with Conwy to form Borough United, the 2011-2012 season started well for the railway men, thanks to the signing of striker Wes Jones on loan from Betws Yn Rhos. Jones is currently the clubs highest scorer with 132 goals, most notable the winner against local rivals Conwy United, Llandudno Junctions Ladies side currently compete in the Womens Welsh Premier League. They were founder members of the league in 2009, but suffered relegation in their first season, when the league expanded to 12 teams across a national set-up, Junction regained their place in the top flight
Castell Alun Colts F.C.
Castell Alun Colts Football Club are a football club based in Hope, Flintshire. They currently play in the Welsh National League Division One, the home colours are Green & Black shirts, black shorts and black socks Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Pwllheli is a community and the main market town of the Llŷn Peninsula in Gwynedd, north-western Wales. It had a population of 4,076 in 2011 of whom a large proportion,81 per cent, are Welsh speaking, Pwllheli is the place where Plaid Cymru was founded. It is the birthplace of the Welsh poet Sir Albert Evans-Jones, the towns name means salt water basin. The town was given its charter as a borough by Edward, the Black Prince in 1355, the town grew around the shipbuilding and fishing industries, and the granite quarry at Gimlet Rock. During the 1890s, the town was developed by Solomon Andrews and this work included the Promenade, roads and houses at West End. A tramway was built linking the town to Llanbedrog, the trams ran until 1927 when the section of track between Carreg-y-Defaid and Tyddyn-Caled was seriously damaged by a storm. Andrews ran the Cardiff Road section in 1928, and offered to sell the tramway to Pwllheli Corporation at the end of the season and he then sold the assets, and the Corporation removed the tracks during the winter of 1928/29. For many years a holiday camp run by Butlins operated a few miles from Pwllheli at Pen-y-chain. During the Second World War it became a camp, HMS Glendower. After the war, Butlins re-established the holiday camp, the camp, now renamed Hafan y Môr, has been redeveloped and is now run by the Haven group. Pwllheli is the town of the Llŷn Peninsula, and has a range of shops. As a local railhead with a market every Wednesday, the town is a point for the population of the whole peninsula. The junior pupils were located at the Penrallt site and the pupils at a new complex in Cardiff Road. This new school was expanded to accommodate all pupils under the Ysgol Glan y Môr name. The Penrallt site was redeveloped as the Pwllheli campus of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. The façade of the building of the old grammar school was retained and incorporated into the design of the current college buildings. Thus the old school is seen from the town square as it has been since the former Pwllheli County School moved to Penrallt in the early 20th century. Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor Pwllheli railway station is the terminus of the Cambrian Coast Railway running to Machynlleth with services continuing to Shrewsbury, the station is operated and served by Arriva Trains Wales
Aberdare is a town in the Cynon Valley area of Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, at the confluence of the Rivers Dare and Cynon. The population at the 2001 census was 31,705, Aberdare is 4 miles south-west of Merthyr Tydfil,20 miles north-west of Cardiff and 22 miles east-north-east of Swansea. During the 19th century it became an industrial settlement, which was also notable for the vitality of its cultural life. Aberdare dates from the Middle Ages and it was originally a small village in an agricultural district, centred around the Church of St John the Baptist, said to date from 1189. By the middle of the 15th century, Aberdare contained a mill in addition to a number of thatched cottages. Two major industries supported the growth of the community, first iron, a branch of the Glamorganshire Canal was used to transport these products, then the railway became the main means of transport to the South Wales coast. From the 1870s onwards, the economy of the town was dominated by the mining industry. There were also several brickworks and breweries, during the latter half of the 19th century, considerable improvements were made to the town, which became a pleasant place to live, despite the nearby collieries. A postgraduate theological college opened in connection with the Church of England in 1892, the services in the majority of the chapels were in Welsh. Most of these chapels have now closed, with many converted to other uses, the urban district includes what were once the separate villages of Aberaman, Abernant, Cwmaman, Cwmbach, Cwmdare, Llwydcoed, Penywaun and Trecynon. There are several cairns and the remains of a circular British encampment on the mountain between Aberdare and Merthyr. This population growth, a result of the growth of the coal trade was increasingly concentrated in the previously agricultural areas of Blaengwawr. Many of the came from the rural parts of west Wales which had been affected by an agricultural depression. Population levels continued to increase over the forty years, albeit with a small decline in the 1870s. The first decade of the 20th century saw a sharp increase, largely as a result of the steam coal trade. The population has declined owing to the loss of most of the heavy industry. Welsh was the prominent language until the mid 20th century and Aberdare was an important centre of Welsh language publishing, a large proportion of the early migrant population were Welsh speaking, and in 1851 only ten per cent of the population had been born outside of Wales. Griffiths meanwhile, was vicar of Merthyr in order to escape local anger
Bow Street is a thoroughfare in Covent Garden, Westminster, London. It connects Long Acre, Russell Street and Wellington Street, and is part of a route from St Giles to Waterloo Bridge, the street was developed in 1633 by Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford for residential purposes. A number of people lived here in the 17th and 18th centuries, including Oliver Cromwell and Robert Harley. Bow Street is around 0.1 miles long and runs between Russell Street and Long Acre, to the east of Covent Garden, south of Russell Street, the road continues as Wellington Street towards The Strand. As with several streets in the local area, signs featuring its name are marked with the Theatreland logo. The street has historically been part of a route from St Giles to Waterloo Bridge. The nearest tube station is Covent Garden, No bus services run along Bow Street, though the route of London Buses route RV1 is close by. Bow Street was formerly part of a B road, numbered B401, along with Wellington Street, the area around Bow Street was first developed by Francis Russell, 4th Earl of Bedford in 1633. Buildings were first erected on the west side of the street that year and it was eventually built on around 1673-7, with eleven properties constructed. The street was named Bow Street in 1638 after its basic shape and it was always the Earls intention to extend it as far as Long Acre, but this was delayed. Bow Street had a number of residents in the 17th and 18th centuries. Oliver Cromwell moved to the street in 1645, Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford was born there in 1661. Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset lived here around 1685, the woodcarver Grinling Gibbons had premises on Bow Street between 1678 and 1721, while the physician John Radcliffe stayed on the street in the 1680s. Author and scribe John Ayres stayed at Bow street during the late 17th century, the actor-manager David Garrick lived at No.6 between 1742–4 while Charles Macklin stayed in the street between 1743–8. Wills Coffee House was founded at No.71 Bow Street in 1671 by William Urvin and it became popular during the 1690s, extending to No.20 Russell Street, and survived until 1751. Many residents moved away from Bow Street after the theatre was established in the early 18th century, life in the street declined and became known for pornography and prostitution. The publisher Edmund Curll lived at No.2 during this time, in the following legal dispute, Robinsons legal team accused the Commissioners surveyor of being prejudiced against prostitution. The building was demolished, but made little difference to the areas reputation, in 1844, a resident suggested the street should be renamed as a continuation of Wellington Street to distance itself from the reputation Bow Street had acquired
Cardiff Grange Harlequins A.F.C.
Cardiff Grange Harlequins are a Welsh football team originating in Grangetown, Cardiff. The teams first choice strip is red shirts, black shorts and their second strip is gold and black shirts, black shorts and black socks. They used to play their football at Cardiff Athletics Stadium in Leckwith, the Quins were formed in 1935, and progressed in the 1990s from parks football into the Welsh League, via the FAW Pyramid system. The club won the Welsh League Challenge Cup in 1995, in the 2005/2006 season, they played in the Welsh Premier League. However, a lack of finances and fan support led to the departure of key players, leaving the club to rely on youth, the Quins remained rooted to the bottom of the table, and never looked able to avoid relegation. A second relegation followed in 2006/7, and the prospects of returning to the Premier in the short term look slim. With the demolition of the old Cardiff Athletics Stadium in 2007 Grange Quins lost their home ground, both clubs have rarely been in the same division, but the rivalry resumed in 2014-15 with the Corinthians relegation to Division 3. In 2014-15 the Cardiff Grange Harlequins resigned from the Welsh League towards the end of the season, the team continues to play in the Cardiff & District League, though with none of the players that played in the Welsh League. They use the facilities at Pontcanna Fields as their home ground
UWIC Inter Cardiff F.C.
Founded as UWIC Inter Cardiff in 2000, by the merger of Inter Cardiff F. C and UWIC F. C. the club changed its name to Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2012. The club has had a chequered history experiencing turbulent times and many name changes, the club was formed by a series of mergers and name changes. Firstly, Lake United renamed themselves A. F. C. In 1990, they were taken over by Sully F. C to form Inter Cardiff FC and then joined the Konica League of Wales. In 1996, but reverted to Inter Cardiff FC in 1999. Meanwhile, the team of Cardiff College of Education was developing, the team went through a series of name changes, mirroring the name changes of the institution it represented. The team was known as Cardiff College of Education F. C. They became South Glamorgan Institute F. C. in 1979, Cardiff Institute of Higher Education F. C. in 1990, in 2000, Inter Cardiff merged with Cardiff Metropolitan University to form UWIC Inter Cardiff F. C. The teams nicknames by fans included The International, The Sheep or The Divs, the Seagull on the teams logo originated from the Sully connection. They changed their name again in the summer of 2012 to Cardiff Metropolitan University F. C. On 3 May 2016, Cardiff Met confirmed their place in the Welsh Premier League after Caernarfon Town and Denbigh Town failed to secure licenses to play in the top flight of Welsh football. 1, League games only2, Name reverted to UWIC at end of season.3, Relegated as part of League reorganization4, in the 1994–95 tournament they lost 0–8 over two legs to Katowice of Poland in the Preliminary round. They also played Scottish giants Celtic F. C. in the 1997–98 season, in 1999–00 they lost 1–2 to Gorica of Slovenia over two legs in the 1st qualifying round. They qualified for the 1999–00 FAW Premier Cup but failed to progress from the group stage, squad for 2016/17 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Cardiff International Sports Stadium
The Cardiff International Sports Stadium, is an athletics stadium in the Leckwith area of Cardiff, Wales. The stadium opened in 2009 as part of the major Leckwith Development, which included a new football and rugby stadium, the Cardiff City Stadium, and a retail park. In July 2015, Cardiff Council let the stadium and its grounds to Cardiff and Vale College and this lease runs for 30 years as a result of which the stadium is no longer open to the public during the day, although evening opening is unaffected. The original completion date of the stadium building and floodlighting of the running track was moved back from May 2008 to early September 2008. The stadium has replaced the older Cardiff Athletics Stadium, which has been demolished as part of the overall Leckwith development, the £5. 7million project took 46 weeks to build. The official opening of Cardiff International Sports Stadium was on 19 January 2009, Stadium capacity is 4,953,2,553 seated and 2,400 standing. The stadium includes a gym, AstroTurf pitches, meeting rooms and it includes the headquarters of Welsh Athletics—the sports governing body for Wales—and Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club. Sport in Cardiff Cardiff International Sports Stadium website
Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and the eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom. The city is the chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural and sporting institutions, the Welsh national media. The unitary authority areas mid-2011 population was estimated to be 346,100, the Cardiff metropolitan area makes up over a third of the total population of Wales, with a mid-2011 population estimate of about 1,100,000 people. Cardiff is a significant tourist centre and the most popular destination in Wales with 18.3 million visitors in 2010. In 2011, Cardiff was ranked sixth in the world in National Geographics alternative tourist destinations, the city of Cardiff is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan. Cardiff is part of the Eurocities network of the largest European cities, the Cardiff Urban Area covers a slightly larger area outside the county boundary, and includes the towns of Dinas Powys and Penarth. A small town until the early 19th century, its prominence as a port for the transport of coal following the arrival of industry in the region contributed to its rise as a major city. Cardiff was made a city in 1905, and proclaimed the capital of Wales in 1955, since the 1980s, Cardiff has seen significant development. A new waterfront area at Cardiff Bay contains the Senedd building, home to the Welsh Assembly, sporting venues in the city include the Millennium Stadium, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff International Sports Stadium and Cardiff Arms Park. The city was awarded the title of European City of Sport twice, due to its role in hosting major sporting events, first in 2009. The Millennium Stadium hosted 11 football matches as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics, including the opening event. Caerdydd derives from the earlier Welsh form Caerdyf, the change from -dyf to -dydd shows the colloquial alteration of Welsh f and dd, and was perhaps also driven by folk etymology. This sound change had probably first occurred in the Middle Ages, Caerdyf has its origins in post-Roman Brythonic words meaning the fort of the Taff. The fort probably refers to that established by the Romans, the anglicised form Cardiff is derived from Caerdyf, with the Welsh f borrowed as ff /f/, as also happens in Taff and Llandaff. As English does not have the vowel the final vowel has been borrowed as /ɪ/, although some sources repeat this theory, it has been rejected on linguistic grounds by modern scholars such as Professor Gwynedd Pierce. A group of five Bronze Age tumuli is at the summit of The Garth, four Iron Age hill fort and enclosure sites have been identified within Cardiffs present-day county boundaries, including Caerau Hillfort, an enclosed area of 5.1 hectares. The fort was one of a series of military outposts associated with Isca Augusta that acted as border defences, the fort may have been abandoned in the early 2nd century as the area had been subdued. However, by this time a settlement, or vicus, was established
Cwmamman United A.F.C.
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Presteigne St. Andrews F.C.
Presteigne St. Andrews Football Club are a Welsh football club from Presteigne, Powys. The club currently play in the Mid Wales Football League, with a team playing in the Mid Wales South Football League. The clubs home colours are red and black striped shirts with black shorts, during the 2005-06 season the club welcomed The New Saints for the inauguration of the new floodlight at Llanandras Park, in front of a record crowd. Presteigne St Andrews FC Reserves compete in the Mid Wales South league The clubs most successful recent season was in 2006-07 when the club were crowned Mid Wales Football League champions, however, the club refused entry to the Cymru Alliance. Currently Presteigne St Andrews FC are playing in the Spar Mid Wales League Division 2 after relegation in season 2010-2011