PICTURE by Wynne Evans.
THE Chairman of the Anglesey League has said a heartfelt farewell as the division as we know it comes to an end following 123 years of history.
The Football Association of Wales (FAW)’s shake-up of the leagues in the 2020/21 campaign will see the Anglesey League, along with several other long-standing divisions across the country, be completely re-branded under the FAW’s new criteria system.
After the 2019/20 season officially came to an end this week, and Cemaes Bay were crowned champions, AL Chairman Dennis Bryant wrote one final statement to convey his thoughts.
Mr Bryant, who has held the position of League Chairman for more than 25 years, said: “It’s been very emotional writing this correspondence, having to say farewell to this fantastic and historic league after 123 years, in fact it’s heart-breaking as it’s been a big part of my life for 30+ years. But, as the old saying goes – ‘All good things must come to an end’.
“May I thank you all for your service, input, and time over many years, it’s been well appreciated. It has been an absolute honour for me to have been chairman of this brilliant league for almost 25 years. It’s an honour I will never ever forget.
“Congratulations to Cemaes Bay FC on winning the Unite the Union Anglesey Football League title for season 2019-20, and also Mountain Rangers Fc for securing the Runners-up spot in their first season as members.
“It was certainly not the way anyone wanted this fantastic League to finish with 123 years history but certainly everyone’s health and safety is far more important than a game of football.
“To the rest of the teams in the league, may I say a massive thank you for your contribution and loyalty over the years in keeping the league going and I wish all the clubs in membership all the very best for the next season in the new league structure, keep up the good work.
“I also take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors that have supported clubs and the league over the years. Their generosity and support has been well-appreciated by all concerned, and to all the Referees who have officiated in the league not only last season but some for more seasons than I can remember, a massive thank you too – as without you men in black there would be no football played that’s for sure.
“Finally, I would like to say many thanks to my co-members on the management committee of this historic league, they were just as important as all the clubs and without these dedicated people giving up their valuable time to ensure that the league was run to the highest standard possible it would have been difficult to keep going.”
May I just say myself what a fantastic servant Dennis has been to the Anglesey League (alongside daughter Nerys) and the North Wales Coast FA over the years and wish him all the best whatever he may be doing in future.
Diolch Dennis, your contribution to local football has not gone unnoticed.