PICTURE by Wynne Evans
WITH not much football going on at the moment, it’s hard to know what to write about at times on here.
That, along with my day job of being a journalist, have slowed me down on the blog recently. So, I think it’s about time I get going once more.
With that in mind, here’s a look back at what the Bryngwran Bulls’ (now Trearddur Bay Bulls) Anglesey League title-winners of 2018/19 are up to these days (other than being stuck at home in lockdown!).
A lot has changed in the last two years or so …
The best goalkeeper in the league that particular season (officially confirmed when he was chosen for the GK of the Season award by the league committee).
Despite being a winger for Valley in the season prior, and banging in 23 goals, Druce returned to playing between the sticks in this particular year and he was superb throughout (Despite a few red cards along the way!).
Was again brilliant for the club upon their promotion to the Gwynedd League last season and has just re-signed again with the Bulls ahead of the 2020/21 season (if that ever takes place!)
Commanding and assured central defender who is also evidently quite difficult to beat in the air due to his height.
Was ever-present for The Bulls in 2018/19 and even played up top and scored a few goals along the way too when manager Richard Owen fancied a change in style of play.
After a highly-successful two seasons with the Bulls, Anton has now moved on to pastures new as he has signed for Dale Moffat’s promising looking Caergybi side ahead of the new season.
A solid midfielder who was a great option for the Bulls after he made the switch from Valley, where he had been a real star player.
His particular highlight came when he bagged both goals in the Elias Cup final as the Bulls beat Arriva Bangor 2-0 at Nantporth to secure their first of two pieces of silverware that season.
It’s not yet been confirmed where the Greek midfielder will end up next season.
One of the best defenders in the Anglesey League for many a season, Jones was particularly brilliant in 2018/19.
He can play anywhere across the back line, and despite not being the tallest player, he is still a quality centre back who’s quick and strong in the tackle too.
As football fans, we don’t often look at defenders as players we enjoy watching but for me, I have always admired the positional awareness of Jones and seeing just how effortless it is for him to control that back line at times.
He has now moved onto pastures new and signed for tier four side Gwalchmai ahead of the 2020/21 season.
One of the club’s longest-serving players who has played in nearly every position on the field during his time there – including in goal.
‘Awi’ (middle above being mobbed by team mates) has now spent more than a decade playing for the club and is most usually deployed as a defender/midfielder, providing plenty of experience and options for the team.
He is now heading for his eleventh season with the Bulls.
One of the quickest players in the AL on his day, Meyer can play both as a winger and as a full-back and was again a reliable player for the club to call upon for many a season under Richard Owen.
Last season, he signed for Holyhead Town as they were beginning to re-form a good side before the coronavirus pandemic took place. He is remaining with David Jones and Stephen Owen’s side ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Captain, leader and some might even argue legend!
Jones, along with Arwyn Williams, is the Bulls’ longest-serving player and was also one of the best midfielders in the Anglesey League during his time in it.
He’s a central midfielder who loves to get stuck into the tackle, can play a great long ball pass and is never, ever quiet, constantly guiding his team mates through every minute of their matches.
Upon winning the AL in 2018/19, Jones was again captain of the club in the GL last season, where he scored eight goals in all competitions and again proved that he’s one of the best around in the lower divisions.
He has just re-signed for his eleventh season with the Bulls.
A classy midfielder who often ran the show for the Bulls in 2018/19. The former Aberffraw player’s composure and technical abilities put him streets ahead of some of the other players in the Anglesey League.
As with Kontodios, it’s not yet confirmed where Reynolds will play in 2020/21, although he was spotted playing in a friendly for Llangoed two weeks ago so that may just be a clue there!
Highly-reliable full-back/winger who is always comfortable on the ball and confident too.
Former Llanfairpwll player Verburg was a consistent starter in the title-winning side of 2018/19 and proved to be a top-quality defender who played with a lot of heart.
Last season, he played for Pentraeth who he has signed for once again ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
Attacker who picked up 12 goals in the 2018/19 season for The Bulls and was a threat from out wide with his speed, tricks and determination.
Last season, he returned to former club Valley and scored eight goals before going away to join the marines. He then re-signed for the Bulls but didn’t play as the season was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, he has re-signed for the club again ahead of 2020/21.
One of the most exciting young players in the division in 2018/19, Thomas burst onto the scene with some impressive displays for The Bulls and was something of an unsung hero in their title-winning campaign.
The 19-year-old shined through whenever he got the chance to play before making the switch to Bodorgan last season where he was again a star player, hitting six goals.
He has again re-signed with Bod ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
One of the surprise stars of that title-winning Bulls season, Owen transferred over midway through from Pentraeth Reserves and became an instant hit at the club.
Between Pentraeth and the Bulls that season, the forward managed 16 goals – including one on the day they officially won the title with a 3-0 win over Arriva Bangor in Gaerwen. Owen was always a handful when playing up top and contributed well when called upon in the absence of Craig Moore, who was injured earlier on in the season.
This summer, after bagging a further 15 goals for The Bulls in the Gwynedd League last season, Owen has transferred over to 2019/20 Anglesey League champions Cemaes Bay who he will no doubt prove to be another highly useful addition to.
One of the most underrated players in the Anglesey League in recent years in my humble opinion. He often goes unnoticed, but make no mistake about it, Roberts is a real talent.
In this particular season, the quick and powerful winger popped up with 18 goals for Richard Owen’s Bulls, placing him as the club’s second top goalscorer that season.
After seemingly signing for Glantraeth ahead of the 2020/21 season, it now appears that Roberts will instead be plying his trade at Holyhead Town, who confirmed the player had signed with them last week alongside former Bulls team-mate James Ryan.
More often than not 57 goals would quite comfortably win you the Golden Boot award. However, unfortunately for Moore, in 2018/19 Caergybi’s former Bulls forward James Ryan was breaking records left, right and centre and topped his tally by 14 goals to place him on a ridiculous 71 for the season.
With the latter since having moved onto Glantraeth and now Holyhead Town ahead of the new season, Moore’s journey took him to Holyhead Hotspur last season where he played for both the first team and the Reserves and was again a consistent goalscorer, hitting 12 in fewer appearances in the Anglesey League. He then returned to The Bulls later in the season, picking up a further four goals before the season was curtailed.
During the Bulls’ title-winning season, ‘Midge as he’s known, was on fire bagging 57 goals with his pace and eye for a goal even from free-kicks placing him as one of the division’s deadliest goal-getters (just don’t mention penalties to him – if you know, you know!).
He has now stepped up a division to tier four with Gwalchmai, where he’ll be joined by fellow former Bull John Jones.
Richard Owen (manager)
Finally got his just rewards for his long-service to the club as they picked up the Anglesey League title in 2018/19, after years of missing out. The season prior, they had lost out on the final day of the season to a youthful Mynydd Tigers side.
Owen, who had managed the side since its Sunday League days, had won several cups over the years, but the AL title, along with promotion to the Gwynedd League was the final piece in the jigsaw for both himself and assistant Carwyn Jones.
After guiding the club to an impressive top four finish last season in the Gwynedd League, and having been top of the league for a long period of time too, Owen stepped down as Bulls boss a few months ago due to family commitments. He is someone that I’ll always have a lot of time for as he helped me out big time when I first started the blog, so will always be grateful for that. Hopefully we will see him (and everyone else for that matter!) back on the touchline someday soon!
He is succeeded at the Bulls by former Holyhead Town manager Derek Thomas.
FACTS about the Bulls’ title winning season …
Goals scored: 91
Goals against: 33
Top three scorers: Craig Moore (57 goals), Matty Roberts (18 goals) and Jerome Sillence (13 goals)
Captain: Iolo Jones