North Wales Footballing Families: The Bentley’s

ARTICLE BY KEANE WEBSTER

IN MY opinion, one of Anglesey Football’s most talented families are the Bentleys.

From father Rob, who has played professionally, to his eldest son Mike, who has followed in his fathers footsteps in between the sticks, to the youngest Kaine, who didn’t fancy the goalkeeping shift, but still thrives in midfield and attack. This is a well credited run down on the talented trio’s careers and what they’re up to these days.

ROB BENTLEY

Rob with some Mike Bentley.

A loud and commanding voice that can still be heard on the sidelines today. As a player, Rob was fearless and a talent that won’t ever be forgotten about.

Even after his retirement, when he taught me goalkeeping at Trearddur Bay, you could see that he was clearly very good in his playing days, which brought a level of respect like no other.

An intimidating voice on the football pitch, but a true and genuine man off it, Rob played most of his career for Trearddur Bay. During his season in the U16s with Trearddur Bay, he won every single trophy available to them.

Due to consistent, outstanding performances throughout the season, Rob’s hard work was credited when he was offered a trial at QPR. Unluckily for Rob, his trial did prove to be unsuccessful, and he took two years out of the game after this.

He then bounced back with Bay again and what a very successful return it proved to be. He won 3 Dargie Cups and, for the first and only time in Trearddur Bay’s history, the prestigious North Wales Cup.

Rob Bentley catches a cross.

After 8 years spent with the seniors, Rob felt it was time for him to hang up his gloves and take a step into a new side of the game he loved. He took a path into coaching with his good friend, Kevin Jones. His coaching career saw him with the Trearddur Bay juniors side from U10s to U16s.

As much as I can’t comment on his illustrious playing career, I for one, know that coaching is another role in which he excels at. With the love of the sport like his, and an action packed, high level career like his own, there was no way his two boys would go on to miss out on putting the boots or gloves on as soon as possible.

MIKE BENTLEY

PIC: Llanerchymedd FC.

As with his father, Mike spent a little time training me as a goalkeeper during my days at Treaddur Bay and it was clear he knew what he was doing.

Starting football at 9 years old, for Trearddur Bay, Mike played for T-Bay all the way through to U16s, in between the sticks. At 16, after making consistent impressive performances, he signed for Trearddur Bay’s senior reserve team where he would play a game for the juniors in the morning, and then a game for the seniors in the afternoon.

PIC: Holyhead Town FC.

After 2 years within the senior side set up, Mike decided it was time for a change. Gaerwen signed the young keeper and he continued in the same fashion as before, impressing with the club.

However, his career at Gaerwen was short lived, and he soon moved on to Holyhead Town. Spending two years at Holyhead before the side folded, Mike decided to put a halt to football for a bit.

Despite not playing since leaving Town, I’m sure that once he’s back into it, he will pick up where he left off as the talent, as with all the family, will always be there.

KAINE BENTLEY

Kaine after scoring a goal. PIC: Holyhead Town FC.

After playing alongside Kaine for three years, I can guarantee that the praise he gets from so many people is fully deserved.

He’s a versatile player with a brilliant eye for the game and he has a great understanding of the game as well as the ability. He has it all!

As expected, It didn’t take long for Kaine to put the boots on and start his own career and the first stop was with Trearddur Bay juniors at Under 7s level in the 2010/2011 season.

Kaine later moved onto Bodedern Juniors for U9s before finding himself offered a place in the Bangor Academy side. After a steady couple years there, from U11s to U14s, Kaine found himself playing for Llangefni where he impressed week in week out and went on to pick up many awards.

After the season of 2015/16, Kaine decided to put football to rest when he picked up boxing – and he’s also very talented within the ropes, taking down opponents for fun and had started to build a very promising boxing career.

However, 2017 saw Kaine have a change of heart and decide to step away from any sport. But, the new decade would see a revived Kaine Bentley!

With the strength and eagerness to go again, Kaine joined Holyhead Town (in the Anglesey League) aged 16 and has impressed ever since. For me, he is one of the most talented youngsters in that division and has a promising future ahead of him for sure.

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