North Wales Footballing Families: Cefni FC Special!

PICTURE by Cefni FC shows Hugh Alan, Nathan Lewis, Lee Lewis and Graham Jones.

LLANGEFNI-BASED Cefni FC may have only been around a few years – but they deserve a mention in this series for the several family links they have had/still have to this day at the club.

Formed in 2018, the club was first led in the Anglesey League by Peter Twigg, and Chris Davies during the 2018/19 season, before club captain Graham “Squeeze” Jones stepped us as manager along with Danny Taylor.

Cefni’s debut campaign saw them stun many a side – including eventual AL champions Bryngwran Bulls who they beat during the season – and they impressed as they secured a top four finish.

Last season, they were hit by an 18 point deduction for fielding ineligible players but did claw their way back into credit before the season was called off abruptly due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Over the last few seasons, quite a few family ties have been involved at the club.

Player-manager Graham Jones (pictured on the right above with his brother), who was a key figure on the field as a centre back in the club’s first season in the Anglesey League being one of the best defenders in the division, has been joined on the pitch several times by brother Hugh Alan who is a very versatile and dedicated player himself and most often plays in centre mid.

Alongside those two you have the Lewis brothers; Nathan, Lee and Paul.

Striker Nathan (above) was the club’s first ever official goalscorer and went onto score 13 goals in total for Cefni in 2017/18. One of the highlight’s of his season personally came when he netted in the 2-1 win over former club Bryngwran Bulls – who he had scored in the 2-1 Dargie Cup final over Mynydd Tigers for just a season earlier.

A pacey forward, Nathan joined Gwynedd League side Caergybi in 2019/20 and scored a handful of goals for the club before the season was called off early.

Brother Lee (above) has been another influential player for the club ever since it was formed. A hard-working midfielder, he was again ever-present last season. He scored four goals in that campaign – the most important of which was when he scored the winner and the only goal of the game as Cefni pulled off a cup upset to dump league runners-up Mountain Rangers out of the Elias Cup back in September 2019.

Although Paul (below) has been less frequent than those two in the Cefni line-up, he has also been a very reliable player when called upon during the last two seasons mainly playing as a forward.

Another set of brothers; Michael and Connor Sweetman have also represented the club in the past. Michael was a defender and Connor was a winger.

Previously, Cefni have also had former Welsh Premier player Mark Thomas (on the left below) on the books at the club. The former Bangor City player scored five goals for the club in 2019/20 before departing to become manager of Gwynedd League club Llangoed early on in the campaign and guiding them to an eighth place finish in a tough league.

A season earlier, his son Cai, who is a winger, was also playing for Cefni. The pair had also played alongside one another at Arriva Bangor previously.

As well as that, a few members of the squad have family members who play their game elsewhere.

Centre back Henry Caldecott has already featured in this series alongside his brother Alfie who plays for Penmaenmawr Phoenix. Fellow Cefni defender Dan Gregg had a moment to remember last season when his side took on Hotspur Reserves in the Anglesey League as he came up against his nephew Casey Gregg.

A great club with great family traditions and one that is well and truly on the up at the moment having recently returned to play at their Isgraig pitch and agreed a partnership with Llangefni Town – who play in the JD Cymru North (tier two).

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