PICTURE by Wynne Evans
A MAN of many talents – Carl Hagan – is now looking forward to his latest challenge in Anglesey football, as manager of a new ladies football club.
A well-recognised face on the island (and not just for his brilliant fundraising videos which have put a smile on many a face!) – Hagan has enjoyed success as both a player and a referee over the years.
As a midfielder/striker, the 45-year-old turned out for Cemaes Bay, Glantraeth, Gaerwen, Holyhead Hotspur, Amlwch Town and Trearddur Bay United (below) during a glistening career on the island, during which he played at all levels of the Welsh pyramid – including the top flight.
He won the Cookson Cup with Cemaes Bay when Colin Hawkins was in charge there and also won several individual accolades including Player of the Season and Top Goalscorer. Hagan was also selected to represent North Wales and even spent time at Tranmere Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Port Vale.
Upon retiring from the game in 2015, he took up refereeing and since then has become a highly-respected official who has taken charge of matches at several levels across the Welsh pyramid – including both men and women’s matches and when the Island Games Football Tournament, which saw Ynys Mon men’s side take gold and the women’s team win silver medals, came to the island in the summer of 2019.
Now, he says he’s ‘excited’ to be part of a new challenge on the local football scene as he takes up the manager role at the newly-formed Llangefni Town Ladies FC.
It was announced earlier this week, that Llangefni would be only the third location on Anglesey to currently have a women’s team after Amlwch Town and Trearddur Bay.
The club will begin its journey in the North Wales Ladies Recreational League.
Looking towards the future, Hagan (above) said: “I am excited with this opportunity to be Llangefni Ladies manager and thank them for this role. My aim is to be successful and help promote women’s football on Anglesey further.
“This new team on the island will be a massive boost for women’s local football. My aim in our 1st season is to hold a decent position in the recreational league and help the progress of the players especially the younger players and not to forget to make sure everybody enjoys the beautiful game and plays with smiles on there faces. Roll on the season now.”
One of the players set to take to the pitch with Llangefni Town Ladies in the near future is 19-year-old Elwen Evans.
She says her and a few of her friends she used to play football with in Bangor wanted to ‘play football again’ and began looking into the possibility of getting a team set up in Llangefni.
She said: “I to set up a team because I’d been talking with a few of the girls I used to play with in Bangor who lived on the island about playing football again but we didn’t know who to play for so we thought why not make a team in Llangefni. There used to be a women’s team around 15 years ago in Llangefni.
“We’re hoping to just start and build on team work as most of the girls have never played together before. We’re hoping by next year to be playing in the FAW tier 2 ladies league. We’ve got quite a few ladies lined up to play this season which is exciting!
“I’m looking forward to seeing where the team goes and seeing the progression. I’m also really looking forward to being able to start training and meeting the other women.”