PICTURE by Wynne Evans shows the Arriva Bangor team of 2017/18.
IN THE latest bit of awful news for local football, Arriva Bangor have decided to take a year out from the game.
The Busmen took the Anglesey League by storm having made the step up from Sunday League football in 2017 and went on to win three trophies in their first two seasons.
Stars such as Scott Hughes, who scored more than 150 goals in just three seasons, stood out as the club enjoyed some fantastic moments in the AL.
However, ahead of the North Wales Coast Division One (tier five) season starting on July 3, Arriva manager Kevin Jones has put out a statement confirming that they will be taking a break from the game.
The statement read: “It is after much deliberation and with a heavy heart that I regret to inform you that Arriva FC will be withdrawing from the North Wales Coast Football League for the forthcoming season.
“Since the return of football following the first national lockdown, we had built a strong squad capable of competing well in the new Tier 5 league. Unfortunately, after the league was cancelled for the 2020/21 and the subsequent second lockdown, many of our players decided to leave the club to concentrate on work commitments, some transferring to clubs in a higher league and with others moving to university in the next couple of months, building a squad has become too much of a challenge.
“The demands placed on grassroot clubs by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) since the introduction of the COMET system and new ground criteria, has also taken it’s toll and is the primary reason for this decision. For 8 long years I have single handedly filled the role of Chairman, Treasurer, Club Secretary, Kit man and Manager and many other roles required to run a football club. It is simply too much work and too much commitment for one man.
“Nevertheless, despite the hard work and commitment, I am extremely proud of the club’s achievements in our short history. From starting out as a Sunday League team back in 2013, with the majority of our players being bus drivers, to then go on and win the Sunday League Cup in 2015/16 before moving to the Saturday Leagues and winning the Carboot Trophy and Elias Cup in 2017/18 and then retaining the Carboot Trophy again in 2018/19.
“The club will take a year out and my focus will be on rebuilding the club with a strong committiee and a good group of lads. To my players, our sponsors and all who have supported the club over the years, thank you for everything. We will be back.
Over the last year and a bit, we have lost a number of clubs from the local area.
Bethesda-based Ogwen Tigers were among the first, along with Pentraeth Reserves who competed in the Anglesey League in 2019/20. The club had won the Anglesey League in their very first season when they were known as Mynydd Tigers in 2017/18.
In 2021, we have lost so many more – Gwynedd League side and one of the island’s giants, Bro Goronwy, were one of the first. Historically speaking, they are one of the biggest clubs on the island having won so much silverware, including the prestigious NWCFA Junior Cup on three occasions, most recently in 2018/19.
This was followed by the demise of the hard-working Llandegfan FC who had seemed to be turning a corner before having to fold.
Then came the news of Trearddur Bay Bulls folding just last week after many players had departed the club in recent weeks.
There is however much better news coming out of CPD Y Fali today as the club, who had been struggling behind the scenes in recent weeks, announced that they are ‘ready to compete’ in tier five in 21/22.
A statement from the club, tan by Dan Jones and Marc Wilson, read: “We would like to announce that we as a club are finally in a position to move forward and competing in the new season ahead.
“After our original post two weeks ago reaching out for help in the running of the club and also looking for new players we have been overwhelmed with the support from the new and existing players and others wishing to help the club in anyway possible.
“We would like to thank everyone and we look forward to July 3rd where we kick off our season at home to Llanfair PG FC. New signings will be up shortly.”
Commiserations to all at Arriva, I hope you are able to come back strong in the near future.
It’s great news from Fali who have shown fantastic determination to get through what are tough times for all clubs at the moment.