PICTURE by Wynne Evans
THE 2021/22 season officially kicks off tonight with a mouth-watering clash between Cemaes Bay and Llanerchymedd in North Wales Coast West Division One (tier five).
For most other clubs (except those who have had matches called off due to players having to self-isolate, i.e. the likes of Llanystumdwy), tier four and five seasons will begin tomorrow afternoon.
With that in mind, here are some of the signings I haven’t yet covered who have made the switch over to their respective new clubs …
Menai Tigers have been busy again this week and have announced the signing of three more players.
Firstly, Liam Bibby (below) has followed fellow Tigers signing Robbie Jones from Bro Goronwy . A versatile player, he impressed during his time with Holyhead Town in the Anglesey League last season.
Defensive midfielder/centre back Andy Jones has returned to the game with the Tigers after a few years out having last played for Gwalchmai and left back Matty Hughes has been signed from tier two club Holywell Town.
Having started his football career as a Tigers junior, Hughes returns to the club having enjoyed successful spells at several clubs across north Wales; Bethesda Athletic, Buckley Town, Cefn Druids, Denbigh Town and Conwy Borough to name a few.
The defender boasts an impressive medal haul including a Cymru Alliance title with Cefn Druids, 3 Welsh Alliance titles, 2 North East Wales FA Cups, and also lifted the FAW Amateur Trophy as a member of Conwy Borough’s treble winning side of 2017/18.
Mynydd Llandegai have announced the signing of 18-year-old Gethin Hughes (below).
The goalkeeper joins the Gwynedd club from Colwyn Bay FC. Despite his young age, he is already an experienced player having turned out for the likes of Kinmel Bay and Llandudno Amateurs.
He also played for several academies across North Wales; from Connah’s Quay to Flint Town United.
Cefni have added more experience to their side in the form of Gwynfor Owen and Iwan Jones.
Manager Danny Jones handed Owen his senior debut whilst he was at Pentraeth Reserves. In the 2018/19 season, the powerful forward (above) really began making a name for himself.
He hit 8 for the Reserves before catching the eye of eventual champions Bryngwran (later Trearddur Bay) Bulls. There, under Richard Owen’s guidance, he hit a further 8 goals including one one on the day the Bulls officially won the AL title and promotion to Gwynedd League with a 3-0 win over Arriva Bangor in Gaerwen. Owen was always a handful when playing up top that season and contributed well when called upon in the absence of Craig Moore, who was injured earlier on in the season.
In the 2019/20 campaign, he fired in a further 15 goals for the Bulls in the Gwynedd League. He has been playing for both Cemaes Bay and Caergybi before signing for Cefni last week ahead of the 21/22 season.
Jones (above) is a central midfielder who will bring a wealth of experience and quality along with him to Isgraig.
A product of the Tynygongl academy and a former Gaerwen FC, ‘Tats’ as he’s known, also won the Dargie Cup with Llangefni Town previously.
Adding these two into the mix at Cefni will push them even further towards being serious dark horses for the title in tier five in my opinion.
Elsewhere, Holyhead Town have also strengthened further with the acquisitions of Ian Williams and Anton Williams.
Ian (above), an attacker, will be a well-recognised face to many at lower league level having banged in the goals for the likes of Valley Athletic and Caergybi most recently.
Anton (below) is a tall and commanding centre back and another member of that Bryngwran Bulls side which won the Anglesey League in 2018/19.
He also scored plenty of goals for the Bulls that season and remained with them when they were promoted to the Gwynedd League before joining his most recent club, Caergybi.
The in-form Bethesda Athletic have also announced four new signings.
The club has enjoyed a great pre-season showcasing what it’s mostly youthful squad has to offer under manager Mark Hughes.
Two of the club’s new signings are Hughes sons; Noa and Osian, who will team up with brother Daniel who was already at Pesda (the three of them are pictured together below).
Osian signs having previously played for Conwy Borough and Bangor City at tier two level and Noa was previously with Bangor City Academy.
The club has also signed 24-year-old Dion Williams, a reliable full back/defensive midfielder who played for Bangor 1876, Blaenau Ffestiniog and Bro Goronwy most recently.
Finally, Hughes has also signed experienced forward Mike Lundstram (below).
He’s a well-known name on the North Wales football scene, having played for the likes of Llandudno, Denbigh Town and more down the years.
His knowledge of the game will no doubt be vital to the younger players in the team.
Waunfawr manager Steven Hughes have confirmed six new signings for the club this week.
Having beaten Mountain Rangers 2-1 for the Robert Fruits Trophy just last week, the club has followed up that success by unveiling some of its new players via social media.
Dion Allen, Iwan Bohana, Josh Williams, Jason Owen, Dêf Parry and Hywel Jones have all signed on the dotted line at the club.
Parry (above) is best known for ending Llandegfan’s two-and-a-half year wait for a win in January 2019, when he scored both of their goals in a 2-1 win at Pentraeth Reserves.
Meanwhile, Llangoed have added some much needed experience to their ranks with the signing of Colin Ball, who joins from the now-defunct Arriva Bangor.
He’s a defensive midfielder who is a tireless worker in the middle of the park and was part of the Mynydd (later Ogwen) Tigers who won the Anglesey League in their first season as a club in 2017/18.
Llanerchymedd have also bolstered their ranks – announcing three new signings before tonight’s 1-0 win over Cemaes Bay.
Pacy attacker Llion Vaughan (below) has joined from Gaerwen, former Trearddur Bay Bulls winger Gwion Owen has also signed up and left back Ryan Thomas Jones has switched over from Cemaes Bay.
Both Vaughan and Jones have been a big part of the club in the past.