Bangor 1876, Bodedern Athletic and more in our latest bumper transfer round-up

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IT’S BEEN awhile since we put together a transfer round-up in AFE.

And as such, this is probably the biggest list of players we’ve put together so far.

Plenty of transfers that we’ve missed over the past few weeks to catch up on so here they are from both tier four and tier five!

TIER FOUR

Bangor 1876 have announced a brilliant double signing in the form of veteran goalkeeper Ben Heald and talented attacker Harry Galeotti.

Vastly-experienced Ben, 39, who is from Llanfairpwll, has enjoyed a fantastic 20-year-long career both with clubs on the island and beyond.

He began his footballing journey with Llanfairpwll Reserves in 1999 before short spells with Llangefni and Glantraeth. He then returned to the Reserves in 2002 before moving on up to Llanfair’s first team in 2003, spending three years there.

Ben (above) then moved to Caernarfon Town in 2006, before going on to play for Llanfairpwll again (2006 to 2009), Bangor City (2008/09), Llanfairpwll (2009 to 2011), Rhyl (2010/11), Holyhead Hotspur (2011 to 2013), Glantraeth (2015 and 2017) and finally Conwy Borough (2017 to 2020).

As number one at many a great club, Ben was selected as the Anglesey League Goalkeeper of the Year whilst with Llanfairpwll at the end of a memorable 2002/03 season. The talented shot-stopper has also represented his island on three occasions for the Ynys Mon men’s side which plays at Island Games Tournament.

He has also added the JW Lees Trophy (2000/01), the Elias Cup (2000/01), four Cookson Cups (2011/12, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18), an FAW Trophy (2017/18) and three Welsh Alliance league titles to his trophy cabinet during a glittering career.

Attacker Galeotti (below) scored his first goal for 1876 in their 9-0 win away at Amlwch Town in the league earlier this week.

PIC: Bangor 1876

Signed from tier two Conwy Borough, the talented forward started his career in the Llanfairpwll junior set-up before joining the Bangor City academy.

He then progressed to senior football where he played for Glantraeth, Llangefni and Holyhead Hotspur. Galeotti then gained experience of tier 2 football with Conwy Borough, where he was a regular during the 2019-20 season.

He also played in Bangor University’s famous 6-0 Varsity win away to Aberystwyth where he provided four assists, and has also been in the Welsh Universities football squad.

Elsewhere, Bodedern Athletic have bolstered their ranks significantly with the signing of Jordie Murphy,

The attacking midfielder (below) joined newly-promoted JD Cymru North (tier two) side Holyhead Hotspur last year, having once progressed through the youth ranks of.

PIC: Llangefni Town FC

He played in that division during the 2019/20 season too when he starred for Chris Roberts’ Llangefni Town side, having previously played for the likes of Trearddur Bay United and Gaerwen in the Welsh Alliance leagues. Whilst with the Bay, he won the WA1 title alongside brother Dale in 2015/16, scoring 12 goals and then hit 13 there the season after.

2017/18 saw Jordie score 28 goals for Holyhead Town as they were crowned Gwynedd League champions and further back than that of course, in that 11/12 season Morawelon won the treble, Jordie notched 29 goals as he began to establish himself as a great player on the island.

By now, he’s won the Anglesey League, Gwynedd League and Welsh Alliance One titles, as well as the NWCFA Junior Cup and the Bet Fred Trophy twice and will no doubt be looking to add more silverware to his cabinet with Boded this season.

Penrhyndeudraeth have secured the signings of former Llanrug United pair Kevin Lloyd and Dylan Owen.

Lloyd’s (below) senior career in North Wales goes as far back as 2004/05, when he was Player of the Season at Y Felinheli – after previously playing for Everton and Wrexham’s academies.

Spells at Caernarfon Town and Bontnewydd followed before Lloyd joined the likes of current Caernarfon Town hero Darren Thomas playing in Wales’ top flight for Llangefni Town in 2007/08 – a season which led to relegation for the club. 

He then enjoyed a loan spell at Bangor City before playing for Caernarfon and Llangefni once more, as well as Llanrug United and Conwy Borough.

The 2019/20 season saw the talented forward back at Llanrug with a wealth of experience under his belt and he bagged 10 goals in 19 appearances for the Welsh Alliance One side. In January, he signed for Anglesey League side Mountain Rangers, where he scored three goals before the season came to an end.

Owen (below) on the other hand will also add valuable experience to Iwan Williams side, offering fantastic leadership skills out on the pitch too.

The midfielder’s previous clubs include Wrexham, Caernarfon Town, Rhyl & Llangefni Town.

During the eight seasons he spent at Llanrug, ‘Midge’ made two hundred and twenty nine appearances, while scoring sixty eight goals from midfield and gaining thirty six ‘Man of The Match Awards’.

He twice won the Club’s ‘Player of The Season Award’ 2013/14 and 2015/16 and was the Club’s Top Scorer with fourteen goals in Season 2015/16.

His greatest achievement at the Club was winning the coveted FAW Trophy in 2013/14, and also the Cookson Cup in 2014/15 and the Mawddach Cup in 2016/17.

Glantraeth have signed winger Liam Williams from Aberffraw and also dynamic midfielder Jordie Lees.

Gaerwen, now managed by Vinny Walker and Spud Thomas, have signed goalkeeper Tom Hughes and attacker Shaun Morris from Llanfairpwll.

Gwalchmai have added goalkeeper highly-talented goalkeeper Konner Druce to their squad.

Having previously been a winger with both Caergybi and Valley Athletic in the Anglesey League in 2017/18 (where he scored 24 goals!!), Druce made the switch back to being a GK with the then Bryngwran Bulls a season later.

That would prove to be a fantastic decision from the player (below) and for the club as Richard Owen’s side finally won the Anglesey League and earned promotion to the Gwynedd League after years of going so close previously.

PIC: Wynne Evans

The season after would prove to be an even better for one Druce as he enjoyed a fine season which saw The Bulls finish fourth in their first ever season in the GL and he was deservedly chosen as the leagues Player of the Season for his efforts.

After a brief spell with Llangefni Reserves, he now arrives at an exciting looking Gwalch side.

Adding even more excitement to Liam Ewing’s side is the double signing of brothers Jordan and Jenson Rowlands from Holyhead Town.

Jenson, 17, (below) proved to be one of the brightest young sparks in the Anglesey League for the Harbourmen in 2019/20.

The talented midfielder, even put in a few Man of the Match performances for Stephen Owen’s side and scored his first senior goal in a 3-1 loss at home to Cefni. He played as both an attacking midfielder and a defensive midfielder during the course of the season and showed great potential.

Older brother Jordan, who previously played for Holyhead Hotspur and Trearddur Bay, started last season with Caergybi in the Gwynedd League before joining Town in February 2020.

The defender (below) once also part of Shrewsbury Town’s academy, was part of the Caergybi side which secured a cup double and won promotion to the Gwynedd League in 2018/19 and proven to be a fantastic player to have at the back for both Cybi and Town over the last few seasons.

PIC: Trevor Owen

TIER FIVE

Llanerchymedd have added Gaerwen duo Ryan Wood and Josh Owen to their squad.

Attacker Wood (below in red) marked his Llan debut with a goal in the 5-2 win at Cpd Y Fali on July 31.

PIC: John Elfryn Owen

The 22-year-old, from Brynteg, was once on the books of Llandudno FC and has also previously played for the likes of Menai Tigers and more recently Welsh Alliance Two side Pentraeth who he hit 12 goals for back in 2017/18.

He has long been regarded as a hugely talented and skilful player and is now playing in a squad packed full of quality which will no doubt benefit his game even further.

Midfielder Owen (below) is another one who’s been regarded as a top talent for many years now on Anglesey.

The former Mynydd Llandegai and Pentraeth player will provide a great option for Llan as he can play in a number of positions and will offer great creativity to the aide also.

Talented defender Lewis Connor has also returned to Llanerchymedd from Cemaes Bay.

The 27-year-old (below) has spent his playing career between the two clubs.

PIC: CPD Llanerchymedd FC

The tall and commanding Connor was something of a cup hero for Anglesey League champions Cemaes Bay last season. He had returned to the club alongside a long list of other familiar names in the summer of 2019 as the old band got back together for the Anglesey Leagues last ever season.

And he proved to be a goal scoring star early on too, notching goals in the Elias Cup (2) and Lucas Oil Cup (5), as well as a goal in the 20-0 hammering of Holyhead Town Reserves in the Anglesey League. 

But when January came, Connor decided to make the switch back to Llanerchymedd, where he had again been an influential figures in previous years. With the club having dropped down from the Welsh Alliance to the Gwynedd League, its squad was filled with young players and subsequently ended the season with zero points.

Llangoed have signed attacker Robert Boyes from Glantraeth.

The 19-year-old (in blue below) was top scorer for the now-defunct Llandegfan FC in 2019/20 with 6 goals to his name

He’s a skilful and direct player who should add great creativity to Llangoed’s youthful side.

Cemaes Bay have added Aberffraw midfielder Matty Reynolds and Matty Roberts to their side.

The talented Reynolds (below) has been a brilliant servant to Berffro over the years and won the Anglesey League with Bryngwran Bulls in 2018/19, a year he provides double figures in terms of goals.

He’s a player who can control the middle of the park very well and can be a real game changer for his side.

Winger Roberts switches over to School Lane from Cefni but is best known for his time with the Bulls also.

Back when I started covering local football on a more regular basis back in 2017, he was tearing it up for a successful Bryngwran Bulls team.

Playing under Richard Owen that year the skilful winger (below) was unstoppable, racking up 15 goals as the club secured a cup double (Lucas Oil and Dargie Cups) to add to its ever-growing trophy cabinet.

PIC: Wynne Evans

One of those came in a cup final match when he bagged a goal in the 3-0 victory over Mynydd Tigers to secure the Lucas Oil Cup for the Bulls.

He went a step further in 2018/19 however, scoring 18 goals as the Bulls stampeded their way to finally winning the Anglesey League title and promotion to the Gwynedd League in the process. Roberts also played in the 2-0 Elias Cup final win over Arriva Bangor at Nantporth that season.

In the club’s first season in the GL, Roberts was a bit-part player due to work commitments but still managed four goals during a season cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bay have also signed striker Sam Wiltshire who has recently represented RAF Valley FC.

Waunfawr have signed five new players during the past few weeks.

The experienced Colin Ball and Aled Steele have both signed on for Steven Hughes’ side.

Midfielder Ball (below) was part of the Mynydd Tigers side who won the Anglesey League on the final day of the season v Bryngwran Bulls in 2017/18 and had a massive impact for the club over the years before it folded in 2020.

PIC: Ogwen Tigers

The 40-year-old has plenty of experience of having captained that side also and should prove to be a great signing for the Beganifs.

Attacker Steele (below) has switched over from tier four club Glantraeth who he scored one goal for this season.

PIC: Mountain Rangers FC

He began his senior career with Caernarfon Borough where he also combined playing Sunday League football for Caernarfon Town Supporters club where he won the league title. After securing the league and cup double under Alex Philp at Caeathro F C he followed Philp to Mountain Rangers where he won the 2008/09 Caernarfon & District league title and was voted Rangers young player of the year.

After two seasons at Rangers he returned to Borough for the 2010/11 campaign and added the Caernarfon &District league Cup and Moorings Cup to his collection. Bontnewydd was Aled’s next stop where as top scorer he helped the Cae Stanley club to the runners up spot in the Gwynedd League and was also named as Gwynedd league player of the year.

A pacey player with a great eye for goal and a brilliant addition to the club I’m sure.

Also signed on at Waunfawr over recent weeks are Aaron Parry, Jamie Williams and Cai Ditchburn.

Caergybi have brought in Myles Jones (below) from Bodedern Athletic.

He’s a player who can dominate the midfield well and is never shy of a tackle either. He also has a great passing range.

Yet another fine addition to Dale Moffat’s side who unsurprisingly sit top of the North Wales Coast West Division One table at this moment in time.

Llanfairpwll have added Nathaniel Evans and Thomas Wilkes to their squad.

Defender Evans, 19, has spent the last few seasons with Llangoed in the Gwynedd League and was regarded as a top talent at Tyddyn Paun.

Wilkes, 22, had played in the midfield for Gaerwen, who he provided one goal for before departing the club some weeks ago.

The league’s newest team Bethesda Rovers have signed former Arriva Bangor great Matty Jones (below).

PIC: Richard Gregson

Having been with the Busmen since the Sunday League days, the attacker then captained the club to three trophies in as manager seasons after they moved to the Anglesey League set up in 2017.

A real technically gifted player and a top notch signing for the Rovers.

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