BODED HIT BY AN AVALANCHE
(20/08/14) It took Glantraeth 29 minutes to break down the resistance of a Bodedern side who lacked nothing in commitment. The visitors were unrecognisable from Boded sides of the past with all the familiar names having flown the nest and they gave a good account of themselves in the early stages. Craig Roberts struck the bar for the home side on 17 minutes with Andy Barker blasting over in the follow up but twelve minutes later Roberts made no mistake to put Glan one up and added another ten minutes before the break after a good cross from Brendun Hogan. Within two minutes of the restart a fine run by Steve Jones was rounded off by a tremendous shot from Marcus Orlik to give keeper Connor Hughes no chance. With 67 minutes gone the floodgates began to open as Glan really stepped up the pressure. First Craig Whelan put Steve Jones away down the right and his cross was met at the far post by Craig Roberts to complete his hat-trick then another Steve Cross left Sean Davies with an easy finish to make it 5-0. On 72 minutes yet another Steve Jones cross was finished by Craig Roberts and five minutes later Roberts got his fifth after good work by Orlik. Boded were now clinging on desperately but could not stop Marcus Orlik firing home with nine minutes remaining to make it 8-0 and two further goals from Steve Jones and Sean Davies completed the rout. Final score: Glantraeth 10 Bodedern Athletic 0.
** Craig Roberts now joins an elite group of Richie Evans, Ian Fidler, Nigel Moore and Darren Pritchard to score five goals or more in a game for Glantraeth.
CAR BOOT NEXT MONDAY
(19/08/14) Please note that as well as the weekly Car Boot at Mona next Sunday there will also be one there on the Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August, starting at the usual time of 6.30 am. Also because of a caravan rally at Mona the Car Boot on Sunday 31st August will be at Henblas, Llangristiolus instead. Further details available from Gareth on 07747 890497.
(19/08/14) Manager Warren Gibbs has today signed left sided midfielder Guto Hughes. Aberystwyth born Guto has played Welsh Premier League football with Bangor City and Prestatyn Town. He has also been with Llanfairpwll and is available for selection for tomorrow's game.
IN NEED OF A WIN
(18/08/14) It's rare a side loses 9-0 and 12-2 but wins 5-1 in between so which Bodedern side will turn up on Wednesday? There certainly have been big changes at Boded but we just have to prepare as for any game and give it everything as we are now in urgent need of a win. We have given two promising performances so far but only have a point to show for it. What has pleased me most has been the football we have played and the performances of the younger players in the side who have shown great promise. Things didn't look good early on at Penrhyn but we showed great character in the way we came back and the home side could consider themselves fortunate in the end to get a point. Kick-off is 6.30 am and the referee is Arwyn Griffiths. (SS)
ROLLING BACK THE YEARS
(16/08/14) Two behind after just twelve minutes Glantraeth had a hill to climb at Penrhyndeudraeth today but it was striker Neil Hughes belying the advancing years who was twice on target to earn the visitors a share of the points. In truth it was a game Glantraeth should have won as they took charge after going behind and it was only in the final twenty minutes that the home side really threatened again. Playing with the wind Penrhyn took the lead on ten minutes as Iwan Thomas headed home from a left wing corner and two minutes later things looked bleak for Glan as Mathew Hughes' shot struck the underside of the bar with Steve Jones following up to score. The visitors response was good as they began to threaten at the other end, Steve Jones having a header saved then Craig Whelan's effort was blocked on the line by Tomos Smith. There was a strong shout for penalty as Neil Hughes appeared to be tripped in the box but despite his assistant signalling referee Peter Kewley waved the protests away. On 34 minutes Glan pulled a goal back as Hughes shot went under keeper Melir Ellis. Penrhyn's goal was now under constant pressure with Sion Kyle creating a chance for Marcus Orlik but his shot was too high, Neil Hughes fired inches wide and Ryan Davies shaved the crossbar with a header following a great cross from Kyle. The home keeper did well to block shots from Kyle and Orlik as Glan maintained the pressure after the break although a near post effort from Mathew Hughes was not too far wide as play switched upfield. On the hour mark Glantraeth were level as Brendun Hogan broke forward and although Andy Barker's shot on goal was blocked Neil Hughes made no mistake as the ball broke loose. In the final stages the game really opened up Penrhyn's Hughes seeing a shot blocked on the line by Darren Jones but it was Glan who came closest to a winner in the last five minutes, Steve Jones bringing a point blank save from Ellis then Whelan and Liam McCann struck good shots that were only just off target. Final score: Penrhyndeudraeth 2 Glantraeth 2.
More of Aled's pics will be on club Facebook page during Sunday.
BIG THREE POINTS UP FOR GRABS
(15/08/14) With Penrhyndeudraeth pointless after two games and ourselves looking to gain our first win there is sure to be a real competitive edge to tomorrow's game. Things didn't really go our way on Wednesday when I thought our performance merited a share of the points. There were lots of positives from the game with some of the younger players showing up well. We played some nice football against a strong, well established Llanberis side who we have often struggled to beat. We are in a period of transition at the club in several ways but Warren is quietly building up a strong squad and it shouldn't be too long before we see the benefits, hopefully starting tomorrow. Match referee is Peter Kewley.
Pen pictures page has been updated although there are still one or two pictures to add. Let me know if any information is wrong (Stan)
LLANBERIS TAKE THE POINTS
(13/08/14) Glantraeth had their chances in an evenly contested game and didn't take them, Llanberis did, to run out 3-1 winners. It was a disappointing opening to the season for a new look Glan side who played well enough but the visitors have a nucleus of players who have been together for several seasons now and it showed at times. Glantraeth almost took the lead in the 5th minute as Rory Courlander and Neil Hughes linked up well and only a tremendous point blank save from keeper Louis Williams prevented Courlander scoring. Three minutes later the Gwynedd side went even closer as Guto Llywellyn's shot came back off the bar. The visitors did take the lead on twenty minutes as Dave Jones was left unmarked as a cross came in from the right and he expertly volleyed home. Glan deservedly pulled level eleven minutes later as Steve Jones got on the end of a long ball in from Darren Jones to fire home. There had been little to choose between the two sides but a great finish from Huw Owen on 52 minutes gave the visitors the advantage. Brendun Hogan's pass eight minutes later gave Andy Barker a goal chance but the youngster, who had been impressive on his debut, rushed his shot and fired too high. The game was still evenly balanced but the killer for the home side came five minutes from time as Huw Owen got his second for Llanberis, heading home a left wing cross. There was further bad luck for Glan as Rory Courlander was stretchered off with time almost up.
More pics by Aled will be on club Facebook page tomorrow.
OPENING DAY SQUAD
(11/08/14) Although there will be some players missing for the first week or two of the season due to holidays manager Warren Gibbs goes into the season with the following squad (previous club if not Glantraeth in brackets): Kieran Williams (G/K), Neil Hughes (G/K), Brendun Hogan (Llanfairpwll), Darren Gowans (Menai Bridge), Ryan Davies, Rory Courlander (Holyhead Hotspur), Sion Kyle, Marcus Orlik (Llanberis - pictured), Craig Whelan (Bangor City), Andy Barker (Bangor City), Craig Roberts, Darren Jones, Steve Jones, Liam McCann (Menai Bridge), Aron Owen (Llanfairpwll), Dylan Williams (USA) & Sean Davies (Llanfairpwll). Warren and assistant Neil Hughes are also registered as players.
LLANBERIS FIRST VISITORS
(10/08/14) Llanberis are the visitors on Wednesday, kick-off 6.30 pm, for our delayed start to the season. Admission is £3 this season in line with other first division clubs but we include a free programme while stocks last. It has been a low key build up to the season on the website for Glantraeth while manager Warren Gibbs has been quietly assessing and building his squad for his first season in charge. His management team consists of assistant manager Neil Hughes, player/coach Darren Jones and physio Sion Roberts who has joined after many seasons with Llanfairpwll. Most of our pre-season games have been against lower league teams who are keen to put one over us and all of the games have been very competitive without ever being dirty, no bad thing. I will be updating the website player profiles in the next week or so when all has become clearer.
GAERWEN VERY MUCH ON THE UP
(10/08/14) It's still difficult to believe a game at Glantraeth was called off yesterday because of a wall at Kinmel Bay. Pity the Glantraeth book came out in May I could have added a whole new chapter on that!
With no game I took in Gaerwen v Halkyn and I have to say I was really impressed by how the club has taken on a whole new life. The driving force is undoubtedly chairman Mathew Thomas (thanks for picking up our T shirts Mathew) backed by a strong committee and he clearly is determined to re-emphasise the community appeal of the club. Typical was having young players from the junior sides as ball boys and being involved in the team picture before the game.
I've always liked Gaerwen from Daz Meredith's time. They don't spend time criticising others they just get on with running their own club much as we try to do at Glantraeth. There was a good crowd present, a great atmosphere and even without their two main strikers Gaerwen were by far the better side.
LES HITS THE JACKPOT
(09/08/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 5, 6 & 12. There was one winner of the £1,000 Jackpot, Les Thomas of Malltraeth. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 23rd August.
TOUGH TEST AT VALLEY
(06/08/14) Glantraeth had to work hard for a 2-2 draw this evening against a Valley Athletic side who look like being a real force this season with plenty of well known names amongst their ranks. Craig Roberts got both goals.
SATURDAY'S GAME IS OFF !!!
(04/08/14) The Welsh Alliance have called off next Saturday's home game at the request of Kinmel Bay. They have carried out work at their Leisure Centre ground by building a brick wall without permission and have been told unless it is immediately taken down they will be kicked off the ground. The work has to be carried out this weekend and is being done by club officials and players. That is the short version of the story I was told. For the second season running we miss out on the opening day of the season.
Because of this Warren has taken up the offer of a friendly at Valley Athletic this Wednesday.
Glantraeth have been drawn at home to Mochdre Sports in the Mawddach Cup and at home to Barmouth in the Cookson Cup. (SS)
BETHESDA HANG ON TO WIN
(02/08/14) Glantraeth lost 4-3 to a really fired up Bethesda Athletic this afternoon and can only blame themselves, a complacent first half performance seeing them go three down despite having far more of the play. Manager Warren Gibbs will be much happier with the second half display that saw Glan in total control pulling goals back through Craig Roberts (2) & Rory Courlander and unlucky to twice be foiled by the woodwork. Pesda keeper Dave Clarke gave a man of the match display with Kieran Williams for the most part unemployed at the other end but the result was a wake up call for the far bigger challenges that lie ahead.
GAME NOW AT GLANTRAETH
(02/08/14) Today's game against Bethesda Athletic is now being played at Glantraeth, 2.30 pm.
ANOTHER GOOD WORKOUT
(30/07/14) A first half goal from Craig Roberts was enough to give Glantraeth a 1-0 win over Llanerchymedd in this evening's pre-season fixture.
TWO MORE TO GO
(29/07/14) Glantraeth finish off pre-season with two games against Welsh Alliance Division Two opposition. Tomorrow night Llanerchymedd are the visitors. Referee is Allan Rowlands and kick-off is 6.30 pm. On Saturday Glan travel to Parc Meurig to face Bethesda Athletic. That one is a 2.30 pm kick-off.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,000
(26/07/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 14, 17 & 18. There was no winner so the Jackpot rollsover to £1,000. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 9th August.
DIVISION ONE FIXTURE CHAOS
(24/07/14) It's difficult to keep track at present of what is going on in Welsh Alliance One. The league report that Bodedern Athletic have now withdrawn their resignation while Nefyn United have resigned and will play in the Gwynedd League. Kinmel Bay's ground is not ready for the start of the season therefore our first league game against them will now be at Glantraeth. I will update the fixtures when I find time. (SS)
GAME OFF....AGAIN !
(24/07/14) For the second successive Saturday we have had to pull out of a game, this time the visit of Trearddur Bay is off due to so many players not being available.
JAMIE & DYLAN ON TARGET
(23/07/14) Glantraeth played well in a comfortable 3-0 win over Mynydd Llandegai this evening, scorers Jamie Roberts (2) and Dylan Williams.
TONIGHT & SATURDAY
(23/07/14) Glantraeth are at home to Mynydd Llandegai this evening, 6.30 pm kick- off, and next Saturday sees the visit of Trearddur Bay United. That one kicks off at 2.30 pm.
GAME OFF !!
(18/07/14) Tomorrow's scheduled game at home to Argoed United has been called off.
ONLY ONE GOAL THE DIFFERENCE
(16/07/14) Glantraeth made heavy weather of gaining a 1-0 win over a determined Menai Bridge Tigers side this evening. Despite cranking up the pressure after a goalless opening half it was only a cleverly finished goal by Malltraeth based Jamie Roberts on 47 minutes that proved the difference at the end of ninety minutes.
(15/07/14) Two home games coming up, Anglesey League Champions Menai Bridge Tigers are the visitors tomorrow. Referee is Allan Rowlands assisted by Dewi Morris and Andrew Dogan and kick-off is 6.30 pm. On Saturday we entertain Argoed United from the Welsh National League. Kick-off is 2.30 pm and the referee is Martin Roberts fresh from Europa League duty in Malta. Well done young Martin the world is your lobster, or is it oyster?
CAROL WINS £500
(12/07/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 9, 13 & 16. There was one winner, Carol Hughes of Newborough. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 26th July.
GLAN GO DOWN 5-2
(12/07/14) Missing several players through holidays Glantraeth lost 5-2 at home to Caernarfon Town this afternoon. Ryan Davies got on the scoresheet at both ends with Craig Roberts getting the other for Glan
OPEN AT KINMEL BAY
(11/07/14) League fixtures have been published and our first game on Saturday 9 August is away to newly promoted Kinmel Bay and the following Saturday we travel to face the other promoted club, Penrhyndeudraeth. In between we are at home to Llanberis on the Wednesday evening.
CAERNARFON ON SATURDAY
(09/07/14) Cymru Alliance side Caernarfon Town are the first visitors to Glantraeth next Saturday. Referee is Allan Rowlands, kick-off is 2.30 pm and admission is £2.
GLAN OPEN WITH A WIN
(02/07/14) After falling behind early on Glantraeth went on to win 3-1 this evening at Cemaes Bay against a strong Ynys Mon Island Games squad. Scorers for Glan were Craig Roberts (2) & Steve Jones.
(29/06/14) Manager Warren Gibbs has arranged a pre-season game next Wednesday 2 July against an Island XI to be played at Cemaes Bay FC, kick-off 7 pm.
(26/06/14) All 75 first edition copies of the Glantraeth history book sold out within two weeks of being launched. A second edition of 25 copies is due for delivery Friday of next week containing an extra four pages featuring the recent anniversary dinner. 19 of these have already been pre-ordered so it already seems certain a further print run will be required. 192 pages and in full colour the book costs £10 or £11.50 with postage from Stan Strickland, 6 Maes Glas, Bethel, Bodorgan, Anglesey LL62 5NW.
TARW & DJ ON BOARD
(26/06/14) Two new additions to the club's management committee are Merfyn Roberts and David John. Merfyn, known as 'Tarw', was previously with Gaerwen FC and David, known as 'DJ', is from Malltraeth. We welcome them both on board. Due to personal circumstances Stan Strickland has to reduce his involvement with the club this season and has now stood down as treasurer. Anyone interested in this position should contact chairman Gareth Evans on 07747 890497.
Training began at the ground last night and now continues on Monday and Wednesday evenings.
JACKPOT UP TO £2,000 !!
(15/06/14) The winning numbers in last night's 3 Number Lotto draw were 4, 8 & 9. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £2,000. The next draw is in the Joiners Arms, Malltraeth on Saturday 28th June.
GLANTRAETH TOP FAIR PLAY
(07/06/14) The FA of Wales have written to congratulate us on winning the Fair Play Award for Welsh Alliance Division One. As a winner of the Fair Play Award we will receive a £1,000 prize which must be used towards any ground improvements or in purchasing equipment. Congratulations to the management and players from last season on this award.
(06/06/14) Start of training Wednesday 25 June 6.30 pm at ground
Sat 12 July (2.30 pm) - Glantraeth v Caernarfon Town - Ref. Allan Rowlands
Wed 16 July (6.30 pm) - Glantraeth v Menai Bridge Tigers - Ref. Allan Rowlands
Sat 19 July (2.30 pm) - Glantraeth v Argoed United - Ref. Martin Roberts
Wed 23 July (6.30 pm) - Glantraeth v Mynydd Llandegai - Ref. Martin Roberts
Sat 26 July (2.30 pm) - Glantraeth v Trearddur Bay Utd - Ref. Allan Rowlands
Sat 2 August (2.30 pm) - Bethesda Athletic v Glantraeth
KINGSLAND GARAGE TO AGAIN SPONSOR GLANTRAETH
(04/06/14) Eric 'Chubby' Roberts confirmed at the anniversary dinner on Friday night that Kingsland Garage of Holyhead will again be sponsoring Glantraeth this coming season. 'Chubby' is a Malltraeth man and we are delighted at his continued support for his local football club.
More pre-season games have been added to the fixture list. We will now be at home to Anglesey League Champions Menai Bridge Tigers on Wednesday 16th July and Mynydd Llandegai on Wednesday 23rd July.
(03/06/14) Pre-season training will commence at the ground on Wednesday 25 June at 6.30 pm. Another pre-season game has been added, Glantraeth will now be away to Bethesda Athletic on Saturday 2nd August.
PRE-SEASON GAME ADDED
(01/06/14) Trearddur Bay United will be the visitors on Saturday 26 July, the latest pre-season game to be confirmed. The season starts a week earlier this season on Saturday 9 August. Fixtures page has been updated.
GLANTRAETH BOOK OUT NOW
(01/06/14) 'GLANTRAETH - THE STORY OF AN ANGLESEY VILLAGE FOOTBALL CLUB' is out now. A full colour 188 page book detailing the thirty year history of one of the most successful village clubs in North Wales. The book has been researched and compiled by club secretary Stan Strickland and includes quotes from players and managers through the years as well as many anecdotes such as an early visit to Machno United when a query about where the showers were located resulted in a club official pointing to the nearest river and a nightmare bus trip to Penrhyncoch in later years. Did you know about the Glantraeth Zoo!! There is the story of Llanerchymedd snatching away an Anglesey League Championship from Glantraeth on goal difference with a double figure win right through to Glantraeth knocking the mighty Bangor City out of the Welsh Cup and the Bodorgan village club being the only island club to ever win a Cymru Alliance league and cup double.....and much, much more before and since.
The book includes results, scorers and league tables from all of the thirty years and makes more than passing references to many of the main football stories on Anglesey over that period such as an Anglesey XI coming close to beating Chelsea, Llanfairpwll knocking Kidderminster out of the Welsh Cup, the meteoric rise of Cemaes Bay and even the time a Glantraeth team conceded 31 goals in one game! Neither does it pull any punches when commenting on some of the more controversial issues that have affected the club.
The book costs £10 or £11.50 including postage from Stan Strickland, 6 Maes Glas, Bethel, Bodorgan, Anglesey LL62 5NW.
GREAT NIGHT AT THE TAFARN
(31/05/14) The Tafarn Y Rhos was bursting at the seams last night for Glantraeth's 30th Anniversary Dinner with players, managers and club officials from the 1980s right through to the present day. Secretary Stan Strickland gave a five minute speech detailing all the club's many achievements over those thirty years and paying tribute to the part played in those achievements by many of the people present. Iolo Owen who made part of his land available for the laying of a football pitch back in 1984 then replied and recounted one funny story about a visit by Saltney Town in those early days that is not suitable for posting here. Top Welsh comedian Tudur Owen was the star turn of the evening and fully lived up to expectations giving vice-chairman Les Thomas in particular a hard time (Tudur and Les pictured above) and asking a couple of the audience who were speaking during his act 'where did you learnt to whisper - in a helicopter?' Not a man to be messed with! Thanks also to Ali and Judith of Ben Lon Boogie who unlike many discos have the knack of getting the volume and playlist just right for any particular part of the evening. The dinner was mainly about people meeting up again as a group and it couldn't have gone better. Brilliant!
More pics by Aled Jones on Glantraeth Facebook page.
PRE-SEASON GAMES SO FAR
(31/05/14) Lee Dixon will be bringing his Caernarfon Town team to Glantraeth on Saturday 12th July and the following Saturday Argoed United a Mold based team from the Welsh National League will be the visitors. Both games kick-off at 2.30 pm. We are also in the process of arranging games at home to Pentraeth and Mynydd Llandegai.
IAN FIDLER ON RADIO CYMRU
(30/05/14) Radio Cymru will be carrying out a live interview on Rhaglen Dylan Jones about 9.45 am on Monday morning with Glantraeth's all time record goalscorer Ian Fidler. They are following up on the club's 30th year celebrations with a dinner tonight and the publishing of a book about the club and will be talking to Ian about the early days of the club.
JACKPOT UP TO £1,500 !!
(24/05/14) The winning numbers in tonight's 3 Number Lotto draw were 1, 5 & 19. There were no winners so the Jackpot rolls over to £1,500. The next draw is in the Royal Oak, Malltraeth on Saturday 14th June.
HEADING FOR ESTONIA
(22/05/14) Glantraeth's player of the year Tom Taylor will be heading to Estonia in July after the North Wales Coast FA team beat West Wales FA and will now represent Wales in the finals of the UEFA Regions Cup. The winning goal came in the 89th minute from Llanerchymedd's Matt Jones. Better learn the words of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Tom!
(21/05/14) Bodedern Athletic player Iwan Jones has asked if we can publicise an event in his home village of Bodffordd next month to raise funds for the local eisteddfod. Click here to view the poster.
ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY
(15/05/14) A reminder for those that have ordered tickets for the 30th Anniversary Dinner and haven't yet paid to get their money to Helen or Stan without delay we don't want to be messing about on the night. It's only two weeks away and we need to get the numbers firmed up with the Tafarn Y Rhos. The Glantraeth souvenir book will also be available for sale for the first time on the night. Just under 200 pages and in full colour it will cost £10 with all profits going to the club.
WARREN TAKES CHARGE
(12/05/14) Warren Gibbs is the new manager of Glantraeth. Warren was club captain last season and was also captain of Glantraeth's Cymru Alliance League & Cup double winning side of 2006. He has already had managerial experience at Bethesda Athletic and as part of the team at Caernarfon Town during their Welsh Alliance winning season. His assistant will be former Glantraeth player Neil Hughes with Darren 'Chicken' Jones taking on the role of player coach. Warren can be contacted on 07584 992921.
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