Llangefni Town Football Club was founded back in 1897, although according to archive records, they show that there was a team in the Town in 1892, but this was primarily a Chapel based team.
Llangefni Town were founder members of the Anglesey Football League when it was founded back in 1897, and they played in it with some distinction for many years winning the League title six times as well as winning the Dargie Cup twice, and the Megan Cup once and the reserves picking up the North Wales Coast Junior Cup 1991/92, but eventually the club accepted promotion into the Gwynedd League in 1988/89 season and in their first season they achieved the treble, winning the League Championship along with the Eryri Shield and the Gwynedd Cup, the following season 1989/90 they repeated this tremendous achievement.
The following season 1990/91 the club accepted promotion into the then Tyn Lon Volvo Welsh Alliance League (now called the Pentraeth Honda Welsh Alliance League), where they won the League Championship, the Barritt and Alves Cups, not bad for their first season at this level, they then went on to win the Barritt Cup outright after treble success in the competition for season’s 1990/91, 1991/92 and again in 1992/93, they also won the Cookson Cup in 1993/94 and also won the Welsh Alliance League Championship four times between 1990/91 and 1998/99, as well as being the only Anglesey club to ever have won the Welsh Intermediate Cup back in 1991/92 season.
Between 1994 and 1997 the team were not playing too well and the Committee invited Bryan Owen to take charge of the team, and slowly but surely he managed to turn things around, and he rejuvenated the club, and when the club was invited to make an application to join the Cymru Alliance League which was accepted for the 1999/2000 season, and then we moved to our new ground at Talwm Road, Llangefni.
The club aimed for a mid-table position in their first season and eventually finished in ninth place out of seventeen, exactly halfway, in 2000/01 they finished as the runners up to Caernarfon Town in a close finish, and in 2001/02 we ended the season as runners up again, this time to Welshpool Town, in 2002/03 we were looking to finish in the top six after a dismal start and having a change of Manager after half a dozen games, Bryan Owen the former manager returned for the remainder of the season and we eventually finished in fourth place which was not too bad, and last season, again after a dismal start we eventually finished up in fifth place, but this season we will be looking for a vast improvement, but we have to be realistic, having rebuilt the team and bringing in some new and experienced players along with some very talented youngsters. that we have, a top six spot will be our aim.
The reserve team under the guidance of Rob Hughes and John Buckland finished in seventh place in the Gwynedd League in their first season which was acceptable, after an unbelievable 2002/03 season in the Anglesey League, winning the League Championship, along with the Dargie, Elias and the Thomas & Williams Cups and the A.E.E.U. Cup, after a learning spell last year in the Gwynedd League, we hope that the players can continue and build on their success of late, and continue with the development of the young players which are coming through, last season we saw several youngsters break through from the Under 17’s side, and all credit to the Junior sides in the development of these young players.
The club has appointed Bryan Owen to take charge of the first team affairs after the management duo of Bob Parry and Aled Owen left the club at the end of the season after failing to gain promotion, the reserves also had a new management team in place, Daron Wyn Jones took over as player-manager after the departure of Rob Hughes and he was ably assisted by Gary Jones and Mike Roberts, while Terry took over the Secretary’s position for the reserves after the departure of Ieuan Williams.
In October 2007 former Caernarfon & Colwyn Bay manager Adie Jones took over from Bryan Owen as first team manager. The season went well with the team only losing 1 game under Adie and winning the league to gain promotion to the Welsh Premier League, to fulfill the club’s ambitions of the past 10 years.
Promotion to the Premier League and Adie brought in some new faces to establish us, but it was not to be and a disastrous run of games left us well clear bottom at Christmas. Adie departed and was replaced for 3 games by Alex Kevan which turned out to be a mistake, quickly rectified with the appointment of Gus Williams. The run into the end of the season finally saw us relegated on the last day with an earlier game against Caersws being a draw instead of a win, which left them up.
Back into the Cymru Alliance with Gus staying on and joined by Viv Williams for the battle to get up again from a now more competitive league. After a relatively slow start in re-adjusting to this league, losing many players and struggling to bring in the right replacements, we put a good run together towards Christmas that saw us top the table. Early January/February we hot our ‘blip’ in the poor weather and conditions to drop some unexpected points and leaving our rivals with games in hand. A good run in kept us in the hunt to the final 3 games but eventually Bala took the title with Holyhead and us behind them.
Gus and Viv departed in the close season and ex-player and local lad Lee Dixon was appointed as manager with Ian Hughes our Academy Director joining him as an assistant. Mike Innes and Tony McGuire are staying on with the club in their respective capacities.
Lee and Ian enjoyed a spectacular first season with a very strong, small squad and against the odds won the league championship, only to be denied promotion to the reorganised Premier League for failure to gain a Domestic Licence – good enough 2 years ago, but not this time. At the end of the season, both stepped down due to work and location commitments.
Gus Williams was re-appointed as manager in November 2010 with Alan Bickerstaff as his assistant, the club eventually finished in tenth place with both managers stepping down after a rollercoaster season.
Marc Poole was appointed for 2011/12 season but stepped down in November after an indifferent start to the season. and was replaced by the return of Adie Jones for his second spell as manager, but unfortunately, Adie was unable to turn round the club fortunes in the short time he had and the club finally finished in 15th place and was relegated back to the Welsh Alliance.
Local lad Dyfed Thomas was appointed manager for the 2012/13 season and tried his best to keep a team full of local players in the Welsh Alliance with a squad that would have struggled to finish in the top 4 of the Anglesey League. The team finished bottom with only 8 points but nobody could accuse the players of a lack of effort, they just came up against some very good teams with far bigger wage bills. One highlight was beating rivals Gwalchmai who had many Llangefni lads playing for them 1-0 at home towards the end of the season.
Llangefni pulled out of the Welsh Alliance league before the 2013/14 season after Dyfed Thomas and most of the players left the club. The club decided to keep a team full of young local players in the Anglesey league with the aim of rebuilding the club and getting back to the Welsh Alliance as soon as possible. Vince Williams took over as manager and David Roberts continued as player/assistant manager. The team had an average league campaign and finished mid-table but showed they were no pushovers by winning the Dargie Cup at Nantporth against Morawelon in March. The game ended 2-2 after extra time and Cefni won 4-3 on penalties. This was a massive achievement after a tough few years and the future’s looking bright with Glantraeth manager Chris Roberts agreeing to take over as first team manager after the club was accepted back into the Welsh Alliance. Rob Hughes will be his Assistant while Vince and Dave have agreed to carry on running the Anglesey league team.
If last season was a step in the right direction then 2014/15 was a giant leap. In his first season in charge, Chris Roberts guided a team full of local players to a 2nd place finish and achieved promotion to Welsh Alliance division 1. This was a remarkable achievement considering we made a poor start and in the end, we only missed out on winning the league on goal difference. It came down to the final game at 1st place St Asaph, where we needed to win by 5 goals to win the league. Llangefni was 3-0 up with 20 minutes to go but conceding a late goal ended our hopes of going up as champions. The team received fantastic support throughout the season and the ‘PYS’ supporters group made such an impression on the club that we named a stand after them. Iwan Jones ended up as top scorer with 35 goals and Craig Evans was a close second with 34. Llangefni Reserves had a tough season in the Anglesey league, finishing 5th and were unable to progress in the cups mainly due to a rule that stopped them fielding anyone who had played over 3 games for the first team. Gafyn Buckland will be taking over as manager of the reserves next season in the Welsh Alliance Reserve division and Vince Williams will be staying on as coach.
After achieving promotion from division 2 of the Welsh Alliance last season, Chris Roberts set his squad a target of a top-five finish a good cup run for the 2015/16 campaign. So to finish third in our first season in division 1 and reach a semi-final shows how far this team has come in the last two years. Nobody was more disappointed than Chris when we narrowly missed out on a second successive promotion, but it’s only a minor setback when you look at the bigger picture and see that the club is heading in the right direction. People forget that we were playing in the Anglesey League just over two years ago, so we really have made incredible progress on and off the field since then. Our players don’t get paid a penny for playing but are very committed and enjoy playing for their local club. The reserves enjoyed a solid first campaign in the Welsh Alliance Reserve Division, finishing mid-table and reaching a semi-final. Manager Gafyn Buckland’s aim was to be competitive in a tough league and the youngsters can be proud of the way they performed in their first season of senior football. We look forward to seeing the under 16’s make the step up into the reserves/under 21’s next season and who knows, maybe a few of them will catch the eye of the first team manager who is always willing to give young players a chance. All in all, it’s been another good season for “The Town” and we are already looking forward to making further progress next season.
The 2017/18 season was very much the same as the last 2 seasons in the 1st division of the Welsh Alliance. Llangefni once again narrowly missed out on promotion this time finishing second, 3 points behind Conwy Borough. Chris Roberts has assembled a great squad full of young local players without any budget and will no doubt give it another go next season. Off the field, Llangefni has new floodlights and have plans to open a new canteen where we can finally make some profit on matchday after the town council closed the clubhouse due to health and safety reasons. We have also agreed on a major sponsorship deal with the Bull Hotel who will sponsor our new kit for the 18/19 season. Gafyn Buckland continued his good work with the reserves as they reached the semi-final of the league cup but lost 2-0 vs Llandudno Junction at Lon Talwrn. Gafyn spent time coaching in America from September to January but is very much committed to Llangefni Town FC for the 18/19 season.