Bala Town F.C.

Bala Town Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed y Bala) is a Welsh football team from Bala, Gwynedd, who play in the Cymru Premier.[1] They play their home games at Maes Tegid.[2]

Bala Town
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Full nameBala Town Football Club
Nickname(s)Lakesiders
Founded1880; 141 years ago (1880)
GroundMaes Tegid,
Bala
Capacity3,000 (504 seated)
ChairmanArwel Roberts
ManagerColin Caton
LeagueCymru Premier
2019–20Cymru Premier, 3rd

HistoryEdit

For a full history see; List of Bala Town FC seasons

Although the current Bala Town was formed in 1880, there is record of a football club competing in the 1877–78 Welsh Cup, losing to Corwen after two replays.[3] After Bala North End, Bala South End and Bala Thursday's merged, Bala Town's first available league status record is playing in the Welsh National League North Division 2 East in 1921–22 season. Bala Town moved to their current home, Maes Tegid, in the early 1950s and joined the Wrexham Alliance in 1950,[4] however Bala Town had to wait for more than a century until they were promoted to the second tier of Welsh football, into the Cymru Alliance at the end of the 2003–04 season.[5] After only four seasons in the Cymru Alliance, Bala Town sealed promoted to the Cymru Premier.[6]

 
A view of Maes Tegid from the corner

Bala Town secured European football for the first time in their history after a John Irving goal in the 89th minute was enough to see off Port Talbot Town 2–1 to ensure the Lakesiders a European place. Bala Town were drawn against Estonian outfit Levadia Tallinn in the Europa League first qualifying round but after winning the home leg 1–0, they lost 3–1 in the reverse fixture in Tallinn and were eliminated. In the 2014–15 season, the Lakesiders finished second, their highest ever league position, thus qualifying for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League. Bala Town missed out the opportunity of playing Turkish giants Trabzonspor in the 2015–16 Europa League after losing on aggregate to FC Differdange 03 after falling victim to an injury time Differdange goal, however Bala maintained a proud record of a 100% win percentage at "home", playing at Rhyl's Belle Vue stadium due to UEFA stadium requirements on both occasions, in Europe.

After finishing second in the 2015–16 Cymru Premier they followed this success up by winning their first Welsh Cup, beating The New Saints 2–1 in the final ending their 8 trophy winning streak.

StadiumEdit

Bala Town have played at Maes Tegid in Bala since the 1950s. For European matches they use Rhyl's Belle Vue stadium due to UEFA stadium regulations.

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Levadia Tallinn 1–0 1–3 2–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Differdange 2–1 1–3 3–4
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   AIK 0–2 0–2 0–4
2017–18 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Vaduz 1–2 0–3 1–5
2018–19 UEFA Europa League PR   Tre Fiori 1–0 0−3 1–3
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Valletta N/A 1–0 N/A
2Q   Standard Liège N/A 0–2 N/A
Notes
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round

Current squadEdit

As of 1 February 2021[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   WAL Alex Ramsay
2 DF   ENG Andrew Burns
3 DF   ENG Sean Smith
4 DF   ENG Nathan Peate
5 DF   ENG Anthony Stephens
6 DF   ENG Jonny Spittle
7 MF   ENG Lee Molyneux
8 MF   WAL Will Evans
9 FW   ANG Raul Correia
10 FW   WAL Henry Jones
11 FW   ENG Kieran Smith
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 MF   SCO Steve Leslie
15 DF   ENG Antony Kay
17 MF   WAL Daniel Gossett
18 FW   WAL Llyr Morris
19 DF   ENG Shaun Kelly
20 MF   ESP Lassana Mendes
25 MF   WAL Chris Venables
29 MF   ENG Oliver Shannon
30 GK   WAL Harri Lloyd
MF   ENG Jack Mackreth

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Welsh Premier profile". Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  2. ^ Maes Tegid – The home of Bala Town
  3. ^ "Welsh Football Data Archive:Welsh Cup 1877–78". Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Welsh Data Archive:Wrexham Area 1950–51". Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Welsh Football Data Archive: Wrexham Area 2003–04". Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Welsh Football data Archive: Cymru Alliance 2008–09". Welsh Football data Archive. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  7. ^ "2020/21". Bala Town F.C. Retrieved 6 August 2020.

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