Llandudno F.C.

Llandudno Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-droed Llandudno) are a Welsh football team that currently play in the Cymru North. They play their games at The Giant Hospitality Stadium in Llandudno, Conwy County Borough, North Wales.[1] The club play in the Cymru North for the 2019–20 season after being relegated after losing to Carmarthen Town on 7 April 2019.

Llandudno
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Full nameLlandudno Football Club
Nickname(s)The Seasiders
Founded1988; 33 years ago (1988)
GroundThe Giant Hospitality Stadium
Llandudno
Capacity1,100 (130 seated)
ManagerSean Eardley
LeagueCymru North
2019–20Cymru North, 12th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Football in Llandudno dates back to 1878 when the club was originally known as Gloddaeth Rovers for around a decade. Gloddaeth Rovers were then replaced by Llandudno Swifts as the towns main club. Following the demise of Swifts in 1901, a new club, Llandudno Amateurs were formed.

The club was re-formed and renamed Llandudno Football Club in 1988.

The club was formed for the purpose of providing activity for cricketers during their close season. A full international, Wales v Ireland, was played on the "council field" in 1898. Llandudno were founder members of the Welsh National League (North) in 1921 and were champions in 1923 and League Cup winners in 1930. The club won the North Wales Combination FA Cup in 1926 and the North Wales Amateur Cup in 1929. Controversy struck the club in 1931 when the FAW instructed them to play in East Wales, which Llandudno refused and were suspended.

Llandudno were founder members of the Welsh League (North) in 1935 and remained in the league until war broke out in 1939 and then rejoined in 1945 and stayed till 1974. Llandudno were League champions in 1936 and repeated the feat the following season, in addition the club won the North Wales Amateur Cup in 1948 and 1962, the Alves Cup in 1951 and the Cookson Cup in 1965. The club moved to its current home at Maesdu Park in 1991 after the "council field" was used for the construction of an ASDA store in the late 1970s, now the new Parc Llandudno. The current ground was officially opened in 1991 and floodlights were added in 1994. The following season saw the erection of a clubhouse and two small stands which provide covered seating for 130 spectators. The club has in the past few seasons undergone major transitions, with the addition of a new press box. In season 2004–05 new dressing rooms were completed. New grandstands, with disabled access, are in place and the stadium now meeting the criteria set down for Welsh Premier League football.

In August 2014, Wales national football team manager Chris Coleman visited Maesdu Park to officially open Llandudno's new £420,000 3G pitch.[2]

After a successful 2014–15 Cymru Alliance season, Llandudno were promoted as champions to the Welsh Premier League for the first time in their history.[3]

In July 2015, Llandudno FC entered into a significant strategic partnership with local organisation, MBi Consulting Ltd. as such the club was known as MBi Llandudno Football Club and Maesdu Park was renamed as Park MBi Maesdu. Llandudno enjoyed a remarkable first season in the Welsh Premier League which saw them finish 3rd and earn them a place in the Europa League for the first time in their history in 2016–17.

The club were relegated back to the second tier in the 2018–19 season and will play in the newly restructured FAW Championship North & Mid.

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 1Q   IFK Göteborg 1–2[4] 0–5[5] 1–7[4]  
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round

HonoursEdit

  • Welsh League (North):
    • Champions: 1935–36, 1936–37
  • North Wales Combination FA Cup:
    • Winners: 1925–26
  • Welsh National League (North):
    • Champions: 1922–23
  • Welsh National League (North) Cup:
    • Winners: 1929–30
  • North Wales Amateur Cup:
    • Winners: 1928–29, 1947–48, 1961–62
  • Alves Cup:
    • Winners: 1950–51
  • Cookson Cup:
    • Winners: 1964–65
  • Cymru Alliance:

Current squadEdit

As of 1 May 2019[6]

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 Shaun Pearson
13 GK   WAL Sean Thomas
25 GK   WAL Tom Lewney (on loan from Holywell Town)
2 DF   WAL Ieuan Hewitt (on loan from Flint Town United)
5 DF   WAL Anthony Marshall (on loan from Rhos United)
DF   WAL Steve Thomas (on loan from Holywell Town)
DF   WAL Ryan Roberts
DF   WAL Joseph Weir
MF   WAL Danny Hughes
MF   WAL Steve Thomas
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   WAL Telor Williams
MF   ENG Mark Connolly
MF   WAL Zyaac Edwards
MF   WAL Osain Jones
MF   WAL Toby Jones
MF   GNB Yalany Baio
MF   ENG Sameron Dool
FW   ENG Ryan Wade

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Club profile". welsh-premier.com. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Chris Coleman opens new 3G pitch at Llandudno FC". dailypost.co.uk. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Champions Llandudno end season on a high". northwalespioneer.co.uk. North Wales Pioneer. 6 April 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Europa League: MBi Llandudno 1–7 IFK Göteborg". BBC Sport. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Football (Sky Sports)". SkySports. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.llandudnofc.co.uk/teams/53941/the-team

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 53°18′56.876″N 3°49′46.553″W / 53.31579889°N 3.82959806°W / 53.31579889; -3.82959806