Conwy Borough F.C.

Last updated

Conwy Borough
Conwy Borough F.C. logo.png
Full nameConwy Borough Football Club
Nickname(s)The Tangerines
Founded1977;44 years ago (1977)
(as Conwy United)
GroundY Morfa Stadium, Conwy
Capacity2,500
Coordinates 53°17′13″N3°50′53″W / 53.287017°N 3.848169°W / 53.287017; -3.848169
ManagerGareth Thomas
League Cymru North
2019–20 Cymru North, 6th
Website Club website
Y Morfa, viewed from Conwy Mountain Morfa Stadium - geograph.org.uk - 2195273.jpg
Y Morfa, viewed from Conwy Mountain

Conwy Borough Football Club (Welsh : Clwb Pêl-droed Bwrdeistref Conwy) are a Welsh football club based in Conwy, playing in the Cymru North. Between 1977 and June 2012 they were known as Conwy United.

Contents

Club history

Following the demise of Borough United in 1967, Welsh representatives in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1963/64, there was a void of Welsh League clubs in the Conwy area. Historically there has always been football in the area, and especially a Conwy team, stretching back to the 1870s. Then in 1977 Conwy Town and Conwy Royal British Legion, both of whom played in the Vale of Conwy League, amalgamated to form Conwy United.

The club was duly elected to the Welsh League (North) that later became the Welsh Alliance League. In 1981/82 the club won the Welsh Intermediate Cup (now called the FAW Welsh Trophy) and the club also won the Welsh Alliance League title in 1984/85 and 1985/86. In 1990 the club became founder members of the Cymru Alliance League and finished in the top seven both seasons that they were members.

Then in 1992 the club became founder members of the League of Wales. The club finished a creditable 7th place in its first season and in 1995/96 finished in 3rd place under the guidance of John Hulse, with Kenny McKenna setting a club scoring record of 49 goals in a season. The club qualified for the 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup and played Charleroi (Belgium) and SV Ried (Austria) at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham, and travelled to Zaglebie Lubin (Poland) and Silkeborg (Denmark). Despite not progressing past the group stage, the club gave a good account of itself especially with a 0–0 draw against Charleroi and losing to a late goal against SV Ried.

In the following three seasons the club reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup twice, and also qualified for the FAW Premier Cup twice, most notably holding Swansea City to 0–0 draw at the Vetch Field. However the financial burden had begun to take its toll on the club and in 2000 were relegated.

The club decided not to progress to the Cymru Alliance for financial reasons and instead accepted an invitation to join the Welsh Alliance League. In its second season the club was League runners-up and Cookson Cup runners-up. The following two seasons were very difficult both on and off the field but the return of Nigel Roberts as manager kept the club up and the 2004–05 season started tremendously well with the club sitting at the top of the League. However, tragedy struck when Nigel Roberts was killed in a road accident. The league slipped just out of reach but under the guidance of Danny McGoona reached the final of the Cookson Cup again, only to lose out 4–3 to Bethesda in one of the most dramatic finals for years.

In the 2009/10 season under the management of Barry Jones and Keith Tansley a young Conwy side finally clinched the Cookson Cup. An extra time penalty from Matty Bennett won the trophy against rivals Llandudno Junction at Maesdu. In the league the club finished sixth.

The following season Paul Moroney took over as Manager with Barry Jones and Keith Tansley remaining at the club. The 2010–11 turned out to be one of the most successful seasons of the clubs recent history. Although losing the first game of the season away at Denbigh, Moroney's side went on to win the Welsh Alliance Division One and gain promotion to the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance. Conwy also reached the final of the FAW Trophy (held at Belle Vue)) where they led by two goals to nil until the 91st minute and somehow conceded three goals in as many minutes to gift Holywell Town the Trophy in one of the most dramatic finals in years. Conwy United also won the Fairplay League and young star Toby Jones picked up the top goalscorer award with a forty plus tally in all competitions which earned the youngster a move to full-time at Neath.

In the 2011/12 season, Conwy got off to a flying start in the 2nd tier of Welsh football winning their first four games under new management Steve Jones and Dean Martin. However, form dropped dramatically and in December the duo left the club. former chairman Geoff Cartwright appointed Mick McGrath as manager who signed a number of key players the team needed including Dean Canning, John Owen and Eddie Jebb (on-loan from Bangor City). The club went on to finish 10th.

In April 2012 the Football Association of Wales domestic committee approved a name change request that from the 2012/13 season the club was to be renamed Conwy Borough F.C

The club appointed Chris Herbert as the new first team manager in May 2012. The new manager re-structured the Y Morfa outfit in to a top 3 team which also lifted the league cup, when they beat Caersws on penalties in the final, with goalkeeper Terry McCormick saving 2 penalties, which was the Tangerines' 5th penalty shoot out win in cup competitions that season.

Chris Herbert and John Keegan left their posts in December 2013 and were replaced by players Darren Moss and Aden Shannon until the end of the season who guided the side to a second-placed finish. Moss was to remain in charge for the 2013/14 season but after a disappointing start was then was released by the club in November 2014 with Shannon taking temporary charge and overseeing an 11th-placed finish. Shannon was placed in permanent charge of the Tangerines for the 2015/16 season but history was to repeat itself when, after a poor start and with the club languishing in the relegation zone, was relieved of his duties and was eventually replaced by Jason Aldcroft and former TNS defender Tommy Holmes. Aldcroft oversaw wholesale changes to the squad and steered the club to safety with an eventual 11th-placed finish.

Off the field, the club has made giant strides in improving the stadium and its facilities and opened its new clubhouse building "Y Morfa Venue" in the summer of 2014. With a recent upgrade to the floodlights the club has moved a step closer to achieving a domestic club licence. With a thriving junior section a youth Academy has also been established and expanded as the club looks to develop more local talent in the future.

In the close of the 2015/16 season Geoff Cartwright (chair) & Darren cartwright (Vice Chair) resignations due to personal commitments were accepted by the board of directors along with the appointment of Gareth Thomas As first team manager & assistant Alun Winstanley.

August 2017 seen the introduction of new directors to the Executive board – successful local Businessman Luke Blundell, Solicitor Chris Wilton & existing Committee member Craig Crossfield. [1]

Past players

Past players for the club who have gone on to the Football League include Emmanuel James Will Udo, Neville Southall, Carl Dale Hugh McAuley and Kevin Ellison. [2]

Seasons

Year [3] [4] LeagueLevelPWDLFAGDPtsPosition Welsh Cup
as Conwy United F.C.
1977–78 Welsh League North 12211744131+10295th of 12 R3
1978–79 Welsh League North 1208574038+2216th of 11 R1
1979–80 Welsh League North 11853101732−15138th of 10 R2
1980–81 Welsh League North 12292113443−9208th of 12 R1
1981–82 Welsh League North 12615564130+11354th of 14 R2
1982–83 Welsh League North 1227783326+7217th of 12 R3
1983–84 Welsh League North 1187743223+919 4th of 10
Transferred to Welsh Alliance League
R2
1984–85 Welsh Alliance League 128213410734+73451st of 15
Champions
R2
1985–86 Welsh Alliance League 13021638831+57481st of 16
Champions
R1
1986–87 Welsh Alliance League 12695123855−17238th of 14 R1
1987–88 Welsh Alliance League 13085175776−192112th of 16 R1
1988–89 Welsh Alliance League 1321110115855+34310th of 17 R2
1989–90 Welsh Alliance League 134146147061+9489th of 18
Transferred to Cymru Alliance
R2
1990–91 Cymru Alliance 12612685434+20425th of 14 R2
1991–92 Cymru Alliance 130111274133+8455th of 16
Transferred to League of Wales
R1
1992–93 League of Wales 1381691351510577th of 20 R3
1993–94 League of Wales 138136195870−124513th of 20 R2
1994–95 League of Wales 138147176065−54912th of 20 R2
1995–96 League of Wales 1402113610158+43763rd of 21 R3
1996–97 League of Wales 140208126644+22687th of 21 SF
1997–98 League of Wales 138158156659+7539th of 20 R3
1998–99 League of Wales 132147115449+5497th of 17 SF
1999–00 League of Wales 13465233396−6320 ††17th of 18 ††
Relegated and demoted
R3
2000–01 Welsh Alliance League 32648143886−482013th of 14 R1
2001–02 Welsh Alliance League 32418245728+29562nd of 13 R1
2002–03 Welsh Alliance League 32843213186−551515th of 15 R1
2003–04 Welsh Alliance League 33081214489−452513th of 16 R1
2004–05 Welsh Alliance League 33019477042+28615th of 16 R1
2005–06 Welsh Alliance League 33095164150−93212th of 16 R2
2006–07 Welsh Alliance League 328114135870−12379th of 15 R2
2007–08 Welsh Alliance League 328143116958+11455th of 15 R2
2008–09 Welsh Alliance League 332124166364−137 †††12th of 17 ††† R1
2009–10 Welsh Alliance League 330141157136+3550 ††††6th of 16 †††† R2
2010–11 Welsh Alliance League 33025238830+58771st of 16
Promoted as champions
R2
2011–12 Cymru Alliance 230107135965−63710th of 16 R1
as Conwy Borough F.C.
2012–13 Cymru Alliance 23018755737+20613rd of 16 R3
2013–14 Cymru Alliance 23019656635+31632nd of 16 R3
2014–15 Cymru Alliance 230125135246+64111th of 16 R4
2015–16 Cymru Alliance 230113164754−73611th of 16 R2
2017–18 Welsh Alliance League 32820441073770641st of 15
Promoted as champions [5]
R2

Conwy United deducted 2 points.
†† Conwy United deducted 3 points for failing to fulfil a fixture.
††† Conwy United deducted 3 points.
†††† Conwy United deducted 3 points for failing to fulfil a fixture.

Related Research Articles

Caernarfon Town F.C. Association football club in Wales

Caernarfon Town Football Club is a semi-professional Welsh football club based in Caernarfon, Gwynedd. The club is nicknamed "the Canaries" because of its yellow and green strip, a nickname that dates from 1895. Caernarfon Town plays at The Oval.

Cymru Alliance Football league

The Cymru Alliance League was a football league in north and central Wales which formed the second level of the Welsh football league system. From the 2019/20 season onwards, it was replaced by the Cymru North.

Glantraeth F.C. Association football club in Wales

Glantraeth Football Club is a football team, based on the island of Anglesey, Wales. They play in the North Wales Coast West Football League Division One.

Denbigh Town F.C. Association football club in Wales

Denbigh Town Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Denbigh, North Wales. They play in the Ardal Leagues North West, which is in the third tier of the Welsh football league system. The club plays home matches at Central Park.

Holywell Town F.C. Football club

Holywell Town Football Club is a Welsh football club from Holywell, Flintshire. They are nicknamed 'The Wellmen', and play their home games at Halkyn Road, Holywell. They play in the Cymru North.

Llandudno F.C. Association football club in Wales

Llandudno Football Club are a Welsh football team that currently play in the Cymru North. They play their games at OPS Wind Arena in Llandudno, Conwy County Borough, North Wales. The club play in the Cymru North for the 2021–22 season.

Prestatyn Town F.C. Football club

Prestatyn Town Football Club is a Welsh football club based in Prestatyn, Denbighshire who play in the Cymru North.

Llandudno Junction F.C. Association football club in Wales

Llandudno Junction FC are a football club based in Llandudno Junction, playing in the Welsh Alliance League Division Two in Wales.

Rhydymwyn F.C. are a football club form Rhydymwyn, Wales. They play in the Ardal Leagues North West, which is at tier 3 of the Welsh football pyramid and play at Dolfechlas Road.

Brymbo Football Club are a football club based in Tanyfron, Wrexham. They play in the Ardal Leagues North West, which is in the third tier of the Welsh football league system. The team, originally Brymbo Steelworks F.C., was formed as part of Brymbo Steelworks.

Druids United F.C. were a football club based in village of Cefn Mawr, Wrexham Wales. The club was formed in August 1927 as after the amalgamation between Druids F.C. and Acrefair United F.C..

Steve Walters is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Crewe Alexandra and in the Football Conference for Northwich Victoria, Morecambe and Stevenage Borough. He was a midfielder.

FAW Trophy Football tournament

The FAW Welsh Trophy is a knock-out football competition contested annually by teams from Wales and the borders.

Penrhyndeudraeth Football Club is a football team, playing in the North Wales Coast West Football League Premier Division. The club was re-formed in 1981 and plays their home fixtures at Maes Y Parc, Penrhyndeudraeth.

Rhosllanerchrugog F.C. were a Welsh football team from the village of Rhosllanerchrugog, Wrexham. In November 2018, it was announced that Ben Barlow, vocalist of the Welsh pop-punk band Neck Deep, had signed for the club. As of September 2018 Manager Jeff Owen and assistant managers Matt Griffiths and Wes Roberts are the current coaching staff. In December 2019 the club resigned from the league, effectively merging with Johnstown Youth.

The 2018–19 Welsh Alliance League, known as the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance League for sponsorship reasons, was the 35th season of the Welsh Alliance League, which consisted of two divisions: the third and fourth levels of the Welsh football pyramid.

The 2017–18 Welsh Alliance League, known as the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance League for sponsorship reasons, is the 34th season of the Welsh Alliance League, which consists of two divisions: the third and fourth levels of the Welsh football pyramid.

Cymru North Association football league in Wales

The Cymru North is a regional football league in Wales, covering the northern half of the country. It has semi-professional status clubs and together with the Cymru South, it forms the second tier of the Welsh football league system.

The Cymru Leagues is an umbrella name for the top two tiers of the Welsh football league system. It consists of the Cymru Premier at Tier 1, as well as the Cymru North and Cymru South at the second tier.

The 2019–20 Cymru North was the inaugural season of the Cymru North, which is in the second level of the Welsh football pyramid.The season had been scheduled to finish on 25 April but due to the COVID-19 pandemic no games were played after 7 March. In May 2020 the Cymru North was officially ended after consultation between the Football Association of Wales and the clubs. Prestatyn Town were confirmed as champions but because they failed to gain a Tier 1 licence, runners-up Flint Town United were promoted to the Cymru Premier. Porthmadog, Corwen and Llanfair United were relegated.

References

  1. "Club History". Conwy Borough FC. 14 July 2018. Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ibid.
  3. "Welsh Alliance League 1984–2005". wfda.co.uk. 21 August 2016.
  4. "Welsh Cup 1877 – To Date". wfda.co.uk. 21 August 2016.
  5. "League Table 2017/18 Season". Conwy Borough FC. 14 July 2018. Archived from the original on 14 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.