Colwyn Bay F.C.

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Colwyn Bay
Club logo
Full nameColwyn Bay Football Club
Nickname(s)'Seagulls' or 'The Bay'
Founded1881
GroundLlanelian Road, Old Colwyn
ChairmanNeil Coverley
ManagerSteve Evans
LeagueCymru Premier
2022–23Cymru North, 1st of 16 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website

Colwyn Bay Football Club (Welsh: Clwb Pêl-Droed Bae Colwyn) is a professional football club based in Old Colwyn in north Wales. They are currently members of the Cymru Premier. Nicknamed the Seagulls, but also known as 'The Bay', their home ground is Llanelian Road in Old Colwyn.

History[edit]

The club played its first match in January 1881 and joined the North Wales Coast League in 1898.[1] The club were forced to resign from the league during the 1900–01 when they could not find a home ground to play at,[2] with their fixtures taken over by Penmaenmawr Royal Welch Fusiliers.[3] However, they returned to the league the following season.[4] From 1907, the club became known as Colwyn Bay United.[5] After the league folded in 1921, they joined the Welsh National League. In 1927–28 the club finished as runners-up in the league and won the League Cup. They won the cup for a second time in 1929–30,[6] also reaching the semi-finals of the Welsh Cup, in which they lost 3–1 to Rhyl Athletic.[7] The league folded at the end of the season and the club were subsequently founder members of the North Wales Football Combination, which they went on to win in its first season.[8] Following their title, the club joined the Birmingham & District League.[6] However, the team struggled in the new league, and after finishing bottom in 1935–36 and 1936–37,[9] they switched to the Welsh National League (North).[6]

Colwyn Bay finished as Welsh League (North) runners-up in 1945–46,[10] the first season after World War II. They were runners-up again in 1963–64,[11] and were champions the following season.[12] The early 1980s saw the club enter a period of success, as they were champions for a second time in 1980–81.[13] In 1982–83 the club won the league and reached the Welsh Cup semi-finals, losing 4–0 on aggregate to Swansea City.[7]

After retaining the league title in 1983–84,[6] the club returned to the English football league system, joining Division Three of the North West Counties League. They finished as runners-up in their first season in the league and were promoted to Division Two.[7] A fourth-place finish in Division Two 1986–87 saw the club promoted to Division One.[7] In 1987–88 the club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 1–0 at Northwich Victoria.[7] The following season saw the club win the League Cup, beating Warrington Town 3–0 in the final at Gigg Lane.[6] After finishing as Premier Division runners-up in 1990–91, they were promoted to Division One of the Northern Premier League, filling the vacancy created by South Liverpool folding.[6] They won the division at the first attempt and were promoted to the Premier Division.[7] The season also saw them win the North Wales Coast Challenge Cup and reach the Welsh Cup semi-finals for a third time, losing 4–2 to Hednesford Town.[7]

However, at the end of the 1991–92 season, a dispute with the Football Association of Wales led to Colwyn Bay being ordered to join the newly-formed League of Wales or cease playing in Wales. As a result, the club started the new season playing at the Drill Field in Northwich, before moving to Ellesmere Port Stadium in Ellesmere Port. A court injunction allowed the club to return to playing home matches in Colwyn Bay in 1994 before the case was won in the High Court of Justice in April 1995.[6] In 1995–96 they reached the first round of the FA Cup again; after beating Spennymoor United 1–0 in the first round, they lost 2–0 at Blackpool in the second round.[7] They qualified for the first round again the following season, eventually losing 2–0 to fellow north Wales club Wrexham in a replay.[7] Another first round appearance in 1997–98 resulted in a 2–0 defeat at Notts County.[7]

The club remained in the Northern Premier League's Premier Division until the end of the 2002–03 season, when they were relegated to Division One. In 2006–07 a fifth-place finish saw the club qualify for the promotion play-offs, in which they lost 3–2 to Cammell Laird in the semi-finals.[14] League restructuring led to the club being placed in Division One South for the 2007–08 season, before being switched to the North division the following season. Their first season in Division One North resulted in a fourth-place finish and another play-off campaign, in which they lost their semi-final match 4–2 on penalties to Newcastle Blue Star after a 2–2 draw.[7] However, after finishing fourth again in 2009–10, the club were promoted back to the Premier Division via the play-offs, beating Curzon Ashton 2–1 in the semi-finals and then winning 1–0 against Lancaster City in the final.[7]

The 2010–11 season saw Colwyn Bay finish as Premier Division runners-up. In the subsequent play-offs they beat North Ferriby United 2–1 in the semi-finals and then defeated FC United 1–0 in the final to earn promotion to the Conference North.[7] After four seasons in the Conference North, the club were relegated back to the Northern Premier League's Premier Division at the end of the 2014–15 season. They were relegated again in 2015–16, returning to Division One North.[7] In March 2019 the club opted to rejoin the Welsh football system for the 2019–20 season,[15] and joined the newly formed second-tier Cymru North. The 2022–23 season saw the club win the League Cup North and the Cymru North title, losing only once during the season after winning 25 consecutive games, earning promotion to the Cymru Premier.

Ground[edit]

Llanelian Road stand

The club had a nomadic existence during their early years, often having to move as builders acquired land as the town rapidly expanded during the late 19th and early 20th century. They played on land owned by Penrhos School, at the Board School field, at Marine Hotel field and then Eirias Park. After the adjacent school expanded onto the land, they played on a pitch in Mochdre before relocating to another ground at Eirias Park towards the end of the 1940s. This remained home until 1983, when the land was required to dump soil following construction of the A55. Eirias Arena was a temporary home for a season and a half until the club moved to their current Llanelian Road ground in 1984.[6] The Shed End stand was erected in 1985 and two more stands built by 1990, when floodlights were installed and inaugurated with a friendly match against Liverpool. When the club was forced to play outside Wales in 1992, they initially played at Northwich Victoria's Drill Field, before moving to Ellesmere Port.[6]

After returning to Llanelian Road in 1994, terracing was installed on the Llanelian Road side of the ground in 1998. Following promotion to the Conference North, a new covered 500-seat stand was built during the 2011–12 season.[6] In 2023 a new 1,000-seat stand was built to replace two covered terraced stands on the west side of the ground.

Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2024[16]

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 England ENG Reece Trueman (on loan from Liverpool)
2 DF England ENG Alex Downes
3 DF Wales WAL Stefan Edwards
4 MF Wales WAL Cai Owen
6 MF England ENG Sam Downey
8 MF England ENG Tom McCready (Captain)
9 FW England ENG Jamie Cumming
10 FW England ENG Matty Hill
11 FW England ENG Dan Atkins
12 FW Wales WAL Lloyd Marsh-Hughes
13 GK England ENG Joe Smith
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF England ENG Adam Mitter (on loan from Bala Town)
16 MF Wales WAL Owen Cushion (on loan from Wrexham)
18 DF Wales WAL Guto Williams
19 DF England ENG Sam Hart
20 FW England ENG Sam Turner
21 FW Wales WAL Dan Jones
22 MF Wales WAL Tommy Creamer
24 FW England ENG Udi Akpan
26 DF Wales WAL Harry Owen (on loan from Connah's Quay)
29 DF Wales WAL Daniel Davies (on loan from Wrexham)
GK England ENG Alfie Brooks

Management team[edit]

Position Name
Manager Steve Evans
Assistant manager Tommy Holmes[17]
Goalkeeper coach David Williams
Sport Therapist Seb Richardson
Analyist Dan Skillen
Kit manager John Ashley

Honours[edit]

  • Cymru North
    • Champions 2022–23
    • League Cup North winners 2022–23
  • Northern Premier League
    • Division One champions 1991–92
    • Division One League Cup winners 1991–92
  • North West Counties League
    • League Cup winners 1988–89
    • Floodlit Trophy winners 1990–91
  • Welsh League (North)
    • Champions 1964–65, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84
  • North Wales Football Combination
    • Champions 1930–31
  • Welsh National League
    • League Cup winners 1927–28
  • North Wales Coast Challenge Cup
    • Winners 1930–31, 1960–61 (shared), 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2010–11
  • Alves Cup
    • Winners 1963–64
  • Cookson Cup
    • Winners 1973–74, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1983–84
  • Barrit Cup
    • Winners 1979–80, 1983–84

Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ North Wales Coast League tables 1898-99 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  2. ^ North Wales Coast League Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  3. ^ North Wales Coast League tables 1900-01 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  4. ^ North Wales Coast League tables 1901-02 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  5. ^ North Wales Coast League tables 1907-08 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j A brief history Archived 25 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Colwyn Bay F.C.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Colwyn Bay at the Football Club History Database
  8. ^ North Wales Football Combination 1930-31 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  9. ^ Birmingham & District League 1930-1962 Non-League Matters
  10. ^ Welsh League (North) 1945-46 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  11. ^ Welsh League (North) 1963-64 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  12. ^ Welsh League (North) 1964-65 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  13. ^ Welsh League (North) 1980-81 Archived 24 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Welsh Football Data Archive
  14. ^ 2006-07 Northern Premier League Football Club History Database
  15. ^ English-tier club Colwyn Bay to return to Welsh leagues BBC Sport, 7 March 2019
  16. ^ First team players Colwyn Bay F.C.
  17. ^ "Tommy is Bay's new assistant manager". Colwyn Bay FC. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
  18. ^ a b c Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p189 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0

Sources[edit]

  • Owens, A. (2005). Come On The Bay - Colwyn Bay Football Club 125th Anniversary. Design2Print.

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