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OUR HISTORY

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Our Story

Football in Llandudno dates back to 1878 when a club, probably known as Gloddaeth Rovers was in existence for around a decade. The club was formed for the purpose of providing activity for cricketers during their close season.

 

SA full international Wales v Ireland was played on the “council field” in 1988. 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 N.W.C.F.A in 1926 and the North Wales Amateur Cup in 1929. Controversy struck the club in 1931 when the F.A.W instructed them to play East Wales, which Llandudno refused and were suspended. Llandudno were also founder members of the Welsh League (North) in 1935 and remained in the league until war broke out in 1939 and then re-joined in 1945 up until 1974.

 

Llandudno were league champions in 1936 and repeated the feat the following season, in addition the club regained 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 the ASDA store in the late 1970’s, now the new Parc MBi Maesdu. 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 provides covered seating for 130 spectators. The club has then went under major transitions, with the addition of a new press box, built by local lad Cyril “Ciz” Williams who tragically died while construction was ongoing, and it is surely a testament that such a great number of friends were determined to finish his work and the building stands as a fitting memorial to this wonderful man. In the 2004/05 season the current dressing rooms were built, and the grandstands with disabled access.

 

In the 2014/15 season major developments continued with the addition of a brand new entrance foyer, fitted with an educational suite, and a state of the art 3G pitch alongside the introduction of a thriving community arm, and for the first time in the clubs history Llandudno Football Club earned promotion into the Welsh Premier League. The club then reached an agreement with sportswear giants Adidas to be their official kit wear supplier until at least 2017, along with major kit sponsors from W.R. Davies Renault and the UPVC Outlet. The good news didn’t stop there as more redevelopments took place around the ground with the introduction of a brand new TV gantry and 75 seater stand.

 

At the end of the 2015/16 season, and in Llandudno’s debut year in the top tier of Welsh football, we gained automatic promotion to the Europa League after a third placed finish. Llandudno had earned themselves a tie against two time European Cup Winners IFK Goteborg in the first qualifying round, only to be outmuscled 7-1 on aggregate, with Danny Hughes the name in history scoring for his hometown club. An experience the club and the town were extremely proud of, and one that will never be forgotten as we look to replicate it year upon year.

After two more seasons in the top flight of Welsh football, we were relegated after failing to beat Camarthen Town in 2019. The following season was postponed half way through after COVID 19 struck. In Sean Eardley's first full season, we finished second place after falling short to Airbus in the title decider.

Expectations were high for the 22/23 season, in the opening game vs Colwyn Bay, the OPS Wind Arena held over 1600 spectators which was a record at the time. After five games at The OPS Wind Arena, things were looking positive until October 2022 where our 3G pitch had been deemed unsafe by the FAW.

Impacts of this ran right throughout the club, we were forced to play our home games at Nantporth, Bangor with most academy teams playing here too. A third place finish was very good considering the challenges thrown at the team.

A few weeks after the season had ended, we had lost our Academy licence, the academy backroom staff didn't agree with this decision and made an appeal to the FAW which we later recieved news that we were unsuccesful in our appeal.

With hurdles thrown at us from every angle, leaving us in a dire financial state due to our pitch that was unable for use, not generating any income. The board came up with a plan to save the club, a large scale music event.

After months of hard work, the team of dedicated volunteers made it happen and brought popular british indie band Scouting For Girls along with many other great acts to 'Llandudno Live Fest'

Despite the amazing event put on, Llandudno Live Fest was financially unsuccesful. Focus turned to a grant application aimed at re-laying our 3G pitch and installing LED floodlights. This application was rejected on July 3rd 2023. 

Llandudno FC set up a brand new scheme, 'LLFC Pitch Bond' aimed at finding the funds to re-lay our pitch.

The community rallied together, raised funds through our pitch bond scheme and on August 8th, a brand new artificial pitch was ordered.

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