Please tell us a bit about yourself and your football background
I’m a Betws boy born and bred, married to my lovely wife Gwawr for nearly 29 years. We have two lovely daughters, Meinir Angharad and Glesni Haf and they have to put up with a lot, only joking. I don’t take things too seriously, I’m a relaxed kind of person, hopefully mostly cheerful.
I started for Betws Juniors Under 11s when I was seven years old, played through under-14s, under-16s for Betws, signed for the senior Betws team at 15 years old. Went on to play for Llanrwst Youth and had a season with Llanrwst Athletic, two seasons with Dolwyddelan and back home to Betws until I stopped playing.
How do you feel the current season has started for CPD Betws-y-Coed?
We’ve had a really hard start to the season playing the three top teams in the league in the first three weeks (thank you fixture secretary). I thought it would get a bit easier after that, I was wrong. We’ve struggled to find consistency so far but hopefully that is changing now.
Your 7-1 win against Llysfaen last weekend was a great result. What was good about the performance?
Everything in that game came off for us. By adding two experienced players to the team the passing, the movement, set pieces, it just gave the whole squad such a lift and confidence. Just so pleased for the lads, it’s about keeping that momentum going now.
Is it difficult for you to attract players given the amount of clubs in the Conwy valley competing for local talent?
We are in a small catchment area for attracting players, with Machno, Cerrig and Llanrwst close by it does make it harder to get the Local lads in. So we’ve had to broaden our search and we have players from Bangor, Llanrwst, Llandudno, St Asaph, Cerrig, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Eglwysbach. Then the fun starts in creating a team and squad.
Betws-y-Coed is a beautiful place – what sort of support does the football team get from the community?
I’m being biased here and would say that we play in the most picturesque village in North Wales and we’ve been really lucky over the past 7 years since we’ve reformed the club, in that the Local businesses, social members of the club and Local people have been so generous to us in sponsorship and without their support we wouldn’t have a club. Special mention to The Waterloo Hotel, Glenn, Katie, Pete the Chef and all the staff who look after us on game day, best after match food and refreshments in North Wales.
What has been your highlight as Betws-y-Coed manager so far?
My highlight isn’t a game as such, it’s about a young player, Jack Parry from Llandderfel, Bala. He was our player of the year in our first season and was involved in an accident which was life changing for him. He has fought so hard to recover and to see him run out on a football pitch once again is and should be an inspiration to all who know him and have played in the same team as him. Class act. We host a charity match every year against Llandderfel towards the Wales Air Ambulance, we’ve raised a couple of thousand pounds towards such a great cause.
What do you think of the overall standard of Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Division One? Who do you see winning the title?
Llanelwy Athletic are surely favourites to win the league, a very good team. To be fair the standard is very good, maybe more so than previous seasons. With the young teams coming into our league now who are playing a brand of football straight from the academies, it’s great to watch and great experience for them.
Which players should we watch out for in Betws colours? Do you have a lot of young talent coming through?
You’re trying to get me into trouble! To name but two, I’d have to say Rhys Williams is a tricky winger, can play up top as well, he’ll turn you inside out! Sam Hawkins also, towering centre half, great in the air. Got a few young lads in the squad, some haven’t played senior football before so it’s very interesting to see how they develop over the coming months.
Do you need new players? How would someone go about joining the club if they are interested?
Always on the lookout for new players willing to join us. We have training every Tuesday evening 7-8pm at Llanrwst Leisure Centre.
What are your future hopes for CPD Betws-y-Coed?
To progress as we are doing, to keep on developing as a club, win, lose or draw, giving young talent a chance to play football, whatever their ability and hopefully down the line that’ll breed success for future players of this great club.
Source : DailyPost