Exiles announce homecoming

Published date: 23 February 2012 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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Llanymynech FC 

LLANYMYNECH could return to the Mid Wales football map after confirming its intentions to join the Montgomeryshire League next season.

The club reformed after several years hiatus last season and have spent the past campaign finding their feet in the North Shropshire Sunday Football League.

But the club has undeniable Welsh football heritage stretching back almost a century when it lost its first Montgomeryshire Cup Final to Llanfyllin Town in 1924.

The club won the county cup in 1926, 1927 and 1936 before maintaining its love affair with victory in 1946.

Despite losing the 1959 final the club went on to enjoy its finest hour in 1961 when a 6-1 win over the mighty Newtown saw it lift the trophy for a final time.

The club is now looking to promote its Welsh heritage ahead of their return to the Montgomeryshire League next season.

The club has adopted the traditional colours of a red strip with white shorts and blue socks and will play under the traditional badge which reflects the Exiles link to the past.

Manager Nathan Bartram said: “There has been a Llanymynech side on and off for nearly a century, and there was a time when it had great success. 

“This is an ambitious project and a long term one, but there is no doubt that we want the glory days to return and have a vision to see it happen.”

The village has two pitches straddling the border  with Bartram outlining plans to use the field on the Welsh side should the club be accepted.

In the meantime it would operate from nearby Llandrinio with a view to developing facilities in Llanymynech.

Montgomeryshire League secretary Bernie Jones welcomed the return of the famous border club.

“It is a traditional Mid Wales footballing village and their return is a massive boost for the football in this area.”

Spar Mid Wales League secretary Phil Woosnam added: “It is great news that a club with the potential of Llanymynech has shown its ambitions to join the Welsh set-up.”

Woosnam confirmed the club would need to be based in Wales were it ever to seek promotion to the Mid Wales League.


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