Ffestiniog is a historic slate mining town in Gwynedd though its
population has declined from a peak of 12,000 to under 5,000 these
days. Tourism now forms an important part of the economy with local
attractions such as the Ffestiniog Railway and the Llechwedd Slate
Football in these parts dates back to the 1880s with various
local sides featuring in the archives. Just after the First World War
Ffestiniog FC became one of the most powerful clubs in North Wales
and other sides known as Town, Blue Stars, Juniors and Athletic have
represented the town.
Clyd is not the easiest to find if following the Sat Nav and is found
up a narrow road going south out of the town. There used to be a
stand which straddled the half way line on the far side from the
entrance.I heard they 'borrowed for a while, before the Railway
Authorities wanted it back. But to be honest it makes no difference
to the beauty of the place, except perhaps those without a brolly
when the heavens open.
Best View for a Goalie ever ?
once you do find Cae Clyd, life is good again. For when you enter it
is like steppng into a magical kingdom reminiscent to something out
of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. For the sweeping views at
every angle just leave you spellbound. For it is that beautiful.
Except when the rain and fog appear it all disappears like a magic
trick , only to reappear once it all lifts.
game itself was most enjoyable and played in half sunshine and half
rain showers. In fact it was raining goals as the bumper crowd
enjoyed a six goal feast. Vistors Penmaenmawr
played their part and even had the audacity to take a half time lead.
But the Reds came back strongly in the second half and scored the
winning goals in the last seven minutes to record their first victory
of the new season.
you walked passed the changing rooms despite the rain bouncing of the
windows you could hear happy celebrations from the home players . It
was reminiscent of the famous incantations of a Welsh Male Voice
Choir as if they just won the World Cup and 6 Nations ! It was
The happiest team in the world ?
was sadly time to say farewell to Cae Clyd and once again take time
to absorb the stunning surrounding views for another time before my
it get any better than this ? In a word ... No !
An excellent afternoon spent
high up on Emley Moor in the shadows of the transmitting station. FA
Cup fever had again started with the locals. The original Emley
AFC's history stretches back as far as 1903. They were somewhat
successful in Yorkshire non-league football over the years, winning
several championships but were perhaps most famous for their FA Cup
run in the later part of the 1990s which saw them playing against
West Ham United. That famous day back in Jan '98 the whole of the
village had made its way to East London and the unthinkable nearly
happened. Watch it HERE
Todays match was played in sunshine , light rain
showers, and strong winds of which both teams found hard to adapt to
in the first half. Shooting down the slope and with the wind behind
them in the second half Emley scored two quick goals. But fair play
to Ashton Athletic they fought back and made the last ten minutes
tense, especially for those in claret and blue.
tea hut was in operation today serving a bumper crowd with delicous
home made meat and potato pie , mushy peas and gravy. The famous
Emley Mixed Grill Raffle was also in operation but sadly a smaller
platter than when i visited four years ago. An excellent colour
programme with few adverts and with lots of information sold out
early. Probably one of the best programmes i have seen at a non
league club for a very long time. The modern bar displaying
memorabillia from their famous day out in East London in '98 hangs
proudly for all to see, was a hive of activity. A plethora of hoppers
were also in attendence which always boosts the attendence.
matches played on a Sunday at Emley have a special atmosphere -
simply superb !