Cefn Albion Football Club
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Cefn Albion is a voluntary football club based in the village of Cefn Mawr, Wrexham in North Wales. At present the football club has two senior teams who both compete in the Welsh National League’s Premier Division (tier 3) and Reserves and Colts league respectively.
Following a number of years without a lower ranked team within the village, a small group of people including Haydn Evans and Dean Morris, who had once themselves represented past Cefn teams felt the urge to give something back to the younger people of their generation. From this, in June 2013, ‘Cefn Albion’ were established with the sole purpose of giving the local people another football club to be proud of.
Put together using the local people, both on and off the field ‘the Albion’ began life in the North East Wales League, wales’ fifth footballing tier based in the Flintshire area. Playing their home games at the well renowned MUGA in the heart of the village, the Albion’s opening season could not have gone any better as they stormed to success, winning the title and four out of a possible five cups that were available. For their efforts the team were promoted to the Welsh National League Division One, wales’ fourth tier based in the Wrexham area. In 2014/15 Albion hit the ground running and went on to clinch back to back titles narrowly missing out on a league and cup double, loosing in the final. However, with the main objective of promotion to the Welsh National League Premier Division achieved the primary goal was achieved. The hard work was paying off and the Albion were making waves!
Following a third successive promotion and the team now in Premier Division, other clubs were understandably taking note which resulted in the club losing a number of key players, as a result for 2016/17 season survival in the third tier was the main goal with a view to bringing through some of the younger players. Too often the club were witnessing talented local players travelling away from the village to play a game of football, so the committee made a bold decision to change that and together, focused hard on encouraging and helping more sixteen-year old’s transition from youth into adult’s football by announcing a reserve team. Cefn Albion Reserves were born. With an influx of young keen local players through the door, it turned out to be a good decision which has massively benefited the club today seeing several of those youngsters established in the first team squad.
With a respectable ninth place finish secured, the goal of survival was achieved but the season’s main highlight was lifting the league cup in front of 500 spectators defeating league stalwarts FC Nomads 4-2 in the final at the Rock, expectations were exceeded and it marked a third successive season of picking up some silverware.
Following the heroic 16/17 league cup success, the football club attracted the interest of some top local talent and with a couple of excellent signings mixed with the youngsters that were coming through the team headed into the 2017/18 in good shape.
Also, in 2017, the club announced the exciting news that they had formed an official working partnership with their Welsh Premier League neighbours Cefn Druids with an impetus of growing stronger links between two local football clubs and between the people within the Cefn Mawr community. The initial agreement led to Cefn Albion’s first team initially playing nine WNLPD home games on the 3G at the rock but due to its success the agreement was soon extended resulting in the team completing the remainder of the 2017/18 season at their new surroundings.
It became apparent to everyone at the football club the difference it made moving the first team to the 3G at the rock. During the season there was some fantastic free flowing football played and the team finished in a respectable fourth spot in a very competitive WNLPD. Despite Albion’s young reserves still occupying the MUGA they were also given the opportunity to play some of their fixture at the venue which was great for development and moral.
2017/16 League Cup Winners following a 4-2 win over FC Nomads at the Rock
Following some more successful talks between the two clubs, it was further announced that a new agreement had been reached ensuring that Albion would continue to use the impressive facility for the entirety of the 2018/19 WNLPD and cup competition fixtures. It was massive news for the football club and one that the chairman Haydn Evans, secretary Dean Morris, Cefn Druids Chairman John Hughes and all the other directors at the druids worked hard to make possible. Since the initial agreement both clubs have gone from strength to strength whilst witnessing a community benefit from the link.
#TOGETHER #COMMUNITYCLUB are just a couple of the example hash tags that are commonly used across the official social media platforms but that is exactly what the football club is about. From the supporters, to the committee right through to every player that represents us, there is a real togetherness which is not forced in any way. The fact that 99% of everyone involved at the football club is from within the village or surrounding villages helps it all come together naturally and that shows on and off the football pitch. That’s not to say that they do not encourage players who are not from the village, they are welcomed in and treated as part of the Cefn family.
The main ethos at the club is to provide a good foundation for any player that wants an opportunity to represent Cefn Albion and to give them something to be proud of. The volunteers work extremely hard behind the scenes and pump every penny that is raised back into the club to ensure that they operate as professionally as they can. All the football club expect back is good honest attitudes, hard work and commitment when pulling on the shirt. Results will eventually come. The motto is to concentrate on themselves and nobody else.
Cefn Albion First team squad 2018/19
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