Llanfairpwll FC have pulled out of the Welsh Alliance after 33 years.
The Maes Eilian club – who joined the league in 1985 – decided on Monday night to withdraw ahead of the new season, because they were unable to appoint a new manager to stay in the Alliance.
But the club is still preparing for the new season and is set to join the Kon X Anglesey League, under new manager Steve Hughes and coach ‘Spud’ Thomas.
Last month saw the departure of ex-Bangor City and Porthmadog coach Ioan Llewellyn after just eight months in charge. Chairman Steve Mullen also stood down – a move described as ”a step towards breathing new life into the club.”
Llanfairpwll moved quickly to appoint Sam James-Smith as the first chairwoman since the club was founded in 1899. But the club says despite applicants and many inquiries, they’ve been unable to find a replacement for Llewellyn to ensure their Welsh Alliance presence and have struggled with a lack of players.
The decision to drop down two divisions came at a committee meeting on Monday. In a statement to the league, club secretary Alan Mummery said: ”We are very sorry to have to take this action, and thank the league and officials for all the assistance given over the years, and wish you all the best for the forthcoming season.”