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Port v Llangefni - 22/09/99

I am really pleased to be able to write tonight's notes as it gives me an opportunity to give some facts to counter the rumour mon-gers who so often surround foot-ball dubs and who continually try to undermine the managers posi-tion and criticising every move. Our last two results, a league defeat at Cemaes Bay and a disap-pointing exit on Saturday from the Welsh Cup have certainly fuelled these arguments but to my mind one defeat in five away games in the league is not bad, though I concede our home form of one draw and one defeat is not good, especially when expectations are so high with many people who have limited football knowledge writing off the other sixteen teams in the Cymru Alliance, Llandudno, Flint, Holywell, Oswestry, Rhydymwyn, Welshpool etc. have not only invested in excellent facilities but have also employed some excellent players and are going for it as well.

A visit last week to tonight's visitors Llangefniís new ground shows their ambition with excel-lent facilities and a new social club and bar ready for opening on the ground. Not surprisingly they also have the latest member elected to the League management committee as one of their directors, when will Porthmadog have a Director prepared to give his time on such a committee. Remember the last one was Iwan Jones our ex chairman and that was five years ago.

It is true I have offered my resignation as team manager to our newly elected Board of Directors, they will meet next weekend and it gives them the opportunity to make their own decisions. They are now in control of a company limited by guarantee that is free from the strangulation of debt and doom, a far cry from when I first arrived at the club. I don't consider my job at Y Traeth finished and can only report that during my four year tenure as manager the club has set up a Supporters Club, the Football in the Community Scheme, a highly successful bingo has been re-start-ed, car boot sales, a lease taken on the Legion club and new directors attracted to the club, During this period players have been trans-ferred from the club for substantial sums and ambitious plans drawn up for ground development and grants applied for, and above all else all previous debts have been cleared. My input into all these projects has to be judged by oth-ers but my conscience is dear and I have put in a lot of work on behalf of Porthmadog FC and will continue to do so.

This weeks Wales on Sunday revelations regarding FAW min-utes etc. make it imperative that Porthmadog continue to improve the stadium and continue off the field fund raising if we are to advance the club not only back into the League of Wales but also into Europe.

Tonight's match promises to be an exciting battle as we strive to get back to winning ways and Llangefni look to maintain their good start to the season at the higher level.


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