Blaenau Amateurs

Ground - Cae Clyd

Founded - 1980

Nickname - The Quarrymen

BLAENAU Amateurs Football Club joining the new national league will see the famous slate town compete at the highest level in their history.

While the modern day club was founded in 1980 the town has a long football history with several clubs recorded to have existed during the 1880s, including a Ffestiniog Town, Blue Stars, Juniors and Ffestiniog Athletic.

Blaenau Ffestiniog were founder members of the Cambrian League in 1896 and the Caernarfonshire League in 1901 and the North Wales Coast League from 1904.

As the town’s population boomed to more than 10,000 at the start of the 20th century interest in football increased with the club entering the North Wales Coast League in 1906 and won the title in 1913.

The famous L R Roose signed for Blaenau Festiniog in this season in 1910, and an application by the club to have this form returned to them was refused by the management committee.

The club reformed as Blaenau Ffestiniog Comrades of the Great War though came to be known as Blaenau Ffestiniog FC and joined the North Wales Coast League in 1920 and Welsh League North from 1935 to 1939.

The club resumed following the end of the Second World War, rejoining the Welsh League North in 1946.

The title was finally won in 1962 and again a decade later in 1972 and successive championships in 1973 and 1974.

The club even competed in the FA Cup for three seasons between 1972 and 1975.

However following the club’s 1980 title and Welsh Amateur Cup win a growing discord between local players and the club led to the formation of Blaenau Amateurs Football Club with former West Bromwich Albion star Gwilym Roberts appointed manager.

Blaenau Ffestiniog would lose a second Welsh Amateur Cup final in 1982.

Meanwhile the Amateurs entered the Vale of Conwy League while Blaenau Ffestiniog continued to compete in the Welsh League North until 1984 when the club became founder members of the Welsh Alliance though folded in 1986.

The Amateurs won the Vale of Conwy League title in 1988 and promotion to the Gwynedd League.

Financial problems led to the club returning to the Vale of Conwy League in 1996 before bouncing back in 2000 and in 2009 the club celebrated their first ever Gwynedd League title and promotion to the Welsh Alliance.

The Quarrymen have since competed in the Welsh Alliance though not brought further silverware to Cae Clyd.