CPD Porthmadog

Ground - Traeth

Founded - 1884

Nickname - Port

PORTHMADOG Football Club arrive in the third division as among the most distinguished clubs and favourites to return to JD Cymru North.

The club was founded in 1884 and founder members of the Cambrian League in 1896 before winning the Caernarfonshire League in 1901 and North Wales Coast League title at the first attempt after joining in 1903.

Porthmadog finished runners-up in the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1906 before resigning from the North Wales Coast League the following season.

The club returned to the North Wales Coast League in 1919 though had to wait until 1938 before winning the title.

The club struggled in the Welsh League North following the end of the Second World War.

However the 1950s was an era of success with the club winning the Welsh Amateur Cup in 1956 and 1957 and losing finalists in 1958.

After losing its amateur status, and signing Mel Charles, the team had more success.

In 1966, the club played against Swansea City in the Welsh Cup and the replay at the Vetch attracted Swansea's largest crowd of the season, 10,941.

The Welsh League North title was won for the first time in 1967, the first of three consecutive titles with the championship also won in 1968 and 1969, while the club also entered the FA Cup for the first time.

The club also reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup in 1974 and brought the Welsh League North title back to the Traeth in 1975 and 1976 before entering the FA Cup for the final time in 1981.

The club became founder members of the Gwynedd League in 1983 only to withdraw before the start of the season and the club instead joined the newly formed Welsh Alliance in 1984.

Porthmadog won the title in 1990 to earn a place in the newly formed Cymru Alliance the following season and two years later the Traeth club became inaugural members of the League of Wales..

Six years in the top flight followed before relegation in 1998.

The Cymru Alliance title was won in 2003 as the club returned to the newly named Welsh Premier with a seven year stint at the top level before relegation back to the Alliance in 2011.

Despite boasting among the best facilities in the newly named JD Cymru North the club struggled on the pitch last season and suffered a surprising relegation to the third tier.