Llandyrnog and district summer football league

Denbighshire Archives is home to thousands of boxes – put end to end the number of boxes we hold would cover the length of 40 football pitches! In each of these boxes are historical records and each of these records is a story or a memory of the everyday lives of the people of Denbighshire.

Amongst the collections  we keep are the Llandyrnog and District Summer League records which tell the story of the league and it’s committees, officials and players. These records include committee minutes dated 1927–1993 and newspaper reports 1977–1988 which include reports on the decision made by the Welsh F.A. not to recognise the Summer League.

At a meeting held at the Cocoa Rooms in Llandyrnog in early 1927 representatives from the villages of Llandyrnog, Llanrhaeadr, Trefnant and Tremeichion (Bodfari were unable to attend but did express an interest) met to discuss the formation of a summer league where matches could be played during the long summer evenings. These five clubs became the founder members of the league and Llandyrnog and Llanrhaeadr have remained in it ever since without a break.

Not much has been recorded in print about the first season but it is known Trefnant were the Champions and Llandyrnog the runners up. It would seem from this league table found on the front page of the Denbighshire Free Press newspaper on 23 April 1927 that the winners took an early lead.

Denbighshire Free Press, 23 April 1927

Denbighshire Free Press, 23 April 1927

It was recorded in the committee minutes on 8 June 1934 that at a recent match between Henllan and Lladyrnog the referee was seized by the throat by the Captain of the Llandyrnog team at the end of the match and his shirt torn to shreds.

Extract from the committee minutes, 1934 (DD/DM/1196/1)

Extract from the committee minutes, 1934 (DD/DM/1196/1)

In 1977 two new competitions were introduced by the League to commemorate the Jubilee season. A seven a side competition was staged for primary school children and Rhewl were the winners, beating Llandyrnog in the final. There was also a knock out competition for the under 16’s with eleven players on each side. The final was played at Tremeichion and Llandyrnog beat Rhewl.

Denbighshire Free Press, Llandyrnog Under 16’s in 1977 (DD/DM/1196/6)

Denbighshire Free Press, Llandyrnog Under 16’s in 1977 (DD/DM/1196/6)

The photograph above shows Mr. Robert Emlyn Jones, president of the Llandyrnog and District Village Summer League, presenting the under 16’s trophy to David Jones, captain of the winning side, Llandyrnog.

In 1977, Llandyrnog won the League Championship with four points to spare over their rivals, Henllan. Llandyrnog also won the Shield Competition.

Denbighshire Free Press, 3 August 1977 (DD/DM/1196/6)

Denbighshire Free Press, 3 August 1977 (DD/DM/1196/6)

The North Wales Times Knock Out Shield was won by Llandyrnog and pictured is “Miss Summer League” presenting the shield to the team captain, Ray Humphreys.

All newspaper cuttings have been published with the permission of the Denbighshire Free Press.

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The history of the Llandyrnog and District Summer Football League 1927 – 2006, written by Robert Emlyn Jones is available to read at our office.

 

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