Nomads are the 21st birthday winners
GAP Connah's Quay became the champions in April 2011 as the Huws Gray Alliance celebrated its 21st birthday.
Prior to February 1990, there had been attempts by various bodies in North and Mid Wales at forming a joint league covering their area. Progress was impeded by arguments and disagreements and was about to come to nothing when the FAW intervened by formulating a plan to initialise a fully national League by the 1992-93 season.
As an interim measure and part of a structured pyramid system the formation of a North & Mid-Wales premier league was essential and a meeting of interested clubs was arranged on Sunday 12th February at Flint. FAW Secretary Alun Evans outlined the proposals and stated that “there WILL be a North Wales equivalent to the Welsh Football League in the South next season”.
Mr Evans continued “Some leagues will be ruffled by what is going to happen but soccer in this region has been stagnating for too long. It is a bold step forward which is being imposed which I being imposed on those who could not previously agree”
Welsh Alliance secretary Trefor Lloyd Hughes added “I am wholeheartedly behind this plan and I say that as secretary of a League that is likely to lose most clubs”. Mr Hughes was also active within the FAW in support of the plan.
Sixteen of the eighteen clubs present indicated strong interest to join from what would be the new league’s feeder leagues in the proposed pyramid system – the Welsh Alliance, Central Wales League and the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area).
The setting up of the new League was administered by the FAW– under the control of Mr Evans – and application forms were circulated to all clubs that voiced interest.
Twenty-two clubs eventually applied to join the new league and prior to selection were asked to complete a questionnaire before the final sixteen chosen by the FAW. Clubs had to satisfy the governing body that they recognised the responsibility of membership as being part of the creation of a National League in two year’s time and aimed at criteria that would fall in line with that proposal.
The sixteen selected were:
Caersws FC, Carno FC, CPD Penrhyncoch, Llanidloes Town, Welshpool AFC from the Central Wales League
Bethesda Athletic, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Conwy United, CPD Porthmadog, Flint Town United, Holywell Town and Nantlle Vale FC from the Welsh Alliance
Brymbo Steelworks, Gresford Athletic and Mold Alexandra from the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area).
Elfed Ellis became the League’s chairman with John Eifion Lloyd – Vice-Chairman and J.O.Hughes taking the Treasurer’s role.
Terrence Hewitt was released from his duties with the WNL (Wrexham Area) to become League Secretary.
Since then the Cymru Alliance has established itself as the second tier of the pyramid in the North with regular promotion and relegation between it and the Welsh Alliance and WNL (Wrexham Area) leagues.
Photo: Nomads' skipper Craig Jones and manager Mark McGregor with the Alliance trophy