Blog closing down

By Tim Channon on Jun 7, 14 03:10 PM

THIS blog is being closed down due to IT changes at Trinity Mirror. All future Colwyn Bay FC news, match previews and reports will now be found on the Colwyn Bay FC club website at or via

Summer Junior tournament

By Tim Channon on May 28, 14 02:22 PM

COLWYN BAY FC are holding their second Annual Junior Summer Tournament in June and places are now filling up fast.
The dates and age categories are as follows (spaces left are in brackets):
June 21: Under-9 (3)
June 22: Under-7 (5) and under-8 (4)
June 28: Under-11 (8)
June 29: Under-12 (4)
The tournaments provide a chance of junior teams to play against entries already confirmed from Cheshire, Manchester, Liverpool, Gwynedd, Anglesey, Denbighshire, Wrexham, Wirral and Conwy.
E-mail for a Tournament Info Pack.

Reserve team trials changed

By Tim Channon on May 15, 14 10:49 AM

COLWYN BAY are to hold reserve team trials for next season at Ysgol Bryn Elian in Colwyn Bay on Monday June 23rd from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The date has been changed from Wednesday June 25th.
The trails are open to all interested players of all ages and all positions.
Last season ten members of the reserve team made appearances for the club's first team so there is every chance of successful applications getting a chance with the Conference North squad if they show the right qualities.
Any players interested in attending the trials should contact Matt Sampson at the club by email on or telephone him at the club office on 01492 514680

Big savings on season tickets

By Tim Channon on May 11, 14 12:05 PM

COLWYN BAY have announced season ticket prices for the 2014/15 Conference North season, which offer supporters three-figure savings.
Chairman David Messom reports that the league have given an indication that the minimum entry price to Conference North and South matches may be raised to £12, but Colwyn Bay are to set their prices below that level at £11 for adults, £7 for concessions and £3 for children under 16 and students (on production of student card).
This will mean that the club will have the equal lowest admission prices in the league for next season.
Season tickets for adults are being prices at £220 which will include a free £3 programme for every league game and free entry to all the pre-season games (which will include some big clubs) if purchased by June 28th.
In total the package is worth £330 and therefore is a saving of £110 over the full season.
Concession season tickets (OAPs) are £125 including a free £3 programme for every league match and free entry to all pre-season games if purchased by June 28th.
In total the package is worth £234 over the season, providing a saving of £109
Season tickets for children and students with a valid student's card is £50. That will not include a free programme, but will include entry to all pre-season games if purchased by June 28th.
Season ticket application forms are now available from the club or can be downloaded from the website .
Mr Messon added that manager Frank Sinclair is in discussion with a number of clubs regarding pre-season games and confirmed at the moment are:
Thurs July 10: at home to Fleetwood Town (1st team squad).
Tues July 15: home to Wrexham 1st team squad.
Tues July 29: home to Bala Town.
The manager is also hopeful of finalising games against Burnley, Leicester City, Macclesfield Town and possibly Manchester City.
Frank has also confirmed that he and all members of the first team squad will participate in the Gay Speed Memorial 10k run on July 13 and supporters will have a chance to run alongside their favourite player.
The disappointing news is that the local council have decided not to renew their shirt sponsorship deal with the club for next season.
Mr Messon commented: "It is especially disappointing when the club has been doing its utmost to promote the area, and has recently announced a major 10k fun run in July in memory of Gary Speed. That is is expected to attract considerable attention to Colwyn Bay and boost tourism in the middle of summer with runners from all over the UK already committed to attending and using local hotels and facilities.
"The club had not been looking for another shirt sponsor up to this point as they had earlier been given an indication that the council support would be forthcoming."

Chris Sanna leaves the Seagulls

By Tim Channon on May 10, 14 01:30 PM

Chris Sannaedited.jpgCOLWYN BAY have announced that goalkeeper Chris Sanna has decided to leave the club after seven seasons and 227 appearances.
Chairman David Messon reported: "I have had a chat with Chris and wished him all the best and said that he will always be welcomed back to the club.
"He wanted Frank to guarantee he would always be the first choice next season. Unfortunately Frank could not do that as we are signing Josh Ollerenshaw who has been released by Fleetwood.
"Frank wanted to play whoever was performing best.
"I can understand Chris's situation not wanting to travel long distances to away matches and not playing, and at least two other clubs were after him.
"It is sad but these things happen in football and the goalkeeper position is one of those where you can't play him in other positions.
"We will be signing Josh Clark as our other keeper."
Chris Sanna tweeted: "Would like to thank everyone @colwynbayfc for their support over past 7 seasons. Have loved every minute of being involved with such a great club. I'm sad to leave but also really proud to see the club in the position it is."

Reserves deny Denbigh the title

By Tim Channon on May 9, 14 09:26 PM

COLWYN BAY Reserves came from behind to draw 2-2 with Denbigh Town in their final game of the season tonight and deny their opponents the league championship.
Denbigh had to win to the game to pip Caernarfon Town for the title and they took the lead in the first half with a goal from Rhys Llwyd.
But Colwyn Bay turned the game round in the second half and two goals in five minutes by substitute Sion Noble put them 2-1 up with 12 minutes remaining.
The referee then handed Denbigh a lifeline with an unbelievable decision.
Bay keeper Gareth Rees made a brilliant point blank range save in a one-on-one with a Denbigh player who then collided with Rees has he made a second save from a follow up shot - only for the referee to give a penalty and show a red card to Rees.
Denigh's Kristian Pierce scored from the spot and Denbigh poured forward chasing a winner, but Bay's 10 men battled well to hold out through eight minutes of added time to secure the draw with sub keeper Joe Pitts in goal.
Colwyn Bay: Rees, Taylor, Waters, Graham, Ellis, Hodgson, Sheridan (Pitts 85mins), Algeiri (Littler 90 mins), Watson, Collier (Noble 66mins), O'Connor. Subs not usede: Thomas, Seddon.

AFTER the game Josh Graham was named Players' Player of the Season, Adam Hodgson took the Manager's Player of the Season award and Ryan Watson lifted the golden boot award as the leading goalscorer with 14 goals.

Reserves hit Llandudno for six

By Tim Channon on May 6, 14 09:25 PM

Ryan Watson.jpgCOLWYN BAY Reserves beat Llandudno 6-0 tonight to secure a top five finish in the North Wales Premier Reserve League in their first season.
The Seagulls put in an excellent performance and were 3-0 up at half-time.
Ryan Watson (pictured) scored from a good run and cross from Sean Sheridan and then added a second as he ran clear to beat the advancing keeper.
Watson missed a good chance of his hat-trick before Joe Collier added the third with a clever chip over the keeper on 35 minutes.
The Bay continued to dominate in the second half and Josh Graham got the fourth after Adam Hodgson had a shot blocked by the keeper following a free kick, and then Graham added the fifth as the ball fell to him in the area from another free kick.
Llandudno keeper Rob Rimmington did well to save in three one-on-ones to deny Sheridan, Watson and Declan O'Connor, but he could only help a shot from O'Connor into the net for Bay's sixth on 78 minutes.
Colwyn Bay's final game is at home to title-chasing Denbigh Town on Friday (7.30pm kick off). Denbigh need to win the game to pip Caernarfon Town for the championship and will be presented with the trophy after the game if they are successful.
Colwyn Bay will hold their Reserves Player of the Season awards in the clubhouse after the game.
Colwyn Bay: Gareth Rees, Jordan Taylor (c), Jules Waters, Josh Graham, Fabien Ellis, Adam Hodgeson, Sean Sheridan (Ashley Seddon 74mins), Dewi Algeiri (Chris Littler 61mins), Ryan Watson (Sion Noble 82mins), Joe Collier, Declan O'Connor. Subs not used: Robbie Thomas, Joe Pitts.

End of season awards

By Tim Channon on May 4, 14 12:02 AM

Danny Taylor.jpgDANNY TAYLOR capped an excellent season by winning two awards at Colwyn Bay's end of season presentation dinner.
The 22-year-old right back was voted the Player's Player of the Season and also took the Supporters' Player of the season trophy.
Marc Williams was named as the Manager's Player of the Year by Frank Sinclair for the impact he made on the team since joining the club in October.
Other players to win awards were :Tom Smyth (East Midlands and Norwegian branches of the supporters Club Player of the Season); Jamie Crowther (Most Improved Player); Anthony Stevens (Chairman's Young Player of the Season); Rob Hopley (Top goal scorer with 16); and Gareth Evans (Most appearances, with 46 out of 47 games).
All the players received medals for achieving the club's highest points total in three seasons in the Conference North.
There was also a Lifetime Achievement award (the Elfed Morris Memorial award) to 84-year-old club stalwart Glyn Jabez Jones, who has been a player, fundraiser and supporter for over 65 years, and a Life Membership award to former club secretary Grant McIndoe who is retiring after 11 years as a member of the board.

EARLIER in the day Dave Challinor's AFC Fylde secured promotion to the Conference North by beating Ashton United on penalties in the Evostik Play-off final.
Challinor guided Colwyn Bay into the Conference as player-manager in 2011 and emailed: "It will be great to come back (to Colwyn Bay); great memories."
The Fylde squad also included other former Seagulls Danny Lloyd and Karl Noon.

COLWYN BAY Reserves gained their second victory in four days to move into the top five of the North Wales Premier Reserve League thanks to a 4-0 success at Glan Conwy tonight.
The Seagulls were 3-0 up at half-time after Declan O'Connor gave them a flying start with a goal inside 52 seconds.
Ryan Watson added a second goal on 28 minutes and Sion Noble had a goal ruled out for offside before Watson got his second of the game a minute before the break.
In the second half Jules Waters got the fourth on 84 minutes when Colwyn Bay were down to 10 men after player-boss Chris Thompson had to go off with a knee injury having already used his three substitutes.
Colwyn Bay's penultimate game is at home to Llandudno on Tuesday May 6th (7.30pm kick off) when they can cement a fifth place finish if they make it a hat-trick of wins in eight days.
Colwyn Bay's team tonight was: Gareth Rees, Jordan Taylor (c), Jules Waters, Josh Graham, Fabian Ellis, Adam Hodgson, Sean Sheridan (Joe Collier 71mins), Sion Noble (Chris Thompson 61mins), Ryan Watson, Declan O'Connor (Matt Sampson 72mins). Subs not used: Joe Pitts, David Algieri.

Good win for Reserves

By Tim Channon on Apr 29, 14 10:27 AM

COLWYN BAY Reserves had an excellent 3-0 victory over Llanrwst United tonight to go above them in the table and to within two points of fifth-placed Llandudno with two games in hand.
Joe Collier gave the Seagulls a 1-0 half-time lead with a shot from outside the penalty area, although player-manager Chris Thompson almost opened the scoring in the first five minutes with a shot that was curling into the top corner before the Llanrwst keeper pulled off a fine save to tip the ball round the post.
Thompson also missed a chance with a header just before the break from a good ball by Chris Littler.
However, the player-boss scored twice in the second half to secure the points.
He ran onto a pass from Ryan Watson and lobbed the keeper from outside the box, and then added Bay's third goal when Declan O'Connor drilled the ball into him from the left wing.
Sion Noble went close to adding a fourth as he turned a defender but put his shot narrowly over the bar.
Colwyn Bay had Jordan Taylor sent off for a harsh second yellow card in the last 15 minutes, but Chris Thompson commented: "Overall it was a good win and the players are now looking forward to the match at Glan Conwy on Friday."
Colwyn Bay: Gareth Rees, Jordan Taylor, Fabian Ellis, Josh Graham, David Algeiri (Jules Waters 60mins), Chris Littler, Adam Hodgson, Sean Sheridan (Ryan Watson 55mins), Joe Collier, Declan O'Connor, Chris Thompson (Sion Noble 73mins). Subs not used: Matt Sampson, Joe Pitts.
Remaining games are:
May 2nd: Glan Conwy (away) 6.30pm.
May 6th: Llandudno (home) 7.30pm.
May 9th: Denbigh Tn (Home) 7.30pm

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Tim Channon

Tim Channon - Tim Channon is a former Sports Editor of the North Wales Weekly News and has covered Colwyn Bay FC for many years. Now retired, he still reports on the club he has come to love.

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