Getting to know: Colwyn Bay FC

At the end of the season many football clubs move between divisions and leagues, but there aren’t many who will be moving country and have done before.

Colwyn Bay FC was founded and played its first match in January 1881 and was a member of the North Wales Coast Football League until 1921 when The Bay joined the Welsh National League.

The Bay enjoyed some success in this, winning the League Cup in 1928 and finishing as league runners-up in both 1928 and 1930. In July of 1930 Colwyn Bay featured in the English League system for the first time playing in the North Wales Football Combination. They celebrated there move to English football by taking the title at the end of the 1930/31 season.

This spell in England only lasted until 1937 as after finishing bottom of the league for the past two seasons, The Bay struggled with transport and finances and rejoined the Welsh League North.

After the Second World War the club again featured in the Welsh League and proved to be highly successful, starting off with a runners-up spot at the end of the first season and ending by taking the league title in 1983 and 1984. In 1984 however, the club crossed the border back to England with election to the Bass North West Counties League. It was also at this time that the Bay left their Eirias Park ground for their present Llanelian Road base. 

In October 1991 news broke that the Football Association of Wales, in readiness for a creation of a new League of Wales, would withdraw a sanction for all non league clubs currently playing in England. At the end of a highly successful first season in the Northern Premier League, the club had a big decision to make and gave it’s supporters a choice. Either join the new League of Wales or go into exile whilst the club continued its battle with the Welsh FA for the right to play in the English pyramid, the fight was eventually finalised during April 1995 in the High Court in London and the Bay won the case against the Welsh FA.

Earlier this year it was announced that Colwyn Bay FC was to end its 35 year stay in the English game due to financial reasons and was set to move to the Welsh second tier.

Everyone here at ClimbingTheLeagues would just like to wish everyone at Colwyn Bay FC all the best for the future and all the success back in Welsh Football. #UpTheBay

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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