International: Ynys Môn

As we continue our International Series, we think its only fair that we look at the hosts of the ongoing 2019 Inter Island Games Football Tournament Ynys Môn.

The Ynys Môn football team represents the island of Anglesey at the biannual Island Games. Ynys Môn is not a member of FIFA or UEFA, it is an island county within Wales and plays under the auspices of the Football Association of Wales, the governing body for football in Wales.

Anglesey is an island off the north coast of Wales with an area of 276 square miles. Anglesey is by far the largest island in Wales and the seventh largest in the British Isles. Anglesey is also the largest island in the Irish Sea by area, and the second most populous island after the Isle of Man.

Back to football now and The Anglesey League, comprising teams from Amlwch, Beaumaris, Holyhead, Menai Bridge, Llandegfan, and Llangefni, was formed in the 1895–1896 football season.

Tourism is the main economy on Anglesey so the hosting of a football tournament will be a great benefit to the local economy. The only reason that the tournament is being hosted on the island is because Gibralter the host of the 2019 Island Games where the football normally takes place couldn’t host a football tournament due to lack of football pitches.

The Huws Gray Ynys Môn, will be competed as a round robin tournament between three teams split into three groups followed by knock out ties. Alongside the mens tournament, a womens tournament will also be held featuring six different sides split into two groups.

From everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we’d just like to wish everyone all the best during the tournament.

International: Huws Gray Ynys Môn Inter-Island Games

Something a bit different now for our Non-Fifa International Series, today we are going to be talking about an entire tournament not just a single ‘nation’.

Being held between the 15th and 22nd of June in Anglesey, Wales  It is being organised due to the hosts of the 2019 Island Games, Gibraltar being unable to run a tournament due to lack of pitches. As football is one of the most popular sports at the games it was decided to hold the matches elsewhere, albeit with the results not officially part of the Island Games history.

Poster for the tournament : Credit @Ynysmon2019

It was announced on 1 May 2018 that the Welsh island had been chosen as the preferred venue to host. In August of that year 12 clubs put forward their names to hold matches and the draw for both the men’s and women’s competitions were made on 19 November by Wayne Hennessey and Osian Roberts. The sponsors of the games were Anglesey based Huws Gray builders merchants.

The Round-Robin tournament is going to be host of mens and women football from many island such as Alderney, Orkney, Jersey, The Shetlands and many more. All of these teams are Non-Fifa or UEFA Affiliated, with the exception of the Gibralter Women’s team who despite their football association being members of UEFA and FIFA, havent appeared in any of their competitions therefore qualifying to play at the Island Games.

Although this tournament will not be recognized as an official ‘Island Games’, the hosts of it Anglesey are set to host the full competition in 2025, meaning this is a great opportunity for a trial run for the island. Its also hoped that hosting these competitions will spark the re-emergence of an Anglesey Academy side and create many more positives for Ynys Mon’s footballers.

The Isle of Man are the reigning Island Games men’s football champions after they beat Greenland 6-0 in last year’s final in Gotland, however as this tournament isnt allowed in the history books, they will remain champions going into the tournament in Guernsey in 2021.

Everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ would just like to wish everyone all the best for the tournament and we will see you in Anglesey.