The 2019 season ended on the the 19th July with Llandyrnog winning the Shield final. The final was held at Rhewl, and Llandyrnog won 2-1 against Nantglyn. Congratulations to Llandyrnog and to Llangynhafal who won the league title with a total of 50 points, 6 points ahead of Henllan in second place.
A Little History
Organised Summer football in the Vale of Clwyd began in 1926, and apart for a break during the 2nd World War, has continued up to the present day. Although never officially sanctioned by the Football Association of Wales, the Summer League has provided countless thousands of young men with the opportunity of playing soccer for their local village team.
One of the main rules of the League which makes it different from most other football institutions is that players have to reside within a prescribed boundary for that club; historically other Summer Leagues have come and gone but they never had that residential rule. We believe that the longevity of the league is generally due to this rule even though demographic problems abound and have forced some villages to merge to survive.
The League Season
The League runs from mid April to the end of July and the matches are played on Monday and Thursday evenings.
Currently the League contains eleven teams all located in the Vale of Clwyd, except Caerwys and Ysceifiog in the Flintshire hills.
It was with great sadness that we learnt of the recent death of Alan Bridson.
Alan had been a staunch supporter of the Summer League for many years, first as a player and then with the management of Ysceifiog F.C. and then with the Summer League Executive Committee. Alan was chairman of the Summer League for many years also, and he will be sadly missed by everyone who is involved with summer football in the area.
Our sympathies go out to all of Alan’s family and friends.