For decades, many Welsh football fans have crossed the border to follow some of the big clubs in the big cities of England. To this day, thousands of fans travel to watch clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool or Everton in the English Premier League.
However, more recently we have seen people put off by the commercialization of the English game and this has coincided with a huge increase in interest in Welsh football, with clubs like Colwyn Bay, Caernarfon Town and Flint Town United drawing crowds. over 1,000 people at the games.
Here we take a look at why – for a great day of football – there’s no need to leave North Wales.
The sense of community
One thing that cannot be underestimated is the sense of community which plays a huge role in the survival and growth of some of our more rural clubs.
Teams from small communities like Llansannan, Llannefydd, Bontnewydd and Aberffraw could not survive without the help and support of the locals.
It often galvanizes clubs like these and often results in large crowds during matches.
Keeping a club alive is often a thankless task and many hours of hard work by volunteers sometimes go unnoticed, but it is this community spirit that makes our game and our clubs so special.
The passion of the supporters
It is true that you get passionate supporters all over the world, but if you have ever seen a Caernarfon Town vs Bangor City or Holywell Town vs Flint Town United game, then you will know that the fans of these clubs are also passionate. Like any other.
Yes, the attendances may not look like a Merseyside or Manchester derby, but to those in attendance that means everything.
Local bragging rights and a healthy rivalry between clubs that are often a few miles apart is often the catalyst for a brilliant atmosphere and it is only recently that we have seen four-figure attendance. at Colwyn Bay vs Llandudno and Flint vs Connah’s Quay Nomads a few days apart. .
The social aspect
Can you imagine watching Liverpool play for Manchester United and then have a pint or two with Jurgen Klopp or Cristiano Ronaldo after the game? It would never happen.
But that’s one of the great things about our game. The players and management from both sides will happily mingle and chat with the supporters over a pint and discuss the game.
Most of the courts on the first three levels have bar facilities and also serve hot food so you can enjoy the game with a pint or two, sometimes even in the heat of the social club!
Some of the most breathtaking scenery you will see in the UK or even the world is often the backdrop to some of our grounds here in North Wales.
From the Pontcysyllte Viaduct overlooking the Acrefair pitch to Manod Mawr overlooking Cae Clyd de Blaenau Amateurs, there are beautifully picturesque football fields in our area.
What better place to enjoy a soccer game than with Eryri’s rugged mountainous terrain as a backdrop.
Unlike professional football in most of Europe, a day at a North Wales game won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
In fact, you could probably go to any Cymru Premier game with £ 15, drink a few pints, and come home with some change.
You can even go and watch most of the fourth and fifth level games for free.
The great thing about North Wales football is that they really appreciate your support so you will most likely receive a warm welcome at the turnstile.
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Thomas Lewis is a sports reporter for North Wales Live
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