On the southern banks of Snowdonia sits Clwb Pel-Droed Llanberis, one of North Wales most historic clubs.
Founded back in 1890 with the help of Wales and Preston keeper Dr Mills, the ancient club currently ply their trade in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Football League First Division.
At the time of writing, The Locomotives sit seventh in the table with a handful of games in hand over their league rivals. Llanberis are a club that are constantly looking to evolve and press forward having been promoted from the Second Division last season. And this mentality has seen the clubs facilities in particular win over many visiting teams and fans.
Club secretary, Eurwyn Thomas told Football Focus: “We get very favourable comments from visiting teams due to the newly built Club House with plenty of room for changing and hot showers after the match, one of the best facilities within North Wales. A
“We are always looking at ways to expand and improve the facilities with grants available from the FA of Wales.
“The facilities are hired out throughout the year for events such as The Snowdon Race, the Marathon Eryri and the Slateman Triathlon.”
As for many lower league sides, youth football is extremely important in supplying the first team squad with enough players to compete throughout a tough campaign.
“Youth football is very important in order to feed through the various junior and youth teams to supply the First Team. We regularly see progression from the junior teams, to the youth team and into the first team.” continued Thomas.
The Locomotives have progressed well in the Cup this season, having reached the semi-finals of the Cookson Cup earlier in February thanks to a penalty shootout victory against rivals Pwllheli FC.
The game ended level after 90 minutes with a goal apiece, with Gethin Fon Williams scoring for Llanberis. And after a goalless extra time, Llanberis finally came out victorious, edging a tense penalty shootout 4-3 and booking their place in the semis with a trip to Caernarfon Town in the next round.
On his hopes for the future, Thomas said: “We gained promotion from the Second Division last season – and we hope to maintain our present position in the top half of the First Division at the end of the season.
“Over the next five years we want to gain promotion to the Cymru Alliance League and to win the FA Trophy Cup.
“We want to maintain our position as one of the best teams within the Welsh Alliance League.”