With no football to keep us entertained right now, it is a perfect time to look back on some of the greatest moments in the history of our domestic game in Wales, and what better way to do that then through the eyes of the people who have made them happen?
That’s why we’ve reached out to some familiar faces from the domestic game in Wales to hear more from them about what their best moments have been during their time spent in the Welsh game.
Today, you can hear from one of the most renowned faces and voices of our domestic game in Wales – Sgorio’s Dylan Ebenezer – as he picks his top five moments in JD Cymru Leagues history.
1 – The first weekend of the JD Cymru Premier
The first weekend of the old Welsh Premier League is definitely my first moment. It is the quiz question everyone wants to know the answer to – who scored the first goal of the competition, and it is Mitch Patten for Afan Lido, and for some reason that will always stick with me.
I just remember the hassle and the arguments about setting up the league, and there was just such hard work being done to make this happen because we had to have it. There were clubs that refused to take part in it, but they eventually came in, and seeing Colwyn Bay last summer come into the pyramid again too, that was just one of the biggest moments, but that first weekend when it all kicked off in 1992 was so special.
Many of the clubs aren’t in the league anymore – only Aberystwyth and Newtown have been in it for every season, of course – but that first weekend was outstanding, a significant occasion indeed.
2 – Barry Town winning the 1999 FAW Premier Cup
They beat Wrexham and won the treble – the league, the league cup and the Premier Cup, and the significance of a club playing its football in the Welsh domestic system beating Wrexham at the Racecourse to win a trophy was just massive to me.
It capped off a golden period for the club, too. I’ve never seen anything like that team, to be honest -they were just all outstanding, and winning the Premier Cup was a sign of their dominance.
3 – Bangor City winning the JD Cymru Premier in 2011
That last game of the season against TNS will live long in the memory. It was just staggering. At Farrar Road, they had to beat TNS to win the league. Bangor had started the season winning 15 games in a row and looked unstoppable, but TNS had clawed the gap back and I think they were a point clear going into that game, so Bangor had to win and they did in some style.
The sun was shining, Farrar Road was packed, I was commentating – it was just an unbelievable occasion – and that was Nev Powell’s big moment after taking that team to win three JD Welsh Cups on the bounce as well.
4 – TNS breaking Ajax’s World Record for most consecutive wins
A 2-0 Friday night win for TNS at Cefn Druids isn’t perhaps the most startling event in the league, but to break Ajax’s World Record that had stood for decades to secure 27 straight wins in domestic competitions was so significant to show their dominance.
How they maintained those standards for so long, they deserve enormous credit, and again Barry Town had their moment winning the FAW Premier Cup, but I think TNS breaking that record showed their dominance in the same way. They’ve been so good for so long and they play football, they put the league out there to such a wide audience with that achievement, and like they’ve done for the last 20 years with their achievements, it was some achievement.
5 – The next weekend we play
The next game of Welsh domestic football to be played will be massive for me. I never thought things would come to a stop as they have done – it is a bit scary, but there are far more important things in football!
That next weekend, whenever it is, when everybody is back and when games are being played will be one of the most significant moments in our history, so I can’t wait for that, and hopefully it will be ending this season, but we’ll see what happens!