It is fair to say has been a good year for the club, on and off the pitch.

In early January, while football in Wales was still suspended due to Covid-19, we appointed Steve Evans as our new manager.

Steve impressed us as a board when he spoke about his vision for the club and he has made a big impression since his first game in charge, a 6-1 win over Llanidloes.

Our 2-0 win at then Cymru Premier champions Connah’s Quay Nomads in the JD Welsh Cup quarter finals in February was a stand-out performance with a result to match.

Although we lost 1-0 to eventual winners – and Cymru Premier champions – The New Saints in the semi-final we certainly put down a marker that day.

Our support in Rhyl that Sunday afternoon was magnificent and showed a wider audience of the potential of this club. Crowds, both home and away, have been fantastic.

The rapport between the fans and players and staff is also very special and I say once again how much Steve and the team appreciate your support.

The new 1,000 stand is a development, which is currently underway, along with improvements to the ‘Shed End’ stand will make the 4 Crosses Construction Arena an impressive stadium.

I’m grateful to Dave and Brian Titchener as well as Bob Paton and David Messom for their endeavours in ensuring that the project has reached this point.

It will allow us to attract more international and representative games to Old Colwyn and a ground fit for the Cymru Premier.

The aim now is to secure promotion to the topflight and we can be pleased with how we have done the first half of the season – but of course there is still plenty of obstacles to overcome over the next four months or so.

As the year comes to and end we remember those that we lost during the past 12 months and our thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones and friends during the year.

The loss of young Elgan Jones in particular came as such a shock to everyone but his memory lives on as he is featured on the goalkeeper shirt of every side under the club’s umbrella.

Seeing so many youngsters involved with the Junior section and academy is also a source of pride and a big thanks to all the coaches, volunteers and parents who play such a vital role.

A big thank you to everyone who helps out with the club in so many ways on match days and nonmatch days, all playing different roles to make sure that the club continues to thrive.

I’d also like to thank my fellow board members for their help during the year while I’m grateful to the Supporters Club, who play such a key role in supporting the board in many ways and for their fundraising efforts, with the annual Christmas Raffle proving to be popular once again this year.

Diolch yn fawr to all that have played their part these past 12 months. The next few months will be pivotal for the club –all I can say is Come on the Bay!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year//Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda.

Neil Coverley