Family's tribute to popular Anglesey football figure


Geraint Jones

THE family of a man who died in a road incident on Anglesey have paid tribute to a "wonderful son, brother and friend."  

Former Amlwch Town and Bodedern Athletic assistant character Wayne Rowlands, aged 27, of Llanrhyddlad, died after he suffered serious head injuries on Monday, April 14.

His father Gwyndaf said: "Wayne was a wonderful son, brother and friend. I can;t begin to think how I'll get used to not having him around

"Two things mattered most in his life - his family and football."

The former Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern pupils was a devoted father to his son Calan, aged four, and brother to Leah and Llio.

Llio and Leah said in a statemen via North Wales Police that tthey "could not have asked for a better brother."

 They added: "No telephone conversation with him would end before he said 'I love you.'"

"We are a close-knit family - Wayne was so generous and loving."

Amlwch Town  secretary Wayne Jones said the club was “saddened and devastated” by the news.

He said: “Wayne was a well-liked character and will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family at this very sad time.”

Wayne joined the Lon Bach side in 2009, but suffered a serious leg injury against Nefyn United in 2010.

He became Amlwch Town’s assistant manager under Adrian Jones, before moving to former club Bodedern Athletic in the same role in early 2012.

Wayne later made a return to the pitch for Bodedern and was on Amlwch Town’s books this season, making five appearances and remaining registered with the club.

Mr Jones added: “Not many others would have come back from the injury he had. It just showed how strong and determined he was, and how passionate he was about football to make a comeback.”

Bodedern Athletic secretary Kim Warrington said Wayne, who was a member of the club’s committee, was always ready to help the club when needed.

He added: “It’s a great loss and our condolences go to Wayne’s family.”
Amlwch Town’s friendly fixture against Conwy Borough and Bodedern Athletic’s Welsh Alliance Division One fixture against were cancelled as a mark of respect.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident involving a White Transit van on an unclassified road between Llanfaelog and Bryngwran at 5pm yesterday (Monday, April 14).

A North Wales Police spokeswoman added: “Officers investigating are appealing for witnesses and are particularly keen to trace a man and a woman who are believed to have been pedestrians and who offered their assistance following the incident.”

The man and woman, along with anyone who witnessed the incident or has information, should contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit in Llandegai on 101 quoting reference number R054946.


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