CPD Llanfairpwll FC is known in full as Clwb Pêl Droed Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Football Club. And this is because (yes, I’m going to do it again) they come from the 3,100 person town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
At a remarkable 58 characters long, it is the longest place name in Europe, the second longest official one-word place name on the planet, and a challenge for any weather forecaster. But most importantly of all, it is surely has resulted in the longest team name in football!
It was chosen as a name to attract tourists in the 1800’s, and essentially translates the town’s location: Parish [church] of [St.] Mary (Llanfair) [in] Hollow (pwll) of the White Hazel [township] (gwyn gyll) near (go ger) the rapid whirlpool (y chwyrn drobwll) [and] the parish [church] of [St.] Tysilio (Llantysilio) with a red cave ([a]g ogo[f] goch).
But what of the football team? First formed in the 1890’s, the club now play in the in the Welsh Alliance League Division 1. The team’s current home ground is named ‘Maes Eilian’, translating to ‘Eilian’s Field’, and is named for a saint who according to local legend performed last-minute miracles.
Their crest, asides from showing the amazing club name, displays the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column – a famous monument in the village which is dedicated to Henry William Paget to commemorate his important role at the Battle of Waterloo.
Most impressively, this Welsh side bucks the current footballing trend of constantly rotating managers – current boss Keith Jones is only the fourth manager in over thirty years to be in charge of CPD Llanfairpwll FC.