EITHIN DUON - THE GROUND
On the 23rd of August, 1968 the first competitive league match was played by Llanrug United at their new Eithin Duon ground, and the visitors that afternoon were Nantlle Vale Reserves.
The players selected to represent the club were as follows : Tom Pritchard, A. Bendlow, Alan Vincent Owen, Alan Jones, Arthur Wyn Hughes, R. Arwyn Roberts, John Walsh, Robin Bowden, E.G.Owen, Arfon Lewis, Gareth Jones.
Llanrug won the match by two goals to one, with R. Arwyn Roberts and Arfon Lewis scoring for the home side. A large crowd supported the team that afternoon, this was the first competitive league match in the village for nine years, gate receipts that day added to £17.00.
One of the most important events in the history of Llanrug United Football Club without doubt was the purchase of Eithin Duon in 1972-1973. One of the first projects was to level the playing surface, there was a slope of nearly eleven feet from the top corner to the bottom goal.
Therefore, for the ground to be developed the club home fixtures for the 1973-1974 season were played at Brynrefail School playing field. The playing surface size in those early days was 101 yards by 55 yards.
Unfortunaetly, the new playing surface did not drain very well, and as a result the following season the committee members got to work, and opened four drainage trenches across the width of the pitch, inserted drainage pipes, and filled them up with gravel and sand.
In 1992 Mr William Pritchard (life member & former player) owner of the adjoining fields, donated a corner of land to the club, so the playing surface could be extended. And in 1993-1994 Mr Hefin Pritchard donated more land to the club in memory of his late father, and as a result the playing surface could then be extended. Several tonnes of soil was purchased to lift the new land to the level of the exsiting playing surface.
It proved to be a whole five days of work for a JCB and a dumper to complete the task, new drains where also installed, a total of 420 yards of drainage pipes were laid.