The Arfon Jones Trophy was the culmination of Hate Crime Awareness Week in Wrexham, organised by North Wales Police, Show Racism the Red Card and Bellevue FC, the 6-a-side tournament saw teams coming together from all across Wrexham to fight for the cup, but also to promote this important message.
The draw for the first round was picked by Steve Gilbert from Wrexham DSA and Cllr. Gwenfair Jones just before the first kick off at 2pm. The draw saw Belllevue FC draw their second team, Bellevue Against Hate Crime in what was likely to be a closely contested game. The Albion, formed from North East Wales League newcomers Borras Albion FC drew Wrexham Enterprise Hub and Glyndwr University School of Creative Arts were unlucky to be drawn against tournament favourites, Wrexham Fans FC. Due to a last minute cancellation, this left Wrexham Inclusion FC with an automatic place in the semi-finals.
Wrexham Fans FC showed no mercy in the first round, brushing a spirited School of Creative Arts aside with an 8-0 victory, while the pace of The Albion was too much for Wrexham Enterprise Hub as they fell to a 5-0 defeat. The two Bellevue teams did not disappoint as Bellevue Against Hate Crime went 3-0 up before Bellevue FC brought the scoreline to 3-2. The last five minutes were a real end to end affair with both teams battling hard, but Bellevue Against Hate Crime made their chances count to claim the victory 5-3.
North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Arfon Jones and Show Racism the Red Card's Eryl Jones drew the semi-final which saw The Albion drawn against Wrexham Fans FC and an all inclusion derby with Bellevue Against Hate Crime drawn against Wrexham Inclusion FC.
Both games saw controversy, with referee Nathan Hauton disallowing a goal for Wrexham Fans which could have saved their place in the tournament, but The Albion played brilliantly to secure a 2-1 victory and a place in the final. On the other pitch, referee Toni Hughes allowed a goal that Wrexham Inclusion FC thought should be chalked off, leading to a player from each team being sent off amid the protests. Despite this, Bellevue Against Hate Crime scored two well worked goals to put the game beyong doubt and secure a 4-1 victory.
The final between The Albion and Bellevue Against Hate Crime saw Belllevue's captain starting from the bench due to his red card in the previous round, but Bellevue put the pressure on early and were rewarded with a two goal lead. The Albion played well across the pitch and Bellevue's furious pace was likely to see a tired last ten minutes, when The Albion pulled one back and started to get a foothold in the match. Bellevue's manager, Jimmy Wright then made the bold move of substituting their top goalscorer, but the move paid off with a third goal for Bellevue Against Hate Crime. The last few minutes were intense, with free flowing chances at both ends for the North East Wales League teams, but both keepers played their parts and the game ended 3-1 to Bellevue Against Hate Crime.
The trophy was presented to the team by Arfon Jones at full time.