Rhyl FC down but youth on the rise

Rhyl FC will continue to use local and academy players despite dropping down into the Huws Gray Alliance.

Relegation was confirmed from the Welsh premier last Friday with a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Aberyswyth.


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The former Welsh Premier champions in both 2003/4 and 2008/09 season have struggled this season winning only 4 of their last 21 league fixtures.

The biggest defeat coming away to champions TNS 10-0 and a 6-1 defeat away to Bala Town FC.

Manager Niall McGuiness has relied on local talent and young players from the academy and will continue to use this philosophy at Rhyl Football Club.

  • 7 Players have come through the academy into first team
  • 13 players are local playing for the first team
  • 5 Players have been scouted by bigger clubs

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About the academy

Jamie Hawthorne, 18, Head of Foundation phase at Rhyl Academy, plays a key role, supporting the younger age groups, organising tours, fixtures and running day to day training at the academy. He has taking the positives out of the tough season for the first team.

He said: “We are all devastated but the running of the club has been excellent.

“We have many locals playing for the club and youngsters have made the step up from the academy. We need to take the positives ready for next season and bounce back to the Welsh prem.”

This season has seen the young lilywhites travel to a host of professional academies including Manchester City, Stoke. Everton and Crewe Alexandra.

Jamie believes these experiences has had a huge impact on the players and improved their development. “They are competing against the very best and can see the level that they want to get to. Five players have already moved to bigger clubs.”


Rhyl must keep their star player

Local lad Toby Jones, 24 has been Rhyl’s standout player this year with many eye catching performances, leaving a host of Welsh Premier teams chasing his signature.

Toby started his playing career at Blackburn Rovers Academy before moving to the Welsh premier playing for Neath, Airbus and Llandudno, before signing for Rhyl in 2016.

       Audio with Toby Jones on relegation and youth players at Rhyl

He said: “We gave it our all but unfortunately it wasn’t enough, the lads are down but we need to learn from this experience.

“The club is in good hands and we have the best fans in the league, we need to regroup as a team, ready for the big challenge next season.”

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“Personally I had a good season, which makes it more diffcult to take but football is a team game.”

History of Rhyl FC

  • Won Welsh premier in 2003/04 season and 2009/10 season
  • Played in Champions League in 2004/05 season
  • Won Quadruple in 2004/05 season
  • Welsh premier license revoked in 2011 and dropped into Second tier of Welsh football
  • Secured promotion back to the Welsh Premier in 2012/2013 season
  • Relegated from welsh premier in 2016/17 season

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