Holywell Town

Post code:
CH8 7TZ
Contact:
Secretary 07843574743
Web site:
Short name:
HT
City:
Halkyn Road, Holywell

 Player-Manager
John Hasildin

Once again, this season’s player manager, John is an experienced midfielder who has captained Holywell Town and Flint Town United during his spells playing in the Cymru Alliance. He re-joined the Wellmen a few seasons ago after spells at Rhydymwyn and Greenfield FC.  Strong in the air and has an eye for goal, John made the step up to the Managerial Position and is well respected in the local football circle

Founded  1893

The Town itself is set on a hillside which has magnificent views across the Dee Estuary and the Irish Sea.  The name of Holywell is derived from St Winefride’s Well.  Legend tells of a spring of water rising from where the severed head of Winefride fell.  She was restored to life and the well became the centre of pilgrimage known as the Lourdes of Wales.  It is also regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.

Holywell Town has been represented in local football throughout this century.  In March 1893 the North Wales Coast League was formed with Holywell being one of the founder members.  At the end of September 1893 the club had fifty eight players registered.  In the 1897 / 98 season, Holywell reached the final of the North Wales Senior Cup where they were beaten 0-3 by Bangor at Caernarfon.  The 1913/14 season saw Holywell win the league.  They went on to completethe double by defeating Colwyn Bay 1-0 in the final of the amateur cup in Rhyl.  At the presentation of the league cup and medals, the make-shift stage collapsedbut luckily no damage was done to the cup,players or presenters.

Holywell’s biggest pre First World War game was against an Everton Select X1, played on October 13 1913 at the Ffordd Fer ground which is now the site of the local High School.  Everton fielded a side which cantained 5 players whom had English first division experience.  A big crowd saw the more experienced side win 4-1.

The 1920/21 season saw Holywell finish runners-up in the league to Holyhead and were Division 1 leading goalscorers with 92 goals.  They also reached the final of the Amateur Cup but lost 1-3 to Holyhead at Bangor.  The next season saw Holywell again reach the final but this time they beat Holyhead 1-0 at Llandudno to lift the cup.  The 1930/31 season saw Holywell win the welsh league, this feat was repeated in the 1932-33 season when they finished 9 points ahead of the runner’s up.  Social and football history combine to establishing the club as it is known today.  In 1946 soldiers returning home from World War Two established the club at Halkyn Road where it has remained ever since.  Success came immediately in 1947 as the Club won both The Alves Cup and The Waterfall Cup.  In 1949 The NWCFA Amateur Cup was also won.


  Holywell won the Welsh League (North) in  1953, nine years later in 1962 a record attendance of  3000 packed Halkyn Road for a Welsh Cup 6th round tie with Swansea City, the Swans winning 2-1.

Holywell were founder members of the Manweb Cymru Alliance in 1990-91 and then founder members of the LoW in 1992/93.  The 1992-92 season was a particularly good one for Holywell winning the Clwyd League Youth Cup, the Auxiliary Youth Cup whilst also being runners up in the Alves Cup.
  The club won respect in North Wales and further afield under the shrewd management of Glyn Griffiths, but once his reign ended inconsistency crept in.  League placings on 6th and 5th in 1993 and 1994 respectively prove the point.  Since this time the club have been relegated, promoted and sadly relegated again, most recently in 1999.  During those early seasons player such as Pat Moran, Chris Milroy, Ian Howat and Richard Grundy were highly regarded in LoW circles.


 At the conclusion of the 2001-02 season The Wellmen narrowly avoided relegation and decided to part company with their Manchester based manager and squad in favour of a more local set up. After finishing a creditable 9th in the Cymru Alliance League in 2004/05, Holywell were relegated the following season into the Welsh Alliance League and with a local set up of players, Holywell aim to win promotion back into the Cymru Alliance.

Holywell Town won the FAW Trophy in 2010/11 season, beating Conwy United in the final in Rhyl, and the Reserve Team also won the Clwyd League Reserve Division Title in the same season.   The 1st team won the Cookson Cup last season, beating Llanrug United 5-1 in the Final in March 2014 and the Reserve Team were also crowned the Clwyd Reserve Combination League Champions.  

The 2013/14 season also saw Holywell Town enter the record books as the only 3rd tier club to reach the semi-final of the Welsh Cup, where we finally bowed out of the competition to Aberystwyth Town in the live televised game on S4C.  The cup run brought messages of support from all over the world and Holywell Town’s name was firmly established on the footballing map. 

The 2014/15 season saw Town finally win the Welsh Alliance League, 15 points ahead of their nearest rivals and gain promotion to the Huws Gray Alliance.  The Wellmen also lifted the FAW Trophy for the second time in recent seasons, beating Penrhyndeudraeth 4-2 in Llandudno and also won the Mawddach Cup against Llanrug United to record a historic treble.  The Wellmen narrowly failed to do the quadruple as they lost in the final of the Cookson Cup to Llanrug United. 

2015/16 seasib saw the Wellmen return to the Huws Gray Alliance after an abscence of nearly 10 seasons, and the Wellmen far from disgraced themselves with a top 5 finish in the League Table.  The Wellmen then repeated the feat in 2016/17 season and will be once again looking to better a top 5 finish.

LEAGUE RECORD

Season Pos Pd W D L For Ags Gd Pts
2016/17 5 30 14 8 8 52 45 7 50
2015/16 10 30 13 2 15 47 54 -7 41
2014/15 6 30 15 5 10 63 35 28 50
2013/14 5 30 12 6 12 55 53 2 42
2012/13 9 30 11 5 14 48 52 -4 38
2011/12 4 30 19 5 6 68 41 27 59
2010/11 8 30 14 4 12 59 53 6 46
2002/3 1 32 28 2 2 106 19 87 86
2001/2 4 34 20 8 6 88 45 43 68
2000/1 5 31 16 6 9 62 37 25 54
1999/00 5 32 17 5 10 64 40 24 56
1991/2 3 30 14 10 6 63 43 20 52
1990/1 6 26 12 5 9 65 40 25 41
  TOTAL 395 205 71 119 840 557 283 683

Name Played matches Yellow Card Goal Red Card Subs Position
4 0 3 0
8 1 1 1 Defender
1 0 0 0 Defender
7 0 2 0 Defender
6 0 0 0 Defender
8 0 0 0 Defender
1 0 0 0 Defender
8 0 1 1 Defender
2 0 0 0 Goalkeeper
1 0 0 0 Goalkeeper
6 0 0 0 Goalkeeper
0 0 0 0 Goalkeeper
1 0 0 0 Goalkeeper
11 0 0 0 Midfield
1 0 0 0 Midfield
10 1 2 0 Midfield
11 0 6 0 Midfield
0 0 0 0 Midfield
0 0 0 0 Midfield
8 0 1 0 Midfield
7 1 1 0 Midfield
6 1 0 0 Midfield
11 1 0 0 Midfield
1 0 0 0 Striker
10 1 9 0 Striker
4 0 2 0 Striker
10 0 0 0 Striker
0 0 0 0 Striker
6 0 3 0 Striker