FAW Tier two league formed in 1990

RICHARD HARVEY


One of the most consistent and reliable players ever to appear in the Huws Gray Alliance has decided to hang up his boots

Richard Harvey is to retire from football at the end of the present season and he will leave a huge void to fill. It will need a special keeper to replace him between the sticks at the Traeth.
.
Richard;s announcement

“I would like to announce my retirement from football at the end of this season. 20 years of throwing myself around on the pitch and two hip operations have finally caught up with me. I feel my body can no longer sustain the hard training that is required to be the goalkeeper at this great club. I have been very lucky in fulfilling my dream of playing for the club I supported as a boy and to have been able to wear the shirt for 12 season gives me great pride"
.
“I would like to thank all the players and coaching staff I have worked with over the years who have helped me, in particular the goalkeeping coaches Mervyn Williams, Mike Innes, Steve Owen, Tex and Stan. The fans for their tremendous support through the years who always turn out in numbers home and away. I would also like to give a special mention to all the devoted staff and committee members who do a fantastic job at the club. Since I have been involved with Porthmadog I have seen massive progression on and off the pitch to improve the facilities and keep the club moving forward.Thank you for the special memories and I will look forward to supporting the team in the future.”

Porthmadog’s season ends on Saturday with the visit of Holywell Town, home supporters, the game itself will be overshadowed by the need to say thanks and goodbye to Richard for his tremendous service to the club. Richard will finish his career having played 373 league and cup games for the club.

The Huws Gray Alliance asked Richard about his life between the sticks

1. Best team played in and why
“Best team I’ve played in would probably be the Wales u18's team, we had some really talented players which played some good football.  Also, the Porthmadog team of 2006/7. Everyone worked hard for each other and we had some great cup wins”

2. Best player played with
“Adrian Jones, better known as Twm (magic man) in Porthmadog.  It was more towards the end of his career but he still had the magic and a brilliant user of the ball”.

3. Most difficult opponents - team
“In the Cymru Alliance it always seemed to be Guilsfield. A well organised team which usually found a way of beating us”

4. Most difficult opponent - player
“Best player I would have played against would be Lee Trundle, unbelievable finisher”

5. Best season and why
“Best season I have played in would be the 2006/07 season in the league of wales for Porthmadog where we beat TNS twice in the cup and got to the semi-final of the league cup and quarters final in the Welsh cup and Premier cup”

6. Best Huws Gray Alliance ground played on
“The Traeth”

7. Player who always seemed to score against you
“Paul Roberts annoyingly as we are good friends”

8. Memories
“My best memories in football would be representing Wales at U18's.  Having a trial at Manchester City and training with the likes of George Weah. Enjoyed my experiences at Macclesfield and Wrexham.  Signing back for Porthmadog in 2005. And lastly that winning feeling in the changing rooms after winning a hard-fought game”

9. How would you like to be remembered
“Don't know, suppose someone who gave it everything and tried to be the best I could”

10. Changes you have seen over the years - good and bad
“I've seen the Cymru Alliance definitely improve over the years.  It's good to see lots of clubs trying to play decent football. There used to be about 2 or 3 good teams in the league but now you could say the top 10 is very competitive and you have to be at your best to get the results”.

11. Opinion of the new FAW pyramid structure
“I don't know too much about it to be honest.  I would say though I'm not a fan of the Welsh Premier being 12 teams, I think it's really got boring and a lot of people I know who are not involved in the Welsh premier don't even check the scores over the weekend which is sad.  I would much prefer a league of 18 where you play each other once home and away a season and really look forward to the one-off matches.  As said before I think there is a great interest in the Cymru Alliance at the moment.  The professionalism is improving and I there is a cluster of teams closing gap on the teams in the Welsh Premier.”

12. Will you be staying in football
“I would like to stay in football, perhaps look into coaching the young goalkeepers in my area. It's a specialist position which can get neglected so I would like to help”

Richard added
“Finally although Porthmadog has been my club for the majority of my playing time, I have also played for Holywell, Cemaes Bay (which we won the league cup in 2002) and Llangefni.  I had some great times at these clubs and I would like to thank them”.

The Huws Gray Alliance thanks Richard for answers and his long-distinguished time in the league – one of the leagues greats for sure