Rhyl

Goalkeeper

Rory Crowther

Rory joined Rhyl in June 2016 having previously had 1st team experience at both St Helens Town & Glan Conwy. He also spent time as a Youth player at Premier league giants Manchester United.  After a season deputising for Wigan loan stars Owen Evans and Dan Lavercombe Rory will be looking to be first choice keeper in 17/18.

Defenders

James Brewerton

James is a product of Rhyl's youth system and a Wales under-18 international who had a trial at Wolves. James Brewerton started off at Rhyl within the Academy set up before spells at Conwy United and Llandudno. He made his debut for Rhyl in the 1999-2000 season and made 183 appearances in the Welsh Premier League including playing a key role in the 2003-2004 side which won the League, Welsh Cup and League Cup.

He departed for Bangor City in 2008-09 and he went on to win the League at Bangor City during his 7 seasons with the Citizens. His latter part of his spell at Bangor was impacted by injuries and he rejoined Rhyl during the 2014/15 season making 9 appearances. 

Jamie initially retired from football in November 2015 and was subsequently appointed in February to the management team for the first team to assist Niall and Laurie McGuinness. For the 2016/17 season made a return to the field and made 9 starts before stepping down from the squad.  For the 17/18 season Brewerton is looking to use his experience to assist Rhyl.

Tom Hartley

The 26 year old is a former Cheshire County youth player who signed from Cammell Laird 1907 of the North West Counties League in July 2016. During his spell at Cammel Laird’s, Tom won the player of the season during his last year. Tom made 33 appearances for Rhyl during 16/17 season winning the Management Committees Player of the Year award.

James Jones

James, the twin brother of midfielder Alex, joined Rhyl in January 2017 making 4 starts during the second half of the season. James previously played for Abergele Town and is currently serving as a Marine.

Jamie Whitehouse          

Jamie has come through the Academy ranks and the popular player is also a key member of the Rhyl Community team. Jamie made his debut for the first team towards the end of the 2015/16 season and spent most of last season playing with the development squads at the club making one appearance in the final home match of the season against Llandudno.

Gerwyn Jones

Another player from the Caernarfon area, Gerwyn also rejoins for a second spell at Rhyl.  The former Wales Under 18 international originally played at Tranmere Rovers before an injury cut short his professional career. After a time in the US Gerwyn played for Bangor and Caernarfon before joining Rhyl at the start of the 2014/15 season.  Things didn’t work out for the talented defender in this spell and he has had subsequent spells at Porthmadog and Glantraeth where he was a key player in their Lock Stock Welsh Alliance triumph last season.

Tony Davies

The experienced Defender has signed for Rhyl in June 2017, keen to bring experience to the Rhyl campaign.  Tony has experience of the English leagues having played for Ashton United and Marine, where he was club captain and in Wales.  Tony had a successful time at Bala Town before injury curtailed his appearances.  Over the last season Tony has gained experience of the Huws Gray Alliance playing for Denbigh Town.

Midfielders

Sam Downey

Sam is originally from the East Midlands having started his career at Lincoln City. Spells in Icelandic and Swedish football followed before a return to the Midlands where he has played for North Ferriby United, Corby Town and Stamford AFC.  Last season the talented midfielder was part of the Spalding United team who reached the Evo Stik First Division South play off final.

James Bell

James spent his time as a Youth player at Oldham Athletic and signed for his home town club of Caernarfon at the age of 16 and played for 4 seasons at Caernarfon. James joined Rhyl in June 2016 and made 22 starts for Rhyl during the 2016/17 season.

Alex Jones

Alex Jones joined Rhyl from Huws Gray Alliance side Prestatyn Town in July 2016. The versatile midfielder scored 13 goals for Prestatyn prior to joining Rhyl. During the 16/17 season Alex scored 7 goals from 24 starts for the club and picked up the Dafabet Welsh Premier League player of the month for September 2016.

Chris Durkin

The tough tackling midfielder has progressed from the Academy set up to the first team squad for the 2017/18 season.  Chris played a key role in the Under 19’s last season winning the Players’ and Committee Player of the Season award.  Chris made two apprearances from the bench for the Lilywhites during the 16/17 season and will be looking to make his mark with the first team squad.

Tommy Creamer

Tommy has joined Rhyl after being released from Wrexham AFC at the end of the 2016/17 season.  The young midfielder, from the Conwy area, was a regular for Wrexham Reserves last season and will be looking to seize this opportunity with Rhyl this season.

Michael Walsh

Started his career at Rhyl before moving to Chester City in 2004, where he made six first team appearances, scoring his debut goal against Southend in March 2005. Michael had a trial period with Wrexham before returning to Belle Vue in August 2005 and then he moved to Bangor City. Michael left Bangor in the summer of 2009 to move to Cyprus and joined APOP Kinyras Pegias but returned to Farrar Road in May 2011 before transferring to Aberystwyth Town the following January. After 18 months at Park Avenue, he returned to Rhyl in June 2013. Since his return Michael has made 49 appearances for Rhyl, with his appearances restricted during the 2016/17 following a serious injury picked up in a pre-season friendly.

Mark Connolly

Mark returned to the Lilywhites in July 2017 after previously playing a key role in one of the club’s most successful periods in Welsh football.  After spells at Bangor City and Mallaby from West Cheshire, Mark joined the Lilywhites for the 2004/05 season. During his 5 year spell at Rhyl Mark made 127 appearances scoring 31 goals, including a key role in the Welsh Premier League winning squad of 2008/09. Following the financial crisis which engulfed the Lilywhites during the 2009/10 season Mark remained loyal to the end of the season scoring 15 goals in his final year before departing for Chester FC. Injuries impacted on his fortunes before a move to Bala Town brought further success.  During this 7 season spell with the Lakesiders,  Mark made 151 appearances scoring  63 goals, and during this spell Bala were transformed into one of the main challengers in the League and regular participants in European football.

Forwards

Alex Titchiner

A local Rhyl lad, Alex joined Crewe Alexandra as a youngster and turned professional with the Cheshire side.  Alex’s next club was Witton Albion where he scored 40 goals from 57 appearances before he secured a move to Fleetwood Town.  His time at Fleetwood netted 10 appearances in the Football League before a loan spell at Halifax Town where he scored 11 goals from 21 appearances.  Now back in his home town Alex is relishing the chance to lead the Lilywhites to glory this season.

Shelton Payne

The experienced forward has signed for Rhyl from Connah’s Quay Nomads where injuries restricted his appearances last season.  Shelton originally played in the Welsh Premier League with Port Talbot Town before a move to the North West.  Shelton has played for a number of teams in the North West scene including Chorley, Colwyn Bay, Hyde, FC United of Manchester, Salford City and Ramsbottom United.

Cory Williams

Cory returns to the Lilywhites after a brief spell in early 2016 where the talented forward made three appearances for Rhyl.  Cory started his career at hometown club Caernarfon Town before a spell as at Hereford United as a youth player. After leaving Hereford Cory played for Chester and Colwyn Bay before joining Rhyl in January 2016.  After leaving Rhyl, Cory returned to his home town club before a spell at Llangefni Town towards the end of last season.

Diego Alvarado

The former Para has signed for the Lilywhites for the coming season.  As a youngster Diego was with Wrexham AFC and his military career took prominence over his footballing journey.  As a local lad Diego is keen to make the step up from Abergele Town and ensure that he plays a key role for Rhyl this season.

Tom Rowlands

Tom returned to the Lilywhites in July 2017. Tom was a key part of the Lilywhites squad which won the Huws Gray Alliance League in 2012/13 going the league season unbeaten.  Prior to this Tom had Welsh Premier League experience with Connah’s Quay Nomads, Airbus, Cefn Druids and Newtown.  Upon Rhyl’s return to the Welsh Premier League injuries impacted on Tom’s fortunes with the popular wide man leaving to join Holywell Town.  Further spells at Runcorn Town and FC Oswestry followed before a return to Rhyl.

Oliver Buckley

 21 year old Centre Forward Oliver Buckley joined Rhyl FC in July 2016. Oliver is a local lad who has previous experience playing for Meliden FC. Oliver made 11 starts for Rhyl during the 2016/17 season scoring once, a spectacular solo goal against Aberystwyth Town which won him the WPL goal of the month award for August.