Rhyl

Rory Crowther - Goalkeeper

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 spending his first season at the club deputising for Wigan loan stars Owen Evans and Dan Lavercombe, Rory had a commanding season in 2017/18. He made 26 appearances and won three player of the season awards for the club at the end of the year.

Jonathan Hill-Dunt – Goalkeeper

Jonathan Hill-Dunt joined Rhyl in June 2018 from Denbigh Town. For Hill-Dunt the signing sees him return to Belle Vue after appearing for Rhyl Reserves as a 16 year old, 16 years ago. Spells at Llandudno and Chester followed before a 10 year spell at Prestatyn Town where he made 133 first team appearances. Hill-Dunt played for Gresford in the Huws Gray Alliance before switching to Denbigh Town.

Danny Sullivan – Defender

Danny Sullivan is an experienced central defender / midfielder who has gained a wealth of experience in the Huws Gray Alliance in recent seasons. Danny joins the Lilywhites following a successful season at Denbigh Town where he made 19 appearances and was a key part of their success last season. Prior to that Danny played for Caernarfon Town and Lilywhites supporters may recall that Danny scored the opener for Caernarfon in the 3-2 defeat in extra time in the 4th round of the JD Welsh Cup during the 2016/17 season. Danny has previously played for Holywell Town, Buckley Town and Flint Town United.

Joe Culshaw - Defender

Joe Culshaw is a defender who started off his career progressing through the Academy system at Wrexham. Upon his release he moved to Morecambe where he was voted as the Under 18’s player of the season prior to his release. Spells with Lancaster City and Cefn Druids followed before joining Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League during the 2013/14 season. He left Bangor in December 2014 joining Cefn Druids where he went on to make a further 13 starts in the Welsh Premier League. Following their relegation at the end of that season he left for Flint Town United which was followed by a spell at Radcliffe Borough. His third spell in the Welsh Premier League started with a move to Aberystwyth Town with former manager Neville Powell but following limited opportunities he moved across to Denbigh Town in October 2017 making 15 starts scoring one goal. Culshaw joined Rhyl in June 2018.

Reece Fairhurst - Defender

Reece Fairhurst joined Rhyl in June 2018 from Prestatyn Town. The defender was a key player for them during their Huws Gray Alliance success in 2016/17 making 29 appearances at the heart of the seasiders defence as they won the league. Fairhurst remained a regular for Town in the JD Welsh Premier League last season before injury in mid November saw him miss most of the remainder of the season before making a brief return at the end of March 2018.

Ben Nash – Defender

Nash started out at Wrexham Academy moving across to Connah’s Quay at the age of 16. With options limited at Nomads spells at Buckley Town and Gresford Athletic followed before making the move to Denbigh Town during the 2016-2017 season. Last season Nash, at the young age of 20, was a mainstay in the Denbigh defence making 22 appearances as the club claimed the runners up slot in the Huws Gray Alliance. He joined Rhyl in June 2018.

Max Peate – Defender

Peate joined the Lilywhites from Gresford Athletic in June 2018. The centre half, who is equally adept in the air and with the ball at his feet played a significant part in ensuring Gresford claimed their highest league finish in the Huws Gray Alliance in the 2016-17 season and despite strong interest from a number of clubs last summer he remained loyal to Gresford. Peate started his career at Gresford in the Academy set up before joining Welshpool in the Welsh Premier League in 2009.  He then followed Manager Huw Griffiths in making the move to Cefn Druids where he played for a number of seasons before joining Denbigh Town.  With Gresford stepping up to the Huws Gray Alliance in the summer of 2015 Peate returned to his former club, becoming captain in due course.

Tom Hartley - Defender

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. His appearances during his second year were curtail following a broken collerbone which forced him to miss nearly 4 months of the season.

Liam Smith – Defender

Liam is a defender who joined Rhyl from Denbigh Town during the summer of 2018.  The young defender joined Denbigh from Airbus UK Broughton after impressing during a loan spell. The defender made 12 appearances for Denbigh during the 17/18 season. Prior to Airbus Liam started his career at Tranmere Rovers.

Kristian Pierce - Midfielder

Wide midfielder who originally started at Denbigh Town. He scored 15 goals from 26 appearances for Denbigh Town in season 2012/13, signing for Bala Town's European campaign on-loan in June 2013 before returning to Denbigh. Impressed at Belle Vue during Denbigh's the Word Cup victory in 2015 earning a move to Rhyl in June 2016. The midfielder made 29 appearances for the Lilywhites scoring 4 goals during the season before his return back to Denbigh Town. Last season Pierce played a key role for Denbigh scoring 8 goals from 17 appearances before making the journey back to Rhyl in June 2018.

James Stead – Midfielder

James Stead returned to the Lilywhites after 4 years at Prestatyn Town FC in June 2018. With first team opportunities limited at Rhyl FC, Stead made the short journey to Bastion Gardens and became a regular for Prestatyn in recent seasons playing for them in the Welsh Premier League and the Huws Gray Alliance.

Mike Walsh- Midfielder

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. Had a trial period with Wrexham before returning to Belle Vue in August 2005 and then a move to Bangor City. Has also captained the North Wales Under-18 team. 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, returned to Rhyl in June 2013.

Stewart Carroll- Midfielder

The central midfielder joined the Lilywhites in July 2017. Carroll signed for Rhyl after spending 8 seasons at Flint Town United.  He joined Flint from Castrol Social of The West Cheshire League during the summer of 2009 after a previous spell with Vauxhall FC and Carroll has a reputation for scoring some spectacular long range goals. He started 24 times for Rhyl during his first season and quickly became a fans favourite.

Matthew Cook – Midfielder

Matthew Cook made the short journey from Central Park to Belle Vue in June 2018. Cook a former Welsh Under-19 cap joined Denbigh in January 2017 and impressed Eddie Maurice Jones during this spell. Cook has made 225 appearances in the Welsh Premier League with spells at Cefn Druids, Airbus UK Broughton and Newtown. Cook’s longest spell was at Newtown where he captained the Robins during a five year spell where he made 132 appearances and scored 14 goals. After a short spell at Cefn Druids at the start of the 2016-2017 season he joined Denbigh in January 2017 and was a key asset in midfield for Denbigh making 22 appearances last season.

Aaron Hassall – Midfielder

Talented midfielder Aaron Hassall put pen to paper to sign for the Lilywhites in June 2018. Originally from Blacon, Aaron was previously with Leicester City having joined the Foxes from Airbus for a 5 figure sum in 2014. Aaron was a regular with the Foxes Under 23’s side before his release at the end of the 2015/16 season which saw Leicester City win the Premiership. Aaron also had loan spells with Corby Town in the National League North and Stamford in the Evo-Stik league during his time in the East Midlands. Upon his return to North Wales Hassall had a spell at Denbigh Town during the 16/17 season and this good form earned him a move initially to Nantwich Town and then to Llandudno in the JD Welsh Premier League. His appearances were limited at Llandudno and a January move to Runcorn Town followed where he made 10 appearances during the second part of the season.

Gareth Partridge – Midfielder

Partridge joined Rhyl in June 2018. Prior to this he had been at Denbigh since November 2016 when he joined from Cefn Druids and has been an important player for Eddie Maurice Jones during his period at Denbigh. Partridge was initially a scholar at Shrewsbury Town gaining a Wales Under-17 cap before his release in the summer of 2010. Partridge joined Newtown and was with the mid Wales side for just under 3 seasons before a short spell coaching in Florida. Upon his return to Wales he initially joined Denbigh Town before returning to Newtown in January 2015. He made the switch to Cefn Druids in the summer of 2015 and was a key part of the squad which earned the Wrexham side a return to the Welsh Premier League. The following season he made 9 appearances in the Welsh Premier League before the switch back to Denbigh.

Dave McIntyre – Midfielder

Dave McIntyre, is a midfielder with previous experience of playing under Director of Football Eddie Maurice Jones at his former side Denbigh Town.  The 28 year old midfielder joined Gresford in September 2016 after a short spell at Cefn Druids.  Prior to that he spent three seasons at Denbigh Town and his former clubs include Rhos Aelwyd, Ruthin Town, Castell Alyn Colts and Gretna. He joined Rhyl in June 2018.

Mike Pritchard - Forward

Mike Pritchard was previously with Rhyl during the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons and was a regular scorer for the Lilywhites during this spell with his determination and goal scoring ability making him a popular figure. Pritchard joined Cefn Druids in the summer of 2012 where he had a two season spell for the Wrexham area side in the Huws Gray Alliance. He moved to Prestatyn Town in July 2014 before returning to Cefn Druids in the summer of 2016 when they returned to the Welsh Premier League. During this spell he made 57 appearances for Druids scoring 11 goals. Pritchard returned to Rhyl in July 2018.

Matthew Worrall - Forward

Matthew Worrall is a quick pacy forward, who made the move down the A525 from Denbigh Town in June 2018 after a short but successful spell at Central Park. Worrall signed up for Denbigh in early March following the departure of Josh Davies to New Zealand joining from Llay Welfare in the Wrexham Area National League after netting 13 goals in the first 17 games of the season. In the closing weeks he made 7 appearances for Denbigh netting 5 goals in the process.

Oliver Buckley - Forward

Centre Forward Oliver Buckley joined Rhyl FC in July 2018. Oliver is a local lad who has previous experience playing for Meliden FC. He joined Rhyl previously in July 2016 where he made 11 starts for Rhyl during the 2016/17 WPL season scoring once, a spectacular solo goal against Aberystwyth Town which won him the WPL goal of the month award for August.  After making a further 3 further starts for Rhyl and numerous sub appearances scoring two goals. Buckley moved across to Prestatyn where he made three starts scoring one goal for the seasiders in the Welsh Premier League.

James Murphy - Forward

James Murphy progressed through the ranks at Chester and Connah’s Quay before joining Airbus Academy where he broke through into the first team in 2015/16. In total he made 35 appearances for Airbus in the Welsh Premier League across two seasons and he was awarded the League’s Young Player of the Year in 2015-16. With Airbus’ relegation confirmed at the end of last season Murphy joined Newtown for the 17/18 season and made seven appearances for the Robins during the 2017/18 WPL season before joining Rhyl in January 2018. During his first season he scored 8 goals from just 8 starts for the Lilywhites and will be one to watch in 2018/19.

Aaron Pomeyie – Forward

The 21 year old attacker joined Rhyl in November 2017 and made 10 appearances for the Lilywhites.  Aaron was previously with Liverpool, having joined the Academy at the age of 8 and with Morecambe. He has also appeared for Runcorn Town and Cammell Lairds.

Barry Torrance – Forward

Barry signed for Rhyl in the summer of 2018 after impressing on trial. Previously with FC Queens Park in the Huws Gray Alliance he was a key member of their squad which got promotion from the Wrexham Area League in 2016/17.

MANAGEMENT

Eddie Maurice Jones (Director of Football)

Eddie Maurice-Jones was appointed to the role of Director of Football with Rhyl Football Club in May 2018.

Eddie has previously managed Gresford winning the Wrexham Area National League and then achieving a 6th place finish in the Huws Gray Alliance. He moved on to Denbigh Town in November 2016, initially steadying the ship after taking over a side in the relegation zone with only 2 wins from the first 13 games, before finishing 10th in the table. This work set the foundations for the following season with Denbigh Town securing a runners-up finish last season finishing 5 points behind eventual winners Caernarfon Town. 

Gareth Wilson (First Team Manager)

Gareth as a player had a distinguished career at Belle Vue making 221 appearances for the club. After making 36 appearances in the 1997/98 season, Gareth headed to Total Network Solutions before re-joining Rhyl during the 2000-01 season. Gareth went on to be part of the one of the most successful eras at Belle Vue including being part of the squad which won the quadruple of Welsh Premier League, Welsh Cup, Welsh League Cup and North Wales Challenge Cup in the 2003/2004 season. After a loan spell at Welshpool, Gareth moved on to Prestatyn Town where he was again a key part of the Seasiders success which saw the club hit the heights of Welsh Cup triumph and a spell in Europe. Last season Gareth took on the role of First Team Manager at Prestatyn Town in January 2018 and stepped down from the position at the end of May 2018.

Daniel Reese (First Team Coach)

Daniel started his career as a coach at Wrexham in the community before moving to Bala Town u16s. Since then he has coached academy level at Chester, Wrexham and Connah’s Quay Nomads. At senior level he began at Saltney Town as Reserves manager before joining Buckley as first team coach. From there he moved to Gresford as Assistant manager before moving to India as Academy Manager of Indian I-League side DSK Shivajians where we worked in partnership with Liverpool FC. When he returned to the UK he  followed Eddie Maurice Jones  to Denbigh Town and then to Rhyl

Richard Williams-Cooke (Assistant Coach)

Williams-Cooke turned to football management initially with Chirk AAA in the Wrexham Area League before returning to Denbigh for the 2012/13 season. With Denbigh in the Welsh Alliance, Williams-Cooke secured a runners up position behind Champions Caernarfon Town before clinching the title 12 months later on. This title success saw Denbigh win 25 out of 28 league games going the season unbeaten with an all-time best season record for the League. Due to family and work commitments Williams-Cooke made the difficult decision to step down. A spell at newly formed FC Oswestry Town followed before returning to Denbigh Town for a third time as assistant to Eddie Maurice-Jones where a top 2 finish was secured last season.