Rhyl Fans Uncovered!

No 1: Thomas Crockett


Tomsky's Filo-fax

"C'mon Rhyl !!!!!!"

Pictured following the Inter Cardiff v. Rhyl match on the 6th of November, 1999.

Despite being able to see the Millennium Stadium from his doorstep, he sacrificed being among the 72,000 revellers at the Rugby World Cup final to be among 35 fans at Leckwith for the Inter v. Rhyl match.

It's that sort of dedication that
makes him one of Rhyl's no. 1 fans!


One of Rhyl's most acclaimed supporters, 'Tomsky' as he likes to be known watched his first game at Belle Vue against Aberystwyth Town in a pre-season friendly in 1983.

'Crwtski' as he was then known enjoyed the occasion so much that he has been a fanatical fan ever since.

Education and work took Tomsky away from Wales to Edinburgh, but he made sure he kept himself up-to-date on Belle Vue affairs by logging on to the Rhyl FC Web Pages.

After a year spreading the good word of Rhyl FC to children in Russia, Tomsky found the weekends away from Belle Vue too hard to bear and has since returned to his homeland.

He is a published author, having written articles for When Saturday Comes and other auspicious football related publications.

Never one to shirk the camera's eye, he often comments on Welsh Football for BBC Wales Sport and last season had a regular spot on Radio Cymru's Friday night  football show.

Now living in Cardiff, Tomsky still endeavours to watch as many Rhyl games as possible. He recently played 'Dodge the Lightning' on a grim Tuesday night at Aberystwyth, and is planning on making the long haul up to 'Paradise' - as he affectionately calls it - Belle Vue before the end of the season.

We can't speak highly enough of his commitment, and the example he is giving to our other supporters.

Your most memorable match.
I once lit a Swan Vestas which lasted 55 seconds. I still have the remains in my scrapbook.

Most memorable Rhyl match:
Every one is memorable to me.

Favourite 'All-time' Rhyl player

Has to be Scott Millington, in my opinion one of the most under-rated 'goal assisters' at the club in the 90's.

Favourite Pubs:
I have been known to visit the Bee Hotel in Abergele after matches and join in with the singing on a Saturday night. Also like a pint at the North Wales Inn on Wellington Road before catching the train home. The shadow reception of BBC Wales means that you get to see replays (if only a fraction of a second later) of all Rhyl's goals on "Wales on Saturday".

Claim to fame
The Indie group "The Crocketts" - themselves ardent Rhyl supporters - were named in tribute to my efforts in supporting the club.

Sum up your feeling of Rhyl FC in one sentence:
Rhyl are in the Black 'n' Green with envy of clubs who find safe ways of running their teams. 

Our thanks to Thomas for kindly agreeing to be the first featured in our "Meet the fans" article.

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