News Archive : 2000/2001


1 August 2000


Programme 2000/2001The new-look programme has been a tremendous hit with fans of all clubs in the pre-season matches to date. The sold-out signs went up way before kick-off for both the Man City and Everton games and the club are planning on printing extra for the forthcoming matches to keep up with demand. Priced at One Pound for 68 pages, and printed by club sponsors Webber Office Solutions, the programme offers remarkable value for money. Supporters can make sure they don't miss out by pre-ordering copies for the Wrexham and Derby County games at the club.



2 August 2000


Aaron Thomas on the attack





Click here to see the pictures from the Everton Match - there are nine in total!


4 August 2000


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Belle Vue hosted two friendly matches last night between Ocean Strand United of America and the club's under 12 and under 13 teams. The American side are on a tour of the North West and will be playing games at Colwyn Bay, Bolton and Wrexham as part of their schedule.

The Under-12's match ended in favour of the Rhyl team by three goals to two. Liam Rowland-Jones bagged two of them while an own goal by Preston Myers registered the third. Preston made amends with one of his sides goals, the other coming from Adrian McKenzie.

The Under-13's ran up an 8-6 victory with five goals from Gary Thomas and three from Bradley Foulkes. On the scoreboard for the Americans were Javal Geathirs, Weston Wallace and Kobi Bagwell.

An enthusiastic crowd of 200 enjoyed a fantastic night's entertainment.


5 August 2000

A Danny Barton hat-trick was sufficient to see Rhyl through in this useful work-out at Maesdu Park. His goals after 35, 45 and on 61 minutes after the interval were a fair reflection of a game dominated by Rhyl.
Rhyl: Embleton, Fuller, Curtis, Brewerton, Steve Taylor (trialist), Howard (Russ Jones), Fisher-Cooke (Karl Evans), SC Jones, Barton, Steve Cullen (trialist replaced by Liam Murray), A Thomas


7 August 2000

Wrexham FC are paying Rhyl FC the compliment of bringing their full Nationwide League team to Belle Vue for Tuesday night's friendly.

A very good crowd is expected for the match which kicks off at 7.30pm. Please arrive early to avoid congestion at the turnstiles.

Entry is £5 at the gate, £3 juniors/oaps.


8 August 2000


Wrexham made the most of this last friendly before the start of the season by giving a run-out to their entire first team squad,   fielding two different teams in each half. 

Andy Morrell was the scorer of both goals, after 42 mins when replacing Hector Sam and on the hour in the second half.

Rhyl came close to goals   through Steve Jones and were awarded a penalty when Barton was adjudged to have been fouled in the box. His kick was easily saved however.

Rhyl: Embleton, Fuller (Fisher-Cooke), Curtis, Peter Byrne (debut), Brewerton, Antrobus, Howard, SC Jones, Barton, S Bassino, Aaron Thomas.

Wrexham First Half:
C Rogers, L Roach, S Roberts, M McGregor, D Ridler, C Edwards, H Sam (A Morell), C Falconbridge, D Williams, G Owen, M Blackwood.

Wrexham Second half:
K Dearden, M Price, E Bounane, A Moodey, G Horan, R Gibson, P Barrett, M Chalk, L Prince, A Morrell, W Phillips.

Official Attendance: 657


10 August 2000


Lee Trundle, Rhyl's summer signing from Conference side Southport looks set to return to the fold for Saturday's glamour match against Premiership club Derby County.

A combination of holiday and family commitments have so far curtailed his appearances to one match against Manchester City.


Brian Kettle will take his team to Merseyside tonight for a friendly in preparation for Saturday's match against Derby County. Kick Off is at 7.30pm.


11 August 2000

Brian Kettle looks set to strengthen his squad in the next few days with some new signings. He will have all of the new faces to date available for the game against Derby County,with Lee Congerton returning from injury and Mark Powell, Ronnie Gouldbourne and Lee Trundle also available.

A Rhyl XI fell to a 4-0 defeat at Cammell Lairds last night.


11 August 2000

The semi-finals and final of the Sportique sponsored under-10's tournament will be completed prior to the Derby County friendly match tomorrow.

The community based tournament has been competed for by local teams prior to each of the club's friendlies this summer. Games are 12 mins each way, and the semi-finalists in this years competition are;

Derwen Celtic v. Glans Nomads and
Derwen Rangers v. Hearts Rangers

The Final will take place at 2pm and the presentation will take place at half-time in the Derby County match.


12 August 2000

The successful tournament concluded on Saturday with a 5-0 win for Derwen Rangers against Hearts Rovers in the final. Warren Adam notched a hat-trick and Ched Evans bagged a brace in the victory. The semi-finals earlier in the day saw Derwen Celtic beat Glans Nomads 4-1, and Derwen Rangers beat Hearts Rovers 4-1.


12 August 2000

A very strong and polished Derby County side made short work of Rhyl in this entertaining friendly at Belle Vue.
With Brian Kettle introducing three new faces into the team Rhyl found themselves behind early on and never really looked like troubling a very capable Derby defence, although Lee Trundle did turn his marker inside-out on a number of occasions and come close to opening the account.

Rhyl: Danny Embleton, Mark Powell, Gary Curtis, Bradley Cullen, Tony Hughes, Gary McGosh, Shane Howard, Ronnie Gouldbourne, Steve Jones, Lee Trundle, Aaron Thomas. Sub: Antrobus, Brewerton, Moran, Bassino, Dave Fuller.

Derby County: Oakes, Jackson, Farina, Blatsis, Mawene, Elliott, Bolder, Boatien, Robinson, Tudgay, Morris. Subs: Riggott, Evatt, Bernie, O'Halloran, Smith, Brown.

Attendance: 391

13 August 2000

Rhyl FC's "man on the mike" Glyn Turner has launched an unofficial web site for the club where you can read all the gossip that can't be published on these pages.
Make sure you bookmark his site at


15 August 2000


Pre Kick-Off
The two captains, referee and  assistants line-up with mascots Charlotte
Roxburgh, Craig Goldstraw and Craig Smith prior to the match.

The Rams!
Derby County line-up before the game

Derwen Rangers
Derwen Rangers, winners of the Sportique Soccer Sevens Tournament.

Hearts Rovers
Hearts Rovers, losing finalists.


Fri 18 August 2000

Rhyl will take part in the opening match of the season when they take on Cefn Druids at Plaskynaston Lane tonight. The players will be hoping to eradicate from memory once and for all the defeat inflicted by the hosts last year, when Cefn won  convincingly by four goals to nil.

Manager Brian Kettle is hoping that a sackful of goals from twin strikeforce  Lee Trundle and Danny Barton this season will spearhead the club's challenge for honours. They both figure in tonight's match but James Brewerton is missing due to suspension and Lee Congerton will have a late fitness test as he  looks to shake of a niggling leg injury.

With a coach-full of Rhyl supporters making their way to Cefn it looks like being a fantastic atmosphere. Please come along and support the club if you can.  


Fri 18 August 2000

Rhyl can have no complaints after falling to defeat in this season's opener at a wet Plaskynaston Lane. A crowd of 611 saw a workmanlike Cefn team go ahead early on when Rutter was given time and space to lob the ball over 'keeper Embleton and into the top right of the net.

Rhyl came back with some purposeful moves and went close through Danny Barton and Lee Trundle. Cefn were a constant threat however, with Rene Pinard particularly dangerous down the flanks. Rhyl piled on the pressure in the closing minutes of the half but it was left to Danny Embleton to earn the loudest applause of the night when he saved point blank, from a Cefn player who found himself unmarked in the six yard box on the stroke of half-time.

The second half saw very much the same pattern, and Cefn increased their lead early on when Rene Pinard raced down the right wing and crossed into the box for the faintest touch from Mike Davies to send it past Embleton.

Rhyl made little headway until the final minute of the game when Mark Powell flighted a free kick for Gary McCosh to rise above everyone and head into the net.

Rhyl: Danny Embleton, Mark Powell, Gary Curtis, Cullen, Tony Hughes, McCosh, Steve Cooper, Steve Jones, Danny Barton, Lee Trundle, Aaron Thomas.

Mon 21 August 2000


Lee Trundle

Lee Trundle's a marked man!

Gary Curtis

Danny Barton

Gary Curtis
- last season's only ever-present in the team
Danny Barton
- last season's top-scorer

 Mark Powell free-kick

Mark Powell's free kick tested the home defenders


Tuesday 22 August 2000


Aaron Thomas

"Who's our number 11?" was the question at the Cefn match. The answer was Aaron Thomas, the player who had occupied that berth throughout the pre-season yet had his locks chopped off the day before the game!!

Mark Powell

Rhyl captain Mark Powell clears the danger

Danny Barton

Danny Barton traps the ball under the watchful eyes of two Druids players and referee Brian Lawlor.


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