News Archive : 2000/2001
June to July

23 June 2000

Rhyl FC will open the new League of Wales season with a fixture against Cefn Druids at Plaskynaston on Friday the 18th of August. Belle Vue hosts the first home match against Rhayader on Saturday 26th August. Click here to see the full fixture list for the new season.

To be held at the Elwy Hall on Grange Road, Friday 7th July, 2000. Commencing 7.30pm prompt.

All interested players are welcome to come along to the first training session of the season at Ty Newydd Road, Rhyl, on Tuesday the 4th of July. Email for more details.


Rhyl Football Club are delighted to welcome the support of over one hundred local businesses who have already committed themselves to  backing the club's push for honours in the forthcoming season.

Rhyl will be playing in an all-white strip next season - and that's official! The club are also delighted to welcome sportswear firm ENS as the OFFICIAL KIT SUPPLIERS.

The club's agreement with ENS will see replica home and away kits being made available to supporters. All sizes will be available, and supporters wishing to reserve theirs are invited to email for details.

12 July 2000: Official Press Release


The controversial new Jim Carrey film, Me, Myself and Irene, will have its first British screening in Rhyl!

The film dubbed as the most politically incorrect film ever, has topped the box office ratings in America and will be launched in Britain at a glittering premiere on Wednesday, September 20 at Rhyl's Apollo Cinema.

The opportunity to take a major first screening away from London is thanks to former Rhyl man Paul Higginson, who is now vice-president of 20th Century Fox.

Mr Higginson played for Rhyl Football Club as a youngster and is keen to put his home town on the map.

The showing is being organised by St Kentigrens Hospice, St Asaph and Rhyl Football Club.

5 July 2000

Rhyl have signed Lee Trundle from Vauxhall Conference outfit Southport for an undisclosed fee. Lee spent most of last year with Bamber Bridge where he scored 12 goals in 9 games - including four in the 7-0 drubbing of Colwyn Bay.

Having considered offers from Unibond League and other Vauxhall Conference sides, Lee opted for Rhyl after visiting Belle Vue and meeting new managing director Peter Parry and Brian Kettle - a manager he has played under before.

Rhyl Football Club consider this another important step in both the commercial and playing revival of this famous club.

Lee Trundle has been sponsored by Home Choose Carpets of Rhyl.

Friday 21 July 2000

RHYL 0 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3 - Friendly Match

Rhyl fell to defeat against a strong Nationwide League outfit in the season's opener at Belle Vue.

Holidays meant that the nucleus of last seaon's team were selected but there were debuts for Lee Trundle, Ronnie Gouldbourne, Shane Howard and Lee Congerton who has rejoined the club from Colwyn Bay.

The three killer Oldham Athletic strikes were from Danny Boshell (7 mins), Andy Holt (36 mins) and Craig Dudley (56 mins).

Rhyl Team:
Danny Embleton (Jason Turner), Dave Fuller, Gary Curtiss, James Brewerton, Mark Antrobus, Ronnie Gouldbourne, Shane Howard (Peter Evans), Lee Congerton, Aaron Thomas, Lee Trundle, Steve Jones (Jon Fisher-Cooke)

Tuesday 25 July 2000

RHYL 3 MAN CITY 4 - Friendly Match

A crowd nearing 1500 left Belle Vue in awe of a tremendous second half home performance after Rhyl came back from being four goals down at half-time to come within a whisker of snatching a late equaliser.

It had all looked so different at the interval with Manchester City cruising to a four goal lead through Chris Kilen (on 17 & 20 mins), Chris Sukar (21") and Leon Mike (35").

A rejuvenated Rhyl took the game to City in the second half and a brace from Lee Trundle - on 49" (a penalty) and 66", followed by a Shane Howard goal on 72" put Rhyl within reach of their target. City tightened things up at the back however and that is how the match ended.

City included Jim Whitely, Gareth Taylor, Gary Mason and Terry Cooke in their team.

Rhyl: Danny Embleton (Jason Turner), Mark Powell, Gary Curtis, Mark Antrobus, James Brewerton, Steve C Jones, Shane Howard (Russel Jones), Ronnie Gouldbourne (Liam Murray), Danny Barton, Lee Trundle, Aaron Thomas.

Wednesday 26 July 2000

Following a suggestion from surfer Mark Chesterton we are pleased to launch the new Rhyl FC mailing list. This system allows you to discuss  Rhyl Football Club matters with other supporters via email.

All you need to do is submit your email address, press the 'Register to join' button, think of a password and fill in some marketing info, press 'finish' and you will be sent a message welcoming you to the group with full details of how to participate.

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Thursday 27 July 2000

Club officials were 'on the ball' themselves this morning (Thurs 28/7) when they noticed smoke bellowing out of the council compound which backs on to the main stand at Belle Vue. The cause was a workman's caravan which was alight and precariousely close to diesel tanks and oil drums. The quick thinking Rhyl officials were able to call the Fire Brigade who were on the scene within minutes and able to put the fire out.

It is believed that the last time club officials moved this fast was when the barman at the end-of-season  party asked who was picking up the tab for a round of drinks!

Saturday 29 July 2000

RHYL 0 EVERTON 2 - Friendly Match

Another encouraging gate of over eleven hundred watched as Rhyl more than matched their illustrious visitors in the first half only to lose the game from two close-range efforts after the interval.

Danny Barton came the closest to scoring for Rhyl with a number of efforts which either went slightly wide or were saved by goalkeeper O'Brien. Aaron Thomas had a good game down the left wing and the defence stood up well to the efforts of the Everton strikeforce.

Everton had far greater possession in the second half and made it count twice. The first was rather unfortunate on Danny Embleton who blocked the initial shot from Chadwick but was unlucky with the rebound, while the second came from O'Hanlon after some poor marking of a corner from the right.

Rhyl: Embleton, Fuller, Curtis, Powell, Antrobus, Moran, Howard, Gouldbourne, Barton, Jones, Thomas. subs: Brewerton, Russell Jones, Fisher-Cooke, Karl Evans, Liam Murray.
Everton: Kevin O'Brien, Tony Hibbert, Mick Price, Sean O'Hanlon, Peter Clarke, Matt McKay, Keith Southern, Tom Kearney, Nick Chadwick, Leon Osman, Damien Curren. subs: George Pilkington, Ryan Valentine, Dave Eaton, Craig Hogg, John Lester.


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