News Archive : 2000/2001



Chris Sharratt
Chris Sharratt caused Aber big
problems in the first half ...

Chris Sharratt (2)
... this effort from him was saved
by goalkeeper Matthews.

Bus the Launchpad!
Lee Barrow uses Mark Antrobus to gain some extra height for this clearance!

Good save!
Goalkeeper Matthews was kept busy all afternoon, here he denies another effort from Gary McGosh.


The Third team beat Llanrug United Reserves to progress to the last 16 of the NWCFA Junior Cup, after extra time. Scorers were John Callaghan and Steven Scott-Lee and the winner in extra time by Dean Jones. The Youths were beaten by Bangor City 5-0 in the Welsh Youth Cup. They played well but it was their first game of the season, while Bangor Youth is mainly their Welsh Alliance League side.



"More of the Same" is the rallying call from manager Lee Williams as Rhyl attempt to rise up the table with a victory against long standing coastal rivals Bangor City in tonight's match at Belle Vue.

Lee Williams
Lee Williams, Rhyl's player-manager
celebrates the win against Champions TNS

Both clubs are lying in the lower reaches of the table at the moment with both sets of fans claiming these to be 'false positions'. Rhyl have improved of late, and were desperately unlucky not to come away from Aberystwyth with three points last weekend.  New signing from Droylsden, Wes Kinney, will be available for selection as Lee Williams and John Hulse continue to strengthen the squad.

Rhyl have a great home record against Bangor in recent years, and have already beaten them at Belle Vue in the League Cup earlier this season. The largest gate of the season is expected for the game, and spectators are advised to get to the ground early to avoid congestion at the turnstiles.

Admission to the game is
£5 adults, £3 concessions.

It's a goal!!

Gary McGosh opens the scoring in the defeat of champions TNS in the last game at Belle Vue. Will he get on the scoresheet in the big North Wales derby? Come along and find out!!


Friday Result (3/11)

The players of Rhyl Football Club served up a wonderful treat to the fans who braved a rain sodden night at Belle Vue.  It was worth it for a game that will go down in folklore however, for it was in 1957 that Rhyl last scored this many against the Blues, and they did it with such consumate ease that a higher margin could so easily have been attained.

Chris Sharratt opened the scoring as early as the first minute when he stormed in from the left wing and fired past the helpless Dave Williams in goal. An unmarked Danny Barton then doubled the advantage when he  headed home a precise Sharratt cross from inside the six yard box on 27'

Bangor had their chances but saw most balloon wide or over the crossbar.

The second half saw Rhyl turn the screw. Lee Trundle managed to gain the extra yard from his man-marker and slotted home under Dave Williams from the acutest of angles on 57'.

Gary McGosh swept in a cross from Sharratt on 64 minutes and made it five on 70' when he headed home from a Mark Powell cross. With the fans baying for more, Lee Trundle duly obliged with a thunderous 25-yarder which flew into the top left hand of the net.

Trundle was denied a seemingly certain penalty five minutes before time, when he was brought down in the box after leaving three defenders in his wake. Paul Roberts got a late consolation for Bangor City. 

RHYL: Williams, Powell, Curtis, Brewerton, Antrobus, S Jones, Gibson, McGosh, Barton, Trundle, Sharratt.



RHYL FOOTBALL CLUB presents (5/11)

"An Evening with Legends"

Friday 17th November 2000 at the PAVILION THEATRE, RHYL PROMENADE.

featuring a 5-Course Meal followed by entertainment in the company of

John Charles (Wales, Juventus, Leeds United)
Peter Lorimer (Scotland & Leeds United)
Bobby Kaye (Comedian)

Tickets are priced at £25 per head, table bookings welcomed. 

Ticket Hot-Line 01745 338327


Preview: Barry v Rhyl (Sat,3pm)

Rhyl will face a stern test against the league's only professional side when they travel down to Jenner Park on Saturday.

Apart from one somewhat emphatic defeat a few years ago, Rhyl have performed well at Jenner Park and will be looking to maintain the progress made since Lee Williams took charge.

Barry have got themselves back on track after a somehat erratic start to the season, so tomorrow's match promises to be a cracker.

Kick Off is 2.30pm. If you can get down to cheer the team on please do so, they do appreciate your support.


The Saturday Match ...
It might have been nil-nil but this was no bore-draw as both defences shone in an enthralling match.

Rhyl opened brightly with Danny Barton and Lee Trundle causing mayhem in the home ranks. Chris Sharratt was dangerous down the flank and the backs were supportive in the attack. Neil Gibson had an industrious game in the centre with Gary McGosh strong in all departments.

After ten minutes of Rhyl pressure Barry re-organised themselves and became more of a force  up front. Both sides played fluent football which was a joyfully watched by 250 or so spectators. Lee Trundle worked his usual magic but it was James Brewerton on a rare foray up front who had the best opportunity, sadly for Rhyl  his effort flew over.

The second half followed in much the same vain, with  Barry becoming increasingly frustrated by their inability to score and Rhyl looking dangerous on the break. Trundle, Antobus, Sharratt and Danny Barton all had efforts which went close. Barry had theirs too, probably more clear-cut than Rhyl, but a combination of poor finishing, bad luck and the effective work of the away defence kept the goal intact.

A share of the spoils at the end of the day is probably a fair reflection of a very evenly-matched contest.

RHYL: Williams, Powell, Curtis, Antobus, Brewerton, Jones, Gibson, McGosh, Barton, Trundle, Sharratt.



Lee Trundle

Lee Trundle was a constant thorn
in the side of the Barry defence.

Good clearance!

Lee Kendall and his defence combine to clear another dangerous Rhyl attack.

Chris Sharratt

Chris Sharratt puts in another cross.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones sees this header go
narrowly over the crossbar.


James Brewerton had the best chance of the first half when he fired over despite being surrounded by five Barry Town players!

Lee Trundle

Terry Evans had to be vigilant
with Lee Trundle around!

The League of Wales' top scorer, Lee Trundle, will be away on trial at  Wolverhampton Wanderers next week.The star striker   has had the Scouts flocking to Belle Vue all season. Wolves are the first of a host of clubs to offer a trial to the 23 year old.


NEWTOWN v RHYL - Saturday 2.30pm

Rhyl will be taking their largest following for many years when they take on Newtown at Latham Park in Saturday's crucial Welsh Cup tie.

It is not a ground that will evoke happy memories for Rhyl fans. It is 14 years since Rhyl last won there, ironically in a Welsh Cup tie, but visits since then have been largely unsuccessful.

Earlier in the season Rhyl fell to a disappointing 0-2 loss at Newtown in a defeat which signalled the end of Brian Kettle's reign as manager. There have been changes in personnel since then however, and everyone at the club is hoping that the "Newtown bogey" can finally be laid to rest this time around.

The Robins' are flying high in the table at the moment but that mean's nothing in the cup. Can Rhyl turn the tables? Will Trundle and Barton add to their tally of goals? Will you be there?

Come along and voice your support for the team!

See what to expect in Lilywhite's guide to Newtown in the Just4Fun Section of this site.


Stuart Graves, 20 years old ex-Tranmere has signed forms and is now a  Rhyl player.

Wes Kinney's registration from Droylsden is now confirmed.

Also signed are two members of Last season's Swedish division 2 Championship winning side Carlstad United.

They are  Lars-Olaf Andersson, Midfielder and Martin Morey, defender.


Aston Villa are sending a strong team to play a friendly match against Rhyl in December. It is hoped to finalise the date and kick-off time for this midweek fixture within the next week or so.

Villa will be the fourth Premiership club to appear at Belle Vue this season.



Rhyl were knocked out of the Welsh Cup after an enthralling encounter at Latham Park this afternoon. Despite the hosts opening strongly and going close twice, it was Rhyl who shaded the first half with some sustained periods of pressure. They had two great chances to open the scoring just before the break. The first was when Mark Antrobus headed Mark Powell's corner onto the crossbar, and the second  fell to Steve Jones who saw his shot cleared off the line with the goalkeeper well beaten. 

Newtown came back strongly in the second half with their fast wing play keeping the Rhyl back line busy. On one such foray on 66 minutes, Steve Jones was adjudged to have brought down a Newtown attacker in the box, and from the resultant penalty Sean Jehu put the Robins ahead.

This fired Rhyl into action and following a poor clearance from the Newtown defence, Gary McGosh was able to level matters with a peach of volley. The game swayed from one end to the other before climaxing right at the death in controversial circumstances. Chris Sharratt appeared to be felled in the box and with the Rhyl players appealing for a penalty, referee Hutchinson waved play on, allowing Newtown to break down the wing and cross for McCormick to head home a last minute winner.

This knocked the stuffing out of Rhyl, and despite forcing a corner late on it was too late to salvage anything from the game. Newtown will now go into the hat for tomorrow's draw on the 'Gol' soccer programme, S4C at 1.50pm.

RHYL: L Williams, Powell, Curtis, Antrobus, Brewerton, S Jones, Gibson (T Steel), McGosh, Barton, Trundle, Sharratt.


Rhyl's Gilbert Cup tie at Caersws has been arranged for this coming Tuesday, 21st November, Kick Off at 7:30pm.

CUP MATCH OFF! (21/11)
Tonight's Gilbert League Cup Match at Caersws has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.


Antrobus header
Mark Antrobus' header cannons off the crossbar.

Off the line!
Steve Jones sees this effort cleared off the line with the goalkeeper stranded in no-mans land.

Lee Williams
Player Manager Lee Williams secures the ball under pressure from the Newtown  attack.

Gosh it's Gary McGosh! Gary McGosh, scored Rhyl's equaliser with a fantastic volley mid-way through the second half.


Rhyl Reserves went into second place in the Ty'n Lon Rover Welsh Alliance League with a convincing 5-1 win at Caerwys. Jon Fisher Cooke was amongst the goalscorers in a fantastic victory for Bobby Logan's team.

Rhyl are pleased to welcome Gareth Wilson back to Belle Vue. Gareth was voted the Supporters' Player of the season in 1997-98 but elected to follow manager Andy Cale to Llansantffraid in the summer of 1998. Gareth was a popular figure in Rhyl's team and his signing from the current champions is another coup for Rhyl Football Club.

On his way in the opposite direction is Neil Gibson, who has been released by the club.

GET WELL SOON! (25/11)
The club wishes Juniors star Gari Thomas a speedy recovery after recently breaking his leg. 



Rhyl strolled to another victory against lowly Haverfordwest but will be disappointed that the superiority was not reflected by a greater goal margin.

It was the visitors who took the initiative with some good football that invariably collapsed at sight of goal. Rhyl were very much on the back foot with Mark Antrobus and James Brewerton kept particularly busy and Lee Williams saving the day on a number of occasions.

Rhyl were dangerous on the break however, and Mickey George and Jason Jones found it difficult to keep pace with the combined threat of Danny Barton and Lee Trundle. It took twenty minutes for Rhyl to open the account, Steve Jones being on hand to head home unmarked after a cross ball from the left.

Lee Trundle then beat four players on route to goal and although it looked as if he was brought down at the death, Referee Davies of Wrexham waved play on.

Trundle was at the centre of things on 32 minutes when he turned on a sixpence and let loose a tremendous shot with ricocheted off the crossbar and into the path of Danny Barton. He made no mistake from close range.

The second half  was mostly one-way traffic with Rhyl playing with the elements behind them. The visiting goalkeeper was kept busy throughout and he was responsible in the main for keeping the score respectable.

Time after time the Rhyl attack sliced the away defence like a knife through butter but on only one occasion was the defence breached. Sharratt on 84' saw his shot from outside the box parried,  and after three point blank saves from three different players, James Brewerton raced in to complete the scoring. Rhyl forced several corners late on but couldn't increase the margin.

The win moves Rhyl up to Seventh position in the League of Wales.

Rhyl: Williams, Powell, Curtis, Antrobus, Brewerton, Jones (Steel), Andersson (G Wilson), McGosh, Barton (W Kinney), Trundle, Sharratt.

Attendance on a wet and miserable day was 213.

Before the game a minute's silence was observed impeccably in memory of Eric Ferguson, a member of the successful Rhyl side of the 40's and 50's who died recently. The club extends its deepest sympathies to his widow, Pat and family.



Both sides observe a minute's silence in memory of former player Eric Ferguson who died recently.

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Lars Andersson, Rhyl's new signing from Swedish Second division champions Carlstad United.

Trundle power!
Lee Trundle takes on the massed ranks of the Haverfordwest defence.

Goal !

Goalkeeper Ben Miles is nowhere to be seen as Steve Jones heads Rhyl in front.

Mark Powell

Captain Mark Powell had another great game.

Goal Two!

Miles is here for this one but is hapless to prevent Danny Barton from scoring Rhyl's second.

Trundle 2!
Lee Trundle kept  the Bluebirds' defence
busy all afternoon!



Rhyl FC 2000/2001

Back Row:  Mark Antrobus, Steve Jones, Lee Williams, James Brewerton, Gary McCosh, Gary Curtis, Wes Kinney, Phil Owens.
Front Row: Danny Barton, Scott Jones(mascot), Mark Powell (Captain), Chris Sharratt, Lee Trundle, Lars Andersson, Gareth Wilson.

TRIAL NEWS (30/11)
Lee Trundle and James Brewerton did very well playing for Wolves Reserves against West Brom in the Avon Insurance League last night. The score ended 2-2 with Northern Ireland international James Quinn grabbing Albion's 69th minute equaliser.

Brewerton played a solid game at the heart of the defence and Trundle was impressive after replacing 1.6 million pound striker Robert Taylor. The pair will be at Molineux until the end of the week.

The club sends its best wishes to them!



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