Rhyl FC are 90 minutes away from European football


Tomos Hughes

RHYL Football Club are within 90 minutes of a return to European football and a six-figure windfall.

The Lilywhites set up a tantalising Europa League play-off final at old rivals Bangor City on Saturday after they defeated Carmarthen Town 6-1 last weekend.

The club enjoyed six successive years in European competition from 2004 to 2010 before they were demoted from the Welsh Premier League to the Cymru Alliance.

Having secured promotion back to the Welsh top flight last season, the Corbett Sports Stadium club could be about to create history by becoming the first Welsh club to qualify for Europe on their first season back in the Welsh Premier, and in doing so, secure €110,000 in prize money.

Rhyl FC Managing Director Mike Jones said the money would help the club’s “re-building programme”, which includes the construction of a state-of-the-art 3G training pitch in the town.

Mr Jones added: “It will be absolutely magical. The last few games haven’t been ideal, we lost a few, but to go down there and emphatically win 6-1 was absolutely brilliant.

“Welsh football couldn’t ask for a better final. Everyone in Welsh football wants to see Rhyl and Bangor play each other - its like the Rangers versus Celtic of Welsh football.

“Just over £100,00 is at stake, and it means so much for both clubs. It secures the future.

“We’ve spoken about making the history this season, after going unbeaten in the Cymru Alliance last season, and that’s what we would do on Saturday.”

Mayor of Rhyl, councillor Andy Rutherford, said: “I wish them all the best. It would be fantastic for the town to have European football back here. They’re a very good team. It puts Rhyl on the map for the right reasons.”

Vale of Clwyd AM, Ann Jones: “I’m obviously delighted that in their first season back in the top flight of Welsh football, Rhyl are just 90 minutes away from securing a European tie. Credit must go to the team, the manager Greg Strong, his coaching staff and the Managing Director – Mike Jones, together with the loyal band of supporters who have ensured that when needed we have been the twelfth man.

“This tie against our old rivals Bangor proves to be a fitting finale to a great season and it only leaves me to say ‘Come on you Lilywhites!’ – we are all with you”.

THE CLUB has arranged a number of family supporters’ coaches for this Saturday’s match.

Buses will depart the Corbett Sports Stadium at 1pm, for the match which kicks off in Bangor at 3pm. Segregation will be in place at Bangor City’s Book People Stadium. For more information, call 01745 338327 or email mike@rhylfc.co.uk.

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