A NEW phoenix football club in Rhyl has officially changed its name after receiving advice from the sport’s governing body.

The Lilywhites’ ended their illustrious history by announcing they were winding up the JD Cymru North club with immediate effect after failing to find the financial investment needed to stay afloat.

This disappointment was quickly replaced by the hope of a new club, which will now be called CPD Y Rhyl 1879 following advice from the Football Association of Wales.

The Rhyl Fans Association had previously voted to name the new club Rhyl FC before members of the FAW stepped in to intervene.

The new name is similar to that utilised by the fan-owned CPD Bangor 1876, who decided to form their own club after becoming disillusioned with the way Bangor City was being run. They have enjoyed a phenomenal first season in business and have quickly become one of the best-supported teams in the country.

Members of the RFA have agreed to work with former managing director Adam Roche and other Lilies’ board members on a five-year strategic aim plan for the club’s potential growth, in addition to the drafting of a new club constitution and the opening of a bank account.

The initial plans have included the appointment of a new committee that will be headed by interim chairman Tom Jamieson. He will be working closely with former Rhyl managing director Adam Roche and other appointments from the previous board and the RFA.

Conversations are continuing regarding a possible home ground location for next season. The club is exploring the possibility of either its own base or a ground share as it moves away from their iconic Belle Vie venue following a dispute with owner David Butters regarding the lease cost.