RHUDDLAN Town manager Wayne Hughes dedicated their recent title victory to a popular photographer who died last year.

The NWCFA Tier 4 (East) Premier Division side enjoyed a standout campaign last time out, winning the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division championship to secure a well-deserved promotion.

Although COVID-19 restrictions have prevented Town from participating in any competitive football since March, Hughes was still hugely grateful for all the support the club has received over the previous 12 months that also saw them make a return to their old base at Pengwern College.

He said: “It’s always a strange time as we reflect on a year that has been very difficult for so many people losing loved ones losing jobs and more, but we hope and pray that we can all look forward to a much better 2021 spending more time with our family and friends.

The club is very grateful for all the support we have received. It was a massive achievement winning the league during the 2019/20 season, but it wasn’t the way we hoped to win it.”

Hughes also dedicated their championship triumph to Steve Bowden, a club photographer who died due to coronavirus complications.

Mr Bowden was a hugely respected figure on the domestic scene and was on hand to capture some magical moments from Rhuddlan’s memorable season that eventually ended with some silverware.

“We dedicated our league win to the late Steve Bowden who sadly passed away with COVID-19. Stay safe and keep strong everyone and hopefully see you all soon,” added Hughes.

There are increasing concerns as to whether any competitive action will be played at all this season as the Welsh Government and Football Association of Wales halted all activities during the Tier 4 lockdown for those under the ‘elite athlete’ distinction.