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Save Rhyl FC: Lilywhites greatest Welsh Premier XI

Rhyl's Nguimbat Aaron and Skonto Riga's Kalnins Gatis battle for the ball (Photo by Barrington Coombs/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Rhyl’s Tim Edwards (white) in action against Skonto Riga in the 2004-05 Uefa Champions League (Photo by Barrington Coombs/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Rhyl Football Club has just days left to save itself.

The Cymru North club requires investment/ sponsorship of circa £175k to meet total operating costs through to May 2021.

This amount includes a provision for a 1 year rent guarantee which is required under the lease, but no debt repayments.

This would enable the club to move to the next pre season revenue earning cycle, hopefully, post Covid 19.

If you can help please e-mail chairman Paul Higginson at sponsorship@rhylfc.co.uk

The deadline date to save the club is April 17.

This is my all-time Rhyl FC Welsh Premier XI

There’s only 11 places in a team, so I’ve had to leave out some amazing talent, but the players I’ve chosen are very special in my eyes too.

GOALKEEPER

Paul Smith

Not just Rhyl’s greatest keeper but also arguably the Welsh Premier’s finest-ever too, right up there alongside Mark Ovendale.
Key man in the Lilywhites’ 2003-04 quadruple-winning season and penalty shoot-out hero in League Cup win of 2002-03.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 110.

RIGHT-BACK

Mark Powell

Former England schoolboys international who played a major part in the 2003-04 quadruple campaign.
Attacking right-back who was a great influence both on and off the field.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 169 (+24 sub). Goals: 6.

LEFT-BACK

Stuart Graves

Versatile left-sided player who spent seven seasons at Belle Vue, winning the quadruple in 2003-04, plus a second Welsh Cup with the club in 2005-06.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 144 (+18 sub). Goals: 4.

CENTRE-BACK

Tim Edwards

Colossal defender who had three spells with Rhyl, the third being the most rewarding as he won seven winners’ medals under John Hulse between 2002-2007.
Played in 229 Welsh Premier matches for the Lilywhites and made in excess of 450 league appearances across six clubs in total.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 226 (+ 3 sub). Goals: 26.

CENTRE-BACK

George Horan

George Horan, Rhyl (Photo by EMPICS Sport – PA Images via Getty Images)

Still going strong in the Welsh Premier for Connah’s Quay Nomads at the age of 38.
Spent five seasons at Rhyl. winning the Welsh Cup in 2005-06 and the Welsh Premier title in 2008-09. Tremendous central defender and always a threat in opposition box.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 143 (+ 2 sub). Goals: 14.

LEFT-MIDFIELD

Steve Walters

One of the most celebrated Rhyl players of all-time, especially among supporters of the Hulse years.
Was at Belle Vue in 2002-03 and 2003-04, winning the quadruple in the latter season. Man of the match when Rhyl beat Swansea City in FAW Premier Cup semi.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 53 (+ 3 sub). Goals: 8.

CENTRE-MIDFIELD

Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly

Spent five great seasons with the Lilywhites, establishing himself as a goal-getting midfielder.
Won Welsh Cup in 2005-06 and the Welsh Premier title in 2008-09 before going on for further success with Bala Town.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 127 (+ 18 sub). Goals: 31.

CENTRE-MIDFIELD

Paul McManus

Joint top-scorer for Rhyl’s Cymru Alliance invincibles in 2012-13, also winning the league’s Player of the Season award.
Went on to star in the midfield for the Lilywhites for two seasons on their return to the Welsh Premier.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 48. Goals: 12

RIGHT-MIDFIELD

Marc Limbert

Rhyl’s Marc Limbert (Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Won seven trophies over four seasons under John Hulse between 2002-03 and 2005-06.
Skilful right-sided attacker who won a Welsh Premier title, two Welsh Cups, two League Cups and two NWCFA Challenge Cups with the Lilies.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 74 (+ 8 sub). Goals: 15.

STRIKER

Andy Moran

Rhyl’s all-time record scorer in the Welsh Premier with 99 goals.
Was at Belle Vue for seven seasons, scoring 48 times in the club’s unprecedented quadruple-winning campaign of 2003-04.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 148 (+ 17 sub). Goals: 99.

STRIKER

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts. Pic: welsh-premier.com

Huge success when he joined the Lilywhites in 2008-09, scoring 20 goals in 31 appearances in a star-studded title-winning side.
Left early in the following campaign, but this ex-Wrexham and Wales front man will never be forgotten by Rhyl fans.
WPL appearances for Rhyl: 33. Goals: 20.

Rhyl Football Club has just days left to save itself.
The Cymru North club requires investment/ sponsorship of circa £175k to meet total operating costs through to May 2021. 
This amount includes a provision for a 1 year rent guarantee which is required under the lease but no debt repayments. This would enable the club to move to the next pre season revenue earning cycle, hopefully, post Covid 19.If you can help please e-mail chairman Paul Higginson at sponsorship@rhylfc.co.uk  The deadline date to save the club is April 17.

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