Plans are underway to promptly establish a new Rhyl phoenix football club.
This follows last week’s decision to commence the formal winding-up process of Rhyl Football Club Bellevue Limited.
The demise of Rhyl FC and the circumstances surrounding this attracted significant media attention and highlighted to many the important role the club has played in the history of the town and does play for the benefit of the community.
Following this a group was formed from within the former club to consider the prospect of establishing a new football club.
With a key aim of retaining Belle Vue for the benefit of the community, the new group approached the Rhyl Fans Association (RFA) to propose collaboration in bringing a new club to the town.
The establishment of a new club will be led by Tom Jamieson and Adam Roche, who will work closely with the board of Rhyl Fans Association.
Jamieson will act as interim chairman and commented: “This is fantastic news; we have had very open and positive meetings with Will and the RFA team and it is clear that we can work together in a true spirit of collaboration to prepare ourselves for the start of a new era.
“It will be challenging but we aim to bring all those with Rhyl’s interests at heart together in this endeavour.
“We should look back at our achievements and forward at what is possible if we all work closely together in unison and trust in each other.
“After recent events and in a time of national crisis and uncertainty this announcement offers real hope to our local Rhyl community.”
Very candid and positive meetings were held and following this the newly established Rhyl Fans Association conducted a ballot amongst its own members.
They overwhelmingly endorsed the Association working with the Belle Vue Group to form a new Rhyl Football Club.
Chairman of the Rhyl Fans Association, Will Kearsley, said: “The results of the ballot showed a significant majority in favour of working alongside past board members.
“This gave us the opportunity to enter discussions on how to proceed with the past board and initial meetings have been held.
“This has started a new chapter at Rhyl Football club, and we hope to steam roll ahead now to get all boxes ticked for the 20/21 season.
“We are extremely excited on how fast everything is moving and we look forward to working with the community to help rebuild the football club to be bigger and better than ever.”
Jamieson added: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with members of the RFA and my immediate priorities are to appoint and announce the management team, secure a ground and search for long term funding and sponsorship in readiness for the new season ahead.
“We have in place initial funding to set-up the new club. There is so much to do whilst looking to ensure the club gets back to playing football in Rhyl and ideally at its home, Belle Vue, so we can give the ground back to the footballing community of Rhyl.
“This new football club will be locally run for local people to ensure we continue Rhyl’s proud footballing heritage and tradition.”
Jamieson emphasised he would welcome conversations from anyone interested in supporting the required investment to help set up the new club and further announcements are to follow over the coming weeks as key appointments are made.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ann Jones AM, James Davies MP and Councillor Barry Mellor for counsel and support through this time of transition,” he said.