Gareth Wilson and Matthew Cook are Brickfield Rangers’ new management team

Bohemians' Michael McGinlay (centre) is challenged by Rhyl's Gareth Wilson (right). (Photo by EMPICS Sport - PA Images via Getty Images)

Bohemians’ Michael McGinlay (centre) is challenged by Rhyl’s Gareth Wilson (right). Wilson is the new joint-manager of Brickfield Rangers. (Photo by EMPICS Sport – PA Images via Getty Images)

Brickfield Rangers have appointed a management team with vast top-level experience to lead them in the season ahead.

Gareth Wilson will be manager and Matthew Cook player-coach/manager of a club set to compete in the new tier 3 north west league in 2020-21.

Wilson, 42, a UEFA A License holder, has managed both Prestatyn Town and Rhyl in recent years, the former in the Welsh Premier and latter at Cymru North standard.

Cook, 34, has played in the Welsh Premier for Newtown, Airbus and Cefn Druids, as well as Rhyl in the Cymru North. He has represented Newtown in Europe.

In his early career, Wilson won the FAW Youth Cup with Wrexham, played for Colwyn Bay, represented Wales Under-16s and U18 and British Students.

He went on to feature in 472 Welsh Premier matches, scoring 39 goals.

Wilson was part of Rhyl’s 2003/04 squad which won the quadruple of Welsh Premier League, Welsh Cup, League Cup and North Wales Challenge Cup.

He also played for TNS, celebrating a WPL title success in 1999/2000, as well as Technogroup Welshpool and Prestatyn Town, where he scooped a Welsh Cup winners’ medal in 2012/13.

The midfielder represented both Rhyl and Prestatyn in European competition.

He became first-team manager at Prestatyn in January 2018 following the departure of Neil Gibson to Connah’s Quay Nomads.

Wilson was unable to save the club from relegation and stepped down in June 2018, taking over at Rhyl in the same month.

After leaving Rhyl in 2019, Wilson worked for the FAW, delivering CPD courses in North Wales.

He said: “I am delighted to get this opportunity to be part of this exciting project for the club and community. Once I spoke with the people at the club and heard the plans I was sold. I am also excited by the opportunity to ply my trade in a very competitive newly-formed tier 3.

“I’m very pleased to announce Matthew Cook as my assistant. Matt is a person I trust and has been an excellent player In the Welsh Premier League for years.

“He is a good coach, but is also very keen to continue playing whilst also assisting me with his vast knowledge of Welsh football.”

Wilson and Cook know each other well from their time together at Rhyl.

Central midfielder Cook is a former Wales Under-19 international who has played in the WPL for Newtown, Airbus and Cefn Druids, as well as shining for Rhyl in the Cymru North.

He represented Newtown in the 2015 Welsh Cup final against The New Saints and also featured for the Robins when they beat Valletta of Malta 2-1 in both legs of a Europa League tie in July 2015.

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