Eight new faces, numerous re-signings, a management shake-up and a massive determination to improve on last season – the mood is buoyant at Prestatyn Sports.
Since forming in 2013-14, Sports had shot up the Welsh pyramid from tier 6 to 3, landing a quadruple and two league titles along the way.
Last season proved to be the only disappointment for the club so far as they ended up bottom of Welsh Alliance Division One.
But they are determined to bounce back in 2020-21 as they tackle the tier 4 North Wales Coast East Premier Division.
Jon Hargreaves and Sion Williams will be joint first-team managers, Thomas Brooks is coach and Stuart Butler goalkeeper coach.
New signings to date are: Lee Beattie, Sam Brewerton, Andy Booker, Antonio Jacovelli, Jared Hughes and Chris Kelly, while welcomed back are club icons Gareth Walsh and Chris Lowe.
Retained players are: skipper Shane Middleman, vice-captain Daniel Grindley, Ryan Jones, Steven Ashe, Johnny Harkin, Cy Williams, Sam Herd, Kris Owen, Mark Price, Michael Jones and Ryan Fortune.
Early training sessions have seen great commitment from players old and new alike, raising hopes of a good season ahead.
Profiles of new signings (words: joint-manager Jon Hargreaves)
Former Prestatyn Town man has bags of pace, skill and a wicked left foot.
He’s enjoying his football again at the Sports and we welcome him with open arms !
After all, it’s not every day you get a sign a player who’s been in the running for a Puskas Award!
May be the player to finally fill the void left by Ian Griffiths’ departure a few seasons back.
Journeyman who has played for many clubs along the North Wales coast.
Brings with him bags of talent and a touch some players can only dream about.
FAW Trophy winner with Glan Conwy, so knows what it takes to win games.
Local lad whose brothers are heavily involved with St Asaph City.
Absolute pleasure to have on board, a great engine with an attitude that the Sports need to progress.
Great box to box player who loves to get into the mix of every game he plays in.
Hasn’t played too much over the last few years, but has the potential to be a key figure for the Sports.
Has a great eye for goal, his passing game is a fantastic quality he brings to the club. A winger who loves to get up and down the pitch.
Young striker who we feel that with a good season under his belt will give him the experience to kick on his football abilities in the future.
Always a pleasure to have around the camp.
Since losing Tommy Court a few seasons back we’ve been desperate for someone of Antonio’s qualities.
Pacey winger with a keen eye for scoring goals and supplying the goods for our strikers to get on the end of.
Another exciting prospect for the Sports.
We call him a good old fashioned defender, no nonsense, whole-hearted and never lets you down.
Must be a absolute pain to play against as you know he won’t leave you alone for 90 minutes.
When the call came for Lowe to return we didn’t think twice.
100% committed to the cause ! Signs from Rhuddlan Town, where he won the Clwyd Premier last season. Welcome back Chrissy !
Sports legend who joins us from Meliden FC. Some of Gaz’s best footballing years have been at the Sports.
Was a quality striker but now prefers defending. Played at right back in our quadruple winning team in 2015 and probably scored more goals that season than most strikers.
Suffered with some back problems after that year but has been training like a racehorse.
Great figure to have in the changing rooms and is a massive plus having him onboard going into the new season.
Tier 4 North Wales Coast East Premier Division 2020-21 (16 teams)
Bro Cernyw, CPD Y Rhyl 1879, Glan Conwy, Kinmel Bay, Llandudno Athletic, Llandudno Junction, Llandyrnog United, Llanfairfechan Town, Llannefydd, Llansannan, Meliden, Mochdre Sports, NFA FC, Penmaenmawr Phoenix, Prestatyn Sports, Rhuddlan Town.
Prestatyn Sports – league stats
Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Division One runners-up: P 18 W 14 D 1 L 3 GF 81 GA 21 Pts 43
Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division champions: P 20 W 19 D 0 L 1 GF 107 GA 20 Pts 57
Welsh Alliance Division Two (6th position): P 24 W 11 D 4 L 9 GF 72 GA 57 Pts 37
Welsh Alliance Division Two (3rd): P 26 W 17 D 2 L 7 GF 93 GA 51 Pts 50 * 3 pts deducted
Welsh Alliance Division Two (1st): P 28 W 24 D 3 L 1 GF 117 GA 30 Pts 75
Welsh Alliance Division One (7th): P 28 W 12 D 3 L 13 GF 53 GA 56 Pts 39
Welsh Alliance Division One (16th): P 20 W 0 D 2 L 18 GF 27 GA 72 Pts 2.
Goals For 550
Goals Against 307
2014/15 – Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division champions, NWCFA Intermediate Cup winners, Premier Cup winners, Presidents Cup winners
2016-17 – Division Two Take Stock Van Hire Challenge Cup winners
2017-18 – Welsh Alliance Division Two champions