Mike on the move: 12 more North Wales football signings (441-452)

Mike Chapman (red) in past action

Mike Chapman (Llandudno Athletic to Llandudno Amateurs)

Prolific striker Chapman has agreed on a return to the Amateurs after half a season away at now disbanded Llandudno Athletic.

Amateurs managers Nathan Bridges and Gaz Sharp see him as the last piece of their jigsaw and the final addition to the squad.

Chapman has scored goals wherever he has played. In Llandudno Albion’s first-ever season, he netted 37 goals, bagged seven hat-tricks and scored eight times in one game.

He also had a productive spell with Llanfairfechan Town under Sandy Malone, who then took over the Amateurs and brought Chapman with him.

Chapman was a big success with the Amateurs in their first three seasons, but decided to move on with Llandudno Athletic midway through last term, due to travelling issues in the then Welsh Alliance.

Joint Amateurs boss Sharp said: “Mike is willing to work hard, fight for his place in the team and prove his commitment to be a vital part of the team this season.”

Mike said: “I would like to thank Nathan Bridges and Gaz Sharp for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the rebuild of the Amateurs.

“I’m gutted a couple of my old team-mates have moved on but that’s football. But with the squad and management team still there, along with the new signings I’m looking forward to it.

“Now the challenge starts to get myself fit for the start of the season as I know how competitive the local football is and no points will be earned easily.”

Arwel Williams (Gaerwen to Aberffraw)

Williams signs for Berffro having played for Gaerwen last season.

“I’m delighted to be here. Everyone has been so welcoming,” said Williams.

Oli Crimp (Llanuwchllyn to Corwen)

Crimp returns to Corwen after an impressive spell with Llanuwchllyn in the former Welsh National League Premier Division.

He plays in midfield, but can drop into defence when called upon.

Remy Howarth (Cefn Druids to Lincoln City)

Remy Howarth. Picture provided by Cefn Druids

League One side Lincoln City have signed Druids midfielder Remy Howarth on a one-year deal.

Following a successful first season at The Rock, Howarth becomes the latest Cymru Premier talent to be snapped up by the Football League.

The pacey attacking midfielder, 22, impressed during a pre-season trial with the Imps, scoring in a friendly against Nottingham Forest.

“I’m very pleased for Remi who’s been great for the club and when the opportunity to play for Lincoln came about, I had no hesitation in helping him,” said Druids chairman Des Williams.

Liam Watson (Penrhyndeudraeth to Blaenau Amateurs)

Experienced centre half Watson, having played for Penrhyndeudraeth for many years, has become the latest to switch from that club to the Quarrymen.

Darren Lewthwaite (Glantraeth to Aberffraw)

Striker Lewthwaite joined Glantraeth earlier this summer, but has now decided to commit to Aberffraw for the 2020-21 season.

Pacy attacker and a real handful for any defence, he will add quality and depth to Berffro’s attacking options.

Darren has also played in the past for teams such as Beaumaris Town, Menai Bridge and Pentraeth. Can be relied upon to get goals.

Matthew Williams (Ruthin Town to Corwen)

Central defender Williams will add class and strength to Corwen’s back line in the campaign ahead.

Simon Smith (Oswestry Town to Gresford Athletic)

Gresford have completed the resigning of Simon Smith from Oswestry.

The deal does not include an amazing dancing bear! (1960’s based quip which will only appeal to readers of a certain age).

Midfielder Smith has previously played for Gresford twice in his career.

The 30-year-old has plenty of experience playing in the JD Cymru Leagues, as well as spending a number of years in the Welsh National League, previously playing for Penyffordd, Lex XI and Llangollen Town.

He signed for Gresford Athletic in the summer of 2015 from Denbigh Town, but only stayed at the club until September 2016 before travelling to Dubai as part of his coaching role at Liverpool FC.

The current TNS youth team manager eventually resigned for Gresford in the 2017/18 season.

He was a key member of the first team until the end of the 2018/19 season, where he left the club to sign for Oswestry Town, until their unfortunate liquidation, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is Gresford’s ninth signing ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Smith joins fellow new faces: Dave MacIntyre, Craig Pritchard, Mike Pritchard, Adam Hesp, Max Peate, Sam Molyneux, Barry Torrence and Corey Smart.

Dion Rhys Williams (Blaenau Amateurs to Bro Goronwy)

Bro manager Robbie Jones has captured the highly regarded Williams from CPD Blaenau Amateurs.

Jones said: “Dion is a lad who I’ve tried to sign with every manager’s job I’ve had, from Beaumaris Town to Bethesda Athletic and now with Bro Goronwy, He’s a player who I rate highly and want him in my team.

“We’ve also played together at Glantraeth, where we won the Safeflue Shield.

“I tried to get Dion as soon as I took over at Bro but he wanted to test himself again in a higher league at Blaenau which I fully understand.”

Jones added: “Dion is a manager’s dream and can literally play anywhere you ask him.

“I think during my time he’s played in every position going apart from maybe in goal so that really says it all about him.

“What makes it even better now that he is back home and won’t have to travel from Liverpool every week to play, saving costs and dedication issues so will be available 100% of the time.”

Marquis Holland (Pentraeth to Aberffraw)

Former Llannerchymedd and Pentraeth player who has scored a few goals in the Welsh Alliance League.

Now tries his luck at Aberffraw, who are building up a decent-looking squad ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

Dave MacIntyre (Rhyl to Gresford Athletic)

Midfield maestro MacIntyre returns to Clappers Lane after a spell with now defunct Rhyl FC last season.

The 31-year-old has plenty of exeperience in the JD Cymru Leagues, starting his career at Caergwrle Castle before signing for Castell Alun Colts and then Rhos Aelwyd, where he stayed for a couple of seasons.

He joined Ruthin Town for one season and then signed for Buckley Town and Brymbo before representing Denbigh Town from 2013 to 2016.

Smith then made the move to Cefn Druids before quickly signing for Gresford in September 2016, his first spell at the club.

He departed Athletic in 2018 and signed for Rhyl, where he showed his quality for a couple of seasons, which included superbly overcoming the serious injury of a fractured skull in just his seventh game, until they dissolved at the end of 2019/20.

Tom Hughes (to Blaenau Amateurs)

Experienced centre-forward Hughes has re-joined the Quarrymen.

Tom is a familiar face at Cae Clyd who can always be relied upon to give 100 %.




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