Prestatyn Town part company with John Lawless

John Lawless. Picture: Prestatyn Town

Prestatyn Town has just reported it has parted company with director of football John Lawless.

The JD Cymru North club said it has no further statement to make at this time.

Lawless was appointed in October, just days after long-serving manager Neil Gibson left Bastion Gardens following a difference of opinion with the board.

Lawless once played against his beloved Liverpool in the Champions League.

In 2005-06, the now 38-year-old was part of the TNS squad which gave the holders a good battle in the first qualifying round despite losing both legs 3-0.

Lawless was an unused substitute in the first leg at Wrexham, but came on in the 72nd minute of the return at Anfield.

The Merseysider knocked a football around the De La Salle high school playground in Croxteth with Wayne Rooney and Francis Jeffers in the late 1980s, but his head was full of dreams about being the next John Barnes.

For a time it appeared his dream may come true. He won a place at Liverpool’s academy, where he found himself under the tutelage of Steve Heighway, but at the age of 15 the Anfield club released him.

A mercurial talent, Lawless spent several years at Burscough of the Northern Premier League and was part of their legendary 2003 FA Trophy winning side which beat Tamworth 2-1 at Villa Park before getting his first taste of the Welsh Premier League with Aberystwyth Town from 2003-04.

Next was a move to TNS, where he won the WPL title and Welsh Cup, as well as featuring in that memorable Euro tie against his idols before departing Park Hall in November 2005.

Spells with Vauxhall and Colwyn Bay, where he really impressed, were followed by a short stay at Marine which ended abruptly.

Witton Albion, Formby, Leigh Genesis and Prescot Cables became further stops on his journey, with returns to Vauxhall and Prescot Cables also packed in.

Lawless had been responsible for 17 signings at Prestatyn in recent weeks. He took on the director of football role while Ryan Turner filled the position of first-team manager.

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