Some major changes have been announced at a new football club aiming to make its mark in North Wales.
Just two months after unveiling a new chairman, FC United of Wrexham have already appointed a replacement.
Geraint Hopwood, who took on the chair’s role in April, has left the North East Wales Football League outfit along with the sponsorship deal he brought to the club.
However, a new chairman has already begun his reign at FCUW with former Brickfield Rangers first team manager Robert Tudor agreeing to take on the position.
Rob is adopting a first senior footballing role since being Brickfield boss back during the 2007/08 season, where the club ended bottom of the Welsh National League Premier Division with seven points.
Nonetheless, many local talented players came through that side who later went on to win titles with other squads.
Sporting director Andrew Ruscoe commented on the current situation at FC United, saying: “The club would like to thank Geraint Hopwood for his support these last two months as our chairman and we would like to thank A1 Recycling Wales for the short time as the club’s sponsor.
“Unfortunately it has not worked out for us with both Geraint and the sponsor.
“We would like to thank Geraint and A1 for the big Logo stickers that they purchased and the tactics board that they gave us. We wish them all the very best.”
On the arrival of Rob Tudor, Ruscoe added: “I am extremely pleased that Rob has agreed to become chairman of our club. It’s no secret that me and Rob are best friends. I trust Rob with my life. We have been through so many events together in our lives.
“Rob started his managerial football career alongside me back in 2005. Rob is no nonsense, direct and straight to the point. He brings a rational sense to things. I know Rob will be a major asset to the club once he finds his feet.
“I couldn’t think of anyone better for the role because he wants to do things correctly and help build a legacy for the club. Rob shares the same values with me of bringing talented young players through and he wants to help support the club to keep to our long-term vision of having more than 70% of youth players developed within our clubs youth infrastructure playing in our adult section sides within football and futsal. I can’t wait to get to work with Tudor to make this happen.”
FC United will play in the 5th tier of Welsh football in 2022-23, having also entered the FAW Welsh Cup, FAW Welsh Trophy and NEWFA Challenge Cup.
Ruscoe added: “The club is also looking to recruit new players to its first team, headed by manager David Hughes, who will be starting his C-licence very soon thanks to the club who like to invest in their coaches.
“Since 2020 the club has invested in several players and coaches who have all passed their FAW level 1 and level 2 badges as coach education is hugely important to the club.
“Currently, assistant manager Stephen “Beefy” Jones, futsal player George Yarwood, futsal manager Steve Jones and former futsal player Bruno Miguel are undertaking their level 1 badges.
“The club has already further qualified Fleur Custance, former first team manager Malcolm Wareham and Leah Burke in recent times.”
First team manager Hughes commented on the player recruitment saying: “The club is needing 4 or 5 new players to join us which I feel will strengthen us ready for next season’s league campaign.
“We need good committed lads, who simply don’t want to use the club for a kick around because we want to be challenging. We will be playing in the Welsh Cup and Welsh Trophy next season and we need to bring in some experienced players to help our young talented players.
“If anyone is interested please drop me a message on 07821 203137.”
David was further asked on coach education with his C License where he explained: ” I am extremely excited to be completing the C License. I am grateful to the club as they have put me through my Level 1 and thanks to their belief in me I am now looking to complete my Level 2.
“Hopefully this will help us deliver better sessions during training and help to improve our players within our community.”
FC United of Wrexham was founded in 2020 by Andrew Ruscoe, Tom Winsper, Morgan Churchill and the late Michael Hughes.
It is now in year 2 of its 20-year plan of reaching tier 2 of Welsh football and its also in year 2 of its Welsh Futsal strategy of getting into the UEFA Futsal Champions league within 7 years.