Caerwys Football Club were quick to appoint a new First Team Manager following the sudden resignation of Andy Mackie last month, citing personal reasons for his departure.
Into the hot seat is Bagillt based Eddie Barry. Eddie was born in Waterford in the South East of Ireland in 1950 which makes him probably the oldest manager in the league if not Wales. He started as a player when he was 11 so this is his 50th year in football. Eddie played until he was 27 at the highest level in the local area, until he suffered a serious knee injury which forced him to stop playing. He then became a referee and worked his way up to football league standard in Ireland. Eddie refereed in Ireland, England and Wales for 30 years, he lived in Somerset for 9 years and refereed in the Bridgwater Taunton and Somerset leagues until he moved to Bagillt in 1997. Eddie referred in Sunday League, Welsh Alliance and Clwyd Leagues until he had to have a knee replacement. After his operation Eddie managed in the Deeside Sunday league and joined Holywell Reserves 16 years ago. He spent two years there and then a year at Flint Reserves before a move to Halkyn Utd in the Welsh Alliance League, where he spent several seasons before re-joining Holywell 5-6 years ago. Eddie retired after 20 years working at the family shop in Bagillt. Eddie said he always got on well with the Caerwys Committee when he went there to referee or manage and had no hesitation in joining the club when they contacted him regarding the managers job. Eddie said “ My main aim this season is promotion and hopefully some good cup runs. I’m hoping to bring in one or two players to strengthen the squad but saying that there are some very good players here already. My Assistant Manager Jon Roberts has come with me from Holywell and is well known in the area as a good player and also for his successful stint at Mold Youth. We are both 100% committed to bring success to Caerwys, the only thing we disagree with is the club we support. I’m a big Liverpool fan but Jon is a Bluenose. Jon works as a teacher at Broughton Primary School.
The club wishes Eddie all the best in his new role and appeal to the Caerwys public who follow the big teams on Merseyside and Manchester to try and support their local club particularly at home matches.
Eddie’s team got off to a great start on 19th June with a 2-0 home win over Llandyrnog Utd. Goalkeeper Gareth Williams was solid in goal and several new players impressed. The experienced Dai Booth returned to the heart of the defence and the visitors who are placed in a higher level league were well beaten at the end of the day. Their last friendly of the month ended in a 2-4 home defeat against Airbus Under 19’s. This was an entertaining match despite the result and Caerwys were missing four of their better players. Dylan Mackie and Lewis Harrison were on target for Caerwys in an encouraging display.
Eddie Barry steps into the First Team hot seat following the recent resignation of Andy Mackie. The ex-Halkyn Utd & Holywell Town Reserves Manager met the committee last night (8th June) and took no hesitation in accepting the position. The club wishes to thank Andy Mackie for all his efforts during a difficult period for everyone.
Interview with Andy Mackie
Q What attracted you to the First Team Manager’s Position at Caerwys ?
A I got a lot of requests asking for me to return as Manager this time and with such a fantastic bunch of lads how could I refuse!
Q Tell us a bit about yourself ?
A I’m a Holywell lad and still live here. I’m 54 yrs old and a departmental manager in a large manufacturing company. I have one daughter and two sons who both currently play for Caerwys and twin grandsons who are very good footballers and will be coming to watch their uncles play. Many moons ago I played football for Holywell Greenfield and Brynford on a Saturday and pub teams on a Sunday. In the past I managed Halkyn U12 and Holywell U13/14 and assisted Jordan partially last season at Caerwys.
Q With the kick off listed as 3rd July for the new season, what is the squad looking like and any new signings?
A We have a fantastic squad and every one of them are quality players. Yes we have some superb new signings bringing experience for our younger players and they will be announced soon on Twitter.
Q After Jordan Hadaway departed for Cefn Druids, did any players leave?
A As it stands only one player left of his own accord and he didn’t give any explanation why however we have got stronger options going into the new season.
Q Any views on the current offside/handball rules and have there been any other rule changes to the game that you are aware of?
A I think the rules are killing football and being offside by a bootlace is so harsh and handball should only be handball if it’s intentional.
Q A lot of people including ex-players are calling for the re-introduction of the indirect free kick when a foul is committed in the penalty area but is not preventing a goal scoring opportunity. Do you think would work?
A If it’s a foul that is not stopping a goal scoring opportunity then I see this as a fair rule. How many times do we see a team getting a penalty when the ball is running out of play but the player gets nudged by the opposing player and then awarded a penalty.
Q Do you have any message for supporters and what can they expect from the team?
A I’d just like to say when all restrictions are relaxed and supporters are allowed to watch games then please come to the ground to watch us play and also go and give support to the reserves and veterans. I expect our team to be challenging for the league this season especially with our new signings complementing our existing strong squad and let’s see if we can get to a couple of cup finals along the way!
Andy Mackie was confirmed as the First Team Manager as from 11th April 2021.
1st March 2021
Club Officials managed to get work underway yesterday including rolling the pitch and repairing divots, sending the sit on mower for a service/repairs, planning the erection of new perimeter netting and planning other work including new dugouts and hard standing for spectators on one side of the ground.
FIRST TEAM MANAGER POSITION With no sign of the League starting, Jordan Hadaway announced that he was joining Cefn Druids in December as their First Team Coach. Andy Mackie took temporary charge of a first team friendly 5-3 home win against Bagillt on 19th December, but the club has yet to announce a permanent appointment.
North East Wales League Championship
Borras Park Albion
Connah’s Quay Town
North East Wales Reserves League (13 teams)
Cefn Mawr Rangers
FC Queen’s Park
Llay Welfare Colts
Mynydd Isa Spartans
Ruthin Town Colts
Pre Season Training
All teams are hoping to commence training by the end of July. Keep an eye out for posts on Facebook and twitter. There is no start date for the 20-21 season. The First Team are in tier 5 with eleven other teams based in the North East Wales League Div 1. The reserves are in the North East Wales League reserve Division and face many trips to the Wrexham area.
Caerwys Joint Boss Ethan Jones was forced to step down at the end of November due to illness, leaving Jordan Hadaway in charge and making him the youngest manager in charge of a senior team in Welsh Football. The Interim boss enjoyed two wins in December and began the New Year in style with a 5-3 home win over Mold Town Utd, a result which takes Caerwys up to fourth in the league. Hadaway has lost Theo Woolford Dyer to Denbigh Town Res but new signings Ryan Jones, Lewis Harrison and Jack Mackie looked useful against Mold. The club has appointed Andy Mackie to assist Hadaway.
New Chairman appointed
Shaun Davies replaced Chris Doyle as Chairman at the Club’s A.G.M. on Sun 14th July. Shaun has been on the committee for many years serving as a player and manager of the Summer & Winter League teams. Shaun a local builder was the driving force behind the construction of the Pavilion at the football ground in 2009 and continues to work tirelessly behind the scenes.
Shaun will be supported by three vice-chairmen :- Chris Doyle, Andy Affleck and Dylan Thomas
Club Secretary – Phillip Parry
The Comet Administrator & Treasurer for the club is Helen Edwards.
President, 200 Club Promoter, Press officer & Match Programme Editor – Steve Griffith
Vice Presidents – Jack Phillips & Billy Neen
First Team Managers – Ethan Jones & Jordan Hadaway
First Team Secretary – Billy Neen
Veterans Team Manager – Richard Newsome assisted by Garry Thomson
Veterans Team Secretary – Ian Smith
Summer League Manager – Dyfan Davies
Summer League Team Secretary – Ruari Wood
Social Media – Ethan Jones & Jordan Hadaway
Committee member – John Owens
Website admin – Paul Grosart/Steve Griffith
Charity Match a Major Success
On Saturday 15th June Caerwys All Stars took on Wrexham Legends in front of a crowd in excess of 200. See the match report page for details of the game. Proceeds from the game including a donation of £140 raised in the region of £800 to be shared between the local school Ysgol yr Esgob and Caerwys in Bloom.
First Team News
Jordan Hadaway and Ethan Jones join us as joint-managers of the First Team and will take over from Shaun Davies for the 2019/20 season. Shaun has done a very good job by keeping the team going and competing well in all games. It was a good end to the season with a big 7-2 win, which saw the team finish on a four game unbeaten run and a potential 5th placed finish (depending on results elsewhere).
Jordan joins us from Holywell Town where he is currently assistant coach with their successful Reserves Team and is the Youth Director for Holywell Town Youth. Jordan will continue in his role as Youth Director at Holywell Town Youth next season. He is currently close to finishing his UEFA B Licence qualification and is also the current North East Wales FA Coach of the Year. Jordan said, “I am looking forward to challenging myself at a club with a long history behind them, when this opportunity arose I couldn’t turn it down as it is a big step up in my coaching career. I know from being local to the area that Caerwys has a committee full of hard working people that are committed to the club and are looking to move the club forwards. I look forward to sharing my first step in first team management with Ethan, we will be putting a lot of work in from day one to ensure that our team is fully prepared for next season.”
Ethan joins us from Ruthin Town where he has managed the Colts/Development Squad to a strong finish this season and has 5 seasons experience within the Ruthin Town Youth set-up previously. Ethan also spent 2 seasons with Bala Town Academy, in which his team won the national Academy Cup and the elite Super Six League. Ethan also holds a UEFA B Licence. Ethan said, “I’m looking forward to taking my first steps into first team management. Having spoken to Chris, Dylan and Rich about the club and their ambitions it was clear that we were a good fit. Having met Jordan through the UEFA B Licence I know we’ll be a good management team as we like to play the game the same way and are totally on the same page. The challenge at Caerwys is one that really excites me and I’m really positive about what we can achieve here.”
December – January Review
Caerwys First Team went for seven weeks without a game from 24th November. Team Manager Nick Voyle resigned in December citing a distinct lack of commitment from certain players. Assistant Manager Lee Jones took charge of the next match on 12th January at Acton and a makeshift team were unlucky to lose 1-2 in a league fixture. Jones had been let down by six players on the morning of the game, something which had been a common problem for Voyle. As a result, Jones decided that the position was not for him and he packed in as well.
Former player Gareth Rush (36) came to the rescue for the next match at home to Airbus Youth in the Horace Wynne Cup, but disaster struck on the morning of the match when Rush was involved in a car crash on Rhuallt Hill and ended up in YGC with his children who had been passengers in the car. Club Officials had no idea what had happened and wondered why the interim boss hadn’t showed up. Again a makeshift team did well, but ran out of steam in the second half, conceding three well taken goals on a very heavy pitch. Fortunately the Rush family escaped with minor injuries despite the car being a total write off. Gareth is looking forward to the next game at Penyffordd on 26th January.
Caerwys Veterans enjoyed a 4-2 home win over Ruthin Town In December with Dai Jones hat-trick and Danny Williams on target. This was followed by a 5-5 draw at Connah’s Quay Nomads. Antony Weardon 2, Dai Jones, Dale Adamson and Graeme Davies scoring. After the festive period Caerwys enjoyed a 2-1 win at Wirral with Weardon scoring both goals.
Summer League Team preparations are underway. Any newcomers to the area who are interested in playing for the team are asked to contact Shaun Davies on 07771674491or any club official.
First Team Manager’s Position
12 Jan, 2019
The club would lie to thank Lee Jones for stepping in to fill the shoes of Nick Voyle who resigned before Christmas. Voyle was in his third season as first team boss and cited lack of commitment from players as the major reason for leaving. The team are still in two cup semi finals and a makeshift team were unlucky to lose 1-2 at Acton today after six weeks with no fixtures. The club are likely to announce a permanent manager by the next game.
Life President Loses Battle Against Illness
21 Oct, 2018
CPD Caerwys FC sadly announce the death of Life President Glyn Brooks who passed away peacefully at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd on Friday 19th October. Glyn (63) had been battling leukemia and also had a heart condition. Glyn moved to Caerwys in 1994. He was a keen Everton fan and Welsh Rugby follower who became heavily involved with Caerwys Football Club and turned out as a player until bad knees forced him to stop in his early 40’s. Glyn was a member of the Caerwys squad which lifted the Veterans Umbro Cup played at Rushden & Diamonds FC back in 1998. Glyn also managed the Reserves Team in the Clwyd League in the 90’s and he also managed the Summer League team when they finished runners up in 2002 and won the 7 a side tournament. Glyn took over as Club Chairman before the Football Club was elevated to the Welsh Alliance League back in 2000. He later became Club President and was made a Life President in 2017. Glyn will never be forgotten for his support on match days particularly with his humour. He was a well liked and popular character and had served on the Town Council for six years, his highlight being made Mayor in 2002. Glyn who hailed from Bodfari returned to live there in 2008 but kept his close ties with Caerwys and the club. Glyn was one of the few original members of Caerwys Male Voice Choir and a regular with the Royal Oak Cavaliers Dominoes Team. He was also a keen golfer and a former member of Abergele and previously Denbigh Golf Club until he became ill. Sincere condolences go to his wife Jane and all the family. SG.