Made in Holy­head – a win­ning ap­proach

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HOLY­HEAD Hot­spur’s re­cent man­age­rial ap­point­ments typ­ify the club’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep it lo­cal.

New first-team bosses Dar­ren Garmey and Nick Dum­bar­ton have both come through the ranks at Hot­spur, while the lat­est re­serves chief Mike ‘Cheds’ Kelly is Holy­head through-and-though – that very phrase could have been in­vented for him.

Ap­point­ing from out­side the district works for some clubs, but Hot­spur have al­ways placed heavy em­pha­sis on the fam­ily ap­proach.

Pre­vi­ous first-team man­ager Camp­bell Har­ri­son is an Anglesey man with strong roots in play­ing and man­age­ment on the is­land.

It was the same be­fore him, with the likes of Em­lyn Man­ley-Wil­liams, Carl Tay­lor, Gary Wil­liams and Bob Brodie at the helm.

The em­pha­sis on lo­cal de­vel­op­ment has worked won­ders for the club up to tier-three level, where they have reg­u­larly landed the top prizes over the past 26 years.

And Hot­spur have also made their mark oc­ca­sion­ally in the Cymru Al­liance, fin­ish­ing run­ner­sup in 2008/09.

The sea­son ahead prom­ises to be the most com­pet­i­tive yet in the Huws Gray Al­liance, with the mighty Ban­gor City com­ing down to join a party which in­cludes the likes of Rhyl, Air­bus, Holy­well Town, Flint Town United, Porth­madog, Den­bigh Town and Guils­field.

It will be dif­fi­cult for Hot­spur to break into the top group, but the cap­tures of goal­keeper Carl Jones and for­ward Jamie Roberts, af­ter spells at Prestatyn Town and Conwy Bor­ough re­spec­tively, are a sig­nal of the club’s am­bi­tious in­tent.

Jones has al­ready won the Huws Gray Al­liance with Prestatyn and will be a fine re­place­ment for Paul Pritchard, who this week has joined Porth­madog.

More good news for the club this week was striker and last sea­son’s top scorer John Lit­tle­more, and qual­ity de­fender To­mos Clarke, both com­mit­ting to Hot­spur for 2018/19.

If pas­sion and be­lief alone were a guar­an­tee of suc­cess, Holy­head would al­ready be up there chal­leng­ing with the best.

With a fresh­en­ing up at the top, the 2018/19 cam­paign could be one in which Hot­spur emerge as one of the dark horses in the Huws Gray Al­liance.

What­ever they achieve, it will be sat­is­fy­ing to have a spe­cial trade­mark stamped on it – Made In Holy­head.

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