‘A hero, leg­end and bril­liant fa­ther, he’ll be greatly missed’

TRIB­UTES TO NORTH WALES FOOT­BALL LEG­END WHO DIED DAYS AF­TER 90TH BIRTHDAY

Bangor Mail - - News - Amelia Shaw

TRIB­UTES have poured in for one of North Wales’ most pro­lific goalscor­ers. For­mer Holy­head Town marks­man Tommy Welsh passed away at Ys­byty Gwynedd on March 23, just six days af­ter his 90th birthday.

Mr Welsh scored 631 ca­reer goals – a non-league record – and played for a host of lo­cal clubs, in­clud­ing Col­wyn Bay and Blae­nau Ffes­tin­iog.

At the peak of his foot­ball ca­reer, many top pro­fes­sional clubs showed an in­ter­est in his ser­vices in­clud­ing

West Brom, Wolves and Don­caster Rovers but Mr Welsh stayed loyal to the Har­bour­men where he ended his ca­reer.

Mr Welsh moved from Belfast to Holy­head in the 1950s and be­gan play­ing for the lo­cal team when he was in his early 20s.

His 11-sea­son stretch at the club prompted them to ap­point him hon­orary pres­i­dent of Holy­head Town when the club re­formed three years ago.

Mr Welsh was also a fa­ther to three daugh­ters and three sons and had sev­eral grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren.

His son Gary said he was a “bril­liant fa­ther” who will be “greatly missed”.

“We will all miss him very much but we have so many won­der­ful mem­o­ries that we will cher­ish for­ever,” he added.

Gareth Davies, a friend of Mr Welsh who also used to watch him play said he was a “hero and leg­end” and a “great friend” who will never be for­got­ten.

Mr Davies added: “I am very sad­dened to hear the news of Mr Welsh’s pass­ing.

“When he first be­gan play­ing for the Har­bour­men no one could have en­vis­aged the im­pact he would have on the foot­ball scene, Holy­head Town foot­ball club in par­tic­u­lar.

“He at­tracted many of­fers from other teams across the UK but stayed true to Holy­head be­cause he loved the area and the peo­ple so much.

“He was and al­ways will be our hero and my con­do­lences go out to his fam­ily.

“Tommy Welsh may have gone up to the big man in the sky but our mem­o­ries of him will never die.”

Mr Welsh’s fu­neral will be held on April 4 at St Cybi’s Church in Holy­head.

● For­mer Holy­head Town marks­man Tommy Welsh pic­tured with ex-Spurs and Liver­pool player Neil Rud­dock

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