John is an experienced midfielder who has captained Holywell Town and Flint Town United in the Cymru Alliance. He Re-joined the Wellmen a couple of season's ago after spells at Rhydymwyn and Greenfield FC. Strong in the air and has an eye for goal, John made the step up to the Managerial ranks a couple of season's ago and is well respected in the local football circle.
Holywell Town has been represented in local football throughout this century. The 1920/21 season saw Holywell finish runners-up in the league to Holyhead and were Division 1 leading goalscorers with 92 goals. They also reached the final of the Amateur Cup but lost 1-3 to Holyhead at Bangor. The next season saw Holywell again reach the final but this time they beat Holyhead 1-0 at Llandudno to lift the cup.
The 1930/31 season saw Holywell win the welsh league, this feat was repeated in the 1932-33 season when they finished 9 points ahead of the runner’s up. Social and football history combine to establishing the club as it is known today. In 1946 soldiers returning home from World War Two established the club at Halkyn Road where it has remained ever since. Success came immediately in 1947 both The Alves Cup and The Waterfall Cup were won. Holywell won the Welsh League (North) in 1953, nine years later in 1962 a record attendance of 3000 packed Halkyn Road for a Welsh Cup 6th round tie with Swansea City, the Swans winning 2-1. Holywell were founder members of the Manweb Cymru Alliance in 1990-91 and then founder members of the LoW in 1992/93. The 1992-92 season was a particularly good one for Holywell winning the Clwyd League Youth Cup, the Auxiliary Youth Cup whilst also being runners up in the Alves Cup.
The club won respect in North Wales and further afield under the shrewd management of Glyn Griffiths, but once his reign ended inconsistency crept in. League placings of 6th and 5th in 1993 and 1994 respectively prove the point. Since this time the club have been relegated, promoted and sadly relegated again, most recently in 1999. During those early seasons player such as Pat Moran, Chris Milroy, Ian Howat and Richard Grundy were highly regarded in LoW circles.
At the conclusion of the 2001-02 season, The Wellmen narrowly avoided relegation and decided to part company with their Manchester based manager and squad in favour of a more local set up. After finishing a creditable 9th in the Cymru Alliance League in 2004/05, Holywell were relegated the following season into the Welsh Alliance League and with a local set up of players, Holywell aimed to win promotion back into the Cymru Alliance. Holywell Town won the FAW Trophy in the 2010/11 Season and have narrowly missed out on promotion for the past few of seasons, finishing behind Holyhead Hotspur, Caernarfon Town and Denbigh Town.
The 2013/14 season also saw Holywell Town enter the record books as the only 3rd tier club to reach the semi-final of the Welsh Cup, where we finally bowed out of the competition to Aberystwyth Town in the live televised game on S4C. The cup run brought messages of support from all over the world and Holywell Town’s name was firmly established on the footballing map.
2014/15 season will go down as being one of the best seasons the Wellmen have had, as we won the treble and in the process, won promotion back into the Cymru Alliance. The Wellmen picked up the Welsh Alliance League Championship, finishing 15 points clear of the runners up, and won the FAW Trophy for the second time in recent years. The Wellmen were also runners up in the Cookson Cup but rounded off the season in style by winning the Mawddach Challenge Cup to complete the historic treble.