Rhyl will mark their Welsh Premier farewell with free entry for this weekend’s final game of the season against coastal rivals Llandudno.
A bumper crowd is expected at Belle Vue on Saturday evening (5.15pm ko) for the Lillywhites’ last game in the top flight after four seasons.
Relegation to the Huws Gray Alliance was all but sealed after last Friday night’s 4-0 defeat at Aberystwyth Town. It was finally confirmed on Tuesday when Barry Town United clinched promotion from the Macwhirter Welsh League.
But the club says despite the disappointment, it wanted to thank its fans for their loyal support over the season with free admission as a gesture. Free tickets have also been given to children in both the Rhyl and Llandudno areas to encourage a big turn out for the final game.
Llandudno, rounding off their second Welsh Premier campaign, faced only an outside chance of dropping down to the HGA, but will be looking for a much needed high note to end their season. They have lost their last two games and are without a win in six.
The Lillywhites will also be seeking to raise funds for next season as the focus turns to winning promotion back to the WPL at the first time of asking. Pre-season fixtures ahead of the August kick-off are set include to clashes with both West Bromwich Albion and Walsall.
Donations will be taken for both the club and for several children’s charities.
Meanwhile, ex-Rhyl manager Greg Strong has attracted the ire of fans after hitting out at the Lillywhites’ poor form of the past two seasons.
Plymouth Argyle’s promotion to League One, after beating Newport County 6-1 on Easter Monday, prompted the Pilgrims’ scout to tweet:
— Greg Strong (@GregStrongy5) April 17, 2017
Strong left Belle Vue in May 2015 after six years in charge. At the time, Rhyl had failed to qualify for the post-season Europa League play-offs and his contract with the club was due to come to an end the following month.
His tweet prompted a furious response from Rhyl fans – while managing director Mike Jones said the club was ‘deeply upset’ and that everyone was ‘too disappointed’ to comment any further.