With no football to keep us entertained right now, it is a perfect time to look back on some of the greatest moments in the history of our domestic game in Wales, and what better way to do that then through the eyes of the people who have made them happen?
That’s why we’ve reached out to some familiar faces from the domestic game in Wales to hear more from them about what their best moments have been during their time spent in the Welsh game.
Today we bring you the top five moments of Neil Gibson, manager of JD Cymru North title-chasers, Prestatyn Town.
1 – Winning the 2012/13 JD Welsh Cup Final
To beat Bangor City at the Racecourse and to get our name on such an illustrious trophy is something that can never be taken away from Prestatyn Town Football Club, and it was just such a special day for everyone involved.
There was maybe 800 Prestatyn fans at the game, and it is special on so many levels as an occasion and something that obviously lives long in the memory for so many people involved.
2 – Beating Liepājas Metalurgs in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League
We lost the first leg at home 2-1 but won the away leg in Latvia 2-1 to take the game into extra time and penalties, and then we managed to win 4-3 on the penalty shootout.
I don’t think anybody had given us a chance before the tie, and certainly not after losing the first leg, to go out there and get through to the next round – especially not in our first every European adventure – but that very much summed up what our club was about, really.
We were outdoing people’s expectations, but not our own – it was a special moment for me too to play and manage in a European competition, and to score one of the penalties as well in the shootout. It doesn’t get much prouder than that in terms of doing something for your hometown club.
3 – Prestatyn’s first-ever JD Cymru Premier game in the 2008/09 season
Our first game at the JD Cymru Premier level was in 2008. We’d not been in Tier Two of Welsh football until around 2004, so to manage to get into the JD Cymru Premier for 2008/09 was very special for the club.
The ground was absolutely packed, I think we had about 900 and we won 2-1 against Airbus. The whole town was looking forward to its first taste of that calibre of football and every player on the team sheet lived within ten minutes of the ground, so it was a really special moment in our history.
4 – JD Welsh Cup Fourth Round 2016/17 vs Aberystwyth
The year we won the JD Cymru North the last time in 2016/17 we played Aberystwyth away in the fourth round of the JD Welsh Cup and we were riding high in the league, but it gave us a chance to test ourselves against a top JD Cymru Premier club, and we beat them 5-1 away from home.
After the game Matthew Bishop said his team was lucky to come away having only conceded five the way they played, but it was such a nice moment for the group, because we’d been relegated previously, built an entirely new local team, and now we were starting to build back up again.
5 – Prestatyn Town 4-2 Bangor City – 2010/11 Season
Every game we played against Bangor had its own special moments and occasion, but this game in 2010 was special for us as we beat them at home 4-2 – I think Lee Hunt, Steve Rogers and Ross Stephens scored our goals.
This was the time where we started to establish ourselves as a club at the JD Cymru Premier level, and it was around a time where we managed to secure three consecutive top-six finishes, and instead of feeling inferior to Bangor we started feeling like we could challenge them and we could beat them, so that was a really defining game, and it is a game the fans always talk about.