Whilst the departure of Mark Aizelwood from the Club heralds the start of a new era it is also opportune to reflect on the past 14 years. Yes, Mark first came to the Club in 2004 and since then has been associated with the Club on two further and seperate occasions. Each time there was a positive effect on the players and results in the Welsh Premier League. One cannot deny his influence on the field of play with the Club winning the Welsh Cup, two League Cups and with qualification to European competition on four occasions. Whilst we have struggled this season the sign of a revival are clear with much of the credit due to Mark with his five key signings prior to his departure.
Mark has also greatly influenced football in general in Wales, he coached the Wales Under 16 team, led the FAW Trust at the time Club Academies were formed and it was he who proposed the formation of the Wales Pro Licence Course and had to travel to Geneva for that purpose.
Travelling long distances to matches in North Wales were made considerably easier with Mark's eloquent stories of time playing for a number of Clubs on the professional circuit and for Wales of course. They were an education to many and brought laughter and incredulity to all, of course some of them are best stored in the annals of memory.
Whilst Mark's presence on match days was evident, he also did so much out of sight of the watchful eye. His loyalty to the Club and willingness to help in so many directions went largely unnoticed.
He was much sought after to coach and speak to children and young persons and also addressed various organisation within the town. This was due in no small part to his appealing personality, knowledge of his subject and articulate delivery. Mark assisted the Club in its community work, he spoke to primary school children on the importance of reading and to youths with behavioural issues. One also remembers his compassionate nature, whilst he did not overtly display it, he visited persons close to the Club suffering serious illnesses and travelled the breadth of Wales to attend the funeral of a young disabled supporter. Mark never said no to any request for his services, regardless of who asked him.
Mark has contributed so much to the well-being of the Club over a protracted period of time and our debt to him is immense. We wish him well and I know nothing will give him greater pleasure than the Club avoiding relegation from the Welsh Premier League.