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Farewell to Brewerton - Friday 4th May

02 May 2018

Friday night sees the two most celebrated clubs in North Wales Domestic Football come together to pay tribute to James Brewerton as a Rhyl Legends XI take on a Bangor City Legends XI at the Corbett Sports Stadium ko 7.30pm (Admission  - Adults / Concessions  £5  Under 16's £1)

The defender made his debut for Rhyl FC back in the 1999/2000 season, 19 years ago and during his spell with the club he has seen the team win the Welsh Premier League in 2004 in the season when the club won 4 trophies. A spell at Bangor City followed when he played for the Citizens between 2008 and 2014 and where he also won the Welsh Premier League alongside three Welsh Cups. Brewerton returned to Rhyl in December 2014 where he has had a number of spells playing for the club.

Overall James has made 218 starts for Rhyl across 13 seasons scoring 14 goals for the Lilywhites.

Rhyl FC Media Officer, Kieron Tierney caught up with James to discuss his career:-

You've chosen to call time on a great career in Welsh Football, what's made you realise this is the right time?

I have been my own worse critic over the years and always reflect on my performance after a game. I have got to the point now where I don't think I can maintain the level and standard of performance expected anymore so now feel it's the right time to hang up the boots.

Over the years you've transitioned into a prominent role in the dugout with Rhyl, do you aim for a career in management in future?

Probably not no. I get frustrated on the side not being able to influence games like when I'm playing. I don't get the same competitive feeling when I'm not on the pitch so have decided not to pursue management.

The club have chosen to honour you with a testimonial fixture against Bangor City Legends, are you looking forward to reuniting with some old faces from your time there?

Yes definitely as I am also with the rhyl legends. I have played and won trophies with the 2 biggest clubs in Welsh football and have met some great lads in that time. It will be a great night.

You've played in some special games in your career, what are the three which stand out most for you?

The first was winning my first Welsh prem title. It was a great day away in Porthmadog with big Timmy Edwards lifting the trophy. That was a one off season with us doing the treble.

Second was when we qualified for the second round of the UEFA Cup. Although we lost the game away at FK Atlantas we went through on away goals as we won 2-1 at home. It was the first time in history the club had progressed to the next round.

The third is a game back in 2004 I think when we played Swansea in the semi finals of the FAW Premier cup at Belle Vue. It was a sell out with nearly 3000 people watching and we won 2 nil. The atmosphere was incredible and it was a night I will never forget.

You bow out of the game as a Rhyl legend, having won almost everything possible with the club. What are your best memories as a Lilywhite?

I have loads of great memories from cup finals, title wins, European trips and journeys to South Wales on the bus. I loved them all and will remember them forever. One day I do remember like yesterday was the open top bus tour around Rhyl after winning the treble. People were out in the thousands and to do that in your home town seeing people you know was a special day for me.

Finally, the fans will want to hear from you one final time as a Rhyl player, would you like to say to anything to them?

Just a massive thank you for your support to not only me but also to the club. Having to leave Rhyl when I did was such a difficult decision at the time and one I had no choice but to make. Having the opportunity to come back was the opposite and an easy decision and I thank the fans for their support on my return. I'm not everyone's cup of tea but I've always given everything I have once I crossed the white lines and I think the fans appreciated that. I'm so grateful I got to finish my playing days at Rhyl so a massive thank you to the club and supporters.