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Holyhead Hotspur Football Club has announced that manager Campbell Harrison has decided to step down after five seasons at the helm.

The club wish to express extreme gratitude to the popular team boss for the great service he has given to the Huws Gray Alliance team in what has been his second spell at Hotspur from season 2013/14 until the campaign just ended of 2017/18. In that time along with assistant manager Darren Garmey the Holy Islanders have become one of the most respected teams in a league which has developed into its most competitive in recent seasons since the formation of the Welsh pyramid second tier competition in 1990.

Having to operate within a tight budget for financial reasons has often proved difficult in recruiting players from outside the area to augment the talented locals in the side, but has invariably finished in the top half of the league table, and it is only in the latter season that Holyhead Hotspur has ended in a lowly position.

Even then it had been an encouraging and bright start to 2017/18, but the loss of important players through injury, suspension and unavailability began to prove costly as the campaign wore on and added to the manager’s frustration, ending up with the poorest set of results since joining the league.

However Cup competitions have always brought the best out of Campbell’s teams and none more so that a couple of seasons ago in the FAW Welsh Cup when his charges knocked out Welsh Premier Bangor City in a famous night for Holyhead football sending the locals into raptures.

Campbell Harrison himself would no doubt agree that his first spell with the blue and white stripes outfit was his most successful as runners up to promoted Bala Town in 2008/09just three points short of the Maes Tegid champions, winning twenty three out of thirty two games and the nearest yet to gaining entry into the Welsh Premier flagship league. That same season Campbell’s men reached the final of the League Cup as they had done under his guidance in season 2006/07.

In between his two spells with the Hotspur men, Harrison was with the management team at Porthmadog continuing his association with black and reds where his influential defensive displays played a big part in Port’s Cymru Alliance Championship winning season of 2002/03 when they conceded only nineteen goals!.

Prior to that he was a member of the Cemaes Bay team who for a village club defied logic by their performance in the Welsh Premier previously known as the League of Wales at the time.
Although taking leave of the managerial side of things Campbell has stated that he will stay ‘on side’ as it were within the football club when time allows from his position as headmaster of St Gerrard’s School in Bangor while bringing up his young family with wife Becky.

Gareth M Davies

Media Officer, Holyhead Hotspur FC