News from the New Stadium


Holyhead Hotspur Football Club are delighted to announce Darren Garmey as the new first team manager.

Daz, 35, was a product of our youth set up, and in 2000 was handed his first team debut by Bob Brodie. Making around 150 Cymru Alliance appearances over 10 years Daz was forced to retire from playing way before his time with multiple knee problems. This is something that Daz looks to rectify by doing his utmost to succeed as a manager at the club he loves. 

In 2011-12, after 1 year away from the club, Daz re-joined to help out coaching the reserves. Here he impressed not only the committee but Campbell Harrison who Daz had a good relationship with during Campbells previous spell at the club. When the opportunity arose for Campbell to return, Daz was the natural choice to be his assistant and it was an opportunity he could not pass up. 

Over the past 4 years Daz has developed as a coach under the guidance of Campbell Harrison, whilst working his way through the FAW Coaching Badges and he is not far from attaining the ‘FAW B Licence’. 

Chairman Mike Taylor said ‘I could not be happier with this appointment. Darren has Holyhead running through his veins. The appointment runs in line with our ethos of promoting from within as we try to do with our players wherever possible. After speaking with players that have been around the squad for the past few seasons, it was made clear that Darren has the respect of the lads and clearly has the dressing room onside. He also made it obvious that the way he has networked with other players, managers and other football figures up the coast over the last few years can only work in our favour. Another thing that has impressed us with Darren is his interest in the bigger picture at the club, it is no secret that we are working with a lot less resources than other clubs in our league and this is something that does not phase him in the slightest and is already working within our youth system to help produce our next golden generation.’ 

Defender, Stalwart Alex Jones, 26, was quoted in saying ‘I am made up to hear that Daz has taken the helm at our great club, he is someone that has helped me greatly on a personal level over the years and is someone that I have always leaned on for advice and has always mentored me, even before he was involved with the first team. It has been clear for the past 18 months that he was a future manager and his influence has been growing in the changing room. I am excited and can’t wait to see who he brings in and work on his new ideas.’

Daz has appointed Nick Dumbarton, 37, as his second in command. Another ex-player that has been learning the ropes in our youth system over the last few years. Nick is also sitting the ‘FAW B Licence’ with Darren. With a combined 34 years together at the club, as a team they will bring an unrivalled wealth of experience. 

Garmey had this to say following his appointment "I would firstly like to place on record my gratitude to the Committee for giving me the opportunity to manage Holyhead Hotspur. It’s a huge privilege and one that I am going to relish from day one. As in every role I’ve had at this club, from being a player, a coach and 1st team Assistant Manager I will give 110% to the cause and will be relentless in the quest of taking this great club as far as possible.

The Cymru Alliance is again without doubt going to be the most exciting and competitive league in the country, and this is a challenge we are all looking forward to. We will be looking to recruit the best young players from the area and have faith in them to perform on the biggest stage week in week out. 

I am also delighted to announce Nick Dumbarton as my assistant, Nick is a fantastic coach who has spent many years at the club as a player and a coach so knows exactly what it takes to get the best out of the players. As a player he was disciplined, reliable and honest and these qualities have transferred to his coaching style which is why he was the best man for the job. We have just taken our B License course together so have a good understanding of eachothers styles and visions for how we will play as a team. I am certainly looking forward to working with him.

Finally, I would also like to thank Campbell for all that he has done for me personally, and also for the club. I have learnt so much from him over the last 5 years, things that will be a big part of who I am as a manager. We have certainly become good friends and I will look forward to welcoming him back to the New Stadium soon."

If the reaction to Campbells resignation has taught us anything, it is that Darren has some big boots to fill, but as a club we believe the transition will be seamless.

The appointment of Darren Garmey is part of a restructure that will see a new reserves management team appointed early next week. 

Also keep your eye out for further announcements on the rest of Darren Garmeys staff in the coming week.