During the close-season the Club asked for volunteers to help out at the Club. First Team player Billy Holmes came forward offering to help with contributions for our programmes which are printed for each first team home game. He also agreed for them to be shown on the website.
Billy started by wanting to get the thoughts of individuals within the Club .
First Team Captain Mark Roberts – Robbo - was the first to be interviewed by Billy.
Robbo – How long have you played for Denbigh Town and why did you join Denbigh?
I have been playing for Denbigh on and off since the age of 11. Playing for the Juniors right through to being called up to the First Team at the age of 16. Throughout most of my senior years I have played for the Town. There is a real sense of pride representing your home club and no better place to be than stepping out on Central Park under the floodlights.
How do you think pre-season training went and do you think we are prepared for the new season?
Pre- season went really well. Being relegated last season was a big set back for the Club and the loss of a number of first team players over the summer meant that Dewi and Ows had to recruit. The players they have brought in have settled really quickly to the style of football that the management want us to play this season. I am so looking forward to the season ahead and building on some great pre-season performances. We have started well having had a busy August and are pleased with the way things are going.
As Captain, what are you hoping to achieve some the end of the season?
My main goal for this season is gaining promotion back to Tier 2. However it will not be an easy task. This is a tough league , there are some really difficult places to go and the differing standards of pitches make it hard to gain a consistent playing style. Aside from trophies I am looking forward to playing a role in the development of the younger players. There are some really talented young players in the squad who can go a long way in the game. Helping to mould their development is something I am looking forward to.
Is there a favourite footballing moment that sticks out in the memory for you ?
There are a few but two that stick out- both evening games at Central Park with bumper crowds. The first was the league deciding game against Holywell a few seasons back and the second was beating Connahs Quay Nomads in the Semi Final of the Welsh League Cup. Both unbelievable nights where huge numbers of supporters were out to back the team.
Personally, what was your best season?
Whilst reaching the Word Cup Final was a huge accomplishment, especially given some of the scalps we took en-route, my best season has to be the invincible season under Rich Cooke in the Welsh Alliance. After coming so close to winning the league the season before (just being pipped by Caernarfon Town) , to go on and win the league without losing a game the season after was a huge achievement. We topped it off by also winning the cup aswell – that will take some beating.
Who is the best player you’ve played alongside?
I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside some really talented players over the years, but the stand out player for me was Gary Roberts during Roy Cook-Hannah’s reign as manager. Gary was rapid, very skilful with a rocket of a left foot and you could see his potential even at 18 when he was at Denbigh. It was no huge surprise he went on to play in the English League for Ipswich, Portsmouth and Huddersfield
Away from football , what do you enjoy doing?
Spare time outside football and work is pretty much family time -spending quality time with my wife Emma and cocker spaniel Lola. We are also expecting a new addition to the family at the end of this month with our first child and this will I am sure will be more than happy to take up any spare time that may be leftover.
Anything else you would like to add?
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who are working tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring the football club is a success. Without them there would be no football club at all. There is a huge amount of administration, organisation and hard work which often goes unnoticed when turning up to watch the team play for 90 minutes. On behalf of the players I would like to say a huge thank you to all of them. I’d also like to thank the continued support from the die hard locals who turn up week in week out to support the team in all weathers. After the disappointment of last season it would be amazing to give back to the supporters in the form of lifting a trophy this season.