The club was founded in 1883 (though a new limited liability
company was formed in 1991) and plays at Belle Vue, Rhyl,
which accommodates 4000 spectators (1700 seated).
Few clubs in the League of Wales have as distinguished a past as Rhyl's. Football in the town dates from the late 1870s and at one time there were several Rhyl clubs in existence. Rhyl FC became founder members of the Welsh League, formed in 1890, but withdrew the following year. They reformed as Rhyl Athletic in 1893 and became founder members of the North Wales Coast League, winning the title in 1894-95. Rhyl, joined forces with Rhyl Town in 1898 and in an ambitious move switched to the Anglo-Welsh Combination. Despite financial crises they remained in membership until the league disbanded at the end of the 1910-11 season. Under the name of Rhyl United, they rejoined the North Wales Coast League but, following the Great War, they moved to the North Wales Alliance before becoming founder members of the Welsh National League (North) in 1921. Rhyl won the title in 1925-26 and became a limited company in 1928 as Rhyl Athletic. With North Wales football in turmoil in the early 1930s, Rhyl sought to realise their ambitions in the Birmingham and District League. Seeking relief from the onerous travelling to the Birmingham area, Rhyl successfully applied to join the Cheshire League in 1936 and began one of the most successful chapters in the club's history.
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Address: Belle Vue Stadium,Grange Road,Rhyl,Denbighshire.
From East/West: Use the A55, turning off at the St. Asaph junction and following the signs into Rhyl. Follow the sign marked "Sun Centre" into Pendyffryn Road, turn left at the junction with Grange Road to find the ground 300 metres on the left.
Phone: 01745 338327
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In a post-War purple patch. Rhyl won the league title twice - in 1947-48 and 1950-51 - and the Welsh Cup twice in succession. In 1952 they beat Merthyr Tydfil 4-3 and became the first non-league side in the modern era to retain the trophy, by defeating Chester by 2-1 the following season. Rhyl had been losing finalists to Cardiff City in 1930 and Crewe Alexandra in 1937 but did not feature in the final again until 1993 when they lost 5-0 to Cardiff. In the Cheshire League, success eluded them for several years before they won the title in 1972. On the dissolution of the Cheshire League, Rhyl became members of the North West Counties League, later winning promotion to the Northern Premier League. In 1992 they returned reluctantly to Wales but because their application to join the League of Wales was out of time they were placed instead in the Cymru Alliance, the second level of the pyramid system. In 1993-94. they won the title by six points and gained promotion to the League of Wales.
The club have struggled in the top flight of Welsh football, but since being taken over by a consortium under former player Peter Parry, they have seen improved results. In season 2003/04 the club won the Welsh Premiership, qualifying again for the Champions' League qualification rounds (though they lost 7-1 on aggregate, to Skonto Riga of Latvia in the first qualifying round), and were winners of the League Cup and Welsh Cup, although they lost the final of the FAW Premier Cup by 4-1 to Wrexham.
Back in the UEFA Cup in 2005-06, Rhyl recorded their first-ever win in European competition when they defeated Lithuanian side FK Atlantas 2-1 in the home leg of the first qualifying round. Rhyl lost the away leg 3-2 but progressed on the away goals rule, the first Welsh team to make the second qualifying round since Barry Town in 1996-7. They lost the in the second round against Norwegian club Viking F.K.
Equipment: DIRECTIONS TO STADIUM BY TRAIN
On exiting Rhyl train station, turn right towards the Vale Road bridge which will be seen directly ahead of yourself.
Walk over the bridge and follow the road on the left hand side until you come to Caskey's pub.
Turn left at the next road (Millbank Road) and follow.
At the end, turn right (past the Millbank pub) and follow until you find Belle Vue on the right hand side.
Directions: Walking:Add to your Trip Planner
From Rhyl town centre, follow the above instructions.
The Vale Road bridge is located at the bottom end of the high
street by the bus & train station.
4,000 with Seating for approx 1700
Record League Gate
(Welsh Premier): 2741 v TNS 11/4/04
First Team Games:
Senior Citizens: £4
Under 15's: £2
Reserve Team Games:
Senior Citizens: £1
Under 16's: £1
Food & Drink:
There is no social club at Belle Vue, but food and soft drinks
can be bought from either of the two canteens in the ground.
The nearest pub is the Millbank, 5 minutes walk from the ground.
* League of Wales:
o Winners (1): 2003-04
o Runners-up (1): 2004-05
* Cymru Alliance:
o Winners (1): 1993-94
* Welsh Cup:
o Winners (4): 1951-52, 1952-53, 2003-04, 2006-06
o Runners-up (4): 1926-27, 1929-30, 1936-37, 1992-93
* FAW Premier Cup:
o Runners-up (1): 2003-04
* Biggest League of Wales win: 15-2 v Ebbw Vale AFC in 1997.
* Biggest League of Wales defeat: 1-8 at Caernarfon Town 1996.