Anglesey Footballing Greats: Paul Pritchard

YESTERDAY I featured Mel McGinness in this series – a man who is set to return to action when Holyhead Hotspur kick off their JD Cymru North campaign next month (Covid-19 guidelines permitting). Now, it’s time to feature another one who will take to the field in March.

From Wayne Hennessey to Alex Lynch to Tony Roberts, Anglesey has always had a knack for producing top class goalkeepers. Pritchard is another one of those to come off of that production line.

The top shot-stopper recently returned to former club Llangefni Town on loan from parent club Porthmadog. With Port relegated to tier three in 2019/20 (and thus no season looking likely for them anytime soon), Pritchard opted to sign for a tier two outfit for a chance to play football during these strange times.

Pritchard makes a save for the cameras!

During a glittering career to date, the 35-year-old has made more than 100 appearances in Wales’ top-flight with the likes of Caernarfon Town, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Rhyl. Pritchard has also spent a great portion of his career at tier two clubs such as Holyhead Hotspur, Glantraeth, Llangefni Town and Llanfairpwll when they played at that level, as well as of course Porthmadog just last season.

A confident and commanding presence at the back, he’s been a key player for pretty much any team he’s been at and garnered a lot of respect for his time playing on the island and beyond.

He is also known for being a great penalty saver – as he showcased at the 2019 Inter Island Games Tournament – when he saved a penalty from Matt Loaring in Ynys Môn’s 2-1 final win against Guernsey. That was a pivotal moment in the match for Campbell Harrison’s side as they won gold for the first time since the 90’s – with Pritchard as captain.

Pritchard and Môn team mates at the 2019 Island Games Football Tournament.

Now back at Llangefni Town, he will compete for a starting berth in the side with fellow goalkeeper Steve Sinclair – who was himself superb for the club in their first season in the JD Cymru North in 2019/20.

Pritchard is a top class goalkeeper and will no doubt prove to be a brilliant addition to Chris Roberts’ side.

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