‘Tough one to leave such a fantastic club’ – Chris Jones on departing Holyhead Hotspur

PICTURE by Chris Willz Photography

HOLYHEAD HOTSPUR’S top scorer from the 2019/20 campaign has announced he is leaving the club.

Chris Jones hit 17 goals for the club that season as they went on to win Welsh Alliance One and earn promotion to the JD Cymru North (tier two).

The 35-year-old midfielder-turned-attacker opened that campaign in fantastic fashion with a hat-trick in Hotspur’s 9-2 demolition of Prestatyn Sports. And he went on to fire in a further 14 goals in what was a memorable campaign for both the player and Hotspur.

During his three years with the club, he became one of its most important players and he says the decision to leave the New Stadium was a ‘tough one’ to make.

Jones celebrates a goal with former Hotspur player Dewi Thomas. PIC: Chris Willz Photography

Jones said: “I’ve got nothing but praise for Daz (Darren Garmey, Hotspur manager), I loved my time there. I was there, on and off, for three years and it’s a tough one to leave behind such a fantastic club, a brilliant bunch of lads and a fantastic manager that believed in me week in, week out.

“The highlight for me was getting the club back up with promotion last season. The most memorable game was v Denbigh Town at home – we won 2-1 and I scored the winner with the last kick of the game.”

Jones is a former Leeds United, Bournemouth and Limerick player and is, of course, very well known to Bangor City supporters and also to fans of the JD Cymru Premier in general.

In a decade spent in Wales’ top-flight, he played for Llangefni Town, Porthmadog and, predominantly, Bangor City, featuring in 175 matches for the Citizens, scoring 37 times. It is his late winner v Honka Espoo of Finland in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers at the Racecourse, Wrexham in 2011 that will go down in the history books for City as one of the clubs finest European nights in recent memory.

Jones with fellow Bangor City great Les Davies.

He was a real fans favourite at Bangor, just as he has been for Hotspur too with his work ethic and finishing always making him a key player in any side.

He says he’s now ready for the next step in his career, although he cannot quite reveal where that will be just yet!

Jones said: “I do know where my next destination is and I am very excited about it but I can’t tell you who it is at this time.”

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