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THE team that took Conwy United into Europe in 1996 is set to re-assemble for a special fundraising match at the Morfa.
John Hulse, who was manager of the side, and striker Ken McKenna, who hit 40 goals during the League of Wales season in which Conwy qualified for Europe, are getting together to help organise the reunion match against the current new-look Conwy side - possibly for some time in May.
Conwy played four matches in the group stages of the 1996 Intertoto Cup, facing Belgium club Charleroi Sporting Club and Austria's SV Marco O'Polo Reid at Wrexham, and travelling to Zaglebie Lubin in Poland and Silkeborg of Denmark.
However, the club paid a high price for their European adventure, sliding to the brink of bankruptcy as a result.
But the Musselmen are now making efforts to rebuild, and their recently revamped side has moved clear of the Welsh Alliance relegation zone.
Hulse and McKenna, who now manage Welsh Premier title rivals Rhyl and TNS, have agreed to try and get as many of the 1996 squad back together again to help the Conwy revival bid.
Committee member Michael Creamer commented: "Kenny was a hugely popular player when he was at Conwy and we are very grateful to him and John for agreeing to try and get the European squad back together for what should be a tremendous occasion at the Morfa. We hope the game will attract a lot of interest in the town and bring in a good crowd.
"I know John and Kenny have a huge championship clash against each other in the televised Easter Sunday game and we would like to wish them both luck for that."
5 April 2021
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