Following a very successful career at Park Hall, Alex Darlington has moved to JD Welsh Premier League side Bangor City. Out of contract at The New Saints, the popular figure has accepted terms at Nantporth.
Beginning his football career as a seven year old at Wrexham, Alex then went on to play for The Dragons via a two-year scholarship, followed by a professional contract for one season.
It was from there he moved, as a nineteen year old, to Park Hall. Living in the Wrexham area and continuing the dream of being a professional footballer, in the words of the man himself, “It was an easy decision to sign for TNS.”
It was a move that would see him give the best of his footballing life to the club, spanning nine and a half years.
We caught up with him today, prior to his travelling to the north Wales coast to sign for Bangor City. What were his highlights with TNS, we asked him. “The three goals in Europe stand out” he told us. “The two at Midtjylland were great, of course, but the equaliser against Cliftonville was really special.”
Then there were the games themselves, and again Europe featured, with the away trips to Anderlecht and Legia Warsaw very much at the forefront of Alex’s memory.
The Welsh Cup victory against Cefn Druids – ironically at Nantporth – is the game that immediately came to mind when we asked him about domestic memories. The 2-0 victory in 2011/2012 – with goals from Darlington and Draper – ended a barren spell of six seasons where The New Saints had failed to make an appearance in the final of the trophy.
The win also kick-started a run where the club has been in the final for five out of six occasions since, including the Cefn Druids victory.
“My time at TNS has been memorable, I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve really enjoyed my time here.” he told us. “But I’ve just turned 29 and I felt it was time to move on.” he explained before adding, “I’m looking forward to playing at Bangor City”.
“He’s been at the club for a long time and won everything domestically that there is to win. He’s been a fantastic goal scorer and servant to the club and I wish him all the best on his next move.”
Scott Ruscoe. Manager.
“Everyone at The New Saints Football Club wishes Alex Darlington the very best with his new football adventure at Bangor City FC. Alex has been with the club for over nine seasons and has picked up a number of domestic trophies during his time with us, as well as appearing in a number of classic UEFA games, and he’s scored some memorable goals along the way.”
Ian Williams. Chief Operating Officer.
Alex Darlington leaves Park Hall with 94 league goals to his name in 144 appearances (starts, plus 90 as substitute). Everyone associated with The New Saints thanks him for his loyal service over the years and wishes him the very best for the future.
Lead Photograph: Alex in recent action for The New Saints in the 4-0 victory against Aberystwyth Town. Credit: Brian Jones.