WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Ken McKenna
Ex-TNS manager Ken McKenna scored plenty of goals for Bangor, Conwy and TNS [Keith Williams/Sportpixs].

A LEGEND in both English and Welsh non-league circles, Ken McKenna had the knack of scoring goals wherever he went.
He started his senior playing career with Poulton Victoria and then signed for Tranmere Rovers in the Football League.
He won a Cheshire Senior Cup winner's medal with Runcorn before a second spell with Tranmere Rovers, then returned to Telford United, winning an FA Trophy medal with the Shropshire outfit.
In his first season with Altrincham in 1990/1, he scored 33 goals in 56 appearances in all competitions and finished the season with the Robins' Player of the Year award, part of a side that went 28 games without defeat and scored in 10 consecutive games. He also managed hat tricks against Merthyr, Boston and Cheltenham.
He continued to score goals during his second season with the club, despite the Moss Lane outfit barely surviving the drop.
After some time at Barrow, he entered the League of Wales with Conwy United and set a club scoring record with 38 goals in 1995/6.
At Bangor City, he became a firm favourite with the Farrar Road faithful and won a Welsh Cup Winners medal with them.
He joined TNS in 1998, playing a major part as a player in the Saints' championship winning season of 1999/2000
He scored 27 goals in 35 appearances (+43 as sub), taking the managerial reins at the Llansantffraid club at the turn of the year in season 2000/1.
In his final Welsh Premier appearance in May 2001, he scored twice at Haverfordwest, although he re-registered as a player in 2003/4 at the tender age of 44 to help TNS through an injury crisis and made a couple of cameo appearances in league games in 2004/5.
After winning three consecutive league titles, a Welsh Cup, Loosemores Challenge Cup and the FAW Premier Cup, McKenna left the Saints in March 2008 and was later appointed manager of his hometown non-league club, Cammell Laird, before moving on to Cambridge United and Altrincham, where was manager before joining Morecambe as assistant boss.

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23 July 2017

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