Following the appointment of Darren Ryan as Airbus UK Broughton FC manager last week - here is a profile of the club's newest addition.

The Oswestry-born 38 year-old began his career as a youngster in the Football League with Shrewsbury Town in the early 1990's. The attacking midfielder made the switch to Chester City in 1992 before moving on to enjoy a productive spell at Stockport County a year later. In 1994 he moved onto Rochdale before returning to Chester nearly two years later for a brief spell at the end of the 1995-96 season.

In total Darren made 93 league appearances scoring 11 goals.

Darren then moved into domestic Welsh football with the successful Barry Town team of the late 90's, enjoying European football before moving on to TNS. At the turn of the Millennium he had spells at Merthyr Tydfil and Newport County. In 2002 he joined Carmarthen Town for a year before playing for Haverfordwest County over the next two.

A short spell at Cardiff Grange Quins in 2005 was followed by a move to Newtown that same year. In October 2006 he succeeded fellow Wingmakers coach Roger Preece as manager at Latham Park. During his Welsh Premier playing career he made over 200 league appearances scoring 43 goals while winning the title, the Welsh Cup and the League Cup.

Darren presided over the Robins until 2010 when the mid-Wales club had successfully earned their FAW Domestic Licence on and off the pitch.

He left the Newtown job last summer to concentrate on gaining his UEFA Pro Licence having already gained the 'A' Licence qualification. Darren also coaches in the youth set-up of Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers while now looking to take the Wingmakers forwards towards the end-of-season European play-offs.

By Rory Sheehan

Airbus UK FC

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