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Football: Former Wrexham star Mark McGregor fills Nomads hotseat

GAP Connah’s Quay have appointed former Wrexham stalwart Mark McGregor as player- manager – and he enjoyed a glorious goalscoring start to his Nomads tenure.

With 423 Football League games under his belt, the experienced defender takes over from Ken Price, who has been acting in an interim capacity since Jim Hackett announced he was leaving to work in Hong Kong.

Chester-born MacGregor, 32, was a trainee at Wrexham, signing a professional contract for the first time in July 1995.

In six years w ith the Welsh club he racked up more than 250 appearances before moving to Burnley on a free transfer in July 2001.

McGregor made 54 appearances while at Turf Moor and joined Blackpool in July 2004, where he played 59 times before a switch to Port Vale.

He was a permanent member of the first team squad for the Potteries outfit, but was released in April 2008 after the club’s relegation to League Two. And after an unsuccessful trial with Mansfield Town, he arrived at Altrincham and made 41 appearances, occasionally as captain.

A Nomads statement said: “Mark’s appointment comes after the club were made aware of his desire to move into coaching and management and he was taking the crucial decision of his future in the game.”

“Altrincham FC were extremely positive in supporting Mark’s move and we are extremely grateful for their co-operation.

With McGregor’s appointment, the club has re-shuffled the support staff, with Ken Price, Wes Kilgannon, John Roberts and Neil Ebbrell all continuing in the roles set out at the beginning of the pre-season.

Nomads beat Winsford United 2-0 at the Deeside Stadium on Saturday with second-half goals Stuart Scheuber and Tommy Baker.

Andy Olsen can consider himself unlucky after hitting a post in the first period and missing a penalty in the second half.

And McGregor made a dream start to life in the hotseat with a 5-1 defeat of Flint Town United.

The player-boss also found himself on the scoresheet after just seven minutes, opening the floodgates as Chris Herbert prodded in a second from close range and on 25 minutes netted a superb volley.

McGregor spent the second half on the sidelines as he rang the changes. Further goals came from Stuart Cook and Tom Rowlands.