Having been a thorn in our side for three seasons, Stuart Rain left Mold Alexandra to join The Nomads during the summer of 1995. Whilst he was considered as a right-back in his early days he soon became a proven goal scorer with the formation of the League of Wales. In 76 games for the Alyn Park side Stuart netted 32 goals and his ability to literally play anywhere convinced Neville Powell to secure his signature. Stuart made his Nomads debut at Ton Pentre on 2nd September 1995 and scored the game's only goal after coming on as a substitute. A role he was to fill on many occasions throughout his eleven full seasons.
Born in Cyprus, where his father served with the Royal Air Force, on Thursday 5th June 1969, Stuart Michael Rain spent most of his younger days in Chester. He won representative honours with Chester and Cheshire Schoolboys and was selected for England. At the age of 15 he signed schoolboy forms with Everton and spent three years at Goodison Park at a time when the first team was enjoying a golden period of success. Stuart played over twenty matches in Everton's Central League side.
Following a brief spell with Crewe Alexandra where he played in a first team pre-season 'derby' game against Port Vale, he moved into local football. Whilst with Chester-based United Services F.C., Stuart suffered a broken leg which disrupted his playing career for almost three years. Converted from a striker to a right full-back by Everton, he grasped the opportunity to show his scoring prowess after joining Mold Alexandra. Indeed, he scored in Mold's 3-1 victory at the Halfway Ground in 1995. Nonetheless, he came to The Nomads as a right-back but 15 goals in his first season at the Halfway convinced the club that his future lay in an attacking role.
That was shown to good effect as soon as he donned the No.7 shirt at the end of September 1995. A brace of goals at Holywell Town in the League Cup was immediately followed by five against Briton Ferry Athletic three days later. In the next League Cup group match Nomads beat Rhyl 5-4 with Stuart bagging two of the goals and another hat-trick soon followed in mid-October when Nomads overturned a half-time deficit to thump Caersws 6-3. Goals came steadily the following season before a couple of quiet campaigns in which he often began games on the bench. One particularly memorable appearance as a substitute came at Rhyl in a Welsh Cup match against Llanwern in February 1998. Nomads were struggling against lesser opposition until Stuart added punch to the attack and scored twice to ease the team towards the Welsh Cup final. Although he missed the final, Stuart set us on the way to a semi-final victory over Barry Town with an early goal.
The 2001/02 season saw Stuart score 19 goals in the Welsh Premier League including hat-tricks against Oswestry Town (5-1) and Rhayader Town (4-0) and another half dozen the following season took his Nomads' tally of league strikes to 83. Yet there was more to come as Stuart made the 2003/04 campaign his most productive with Caernarfon Town bearing the brunt. Two goals in a 3-0 home win over the Canaries were followed by four more as the sides drew 5-5 at the Oval in February 2004. Three more in the Welsh Cup trouncing of Guilsfield (8-1) took his league and cup total to 25 that year.
His last full season with The Nomads came in 2005/06 when his appearances were restricted though he started 14 league games and featured in 13 others as a substitute. His elusive 150th WPL goal arrived on 31st March 2006. With Nomads losing 2-1 at Airbus UK and striving for an equaliser, Stuart obliged in the 71st minute. It was his 151st (and last) league and cup goal for Connah's Quay.
At the age of 36 he could look back on a tremendous career with the Nomads in which he appeared in 402 league and cup games for the Club, exactly 100 as a substitute, scoring 118 WPL goals and another 33 in the various cup competitions.
|Competition||Appearances||Goals||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|Welsh Premier League||26 (24)||14||7||0|
|Welsh League Cup||1 (0)||0||1||0|
|Welsh League Cup||4 (1)||0||0||0|
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