North Wales Footballing Families: Gary Jo and co!

A VERY talented group of brothers who will be familiar to so many on the Anglesey/Gwynedd footballing scene.

Gary Jo Owen, James Owen, Casey Williams and Liam Patrick Williams were all a part of the highly-successful Morawelon side which dominated North Wales football during its 3 years of existence (2011-14).

A 15-year-old Liam Patrick (in tracksuit furthest left) with James (third from right on back row), Gary Jo (furthest right on back) and Casey (second from right on front).

The Holyhead-based side led by Derek Thomas won a treble, including the prestigious NWCFA Junior Cup, in its first-ever season. The brothers had been part of the team at different stages.

The most effective of those for Morawelon and probably the most well-known of the four is Gary Jo (below) who is celebrating his birthday today.

PIC: Wynne Evans.

During a fantastic career on the island, the attacker has won countless trophies. As well as that, he’s been one of the most prolific goalscorers around also – scoring 209 goals for Morawelon, Gaerwen, Bodedern Athletic, Caergybi and Holyhead Town.

84 of those came in just two seasons with Morawelon but his finest scoring campaign of all came in Caergybi’s debut Anglesey League season in 2017/18 as he smashed in a ridiculous 58 goals – the last of which (a record-breaking goal to beat the 57 he scored for Morawelon in 13/14) came as the club won the Megan Cup by beating Bryngwran Bulls 3-2.

He’s proved to be a great finisher at many a level on the Welsh football pyramid and has formed a formidable partnership with good friend and fellow prolific forward Asa Thomas, with the pair playing and scoring alongside one another at several clubs. And the pair have recently been reunited at tier four club Trearddur Bay Bulls.

PIC: Trevor Owen.

Youngest brother Liam Patrick (above) was also a part of the Caergybi side which impressed in their debut season as a club and has been such a key figure for Dale Moffat’s side who have picked three cups up in just three seasons, as well as promotion to tier four.

After both he and Gary Jo departed Valley early on in that 17/18 season, attacking midfielder Liam went on to be the league’s most creative player – providing what I was told was around 70 assists in all competitions and was brilliant at driving his team forward.

Such composure on the ball saw him drop into a deeper and more defensive role for the club in the following season (18/19) which again benefitted Cybi greatly as the club picked up the Lucas Oil and Dargie Cups and promotion to the Gwynedd League.

After a brief spell away with Holyhead Town, Liam returned to Cybi later in the 2019/20 campaign, in the same fashion that brother Casey did.

PIC: Wynne Evans.

Casey himself (above) has been a superb servant to Caergybi since day one and has captained the club on a number of occasions – including in that Megan Cup win in their first season as a club.

A player who can play as full-back or as a centre half, the 28-year-old is always calm on the ball and can dictate the tempo of the game well too.

Casey’s a defender who has a bit of everything; versatility, great passing and strong in the tackle and is a real asset to Cybi.

PICTURE: Award Photography.

Finally, you have James (above) who played for the Morawelon side at the start of the last decade. A player who admittedly I don’t know all too much about, but I’m told he was too a quick and capable player in his playing days.

Holyhead just has a knack of producing great footballing families and this is just another one of those to further highlight that!

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