I HAVE really enjoyed reading everyone’s teams in this series so far and this was no different.
In his playing days, Si Thomas was part of the Holyhead-based Morawelon side which dominated North Wales football during its existence between 2010 and 2014.
Under the guidance of his father Derek, the team picked up several trophies including the prestigious NWCFA Junior Cup which involves teams from across the region.
Since going into the coaching side of the game, Si has spent time with Caergybi (where he was pet of the set up which won the Megan Cup in the club’s debut season in 2017/18), as well as Holyhead Town and a brief spell alongside myself at Llandegfan just last year.
Now though, he’s back alongside dad Derek at Trearddur Bay Bulls – who will play in the North Wales Cost West Premier (tier four) when football returns.
Here, he’s picked his dream XI with subs and a manager and it’s a fantastic line-up …
GOALKEEPER – Nicky Murphy
Si says: “I’m lucky enough to have coached and played with some great keepers, but Nicky is the one who, without him I wouldn’t have half the trophies I’ve won over the years!”
LEFT BACK – Chris Dewitt (AKA Scank)
Si says: “Quality player and leader, loved a set piece and scored from a corner every now and then.”
CENTRE BACK – Scott Hakesley
Si says: “An absolute tank at the back, great in the air and very comfortable with the ball at his feet too.”
CENTRE BACK – Colm Foley
Si says: “Another rock at the back, I’ve played against him and in the same team and I definitely prefer the latter. Solid defender.”
RIGHT BACK – Marcus Bell
Si says: “Probably one of the toughest tacklers I’ve ever shared a pitch with. 100% commitment everytime!”
RIGHT MID – Jordie Murphy
Si says: “One of the real game changers in the Morawelon team, quick, skilful and an eye for goal.”
CENTRE MID- Jason Owen
Si says: “One of the bast players I’ve ever played with, so technically gifted, and comfortable in midfield and in defence.”
CENTRE MID – Sean Murphy
Si says: “So comfortable on the ball, no matter where he played he just made everything look remarkably easy.”
LEFT MID – Kenleigh (KC) Owen
Si says: “KC was an unbelievable player from a very young age and he’s gone on to do it at a high level too. Lightning quick and a wand of a left foot.”
STRIKER – Marc Evans (AKA Logs)
Si says: “A natural born goal scorer, was a huge part of our success at under 17s level, and he’s just got better and better, even breaking records while playing in New Zealand.”
STRIKER – Asa Thomas
Si says: “I think this was the easiest choice out of them all, Asa is one of the greatest goal scorers Anglesey has ever produced. I’m lucky enough to be working with him again at T-Bay.”
Liam Patrick Williams
Si says: “Naturally gifted footballer, reads the game so well and has a great left foot, very versatile too.”
Si says: “Fantastic player, will put a shift in wherever he plays, great passer of the ball too.”
Si says: “A real class act. A player that can really do it all. Proven his quality at all levels, and what he did at the Island Games shows just how good he is.”
Gary Jo Owen
Si says: “Really hard not to include him in the starting 11, another proven goal scorer, scored shed loads of goals at Morawelon and hasn’t stopped scoring since.”
MANAGER – Derek Thomas
Si says: “My dad managed me for the whole of my youth career and most of my senior career. He always demands the best and even when you’re on top of your game he pushes you to get that extra 10% you didn’t even know you had.
“I once scored a first half hat-trick and at half time he told me “you weren’t too bad but you could do better”. Back then, it annoyed me for a while but now I’m coaching it’s all about managing your players and I’ve taken a lot of that into my coaching philosophy.”