PICTURE by Holyhead Town FC
ANOTHER night on the blog means another Dream XI to bring you and tonight it’s the turn of a top Anglesey-based coach to share his team.
Over the last decade, David Jones has enjoyed many a success with the likes of Trearddur Bay, Glantraeth and more as a manager, assistant and coach. That includes winning the Welsh Alliance One, the Bob Owen shield, the Gwynedd Cup and Gwynedd Safeflue Shield.
Nowadays, he’s manager of North Wales Coast West Division One (tier five) side Holyhead Town alongside Stephen Owen.
David says that, although he has coached some “fantastic” players at youth level, he has put a team together here which consists of senior players (Team they played for in brackets).
GOALKEEPER – Bry Roberts (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “Bry 6’ plus was such in imposing figure in goal. Not only a presence in the air but was an excellent shot stopper when called into action. Was instrumental in our title winning season at Trearddur Bay keeping many clean sheets.”
RIGHT BACK – Robyn Hodgkinson (Holyhead Hotspur Res)
David says: “After a couple of years out Rob came out of retirement to help us out and he quickly established himself in the team with his quality shining through.
“He formed a great partnership down the right hand side with Declan Jones. His ability and desire shone through that season and was a major part of why that group was so successful.
“Personally, I’m glad I got the opportunity to mange Rob and give him a successful season after the time he had out injured.”
LEFT BACK – Mike Edwards (Holyhead Hotspur Res)
David says: “Unbelievable player to have in a team. Probably the most talented player I’ve managed in senior football. He plays with such ease and grace.
“There isn’t much Mike couldn’t do for the team from full back he made defending look easy but going forward he could turn defenders inside out. Mike can create and score goals for fun.”
CENTRE BACK – Rich Williams (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “Captain played for me at both Holyhead Hotspur Res. and at Trearddur Bay. He established himself straight away and was a leader on and off the pitch. Outstanding defender who defended on the front foot and was good in the air. Wouldn’t trust him with a penalty again though.”
CENTRE BACK – Luke M. Roberts (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “Formed an outstanding partnership with Rich Williams. Luke was calm and collected in defence. His ability to read the game made defending look easy. Not only was he strong in the tackle but he could comfortably carry the ball into midfield and get the team playing.”
CENTRE MID – Luke J. Roberts (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “Like a rock in Centre Midfield. Luke dictated play sitting in front of the back four and was solid in the tackle. Although, he played deeper was a threat in front of goal scoring some important goals.”
CENTRE MID – Jordie Murphy (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “Couldn’t leave Jordie out of the this team. The most energetic player I’ve managed could do 90 minutes and look like he could do 90 more. His love for playing was infectious to everyone involved.
“He was a coaches nightmare,when it came to tactics, but every team needs a free spirit and with his talent in scoring, assisting and running at the opposition players I couldn’t complain.”
CENTRE FORWARD – Curt Williams (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “A manager’s ideal player. Curt’s physicality, presence and desire drove the team forward even at the lowest points in games. Was always told he played better with a hangover and was proved right when he scored a perfect hat-trick in the Gwynedd Cup Final at Nantport.”
RIGHT FORWARD – Nick Clark (CPD Glantraeth)
David says: “Nick signed for Warren and I at CPD Glantraeth and made an instant impact. Nick was outstanding contributing goals and assists. After managing Nick at youth level it was good to see him enjoying playing and showing how talented a player he is.”
STRIKER – Asa Thomas (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “In the season Trearddur Bay won the Welsh Alliance Division 1 title Asa goals made the team a cut above and was the difference maker. He’s a natural finisher who could score all sorts of goals and couldn’t be left out of this team.”
LEFT FORWARD – Dale Murphy (Holyhead Town)
David says: “I have been fortunate enough to manage Dale at a number of clubs. Dale is the type of player who has that bit of magic that can win a game on his own. He has a great attitude and has always looked to develop and improve.
“Dale has scored many different types of goals for me over the years. Looking forward to continuing working with Dale at Holyhead Town when we start again.”
GOALKEEPER – Sam Thomas (CPD Glantraeth)
David says: “Fantastic young goalkeeper came in midway through the season and CPD Glantraeth and was outstanding. Sam won MOTM game after game and gave us a solid base which help us win the Gwynedd Safeflue Shield against league champions Menai Bridge.”
CENTRE BACK – Tim Cavanagh (CPD Glantraeth)
David says: “Strong and physical centre back who is a natural leader. Tim’s attitude and application was second to none. Not only could Tim defend he was a threat in front of goal and chipped in with some important goals during my time at the club.”
CENTRE MID – Josh Norman (CPD Glantraeth)
David says: “Josh, a student at Bangor University, is another player who came in midway through the season. Josh naturally a centre back came in and played in centre midfield and dictated play from the first game he played. Outstanding passer of the ball and quality in front of goal scoring some wonderful goals.”
CENTRE MID – Tom Roberts (Holyhead Hotspur Res)
David days: “Tom is a midfielder who has it all can pass, tackle and scoring. His aerial ability and his ability to keep possession was outstanding. Tom was another player who made the game look easy.”
WIDE FORWARD – Bryn Roberts (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “I have managed Bryn at a number of clubs and on his day is unplayable playing off either wing or behind the striker. Bryn’s crossing is second to none and with his ability to strike a ball from range has scored some amazing goals.”
CENTRE FORWARD – Myles Jones (Trearddur Bay)
David says: “Very difficult to leave Myles on the bench for this squad. Personally, Myles is the best number 10 I have had the pleasure to manage. His technical ability, vision and ability to read game is top class. I felt this was a position I got the best from Myles with goals and assists.”
STRIKER – Andy Clarke (CPD Glantraeth)
David says: “Very unfortunate to miss out on the number 9 spot in the team. Amazing finisher and was the difference maker in tight games. Could find space and sniff out a chance when no one else could. A proper forward if we won 5-0 and he hadn’t scored wasn’t satisfied.”
David also chose his own management team for this series. Alongside himself he’s nominated:
Neil Bell (Assistant) – David says: “A manager I had some great times working with at various clubs.”
Tom Scott (Player/coach) – David says: “A player I couldn’t leave out of the team giving 110% every game. A player who could not only play with his heart but with his head.
“Shifting Tom in to Centre Midfield during my time at Holyhead Hotpsur Res. defined the season and he gave our attacking players the platform to play.”