PICTURE BY Paul Scholes
IT’S THE opinion of myself and many others that Taylor Jones has been one of the best players involved in the lower leagues of Anglesey football for many years now.
I was lucky (or maybe unlucky!) enough to grow up playing against the likes of Taylor and now-Conwy Borough man John Littlemore on the school fields of Ysgol Goronwy Owen, Benllech. Even in those days, you could tell that those two had real talent.
Still only 26 years old, the versatile Pentraeth FC man, who is from Benllech, has spent the majority of his career with Moelfre-based Bro Goronwy with his dad Andy always by side to support him along the way.
During that time, with both current club Pentraeth in the past and Bro, he has played alongside his brothers Ashley and Connor (below) and step-brother Graham Jones on many an occasion.
Talking about having the opportunity to do that and growing up around football, Taylor said: “It made playing that more special. I have memories of playing alongside my brothers that I will never forget. Playing for both Bro and Pentraeth with my brothers was fantastic.
“From as far back as I can remember I have always loved football. From watching games on a Saturday to having a kick around at our local school, I’m always ready for a match.
My family often joke that I’m always wearing a pair of shorts and footy socks underneath my clothes just in case I’m needed for a quick game of 5 a side.
“As a big Liverpool fan one of my biggest idols has to be Steven Gerrard. He is a true inspiration to the game and a true sportsman on and off the field. When all hope seemed lost and you needed someone to pull your team back you just knew you could count on him. That is someone I always strive to be – someone who never gives up.”
During his many years with Bro, Jones racked up 52 goals in 154 matches and established himself as one of the club’s most reliable players, playing mostly as a midfielder or an attacker. He twice hit 20 goals in a season for the club.
As well as personal success, he has enjoyed some fantastic moments with the club in terms of winning silverware too and has built up quite the trophy cabinet over the years.
He has twice won the NWCFA Junior Cup and scored a goal in the last ever final to date – in 2019. On that day in Bethesda, he scored the opening goals as Bro went on to beat Bryngwran (now Trearddur Bay) 3-1 to lift the cup.
Taylor has also won the Gwynedd League’s Bob Owen Memorial Shield in 2017/18 among other accolades.
Talking about some of the highlights of his career to date, and the best players he’s played alongside, he said: “Winning the Junior Cup twice and scoring in one was brilliant. I’d have to say the most important goal was that Junior Cup final goal of 2018/19. We struggled to get going that day and getting the opener really set us on our way comfortably for the win.
“Over my footballing career I have played with some outstanding individuals but I’d have to go with Corrig McGinigle and John Littlemore as the best – they’re both incredibly gifted and talented ballers.
“In terms of who I’ve learnt the most from I’d have to say Chris Chafer and Sam Carter when I first joined Bro Goronwy at 17 years old. Watching them completely control and dominate the game, I was very lucky to play alongside the pair.”
In 2019/20, Taylor made the switch back to Pentraeth who were bottom of Welsh Allinace Two at the time. There, he continued to show his versatility as a player as he slotted in at centre back.
He was reunited with many a former team-mate at Bryniau Fields, including Mat Parry who was reappointed manager midway through the campaign.
It was a disappointing one for Pentraeth in the end as the Covid-19 pandemic brought the season to an end and they finished bottom of the pile.
However, they will have the chance to start again when football resumes in the new-look North Wales Coast West Premier (tier four).
Looking forward to getting back to the pitch in the near future, he said: “I’ve missed everything from away days to banter in the pubs after the game, win or lose, over the last year.
“I hope to get back into the game as soon as I can. I feel I want to compete for silverware again wherever that may be and start to enjoy my football again.”