Part One: Anglesey’s greatest goal-scoring machines since 2010

PICTURE by Conwy Borough FC shows Corrig McGonigle in action.

OVER the years, Anglesey clubs have been the home of some of the finest goal-scorers North Wales has ever seen. Here, I have compiled a list of some of the island’s greatest goal-scorers of the last decade.

PS – this is a list of the stats I could find (and to anyone who helped with that I say a big thank you). There are obviously some numbers missing from certain seasons on the list so if you do have any details which could help me out with part two, then please do get in touch.

ALSO PLEASE NOT THAT THIS IS GOALS SCORED IN THE LAST DECADE. I’m aware that some e.g. Asa Thomas will have scored more previous to 2010 (as he has 500+ career goals in total) and the same can be said for his current Boded strike partner Marc Evans.

As some numbers for players pre-2010 were hard to find, we’re going with that mark onward for stats on this one. So, sit back, relax and just enjoy the numbers!

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ANDY CLARKE

Clarke in action for Bethesda Athletic in 2019. PIC: Wynne Evans.

Full record (Including non-island clubs) since 2010:
2010/11:
33 (Beaumaris)
2011/12: 36 (Glantraeth)
2012/13: 25 (Beaumaris)
2013/14: 26 (Beaumaris)
2014/15: 31 (Bethesda Athletic)
2015/16: 25 (Maes-Y-Bryn)
2016/17: N/A missed the whole season after operation
2017/18: 24 (Menai Tigers/Arriva Bangor)
2018/19: 31 (Glantraeth)
2019/20: 11 (Arriva Bangor/Bethesda)
Total: 242 goals

A strong forward who has never failed to hit double figures in a season during the last decade.

Clarke was the second highest-scorer in the Gwynedd League as recently as 2018/19 when he bagged 31 for Glantraeth (only Menai Tigers’ Dean Redmond out scored him on 39).

In 2019/20, he was a key player within a struggling Bethesda Athletic side in the GL, and captained the club also.

A forward who has banged in the goals for several Anglesey clubs down the years and is understandably held in high regard at the likes of Glantraeth, who he won the Welsh Alliance Two league and cup double with in 2011/12, a season in which he scored 36 times.

Always a threat in front of goal when he plays!

ANDY WILLIAMS

Andy Williams on the ball for Cemaes v Llanfairpwll in 2019/20. PIC Edryd Jones/Cemaes Bay FC.

2010/11: 18 (Bro Goronwy)
2011/12: 8 (Bro Goronwy)
2012/13: 5 (Bro Goronwy)
2014/15: 12 (Bro Goronwy)
2015/16: 41 (Bro Goronwy)
2016/17: 23 (Bro Goronwy)
2017/18: 27 (Bro Goronwy)
2018/19: 15 (Bro Goronwy)
2019/20: 19 (Cemaes Bay)
2021/22: 4 so far (Cemaes Bay)
Total: 172 goals

A true legend of the football scene on Anglesey, and again, a player who scored plenty of goal pre-2010 with the likes of Amlwch Town and Bro Goronwy.

The now 40-year-old Williams is still going strong at Cemaes Bay, finishing as their second top scorer behind Steven Whittaker (who features further down) in 2019/20 and is beginning to find form in the current season also.

Williams first made a name for himself in Saturday League football at Cemaes’ arch-rivals Amlwch Town, having transferred there from then Sunday League side Pentraeth. He went on to hit 145 goals in just four seasons at Lon Bach under manager Nigel Ault during a successful part of the club’s history.

Over at long-term club Bro Goronwy, who are currently on a break from the game, Williams is quite rightly regarded as one of, if not THE, best player to have represented them in the 21st century. His exploits for the side down the years were incredible.

Having adjusted from being a winger into a forward as a 33-year-old in 2014/15, it turned out to be one of the best decisions both Williams and the Cae Nerys club could have possibly made. After that campaign, he went on to bang in a total of 106 goals in just eight seasons. All in all, he managed 149 goals in just 177 appearances for Bro.

During his time with Bro, Williams enjoyed many a success – the most important of which was arguably securing promotion to the Gwynedd League by winning the Anglesey League in 2015/16. In the title-decider v runners-up Llanfairpwll, he netted a hat-trick as Bro won 4-1.

The phrase ‘ageing like a fine wine’ certainly rings true when it comes to this veteran forward who has a fantastic goal-scoring record.

ASA THOMAS

Thomas has 25 goals for Bodedern this season. PIC: Richard Gregson.

2010/11: 112 goals in 47 apps (Trearddur Bay)
2011/12: 41 (TBay/Hotspur)
2012/13: 48 (Morawelon)
2013/14: 49 (Morawelon)
2014/15: 22 (Gaerwen)
2015/16: 48 (Trearddur Bay)
2016/17: 26 (Hotspur/TBay)
2017/18: 45 (Holyhead Town)
2018/19: 20 (Holyhead Town)
2019/20: 12 (Holyhead Town/Holyhead Hotspur)
2021/22: 26 so far (Bodedern Athletic)
Total: 448 goals

I very much doubt that anyone will top this man’s efforts from 2010/11. A then 19-year-old Thomas hit an incredible 112 goals (which included 25 hat-tricks) in just 47 appearances for Trearddur Bay United as the club won a quadruple.

Asa, son of legendary Holyhead-based goal-getter Jimmy Thomas, made the headlines last season when he passed the 500-goal mark in what has been a glittering career to date.

In 2019/20, he hit 19 goals for Holyhead Town in Welsh Alliance Two before the club folded in December 2019, meaning that the goals he scored there became expunged. As a result, the first of two goals he scored in Holyhead Town Reserves (who then became Holyhead Town as there was no first team), in a thrilling 7-6 win at Bodorgan in the Anglesey League, proved to be his 500th career goal.

News of Thomas breaking the 500-goal mark last season meant he joined an elite group of North Wales footballers who have also surpassed that milestone.

Rhyl FC legend Don Spendlove was another free-scoring forward who bagged a record haul of 629 goals for The Lilywhites in the 1940’s and 50’s. Not even an offer of £7,000 from Tottenham Hotspur was enough to make Rhyl let go of their beloved hero – who had twice hit more than 70 goals in a season. Dubbed ‘Great Don’ and widely-regarded as North Wales’ best ever non-league footballer, Spendlove passed away aged 90 in March 2013

A little closer to home for Thomas though was fellow Holyhead Town stalwart Tommy Welsh (above). Known as the Town and the club’s greatest ever goal-getter, Belfast-born Welsh hit 631 goals during an illustrious career in the 1950’s and 60’s (which also included spells playing for Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bethesda and Colwyn Bay). Just like with Spendlove, Tottenham came in to try and lure Welsh away from the island, as did West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Doncaster Rovers, but the legendary forward stayed loyal to Holyhead until the end. Welsh passed away in April 2019, aged 90.

For Thomas, it all began at Holyhead Gwelfor Athletic in 2007/08, where he hit 32 goals and followed that up with 37 goals the year after.

For the highly-successful Holyhead-based Morawelon side, who won three trophies including the prestigious NWCFA Junior Cup in just four seasons before folding in 2014, Thomas (97 goals) and good friend and fellow goal machine Gary Jo Owen (84 goals) scored a combined 181 goals for the club. The pair have built up a formidable partnership at several different clubs down the years.

Thomas is now once again proving to be an unstoppable with current club Bodedern Athletic in the North Wales Coast West Premier, scoring 26 goals in just 16 appearances to date.

CRAIG MOORE

Moore taking on Llansannan as a Trearddur Bay Bulls player. PIC: Wynne Evans

2012/13: 31 at Holyhead Town
2013/14: 31 at Trearddur Bay
2014/15: 29 at Trearddur Bay
2015/16: 18 at Trearddur Bay
2016/17: 23 at Bodedern
2017/18: 19 at TBay/Bodedern
2018/19: 61 at Bryngwran Bulls
2019/20: 22 (Holyhead Hotspur/Hotspur Reserves/TBay Bulls)
Total: 234 goals

A tricky and pacey forward who enjoyed his finest season to date just two seasons ago as he fired 61 goals to finally help Bryngwran Bulls become Anglesey League champions.

Moore was on fire for Richard Owen’s side that particular season, scoring left, right and centre and making things look easy in the AL.

His pace and eye for goal that season in particular were incredible and was astonishing to think that he didn’t win the top scorer prize – unfortunately for him, it was the season that Caergybi’s James Ryan (featured further down) would break records by scoring 74 goals!

Down the years though, Moore has proven himself at Welsh Alliance level with the like of Trearddur Bay United who he won the WA1 title with.

But, having also previously banged goals in for the likes of Trearddur Bay United down the years, Moore continued to find the back of the net with both Bulls and Hotspur (Reserves and first team) last season. 

Moore finished as one of Tom Scott’s Hotspur Reserves side’s top scorers with 13 goals to his name and also bagged three for the first team at the New Oval.

He later transferred back to the Bulls (now Trearddur Bay and not Bryngwran) who he had been so influential for in the season before. Upon his return to Richard Owen’s side, Moore scored a further six goals – taking his tally for the season to a respectful 22 goals for a season which he did not feature all that regularly in.

A great player who I’ve always enjoyed watching as he’s a one of the best finishers around when he really gets going.

CORRIG MCGONIGLE

300 goals and counting for Corrig! PIC: Conwy Borough FC

2013/14: 33 at Llangoed (First year in senior football)
2014/15: 28 at Pentraeth
2015/16: 64 at Pentraeth
2016/17: 59 at Glantraeth and 2 for Caernarfon Town
2017/18: 59 at Glantraeth
2018/19: 23 at Conwy Borough
2019/20: 25 at Conwy Borough
2021/22: 7 so far for Conwy Borough
Total: 300 goals

Arguably the best of the best in recent times, particularly as he has gone on to play at tier two level where he has represented Conwy Borough for the past few seasons.

24-year-old McGonigle reached the 300-goal mark for his senior career in a 3-3 home draw with Buckley Town just two weeks ago.

Having smashed in 33 goals in his first senior season in football at Llangoed, his most prolific season came whilst at Pentraeth in 2015/16, where he hit 64 goals and secured the Bob Brodie Trophy.

McGonigle then secured that trophy again in the following season by hitting 57 in the Welsh Alliance with Glantraeth as the club secured promotion and a league and cup double.

The prolific forward, who is from Llansadwrn, scored 24 goals to finish as the Cymru North top scorer with Borough in 2019/20 and has so far scored 7 for the Tangerines this season.

A player who so many people look up to in the footballing community and someone who has made Anglesey proud with what he has achieved to date. He is surely destined to play top-flight football in the not so distant future.

GARY BOLTON

Bolton is an Aberffraw legend.

Attacker who has netted 199 goals for Aberffraw in 11 seasons for the club and is now just one shy of reaching the magic 200.

36-year-old Bolton has scored four goals in 11 outings for Berffro in the North Wales Coast West Premier this season but it is the next one he scores which will be the all important one which he has previously told AFE that he wanted to reach ‘as soon as he can’.

Bolton has enjoyed some great times with Aberffraw over the years, winning promotion all the way from the Anglesey League to Welsh Alliance Two and the 2019/20 season again saw the evergreen attacker impress for the club, finishing as one of its top scorers with nine goals to his name.

Before his days at Aberffraw, who he joined back in 2010, Bolton had started out in the Sunday League for Trearddur Bay in 2003. He then signed for Bodedern in the following season, winning the Welsh Alliance there and spending four years with the first team and the Reserves.

A brief spell with Holyhead Hotspur then followed for the attacker before a season each at Cemaes Bay and Gaerwen. As well as the 199 he’s netted whilst with Aberffraw, Bolton also scored 164 goals for his other clubs – giving him a total of 363 for a career during which he has mostly played up top and out wide for his respective teams.

GARY JO OWEN

Gary Jo has been one of the most consistent goal-scorers around at lower league level. PIC: Trevor Owen

2011/12: 27 (Morawelon)
2012/13: 15 (Morawelon)
2013/14: 57 (Morawelon)
2014/15: 19 (Gaerwen)
2015/16: 22 (Bodedern)
2017/18: 58 (Caergybi)
2018/19: 29 (Caergybi/Holyhead Town)
2019/20: 16 (Holyhead Town/Caergybi)
2021/22: 11 goals so far for Caergybi
Total: 254 goals

When I got well and truly back into local football in 2017/18, one man in particular caught the eye in the lower leagues of North Wales football.

Having took a season out from the game, Gary Jo Owen returned to the field with a bang for Caergybi during that campaign – hitting 58 goals, beating his previous personal record of 57 and finishing as the Anglesey League’s top scorer ahead of Bryngwran Bulls’ James Ryan (who hit 54 and became his teammate the season after).

That season in particular, the forward showed he had the ability to be in the right place at the right time, proving to be the league’s ultimate poacher and real game changer for Caergybi.

The Megan Cup final was the highlight for player and club that season. After falling to a 6-4 defeat to Arriva Bangor in the Car Boot Trophy final just days earlier, Dale Moffat’s Cybi side had to be at their very best to bounce back and clinch the cup in this one. And they did, just that – twice coming from behind before Gary Jo netted his personal-record-breaking 58th goal of the season to secure silverware in what was the club’s first season.

That might have been the forward’s most impressive goal-scoring season to date, but time and time again he’s proved what he can do over the years.

Gary Jo first burst onto the scene in 2011/12 with his hometown club and the highly-successful Morawelon side, in which he scored 27 goals. He followed that up with the 57 goals he scored for the club in 2013/14. 

I’ve often referred to Gary Jo as ‘Anglesey’s Zlatan’, as he has a lot of talent, can be unpredictable and is one of the biggest characters within the local game. It’s great to see him back among the goals for Caergybi this season after returning to the club last season, being one of the more experienced players in the squad.

JAC THOMAS

Thomas is now with Amlwch Town, his second club at senior level. PIC: Amlwch Town FC

2015/16: 22 (Bro Goronwy)
2016/17: 16 (Bro Goronwy)
2017/18: 21 (Bro Goronwy)
2018/19: 25 (Bro Goronwy)
2019/20: 21 (Bro Goronwy)
2020/21: 3 so far (Amlwch Town)
Total: 108 goals

When you talk about prolific strikers on Anglesey over the past few seasons, few have been more consistent than Jac Thomas whilst at Bro Goronwy.

Still only 23years old, striker Thomas has been banging in the goals from his very first season in senior football back in 2015/16, when he managed 22 goals in just 24 matches.

21/22 will be the first time he’s played for anyone else other than Bro. With the Moelfre-based outfit defunct for now, it was time for Thomas to move on to the Blues.

His goal-scoring record over the years has been nothing short of sensational – he has never failed to score at least 16 goals in any campaign and, just last season, he surpassed the 100 goals mark for his career ending the season with 21 goals in 21 matches in the Gwynedd League competitions.

Amlwch already had one great striker in their ranks in the form of Ryan Rowlands, now they have two. The pair of them will no doubt go a long way towards deciding where Amlwch will finish in the inaugural North Wales Coast West Premier come the end of the season.

An absolute goal machine would be the best, and probably only, way to describe Thomas.

JAMES RYAN

James Ryan with the Dargie Cup in 2018. PIC: Trevor Owen

2016/17: 20 (Bryngwran Bulls)
2017/18: 56 (Bryngwran Bulls)
2018/19: 74 (Caergybi)
2019/20: 15 (Caergybi/Glantraeth)
2021/22: 8 so far at Holyhead Town
Total: 173 goals

Burst onto the scene back in 2016, having never really played senior football on Anglesey before that due to being in the army and working away, and hasn’t stopped scoring ever since.

It was in the 2017/18 season that Ryan really began to hit top form as he bagged 56 goals for The Bulls who finished as Anglesey League runners-up. Amazingly, that tally wasn’t enough to earn him the Golden Boot that year though as Caergybi’s Gary Jo Owen scored 58!

One particular highlight for the 35-year-old that season in terms of goalscoring came when he bagged a hat-trick of hat-trick’s (aka nine goals!) in a 17-0 hammering of Llandegfan FC.

The 2018/19 saw Ryan himself make the move over to Dale Moffat’s Caergybi side and it was there that he would go on to break records. 

It was a near-perfect season that year for both Ryan and Cybi who secured a cup double, and, despite losing out on the league title, did still clinch promotion to the Gwynedd League. Striker Ryan bagged an incredible 74 goals during a record-breaking season in which he became the highest goalscorer ever in a single season in the Bob Brodie Trophy competition – surpassing the previous total of 64 hit by Corrig McGonigle for Pentraeth in 2015/16.

His record in the first half of the season (up to January 1 2019) saw him hit 42 goals. His incredible form then followed him into the New Year as 30 more goals followed – including one in Caergybi’s 2-1 Dargie Cup final win over former club Bryngwran Bulls.

Ryan’s streak throughout the 18/19 campaign saw him score at least one goal against every team in the division and he went on to hit an impressive tally of nine hat-tricks during the course of the season – including a seven-goal haul in one game against Llandegfan and eight in one game against Llanfairpwll.

Despite a lot of interest from other clubs due to his record-breaking season, Ryan remained with Caergybi for 2019/20 – at least until midway through. 

In their first campaign in the GL in 2019/20, he proved to be their main man again early on as he netted 11 for the club before transferring to Sean Brett’s Glantraeth for a new challenge. There, he scored four more goals before the season was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In 2020, Ryan made the switch to tier-five club Holyhead Town and instantly impressed with two goals on his debut. An despite the Harbourmen’s struggles in tier five this season, the forward has still managed 8 goals for the club to date.

A truly underrated striker!

LANCE WILLIAMS

Williams was a great goal-getter for the Tigers. PIC: Menai Tigers FC

2012/13: 62 (Menai Tigers)
2013/14: 23 (Menai Tigers)
2014/15: 37 (Menai Tigers)
2017/18: 3 (Menai Tigers)
2019/20: 1 (Menai Tigers)
Total: 126 goals

Strong forward who has been a fantastic servant for the Tigers over the years, even now still playing for them when needed.

Having hit around 40 goals for The Tigers prior to 2010, it was the other side of the decade that proved to be the best for him.

He bagged himself a formidable 62 goals in 2012/13 to bag himself the Bob Brodie Trophy (award given to Anglesey’s top scorer every season by sports journalist Dave Jones of NWSport).

He then followed that up with 23 in 2013/14 and 37 in 2014/15. Since then, the 36-year-old has still been playing on and off for The Tigers and is a well-respected figure at the club.

Williams was also a great goalscorer for Llangoed in the early 2000’s, hitting between 60 and 70 goals during his time there.

MARC EVANS

Evans has proven himself in North Wales and on the other side of the world! PIC: Richard Gregson

2011/12: 39 (Glantraeth)
2012/13: 17 (Rhyl)
2013/14: 29 (Gwalchmai)
2014/15: 31 (Llandudno)
2017/18: 39 (Melville United, New Zealand)
2019/20: 20 (Gwalchmai)
2021/22: 28 so far for Bodedern Athletic
Total: 203 goals

Even with the missing seasons on this list, Evans’ goal-scoring record is astonishing, particularly as he has played at a higher level and over on the other side of the world in New Zealand.

‘Logs’ has been a thorn in the side of many a team down the years and is once again proving to do just that this season, scoring 28 goals for Boded already – many of those being stunners, including the one he scored in the 3-1 win at Nefyn United yesterday afternoon.

Evans is a super talented forward who was brilliant for Gwalch in Welsh Alliance Two last season.

After a highly-successful time away in New Zealand with Melville United – during which he broke a club record for most goals scored in a season (39) in 2017/18, Evans returned to Wales last summer and signed for the Anglesey club.

And it proved to be a smart move once more for Evans, who also previously played for Holyhead Hotspur and Llandudno, scored 20 goals in all competitions for Gwalch, 18 of those coming in the league. 

A particular highlight of his season came when he scored all five goals in a 5-2 win over Kinmel Bay back in November.

After a fine campaign, Evans then moved onto Bangor City briefly before signing for Ricky Williams’ Boded side who will be looking to claim some silverware this season

RICHARD ROBERTS

Roberts is another Berffro legend. PIC: Aberffraw FC

2012/13: 12 (Aberffraw)
2013/14: 13 (Aberffraw)
2014/15: 10 (Aberffraw)
2015/16: 27 (Aberffraw)
2016/17: 37 (Aberffraw)
2017/18: 7 (Aberffraw)
2018/19: 25 (Aberffraw)
2019/20: 7 (Aberffraw)
2021/22: 5 so far for Aberffraw
Total: 143 goals

Another Berffro legend on this list and the definition of a one-club footballer, the man affectionately known as ‘Pdoing’ knows exactly where the goal is.

As goalscoring seasons go, the 2019/20 one was a quieter than usual one for Roberts but nevertheless he was a key player in an Aberffraw side which finished 10th in Welsh Alliance Two.

The 32-year-old’s finest season to date came back in 2016/17 when he netted 37 goals for Aberffraw as they finished as runners-up in the Gwynedd League.

All in all, with the five he has scored so far this season, Roberts has netted a total of 143 goals for the club, earning himself hero status in the process.

STEVEN WHITTAKER

‘Tyco’ is a well-recognised name on Anglesey. PIC: Edryd Jones/Cemaes Bay FC

2014/15: 42 (Cemaes Bay)
2016/17: 25 (Cemaes Bay)
2017/18: 38 (Bodedern Athletic)
2019/20: 39 (Cemaes Bay)
Total: 144 goals

Legendary forward on Anglesey. Mention the name ‘Tyco’ in the local footballing circle and I’m certain people will tell you just how good he is in front of goal.

The 33-year old has proven himself at various levels too, including with Bodedern, who he played for at Welsh Alliance One level (tier three).

Having started out as a goalkeeper in his younger days, season by season, Tyco has undoubtedly gone on to build himself a reputation as one of the finest goalscorers on the island by now.

His best ever season goals-wise was a 42-goal haul for Cemaes in 2014/15, helping the club finish Anglesey League runners-up. In that same season, Whittaker was also crowned the Alwyn Rowlands Player of the Season and handed the Carwyn Williams Top Goalscorer award, as well as the Top Scorer, Players’ Player and Supporters’ Goal of the Season awards at Cemaes Bay’s presentation night.

After enjoying a brilliant season for Anglesey League title-winners Cemaes in 2019/20, scoring 39 goals in all competitions, Whittaker is still playing for the club now. However, he has only played once so far this season, in a 5-1 win at Y Fali last month.

Let’s hope we’ll be seeing more of him as the campaign goes on!

WAYNE THOMAS

Thomas has been a consistent goal-scorer for Llangoed for many years now. PIC: Richard Gregson

2012/13: 26 (Llangoed)
2013/14: 21 (Llangoed)
2014/15: 24 (Llangoed)
2015/16: 7 (Llangoed/Menai Tigers)
2016/17: 25 (Llangoed)
2017/18: 19 (Llangoed)
2018/19: 10 (Llangoed)
2019/20: 21 (Llangoed)

2021/22: 5 so far for Llangoed/Llangoed Reserves
Total: 158 goals

Undoubtedly Llangoed’s most influential player of the last decade, Thomas is a hero at Tyddyn Paun and with good reason.

In 2019/20, he scored 21 goals to finish as the clubs top scorer once more and also passed the 150-goals mark for his career. His excellent contribution also saw him included in my 19/20 Gwynedd League Team of the Season.

During his time with the club, Thomas has won several honours, including the Dargie and Elias Cups and the Car Boot Trophy, as well as earning promotion to the Gwynedd league under managers Vinny Walker and Spud Thomas in 2016/17.

A great forward who holds the ball up very well and can also play comfortably in midfield when needed too.

I’m sure a statue in his honour will be due down at the club at some point!

MEL MCGINNESS

Last but by no means least in part one of this series is the magnificent McGinness who earned himself legendary status on Anglesey in the summer of 2019 in particular.

It was back then that he impressed greatly throughout and scored the winning goal in the final of the Island Games Football Tournament (beating Guernsey 2-1) to secure gold medals for the Ynys Mon men’s team for the first time since the 90’s.

Club wise, the 31-year-old is best known for his exploits whilst with Holyhead Hotspur – a club he returned to last summer as they returned to the JD Cymru North following promotion from Welsh Alliance One as champions.

Deceptively quick and strong despite his small stature, McGinness has been one of the island’s best finishers for several seasons. He holds the ball up very well, has one of the best first touches around, and pounces onto any mistakes defenders might make. To the point that even if he only gets half a chance, he looks certain to score.

In August 2006, when he was just 16 years old, McGinness signed for Bangor City. A month or so later, he made his Citizens debut in a 2-2 Welsh Premier League draw against Carmarthen Town. His first goal came a month after that – when he netted in a 4-3 loss at Caernarfon in the Loosemores League Cup.

However, despite being named in City’s UEFA Cup squad of 2007/08, chances became limited for McGinness at Nantporth and after, a brief spell with Llangefni Town in 2008/09, it was time for the forward to return home to Holyhead Hotspur – where he had started out as a youngster.

By now at Hotspur, he’s regarded as a club legend for the lasting impact he has made at the club.

The highlight of his days at The Oval, was undoubtedly the feats of 2011/12 where – in a season in which he hit 50 goals – the club itself also secured a treble (Welsh Alliance One, Cookson Cup and Barritt Cup), as well as finishing as runners-up in the prestigious Wales-wide FAW Trophy final.

From there on out, he became a prolific goal-getter for the club and returned once more after another brief spell at Welsh Alliance Two side Gaerwen in 2015/16.

Upon another return to Hotspur, he wrote his name into the club’s history books once again when he hit a memorable hat-trick to round off a season in which the club won the Welsh Alliance Reserves Division Lock Stock Fireworks Challenge Cup – smashing Bangor City 4-1 at Maes Eilian, Llanfairpwll.

Despite Hotspur’s woeful season during 2018/19, which saw them relegated from the Huws Gray Alliance (now Cymru North), McGinness continued to show his goal scoring prowess and his determination – bagging eight league goals and scooping the division’s Player of the Season award.

After that fine summer, McGinness decided to make the switch to Cymru North side Porthmadog – where he joined up with fellow Mon team mates Paul Pritchard, Jay Gibbs and fellow summer signing from Hotspur – John Littlemore. He scored five goals for a struggling side, which would eventually be relegated to tier three, but the forward transferred over to Llangefni in January 2020 where he was again a threat before the Coronavirus pandemic struck.

When it comes to local heroes, Holyhead will always regard McGinness as one of their own. However, the summer of 2019 ensured that he was a hero for the whole island also.

He has scored more than 200 goals across various levels of the Welsh footballing pyramid over the years.

Thanks for reading – part two will be out soon! 👌🏻⚽️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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