Asa Thomas bags 600th career goal as Trearddur Bay fight from 2-0 down to win 4-2 v Cefni

PICTURE BY Liam Owens

ANGLESEY’S greatest goalscorer of the 21st century continued his legacy in his club’s latest victory.

Asa Thomas will be a familiar name to many having smashed the goals in for many a club down the years.

And today he surpassed a record not many others have achieved during their career – professional or otherwise – as he broke the 600-goal mark.

The forward moved back to Trearddur Bay having scored 58 goals for Bodedern Athletic last season as Ricky Williams’ side won the Premier Division title.

For Thomas, senior football began at Holyhead Gwelfor Athletic in 2007/08, where he hit 32 goals before following that up with 37 goals for the same club the season after.

But, it’s fair to say that the goal-scoring machine’s most incredible season came in 2010/11 as he broke all sorts of records. 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 – a goal-scoring feat that doesn’t look like being beaten any time soon.

Asa Thomas in Trearddur Bay colours back in 2010/11.

The 2019/20 season, cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, was also one to remember for Thomas as he surpassed the magical 500-goal mark.

Thomas 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.

Soon after, Thomas made the switch from the Harbourmen to local rivals Holyhead Hotspur, where he went on to score six goals for The Reserves in the Anglesey League and four for the first team in Welsh Alliance One before the season came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 31-year-old forward then briefly signed for Trearddur Bay Bulls (who folded in 2021) in friendlies where he linked up with good friend and fellow prolific goalscorer Gary Jo Owen (now at Cemaes Bay). Down the years, the pair have formed a formidable partnership with Morawelon, Gaerwen and Holyhead Town.

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 Owen (84 goals) scored a combined 181 goals for the club. At the time, they were managed by Derek Thomas, who was in charge at the Bulls before they folded.

Today, Thomas created his own piece of history as he passed the 600-goal marks in Trearddur Bay’s 4-2 win over Cefni in North Wales Coast West Division One.

Thomas in action v Cefni. PIC: Liam Owens

Bay came from 2-0 down to win and, although Thomas missed a penalty early on, he went on to net a brace in the match with dad Jimmy – who was also a brilliant footballer in his day – watching on from the sideline.

In passing the 600-goal mark, Asa has established himself as part of a very elite club of North Wales goalscorers.

Thomas’ dad Jimmy watches on. PIC: Liam Owens

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.

A once in a generation player who deserves great recognition. Well done Asa.

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