Take a bow Les Davies – a tribute to the Player of the Decade

Les Davies celebrates a goal for Bangor 1876. Picture: Kevin Owen

Les Davies has been voted Player of the Decade by viewers of S4C football programme Sgorio.

The former Bangor City, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Bala Town, Caernarfon Town, Porthmadog and Llandudno striker topped an online poll run by the show.

People were asked to choose the finest player to grace the Welsh Premier League between 2010-19.

Up against Davies were The New Saints midfielder Aeron Edwards, Bala Town goal machine Chris Venables and front man Michael Wilde of Connah’s Quay Nomads.

The latter three still play in the top flight and are all in magnificent form, but the voters decided the man nicknamed The Truck, who now stars for Bangor 1876 in the fifth-tier Gwynedd League, was a cut above.

Davies, 35, first featured in the Welsh Premier in 2002-03, making six substitute appearances for Caernarfon.

He then moved to Anglesey side Glantraeth of the Cymru Alliance before being signed up in 2003-04 by Bangor City – the club he had just helped knock out of the Welsh Cup with the islanders.

At the end of 2004/05 he departed Farrar Road and spent two seasons at Porthmadog, netting 18 goals in 62 starts.

In the summer of 2007, Neville Powell took over as Bangor City manager and Davies was one of his first signings.

Then followed the most successful period of The Truck’s career. In eight seasons with the Citizens, he scored 76 goals in 209 starts, winning three Welsh Cups, the Welsh Premier League title and made several appearances in Europe for the all-blues.

In 2012, Davies was named in the elite 32-man list for the Best Player in Europe award, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

At the start of the 2015/16 campaign, Davies switched to Connah’s Quay Nomads, where he featured for two seasons, scoring 16 times in 53 starts, then in 2017-18 he made Bala Town his fifth WPL club.

After a season at Maes Tegid, he rejoined Bangor City – now relegated to the Cymru Alliance for the first time in their history – but returned to the national league in January 2019 when he put pen to paper for Llandudno.

Davies had signed for Aberystwyth Town in summer 2019, but before a ball was kicked he joined newly-formed Bangor 1876.

He has netted 13 goals so far this term for the Gwynedd League side.

The striker’s WPL career saw him make 403 starts across six clubs, chalk up 41 substitute appearances, and net 128 goals.

He has also represented Wales at under-18 and U21 level, and played for the U23 semi-professional side.

After news of his winning Sgorio’s Player of the Decade competition broke on Monday, Davies told the Bangor 1876 website: “It feels great to have won with all the talent that has been around at the same time.”

As for his standout moments, he said: “Winning the Welsh Premier and three Welsh Cups with Bangor and also getting into Europe with Bangor, Connah’s Quay and Bala.”

Davies was also keen to pay tribute to his team-mates and coaches, adding: “I couldn’t have done it without the other players and the management I’ve had along the way.”

All hail Les Davies – Player of the Decade!

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