Is this the best team of Daves the Welsh Premier League has produced?

Has there ever been a better Dave in the Welsh Premier than Prestatyn Town’s Dave Hayes?

While thinking of ideas for articles to keep me busy in these worrying times, a friend came up with a novel wheeze – how about compiling a Welsh Premier XI of players called Dave in honour of yourself?

It wasn’t easy. There don’t appear to have been that many players called Dave in the national league over the years, certainly a few other names seem more popular.

But the challenge had been thrown down and it had to be a success. It would have been far easier to search had the much-missed welsh-premier.com still been available. What a loss!

Incidentally, I’m sure Trigger from Only Fools and Horses would have had a field day with this one. He’d probably have called them all Rodney!

Welsh Premier League Dave XI

GOALKEEPER

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts in keeping action in his Llandudno days. Pic: NCM Media

Currently with Airbus in the Cymru Premier having previously represented Llandudno, Prestatyn Town, Newtown, Aberystwyth Town and Bangor City.
Began his career at Liverpool, where he landed two FA Youth Cup winner’s medals in 2006 and 2007 before being released from Anfield.
Apart from a spell with Weymouth, the rest of his service has been spent in the WPL, where he has made around 300 appearances.

DEFENDERS

Dave Swanick

Signed by Neville Powell for Connah’s Quay Nomads for 2006-07 and the former Morecambe and Altrincham defender made a good impression.
When Powell took over at Bangor the following season, Swanick soon joined him and he went on to be part of City’s 2007-08 and 2008-09 Welsh Cup-winning sides.
Swanick missed the second half of the 2009-10 campaign through injury and joined Newtown in August 2010, then Welshpool the following January.
He later played for Aberystwyth Town and Conwy United.

Dave Norman

Played in the first 12 seasons of the League of Wales between 1993 and 2005.
When newly-promoted Llansantffraid FC played their first game in the LoW on 14 August 1993, Norman was at centre-half in a 3-1 victory over Briton Ferry.
And, on the final day of season 2004/5, the defender played for Welshpool in a 2-1 home win over Afan Lido.
In the intervening years, Weston Rhyn-based Norman played in every season for Mold Alexandra, Barry Town, Rhyl, Bangor City, Oswestry Town and Caernarfon, clocking up 205 appearances.
His talent for helping young players was recognised professionally when, at the start of 2005, he landed a job in the community department at Arsenal.
In more recent years, he has been sporting director at Rhyl FC.

Dave Artell

David Artell (hoops) in action for Bala. Picture: Bala Town

Current Crewe Alexandra manager Artell played in the Welsh Premier for Bala Town and Port Talbot Town between 2014-16.
The Rotherham-born defender is one of a small number of players to be capped for their country whilst playing in the WPL.
He has seven caps for Gibraltar to go with a playing career which also took in spells with Crewe, Morecambe, Wrexham, Northampton, Rotherham and Chester.

Dave Hayes

Inspirational centre-half Hayes has made more than 200 Welsh Premier appearances for Prestatyn Town, establishing himself as one of the top flight’s most accomplished defenders.
He has also won the Cymru Alliance twice with the Seasiders and captained them to the Welsh Alliance title in their 2005-06 invincible season.
Hayes lifted the Welsh Cup and NWCFA Challenge Cup with Prestatyn in 2012-13 and played in Europe for the club.
After retiring at the end of 2017/18, he changed his mind to help Town rebuild in the Huws Gray Alliance.

MIDFIELD

Dave Morley

Legendary figure with Bangor City where he spent four seasons between 2009-13, scoring the winning goal in the 2010 Welsh Cup final and being a key member of the Welsh Premier champions of 2010-11.
He also scored in City’s famous Europa League victory against Honka of Finland in 2010.
Morley spent a season with Bala Town after leaving the Citizens.
Effective either in midfield or at centre-back, Morley began his career with Manchester City where he scored on debut against Bury in the (then) First Division, but added just two more substitute appearances to his CV before a brief loan spell in Scotland with Ayr United.
He subsequently played for Southend, Carlisle, Oxford United, Doncaster, Macclesfield and Hyde United before moving to the WPL.

Dave Thompson

David Thompson on the ball for Bala. Pic: Bala Town FC

Wing back who was a youth with Everton and Oldham Athletic before becoming an apprentice at Bury.
Awarded a six-month pro contract by the Shakers, he made three first team appearances before being released and subsequently played for Colwyn Bay, Droylsden, Marine, Northwich Victoria, Vauxhall Motors and Burscough before joining Welsh Premier Rhyl in July 2014.
After a year at Belle Vue, he signed for Bala Town in June 2015 and spent three seasons at Maes Tegid, winning the Welsh Cup.
He has since played for Llandudno, Bangor City and is currently with Aberystwyth Town.

Dave Barnett

Midfield partner to Kevin Langley in the Bangor City teams which won the League of Wales under Nigel Adkins in 1993-94 and 1994-95.
Made 83 appearances for the Citizens, scoring four goals. Recognised as one of the club’s most dynamic players in their early LoW years.

STRIKERS

Dave O’Gorman

O’Gorman was a member of the Barry Town squad which won the League of Wales title in 1996-97 and also scored in the team’s famous 3-3 Uefa Cup draw with Aberdeen.
His first club was Wrexham, where he spent 17 months at as a professional after rising through the youth team before moving to Northwich Victoria.
He was a prolific scorer in the early days of the LoW with Connah’s Quay Nomads, 51 goals in 78 starts earning him a move to Barry.
After title success at Jenner Park, he was signed by Football League Third Division club Swansea City, for whom he made 39 league appearances.
He would later have a spell at South African club Hellenic before returning to Wales to end his career at Connah’s Quay and Rhyl.

Dave Cameron

Bangor-born but raised in Scotland, Rhyl became the latest in Cameron’s long list of clubs when he joined the Lilywhites in 2006.
A robust target man, the striker spent two seasons at Belle Vue, netting 11 times in 22 WPL starts in 2006/07, before taking on the Bradford Park Avenue manager’s job in 2008.
Other ex-clubs included Brighton and Hove Albion, Lincoln City, St Mirren and Chester City.

Dave Taylor

A regular goalscorer in the Welsh Premier whose overall total between 1992-93 and 2009-10 was 118 in 163 starts (plus 59 sub appearances).
Taylor started his LoW career with Conwy United but he made his mark after moving to Porthmadog.
Whilst at Y Traeth, he was crowned top scorer in all of the European football leagues.
He ensured his place in history as only the second Welshman, after Ian Rush, to clinch French football magazine L’Equipe’s Golden Boot after scoring 43 goals in the 1993/94 season.
Taylor later played for Inter Cardiff, Newtown, Holywell Town, Welshpool Town, Cefn Druids, Oswestry Town and Caersws before going into management, including a spell as Wrexham Ladies boss.

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