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Keeping up with the Joneses of the Welsh Premier League

Henry “Rabona” Jones is arguably one of the most skillful players to appear in the Welsh Premier. Pic: Naomi Jones

After choosing an all-time Dave XI earlier this week, Grassroots North Wales thought we’d switch to surnames and pick 11 Joneses who we think would give any rival identically-named team from WPL history a big run for its money.

So here we go – the Welsh Premier Jones XI.

MANAGER

Mark Jones

Mark Jones (right) on broadcasting duties with Welsh Premier all-time top marksman Marc Lloyd Williams. Pic: FAW Wales

Current Wales C boss who led Carmarthen Town to Welsh Cup glory in 2007.
Also had two spells in charge of Port Talbot Town, who reached the 2010 Welsh Cup final under his managership and competed in Europe.
Maesteg Park and Dinas Powys are two other clubs Jones has managed.
Great character, worth the manager’s role for his personality alone.

GOALKEEPER

Dave Jones (Newtown)

Has made the record number of Welsh Premier appearances for a Newtown goalkeeper.
A former Shrewsbury Town youth, Jones made his Robins debut back in 2007 and went on to clock up over 60 appearances, before moving to neighbours Caersws.
He returned to Latham Park in 2014, and this top class shot stopper remains of the finest exponents of his art in the WPL.

DEFENDERS

Kevin Jones (Bangor City)

Outstanding right-back who spent four years at Wrexham, making a few Football League appearances before joining Bangor City in 1994-95 where he was part of a League of Wales title-winning side under Nigel Adkins.
Spent two more seasons at Farrar Road, playing in 104 games in total for the Citizens, before later representing Holywell Town, Ton Pentre and Flint Town United in the LoW.

Stuart Jones (Bala Town)

Stuart Jones. Pic: Bala Town FC

Former Everton and Tranmere Rovers youth who spent four seasons with Cammell Laird and one year at Chester City, signing for Bala Town in June 2011.
Centre-back Jones has gone on to make around 250 Welsh Premier appearances for the Lakesiders, winning the Welsh Cup with the club in 2016/17.
Strong in the air and a threat from set-pieces, the commanding defender has proved a true lionheart for Bala over the years. He is currently on loan at Flint Town United.

Stuart J Jones (Aberystwyth Town)

Former Swansea City player who made 34 first team appearances for the Swans between 2002-05 before beginning a long stint in the Welsh Premier.
A central defender or full-back, he spent seven seasons with Llanelli, where he won the WPL title and Welsh Cup before moving onto Aberystwyth Town.
After four seasons at Park Avenue, he joined Bala Town in 2016-17, playing alongside namesake Stuart Jones at the back, and landed a Welsh Cup winners’ medal with the Lakesiders.
With more than 400 WPL appearances to his name, this great stalwart rejoined hometown club Aberystwyth this term.

MIDFIELD

Mark Jones (Bala Town)

Mark Jones in action for Bala (right). Picture: Naomi Jones

Midfield ace who established himself as a Wrexham AFC legend, scoring 26 goals in 162 appearances over two spells with the club and winning two full caps for Wales before signing for Bala Town in the summer of 2010.
Went on to be a great success as a chief playmaker with the Lakesiders, playing 185 times and netting 29 goals as the club became a genuine force in the Welsh Premier and regularly competed in Europe.
Mark had a brief spell with Airbus in 2017-18 before retiring.

Henry Jones (Bala Town)

Henry Jones signs for Bala

Genius of a player perhaps most famed in Welsh Premier circles for the remarkable “Rabona” assist he provided for Steven Tames to head home in Bala’s game against Carmarthen at the beginning of the 2018-19 season.
Henry was a professional at Swansea City, but despite captaining the under-21s regularly he failed to break into the first team.
Capped by Wales at under-21 level, he joined Bangor City at the start of 2016-17 and made a huge impression in the midfield, scoring 10 goals in 27 games.
He left City to join AFC Fylde, but returned to the Welsh Premier with Bala Town and has been a massive hit.

Craig Jones

Craig Jones in his Bury days. Photo: Getty Images

Three-time Welsh Premier title winner who went on to star for Bury in the Football League.
Now retired, he played for Airbus and Aberystwyth Town in the WPL before going on to really make his mark at Rhyl, where he was part of the powerful 2008-09 championship-winning side.
The New Saints snapped him up for the 2009-10 campaign, and he went on to win two more championships for the full-timers, making 111 appearances and scoring 25 goals.
In January 2012 he went on trial at Leeds United, but Bury ended up signing him and he spent five-and-a-half seasons at Gigg Lane, including a stint as captain.
August 2018 saw Jones return to the Welsh Premier, signing for Connah’s Quay Nomads. He made six appearances for the Nomads, including playing in a Scottish Challenge Cup victory over Falkirk where he assisted the winning goal.
Jones departed the club three months later after struggling to attain the required level of fitness.

Owain Tudur Jones (Bangor City)

Owain Tudur Jones during a training session with Wales (Photo by Rebecca Naden – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Began his career at Porthmadog and made first team debut for Bangor as a 16 year old, attracting the attention of Premier League scouts, including Chelsea.
Defensive midfielder Jones spent four seasons with the Citizens, playing in 96 games and scoring 24 goals before he was awarded a one-year contract by Swansea City at the end of July 2005 after impressing in pre-season trials.
Struggled with injuries throughout his pro career, where as well as spending four years with the Swans he also wore the colours of Swindon Town, Norwich City, Yeovil Town, Brentford, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Hibernian and Falkirk.
Owain also won seven full caps for Wales, as well as three for the Under-21s.
He is now an expert summariser on S4C football show Sgorio and is assistant-manager of the Wales C team.

STRIKERS

Chris Jones (Neath/TNS)

Tricky winger who began his career at Swansea City where he spent two-and-a-half years and made seven first team appearances.
After a loan stint at Cambridge United, he signed a permanent deal with Grimsby Town. Jones was loaned to Neath in January 2010 before returning to Blundell Park, where he was transfer-listed, and promptly returned to the Eagles on a permanent basis.
After three seasons at The Gnoll, he became a free agent following the demise of the Eagles and signed for The New Saints in July 2012. Spent two seasons at Park Hall but, after being unable to secure a return to the English pro ranks with Newport County, joined Gloucester City on a short-term deal in July 2014 before a move to Port Talbot at the end of the year.
Spent two seasons with the Steelmen and, after a summer with Thunderbay Chill in Canada, he has flitted between Aberystwyth Town, Afan Lido, Llanelli Town and Carmarthen Town. He rejoined Lido in January 2020.
Jones has represented Wales at Under-17, U19 and U21 level and was voted into the Welsh Premier dream team in 2011 and 2012.

Chris Jones (Bangor City)

Chris Jones (left) celebrates with manager Neville Powell after Bangor City’s amazing victory over FC Honka in the 2010-11 Europa League (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

In 10 seasons in the Welsh Premier League, this lively frontman played for Llangefni Town, Porthmadog and, predominantly, Bangor City.
Jones featured in 175 matches for the Citizens, scoring 37 times, but more than the quantity of his goals, it was the importance of them which stood out.
No-one who follows the all-blues will ever forget his Welsh Cup semi-final winners against TNS and Connah’s Quay Nomads, both at Rhyl, and his decider versus Honka of Finland in the Europa League at the Racecourse, Wrexham (he also netted in the away leg).
Chris rejoined Porthmadog in 2016-17 and, for the past two seasons, has played for Holyhead Hotspur, where he is top marksman this term.

Sam Jones (Caernarfon Town)

Sam Jones (red) playing for Ynys Môn. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Still very much a youngster, but no hesitation in throwing him in among this gang of Jones icons.
Sam, 20, developed his skills at Menai Bridge Tigers under Sean Brett’s youth set-up before joining Bangor City where he was promoted to the first team squad during the 2017-18 season after scoring prolifically for the U19 side.
The thrilling talent came on in leaps and bounds for the firsts in the Huws Gray Alliance last term, netting seven goals.
After being part of the Ynys Môn team which won the 2019 Inter-Island Games – Sam scoring three goals in the competition – he signed for Welsh Premier League club Caernarfon Town last summer and has been showing a lot of promise.

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