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Soccer Siblings: Brothers and sisters playing in North Wales football

Family affairs (left to right): Former Caernarfon player Catrin Thomas, current Canaries star Darren Thomas, Town’s club captain Nathan Craig and ex-Cofis player Sophie Craig. Picture by kind courtesy of Paul Evans, Caernarfon Town FC media

Darren Thomas and Catrin Wyn Thomas

Probably the best known and most successful brother-sister duo in North Wales football.

Darren plays for Caernarfon Town, whom he rejoined in January 2013 and went on to be a vital part of Lee Dixon’s 2012-13 treble-winning squad before winning two Cymru Alliance League titles with the Canaries.

Since the Cofis returned to the Welsh Premier, the player nicknamed Mini Messi has been one of their star performers and is top-scorer this season.

Catrin was Grassroots North Wales Women’s Player of the Season in 2016-17, when she scored 38 goals as Caernarfon Town stormed to the North Wales League title.

She has also played for Llandudno, scoring for them in the 2015-16 Welsh Cup final, and this season joined Mountain Rangers.

Nathan Craig and Sophie Craig

Nathan Craig. Picture: CTFC

Former Everton, Torquay United and Wales Under-21 midfielder Nathan has made 200 appearances over two spells at Caernarfon Town and netted 86 goals.

He was a key man in the Cymru Alliance title-winning sides of 2015-16 and 2017-18 and notched 14 goals during Town’s return to the Welsh Premier last season.

Sophie Craig. Picture: CTFC

Sophie has not played this season, but previously represented Caernarfon Town Ladies for many years. Played mostly as a forward in his early career but then developed into a midfield player.

Charley Davies and Sheldon Davies

Charley (right) and Sheldon both wear the No 4 for their respective clubs. Photo provided by Charley Davies

Midfielder Charley joined newly-formed Llanberis this season and has become a crucial player in a side which has adapted well to life in North Wales Women’s League Division Two.

Sheldon also used to play for Llanberis, but this season he is representing Llanrug United in the Welsh Alliance Reserves Division.

Alishia Donohue and Dion Donohue

Alishia (left) in her Caernarfon days

Alishia began her senior career with Caernarfon Town, playing in the team which won the Betty Pickering Cup final against Pwllheli in 2017.

A forward, she joined Mountain Rangers this season.

Dion pictured in his early days at Caernarfon

Midfield ace Dion started off with Bodedern, Holyhead Hotspur and Porthmadog before moving to Caernarfon Town, where he was a vital player with Lee Dixon’s 2012-13 treble-winners.

He later stepped up to the Football League and had impressive spells with Chesterfield, Portsmouth, Mansfield Town and Swindon Town.

Llio Henshaw and Cai Henshaw

Llio Henshaw

Aged just 17, Llio has already made her mark as a defender for Bethel in the North Wales Women’s League, where she is in her second season.

Highly-regarded and down as one for big things in future.

Young forward Cai returned to Penrhyndeudraeth in January after starting the season at Nantlle Vale..

Cai Henshaw

Also spent two seasons with Porthmadog, playing mainly for their reserve side where he was a key member of their Welsh Alliance Reserve League double-winners of 2018-19, scoring 20+ goals.

He was also included in Port’s first team squad in the Huws Gray Alliance on numerous occasions.

Ffion Owen and Gari Owen

Ffion Owen

Ynys Môn based Ffion is one of the best-known players in the North Wales women’s game.

The midfield goal-getter joined Amlwch Town this season and has scored a tremendous 19 times for the North Wales League Division Two leaders.

She previously spent several years at Caernarfon Town, where she won the 2016-17 North Wales League title and then was a stand-out player in the Welsh Premier.

Also played in the Ynys Môn side which reached the final of the Inter-Island Games last year.

Gari Owen. Picture: Llangefni Town FC

Defender Gari first played for Llangefni back in 2014 after starting his senior football career at Glantraeth.

As soon as Chris Roberts took over as Cefni boss in 2017-18 he made Owen a priority signing.

Gari is an outstanding defender with bags of pace and a great understanding of the game.

He played a key role in Llangefni’s promotion into the Cymru North for the 2018/19 season, the Islanders winning the Welsh Alliance League title for a record fifth time.

He is also an FAW ‘C’ License holder and coaches Llangefni’s Under 16’s team.

With Ffion and Gari’s parents, Terry and Nia, also having played the game, football truly does run in this family.

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