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Welsh Premier All-Time XI’s: Team Edwards

Bangor City's Sion Edwards tussles for the ball with Honka Espoo's Nicholas Otaru during the Europa League, Second Qualifying Round, Second Leg at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

Bangor City’s Sion Edwards tussles for the ball with Honka Espoo’s Nicholas Otaru during the Europa League, Second Qualifying Round, Second Leg at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham. in 2010. (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

We’ve given you what we consider to be the best Dave XI, Jones XI, Evans XI, Roberts XI and Williams XI in Welsh Premier League history.

Now it’s the turn of the Edwards XI. What do you think?

MANAGER

Christian Edwards

Christian Edwards. Pic: FAW Cymru

Current Cardiff Metropolitan manager who led the team to Nathaniel MG Cup glory last season and subsequently into European competition.
A former professional footballer who played as a defender, Edwards made more than 300 Football League appearances, most prominently for Swansea City, Nottingham Forest and Bristol Rovers.
He also made loan appearances for several other clubs before moving into non-league football. He also represented Wales at full international and under-21 levels.

GOALKEEPER

David Edwards

Was a virtual ever-present in the League of Wales’ inaugural season with Holywell Town.
Signed for Flint Town United in 1993/94, but returned to Holywell before being Rhyl’s regular keeper in 1997-98. Made 126 WPL appearances in all.

DEFENCE

Ryan R Edwards

Ryan Edwards. Pic: Airbus.com

Record appearance-maker for Airbus in the Welsh Premier League, he also spent four successful seasons with Bangor City before rejoining the Wingmakers in August 2016.
Formerly with Flint Town United, NEWI Cefn Druids and Halkyn United, Ryan first joined Airbus in season 2006/7 and went on to win Wales Under-23 semi-professional honours.
Equally adept in defence or midfield, Edwards has always been well known for his consistency and his total WPL appearances are now around the 350 mark.

Tim Edwards

Rhyl’s Tim Edwards (Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images)

One of the true Welsh Premier all-time greats, he played a total of 16 seasons in the league and featured in 463 games, scoring 41 goals.
This towering central defender started his career with Rhyl in 1994/5, before moving to Bangor City shortly after the start of the following season.
A return to Rhyl in 1996/7 saw him spend another two seasons with the Belle Vue outfit, before he was signed by Total Network Solutions in summer 1998.
He went on to captain the Saints and win a championship medal in 2000. He spent four seasons with the club, but when they went full-time he was reluctant to give up his job as a housing developer.
Edwards rejoined Rhyl in 2002/03 and it proved to be the start of his finest era, as he captained the Lilywhites to four trophies in 2003/4.
A bad injury sidelined him for much of 2005/6, but he won a second Welsh Cup with the Lilies in the May.
Released by Rhyl in November 2006, he was quickly snapped-up by NEWI Cefn Druids and went on to make his 400th Welsh Premier appearance in October 2007, only the fourth player to achieve the milestone, before moving to Welshpool Town the following summer.

Kai Edwards

Kai Edwards. Pic: Prestatyn Town FC

Currently helping guide Prestatyn Town to an almost certain Cymru North title success, but Kai has made well in excess of 200 Welsh Premier appearances.
Wales Under-21 international who began his career at Wrexham and was promoted to the senior squad by then manager Dean Saunders.
A former Wales Schoolboys captain Kai usually plays centre half but can operate at full back or even in midfield if required.
He joined Prestatyn Town on an extended loan deal in August 2010 before signing for Neath the following July. Voted Welsh Premier young player of the season for 2011/12, after the demise of the Eagles, signed for The New Saints in June 2012. After four successful seasons at Park Hall, returned to Wrexham as manager Gary Mills’ first signing in the summer of 2016 but was back in the WPL six months later with Connah’s Quay Nomads.
Spent last season at Llandudno before rejoining Prestatyn.

Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards. Pic: Caernarfon Town FC

Tall and imposing central defender who has been a colossus at the back for Caernarfon Town since they returned to the Welsh Premier in 2018-19.
Gareth signed for the Canaries from Cefn Druids in August 2014 where he was also captain. He has also played in the Cymru Alliance for Buckley Town.
Played in both Caernarfon teams which won the Cymru Alliance in 2015/16 and 2017/18, captaining the latter.

MIDFIELD

Zyaac Edwards

Promoted from the academy at Airbus UK Broughton to the first team squad in 2012, followed in the footsteps of his older brother Kai by joining Prestatyn Town in August 2014.
Signed by Caernarfon Town in January 2016, he returned to the Welsh Premier with Rhyl in six months later, leaving to rejoin Prestatyn in June 2017.
Moved to Llandudno, along with younger brother Zebb, to join elder sibling Kai for the 2018-19 season.
Zyaac re-signed for Prestatyn this season, but has a cruciate ligament injury and is waiting for an operation. He is hoping to be fit for next season.
Twin brother of Noah, who plays for Caernarfon Town, Zyaac is a busy, aggressive midfield player who always gives 100%.

Aeron Edwards

Aeron Edwards. Pic: TNS FC

In his 11th successive season with The New Saints, Aeron is hoping to pick up a ninth consecutive Welsh Premier title-winners medal this term.
One of the finest Welsh midfielders ever to appear in the WPL, Edwards is a hard-working, highly skillful player with a talent for scoring spectacular goals.
Formerly with Buckley Town, he followed former manager Dave Taylor to Caersws in June 2007. Was virtually ever-present during two seasons at the Recreation Ground, winning a call-up to the Wales Under-23 semi-professional squad, before moving to The New Saints in June 2009, where he has been a consistently outstanding player ever since.

Ryan J Edwards

Ryan J Edwards. Pic: Aberystwyth Town FC

Ryan, who hails from Northop, is a pacey and skillful attacking midfielder who can play anywhere across the midfield or front line.
Aged just 25, he is already a much-travelled player in Welsh Premier circles with current club Newtown the eighth he has represented in the league.
A youth team product with Gap Connah’s Quay, he was handed a first team chance in season 2012/13 and, after impressing in the Welsh Premier, signed a full-time pro contract with TNS in January 2014.
Loaned to Cefn Druids in September 2014 to gain more first team experience, he later played a pivotal early role in The New Saints’ world record breaking 27 consecutive league victories during the 2016/17 season, before signing for Bala Town, where he made 12 appearances for the Lakesiders.
Ryan also spent a period on loan with Airbus UK Broughton in late 2017, before joining Llandudno ahead of the 2017/18 season
Last season he played for Aberystwyth Town before switching to Newtown in January 2020.

Noah Edwards

Noah Edwards of Caernarfon Town

At this point we must thank Mr and Mrs Edwards, John and Paula, for producing four footballing sons.
Kai, Noah and Zyaac make this team, with youngest Zebb only missing out by a whisker due to experience.
Noah is a marauding midfield ace for Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Premier.
Despite having a few injury issues, Noah has always been a key player for the Canaries with his dynamic attacking play, goals and assists.
Twin brother of Zyaac, Noah’s previous Welsh Premier experience came with Prestatyn Town.

STRIKERS

Sion Edwards

Bangor City’s Sion Edwards controls the ball under pressure (Photo by Stephen Pond – PA Images via Getty Images)

Although Sion is a winger, a shortage of Welsh Premier Edwards strikers has forced me to choose the former Bangor City star as a forward in this team. Whatever the situation, of course, he would have walked into the side.
A product of the Penrhosgarnedd youth system before gaining youth and reserve team experience at Wrexham, where he was released in the summer of 2006, Sion had a spell at Cemaes Bay before joining Bangor in 2006/07.
Went on to become a Citizens legend, making 230 Welsh Premier starts (plus 92 substitute appearances) and netting 58 goals for the club.
He won three Welsh Cups with Bangor in 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, plus the Welsh Premier title in 2010-11. Also made numerous appearances in Europe for the club. Briefly joined Rhyl on loan in 2016-17.
Now plays for Colwyn Bay in the Cymru North.

Andrew Edwards

Front man who netted 30 League of Wales goals in 78 starts between 1993-94 and 1997-98.
Best spells were at Flint Town United and Llansantffraid, also playing for Conwy United and Welshpool Town.

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