My All-Time North Wales XI: Gareth Thomas (Perry)

Conwy Borough manager Gareth Thomas (first left holding flag, black top) celebrates the club’s 2017-18 FAW Trophy Final success. Picture: Will Cheshire

In the second of a new series we ask local football managers to pick their All-Time North Wales XI.
Players can be from any era. Managers can choose players they worshiped as a kid, played alongside, played against, managed or managed against.
Today’s selections are from Gareth Thomas.
Nicknamed “Perry”, he has always managed at a good level and one of his finest achievements was leading Conwy Borough to the 2017-18 treble of Welsh Alliance League title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup.

Gareth Thomas’ All-Time North Wales football XI

1 Dave Moore

Played at Halkyn, great shot stopper, best penalty taker I’ve seen and that good with feet could also play left back.

2 Nicky Owen

A good defender who could get about the pitch. Played at Halkyn, great delivery of balls from out wide.

3 Dave (Ginge) Williams

Great reader of game. Grew up watching him play at Holywell and Flint, then played with him for Halkyn and Rhydymwyn

4 Julian Jones

Nicknamed Cheifie. A superb strong player, good in the tackle and air reliable – 8/10 each week

5 Neil Howarth

Joined Halkyn from Mostyn. Great player, always had time on ball, passed for fun.

6 Darren Horne

Superb player and top lad, good with ball and could get goals from midfield

7 Jason Jones

Big strong centre-mid. Played with him at Rhydymwyn. He also played at Bala.

8 Darren Wild

Captain of the Halkyn side through their successful period. Strong as they came. Solid

9 Darren Edwards

Horrible, niggly player. Upset everyone, could start a row on his own but great left foot and goal scorer

10 Darrel Williams

Brother of Dave. Played at Rhydymwyn with him, good with both feet, in the air and could bring others into the game

11 Nathan Jones

Another horrible centre forward who would cause havoc. Could score any type of goal from any distance.

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