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Welsh Premier League All-Time Davies XI

l-r; Bangor City's Simon Davies pulls Sartid's Boris Vaskovic's shirt as Bangor City's Owain Tudor Jones watches (Photo by John Walton/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Back in 2002, Bangor City’s Simon Davies (left) gets to grips with Sartid’s Boris Vaskovic as Citizens team-mate Owain Tudor Jones watches (Photo by John Walton/EMPICS via Getty Images)

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

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

(huge thanks to Andrew Lincoln and his much-missed website http://www.welsh-premier.com for all assistance)

GOALKEEPER

Oliver Davies

Oliver Davies of Kilmarnock ahead of taking on Celtic at Rugby Park on August 12, 2015. Davies later played in the WPL for Llanelli and Barry (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Goalkeepers named Davies in the Welsh Premier have been very scarce since the league began in 1992-93.

Oliver is probably the best of the bunch. A former Swansea City youth academy player, he had loan spells with Kilmarnock before leaving to join Merthyr Town and Hereford.

He then moved to Llanelli Town for their short-lived Welsh Premier campaign in 2018-19 before switching to Barry Town United.

DEFENDERS

Chris Davies

Chris Davies (front – furthest left, finger in air) celebrates Prestatyn Town’s 2012-13 Welsh Cup success. Picture: Hollie Jones

Brilliant attacking right-back who played a key role for Prestatyn Town in the 2012-13 campaign, when they won both the Welsh Cup and NWCFA Challenge Cup for the first time in their history.

He made more than 100 appearances over six top-flight seasons for Prestatyn prior to joining Aberystwyth Town in 2014-15.

Davies moved to Australia in 2016.

Cledan Davies

Cledan Davies. Pic: atfc.org.uk

Superb attacking left-back who played in more than 200 Welsh Premier games, most of them for Aberystwyth Town.

Spent all of his WPL career at Aber, apart from a season with Carmarthen Town in 2011-12. He also had a stint on loan at Caersws at the start of 2016-17, but was back at Park Avenue by the November.

Signed for Penrhyncoch in 2017-18 and is currently banging in the goals right, left and centre for the club where he started his career – Tregaron Turfs of the Aberystwyth League, who top Division One with a 100% record.

Cledan is lethal from dead ball situations, as he proved many times in the WPL.

John Davies

John Davies. Pic: Flint Town FC

Features prominently in Airbus’ top 10 all-time Welsh Premier appearance-makers.

Former Flint Town United centre-half Davies was released by Chester City and was virtually ever-present in the Airbus line-up over four seasons until a move to Colwyn Bay in June 2008. However, he returned to Airbus after spending just a month in pre-season with the Seagulls.

Returned to Flint in January 2009 and remains a key player for the Silkmen at the age of 35. Had a brief spell with Holywell earlier this term

Keston Davies

Keston Davies. Pic: TNS FC


Showing great promise for Welsh Premier champions The New Saints this season.

After playing for the foundation phase of Swansea City academy between the ages of eight to 11, Davies left to join Fulham’s academy before returning to Swansea at the age of 15.

In July 2017, Davies joined League Two club Yeovil Town on loan until the end of the season. He made his EFL debut for Yeovil against Luton Town the following month.

Davies was recalled to Swansea in January 2018, having only made five appearances for The Glovers.

August 2018 saw Davies sign for League Two club Notts County on loan until the end of the season.

In July 2019 he joined The New Saints, where he is coming along in leaps and bounds for Scott Ruscoe’s Welsh Premier side.

Keston has also represented Wales Under-17, U-19 and U-21.

MIDFIELD

Jordan Davies

Jordan Davies of Brighton & Hove Albion U21 in action during the Checkatrade Trophy match against Milton Keynes Dons on November 13, 2018 (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Coedpoeth-born midfielder who graduated through the youth ranks at Wrexham and was capped by Wales at Under-17 level, then promoted to the first team squad at the Racecourse before joining Bangor City on-loan in August 2016.

Davies made 14 very impressive appearances for the Welsh Premier League side before returning to Wrexham.

In January 2017, the then 18-year-old signed a two-and-a-half year deal for Championship leaders at the time Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.

After joining up with Simon Rusk’s under-23 squad, the Welshman scored his first goal in the Premier League 2 Division 2 against Middlesbrough at the Amex Stadium.

He has helped the Seagulls reach the top flight of under-23 football, and played in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Simon Davies

19 Nov 1994: Simon Davies of Manchester United in action. Michael Cooper/Allsport

Midfield magician who featured in more than 100 Welsh Premier matches between 2001-02 and 2006-07 for Bangor City, Total Network Solutions, Rhyl and Airbus.

His best WPL displays were at Bangor, where he memorably scored two crackers past Wales and Everton legend Neville Southall in a 2-1 Welsh Cup win at Rhyl in 2001-02, while in 2002-03 he netted eight league goals in 24 league outings and was named Welsh Premier Player of the Season.

Davies made 11 English Premier League appearances for Manchester United, also scoring the opener in a 4-0 Champions League victory over Galatasaray.

While at Old Trafford, he gained a full Welsh international cap against Switzerland in 1996, before joining Luton Town for £ 150,000 in 1997. He had spells at Rochdale and Macclesfield before joining Bangor.

Les Davies

Bangor City’s Les Davies tussles with Honka Espoo’s Roope Heilala 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)

Wide attacking midfielder, or an out-and-out striker, Davies is one of the finest players to emerge in North Wales since the turn of the millennium.

Has made the highest number of Welsh Premier starts for Bangor City (252) and scored the third most WPL goals for the club (88).

Les won the Welsh Cup three times with Bangor, was part of the 2010-11 WPL title-winning squad and made numerous European appearances for the club.

Also had top-flight spells with Caernarfon Town, Porthmadog, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Bala Town before rejoining Bangor City in 2018-19 following their demotion to the Cymru Alliance.

This season joined newly-formed Bangor 1876, where he is currently on 23 goals for the Gwynedd League leaders.

STRIKERS

Calvin Davies

Calvin Davies. Pic: welsh-premier.com

Natural-born scorer with a great record of 54 goals in 111 Welsh Premier starts featuring largely for struggling teams.

First made his name as a prolific marksman in the Llandyrnog and District Summer League with Clawddnewydd, but he was soon making waves in Saturday football too.

Davies started his Welsh Premier career at NEWI Cefn Druids, before spending a successful season at Caernarfon. He followed manager Adie Jones to Unibond League Colwyn Bay, returning to the Welsh Premier with Welshpool in June 2005.

Signed for Connah’s Quay in late August 2006 and scored on his debut against TNS, but returned to Welshpool a month later.

Returned to Colwyn Bay in January 2009 after a brief spell with Warrington Town, but was back at Maesydre for the 2009/10 season. Left to join Corwen in October 2009 but was back in the top flight with Carmarthen Town in September 2010. Returned to Welshpool in March 2011.

Mattie Davies

Prolific goal scorer who played for Cwmbran Town, Barry Town, Cardiff Institute of HE and Cardiff Civil Service.

Returned to Carmarthen in 2005 after a season at Grange Quins, but left in September 2007 to join Welsh League Ton Pentre.

His best days in the League of Wales were the mid to late 1990s, where for Cwmbran he scored 27 league goals in 1996-97, 22 in 1997-98 and 20 in 1998-99.

He totalled 124 goals in 156 starts, with another 104 appearances from the bench.

Neil Davies

Neil Davies

Third-highest appearance-maker for Holywell Town in the League of Wales – and their record marksman.

The gifted Davies grabbed 63 goals in 152 LoW starts, 53 of them for the Wellmen.

Davies, who once trialled for Leeds United and represented Rhyl in their Northern Premier League days, was one of the early LoW stars.

He also achieved great feats for the likes of home village Llandyrnog, Ruthin Town – where his skills first developed – and Bala Town.

Amazing player, one of the early heroes from my journalism career.

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