In the fifth 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 Martyn Jones, manager of Welsh Alliance Division Two side Penmaenmawr Phoenix.
Martyn Jones’s All-Time North Wales XI
I’ve watched lots of great players in the local game down the years and first got involved in a side with Conwy United around 2010 where I helped out as a physio on and off for a couple of seasons.
I’ve decided to pick my squad from players who I have managed myself during my 6 seasons in management.
Conwy Legion United 2013/14 and 14/15
Llandudno Junction 15/16
Pen Phoenix 17/18, 18/19 and 19/20.
This has been something I’ve been chopping and changing for the last 3 days but have finally settled on this starting 11 and 5 subs.
Very difficult choices to make and tough leaving some out, including some close friends, sorry lads!
The formation is 4-3-3.
Goalkeeper – Martin Roberts
Probably the most experienced player in the squad, ex Colwyn Bay, Nantwich and Conwy United keeper who played a huge part in Conwy Legion winning the treble in my first season in management.
Also helped me out at Pen Phoenix last season putting in a huge performance in the League Cup semi final which we won on penalties.
Right Back – Joel Hewitt
Probably the best player to play for Junction in recent years, was a pleasure to work with him there and a massive boost to bring him to Pen this season.
Not sure of many defenders who have chipped in with as many goals as Joel has down the years.
Left Back – Olly Walters (Captain)
This lad talked me into management 8 years ago and gave me the confidence to keep going through some dark days.
We’ve been through all sorts together and managed together for the season at Junction which was a great success.
Also captained my Legion side which won the treble in 2014, born leader and winner.
Right-Sided Centre Half – Scott McGoona
What will probably be seen as a surprise inclusion for some.
One of the most committed and loyal players I’ve worked with since managing, very good friend of mine who will give me honest feedback which I always appreciate.
Known locally as some one who loves a big tackle but there’s so much more to his game than that.
Has worn the armband for Pen the majority of this season.
Left-Sided Centre Back – Daniel Roberts
Dan played for Conwy United during the seasons I was physio and still in his teens he was providing great competition to some very well established defenders.
I talked him into staying on at Junction when we took over and it was a massive boost.
Became captain that season and in my opinion was the best centre back in the league by some margin.
Centre Midfield (Right) – Tom Prince
Have worked with Tom for 3 seasons now at Pen and he’s been a stand out player throughout.
Probably the best passer of a football in this squad and arguably the most skilful.
Highlight moment would be his 25 yard volley to take us into extra time in last season’s league cup semi final.
Centre Midfield (Central) – Kieran Davies
An ever present member during my 2 seasons at Conwy Legion and then also at Junction.
Without doubt the fittest lad in this squad who would put his body on the line, switched between centre back and centre midfield but definitely got the best from him in this position.
Centre Midfield (Left) – Bryan Roberts
Managed to sign Bryan from Conwy Borough while I was at Junction.
Highly gifted footballer who would often leave the opposition on the floor.
Played a huge part in our runner up season at Junction scoring some crucial goals including a brilliant free kick in stoppage time to beat Glantraeth which all but sealed second spot.
Centre Forward (Right) – Lee Ellis
Didn’t know a lot about Lee before taking the Junction job but soon got to understand the bags of talent he had.
Raw pace which you don’t always see a lot of locally these days but on top of that an eye for goal.
Also signed for the second half of my first season at Pen and scored all 7 goals in a 7-0 win against Blaenau. Never seen anything like that, and not sure I will again.
Centre Forward (Central) – Chris Quinn
Quinny was playing centre back for Llanrwst in the 2013/14 season while I was at Conwy Legion.
He called me up and asked if he could come and play up front for me. I didn’t hesitate and got him on board as soon as I could.
Although missing the first 5 games of the season he still racked up 47 goals in all competitions.
The picks of those being in the biggest games, second goal of a 2-0 win of the REM Jones Cup final against Prestatyn Sports and then 3 days later in a repeat of that fixture, this time a winner takes all league title match, scoring both goals in a 2-0 victory which gave us promotion and the league title.
Centre Forward (Left) – Alfie Caldecott
Talked about raw pace earlier with Lee Ellis and this is another lad with bags of it, would be a close race if they both got on a 100m track.
Worked with Alfie for a short spell at Junction but have really seen the best of him this last 2 seasons at Pen.
Top scorer last season and a shoe in to take that crown again this season.
Can score the lot, left foot, right foot and chips in with headers.
Huge contribution in our cup run last season and it was a huge injustice that he missed the final through suspension, genuinely believe it would have been a different outcome that day if we had him available.
Tom Paddock: The striker now turned goalkeeper. Two and a half seasons now between the sticks and has never let me down, keeps getting better as time goes on. Often wonder what level he may have reached if he played this position from a younger age.
Daniel Williams: Mr Utility. Will and has played everywhere on the pitch for me, apart from in goal (there’s still time). A very gifted footballer who can adapt to any outfield position in a heartbeat. You need a Dan Williams in a local side. Loves goals and clean sheets.
Paul Wilson: This lad is just a complete warrior. Only managed to play for one and a bit seasons for me at the Legion but what a presence. Box to box midfielder, goals and would put everything on the line for the team. Have no doubt he could have played Welsh Alliance football without his work commitments.
Ricky Jones: Mr Consistent. Ricky has played consistently at Welsh Alliance now since he was 16. Don’t know his exact stats but I’d say he’s averaged 12 goals a season which isn’t bad from midfield. Very fit footballer who can bring others into the game. Can play out wide either side or centrally.
Dean Seager: Managed to get Dean on board for just over half the season while I was at Junction. A great talent and knows exactly where the goal is. Played really well for us from the day he signed, his debut sticks in my mind – a brace in a 7-1 win over Cymru Alliance side Caersws in the Welsh Cup, took his goals superbly.