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North Wales women’s football all-time Surname XI’s: No 3 – Jones XI

Erica Jones is a star defender in North Wales football

Here’s part three of a new series where we choose what we consider are the best XI’s in North Wales women’s football according to their surnames.

We will restrict selections to North Wales Women’s League, Welsh Premier League, North Wales Recreational League and great past North Wales teams (e.g. Bangor City, Caernarfon Town and Llandudno).

We’ll avoid girls playing in English teams as there are so many of them, it is not that easy to find details on where all of them play, and there is always the risk of leaving out a top player.

There is less chance of that happening with the leagues I am picking from – I’ve never claimed to know everyone or everything!

All-Time Jones XI

GOALKEEPER

Netty Jones

Netty won the 2014-15 league title with this Denbigh squad

Was between the sticks when Denbigh Town won the 2014-15 North Wales League title and was so impressive in her team’s Welsh Cup quarter-final against Cardiff City FC Women she was invited to national trials.

Netty reached the Welsh Cup semi-finals with Denbigh the following season and was part of the team’s League Cup success.

DEFENCE

Annmarie Jones

Annmarie Jones. Pic: NCM Media

Experienced player who can operate in many positions, but has played in defence mainly for newly-formed Connah’s Quay Nomads this season.

Has won two North Wales League titles and played in the Welsh Premier for Northop Hall.

Annmarie scored five goals when a 12-0 victory over Point wrapped up the 2015-16 North Wales crown for the Hall. And she was on call again when the Flintshire side lifted the 2017-18 championship.

Erica Jones

Erica Jones

One of the true greats of North Wales women’s football

Best known as a stalwart of Pwllheli Ladies, but was also a youth player with Bangor Academy, represented the North Wales Centre of Excellence and had a season at Caernarfon Town.

She has spent more than 25 years with Pwllheli – from the juniors through to the ladies.

Superb tackler, reads the game really well.

Charlotte Walker-Jones

Charlotte Walker-Jones (back row – fourth from right) in a classic Junction line-up

This back four is packed with experience! Alongside Annmarie and Erica we have Charlotte, renowned for her service to Llandudno Junction and Llandudno over the years.

Quality defender who is a sports lecturer for a living.

Erin Allen Jones

Erin Allen Jones (centre) in a defensive wall with Llio Henshaw and Jenna Tugwell

To bring the average age of the back-line down a little Bethel teenager Erin Allen Jones earns a place.

The daughter of Bethel coach Lenny, Erin is a tough tackling, no nonsense defender. She has the ability to read any situation and can mark the most dangerous strikers out of a game.

Erin has the leadership qualities that allow her to control her back line and make sure everyone does their jobs.

MIDFIELD

Anna Jones

Anna Jones (right) in past action for Llandudno. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Hard-tackling midfielder with a great engine and ability to score goals.

Has played in the Welsh Premier for both Caernarfon Town and Llandudno.

Anna began her career with Bethel before joining Caernarfon Town aged 16.

She went on to win the North Wales League title with the Canaries in 2016-17, as well as picking up a Betty Pickering Cup winners’ medal over three consecutive seasons.

Anna also landed the BUCS League with Bangor University Women’s FC twice and competed in the Costa Blanca Cup with Caernarfon.

She was a major player with Llandudno in the WPWL before the club resigned from the league this season. Anna has since signed for Chester.

Sioned Mair Jones

Sioned is having a great season as captain

Pwllheli’s captain this season is a commanding midfielder who knows the game well.

She is regularly among the goals and is proving very adept in the captaincy role for the North Wales League Division Two side.

Tania Jones

One of the top players during Bangor City Girls’ peak years, being part of the Welsh Cup winning teams which also competed in Europe.

Attacking midfielder who regularly appeared on the scoresheet.

Has been involved with Caernarfon Town for many years and currently plays in goal for a very young side in the North Wales League.

Shannon Jade Jones

Shannon Jade Jones has settled really well at Bethel

Shannon has slotted very well into Bethel’s strong line-up this season.

She is a pacy and physical presence on the pitch, strong in a tackle and also very comfortable in possession.

Her goals and overall play helped Bethesda win the 2018/19 Division 2 title.

FORWARDS

Emily Jones

Emily Jones (white) in her Rhyl days

Top-scorer for NFA in North Wales Women’s League Division Two this season.

Skillful, fast-footed player who scores spectacular goals as well as being a close range poacher in the box.

Formerly played for Rhyl, where she became the first Lilywhites’ player to score a hat-trick in the Welsh Premier League.

First made her mark as a sub with two key goals in a 3-2 Welsh Cup victory over Caernarfon Town.

Ceryl Tindall-Jones

The amazing Ceryl Tindall-Jones. Pic: Alex Philp

Ceryl reached the highest levels of the game in the 1990s and 2000s, representing Wales more than 50 times and playing for both Everton and Liverpool.

Hailing from the Caernarfon area, Ceryl began her career with Segontium Rovers before joining Bangor City Girls, with whom in 1996/97 she won the Welsh Cup as a 17-year-old.

After a spell with Everton, where she won a Premier League National Division title, she returned to Bangor where she lifted the Welsh Cup twice more, scoring in both finals.

She then joined Liverpool FC Ladies, scooping the Liverpool Counties Senior Cup before in 2003/04 being part of the squad which won the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division and FA County Women’s Cup.

Ceryl returned to Caernarfon Town in 2005 and saw out her career there with several more trophy successes.

Regarded by many as the finest female footballer North Wales has ever produced.

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