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All-Time Welsh Premier Surname XI: Team Owen

Nomads midfield ace Jay Owen. Pic: Nik Mesney, NCM Media

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

Now it’s the turn of team 10 – the Owen XI. What do you think?

GOALKEEPER

Phil Owen

Ever-present in 1995-96 season for Caernarfon Town, when the Canaries had one of their best top-flight campaigns, finishing sixth.
Also had short spell at Cemaes Bay 1997-98. Made 58 Welsh Premier appearances in total.

DEFENDERS

Kane Owen

Previous spells in top flight for Aberystwyth Town with Afan Lido before representing Penybont this season.
Left-back, former Cardiff City Youth. In 2018-19 claimed a league and cup double with the University of South Wales, along with picking up the award for Best Male Sportsperson at the USW Sport Recognition Awards at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Five goals this season including Penybont’s first ever in WPL.

Cai Owen

Cai Owen in action for Rhyl

Versatile young talent made who made WPL debut as a substitute for Bangor City in 2015-16.
Remained with Citizens for next two seasons and was part of the squad which faced Denmark’s Lyngby in the 2017-18 Europa League.
Later went on to shine with Llandudno and Rhyl before joining Colwyn Bay in January 2020.

Lyn Owen

Quality defender who made a total of 144 appearances in the League of Wales. Split his time between Rhayader Town and Caersws from 1993 through to 2001.

Richard Owen

Nickname Freddy, left-sided player who could operate at left-back or midfield. Signed for Porthmadog in summer 2002 after previous Welsh Premier experience with Bangor City and in the Cymru Alliance with Cemaes Bay.
Moved to Caernarfon Town midway through season 2005/06 before returning to The Traeth, where he spent three more campaigns. Joined Llangefni Town in July 2009.
Made 156 Welsh Premier appearances, 27 as sub, and notched 12 goals. Played in 110 games for Port and scored 11 of his 12 WPL goals for the club.

MIDFIELD

James Owen

Jay Owen (centre) is congratulated after scoring for Nomads. Pic: Nik Mesney, NCM Media

One of the best midfielders in the WPL, currently in the limelight with league leaders Connah’s Quay Nomads.
Also known as Jay, this Caernarfon-born midfielder is a product of the youth system at Chester, where he made seven Football League appearances before the club was relegated to the Conference.
Joined Barrow in 2009 and made 95 appearances for the Cumbrians before leaving at the end of 2012/13. Capped by Wales at Under-17 and an Under-23 semi-pro cap, signed for Airbus UK Broughton in August 2013.
Spent three seasons with Wingmakers before signing for local rivals Gap Connah’s Quay in June 2016.
Owen made his competitive debut for the Nomads in the club’s first ever UEFA Europa League match against Norwegian side Stabæk Fotball.
Has featured in more than 150 matches for the Deesiders and can adapt seamlessly into a central defensive role.

Matty Owen

Matty Owen has produced some stunning goals in his career. Pic: NCM Media

Skilful midfielder with a penchant for scoring stunning goals.
Started his career at Wrexham, and after a couple of spells at Cefn Druids on loan made a permanent move to Newtown in 2014.
He went on to make 58 appearances for the Robins, scoring nine times including the March 2016 Welsh Premier League Goal of the Month for this strike against The New Saints.
Owen was part of the three-man shortlist for Welsh Premier League Young Player of the Season 2016/17.
He made his competitive debut for Connah’s Quay Nomads against Norwegian side Stabæk Fotball in the UEFA Europa League as a second half substitute in the second leg.
Went on to play in 60 games for the Deesiders, netting six goals, before joining Cefn Druids in January 2018.

Dylan Owen

Dylan Owen rejoices after scoring for his beloved Llanrug

Right-sided attacking midfielder famed for scoring from spectacular free kicks. Also a deadly penalty taker.
Played 88 times in the Welsh Premier, notching 15 goals.
Signed for Caernarfon, where his father also played, from Wrexham in December 2003, made 34 appearances over three seasons before a move to Rhyl in June 2006. Released from Belle Vue in May 2007, he joined Llangefni Town.
In more recent years he has made his mark at lower league level for Caernarfon Town and Llanrug United.

Gareth Owen (player-manager)

Welsh Premier Player of the Season in 2008-09 when he was part of Rhyl’s title-winning side.
Connah’s Quay born and bred, Gareth joined Wrexham as a trainee, signing professional in July 1990.
He represented the Dragons for 12 seasons, playing in the side which famously knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup in 1992.
Owen made 298 appearances for Wrexham before being released at the end of the 2000/1 season and joined Doncaster Rovers.
Won eight Under-21 and one ‘B’ international caps for Wales and switched to hometown club Nomads in the summer of 2003 after helping Rovers back into the Football League. Appointed player/manager of Airbus UK in the 2005 close season, but made a surprise move to Rhyl as a player three years later.
Featured in 216 WPL games, bagging 33 goals.

STRIKERS

John Owen

John Owen in European action for Llandudno. Pic: Neil Sheldon

Made his Welsh Premier debut for Bangor City as a 16-year-old late substitute in a 1-1 draw with Caernarfon Town in April 2009.
In a second WPL appearance that season, striker Owen came on as a replacement again and on this occasion scored in a 3-1 win at Newtown.
His first goal for Bangor’s senior side was actually in a 3-1 NWCFA Challenge Cup defeat at Llangefni Town.
Owen was on City’s books for five seasons but never made an actual WPL start, featuring 26 times as a sub.
Later played for Rhyl, Llandudno and Aberystwyth in the top flight, notching 21 goals in 77 starts, and has also had stints at Porthmadog and Caersws.
Wales C international Owen switched to Cefn Druids in January 2019 and rejoined Porthmadog this season, where he is top marksman on nine goals.
Really good on the ball, an unselfish player and very compact.

Carl Owen

Carl Owen chases the ball for Porthmadog. Pic: Porthmadog FC

Criminally underrated centre forward with a very respectable Welsh Premier record of 64 goals in 174 starts.
After joining Bangor City from Glantraeth in summer 2000, found his Welsh Premier opportunities limited and moved to Porthmadog, where he was top scorer for three consecutive seasons and won Welsh semi-professional honours, scoring in the victory over England in the summer of 2004.
Voted player of the season at the Traeth in season 2007/08, he transferred to Rhyl in July 2008.
Moved to Airbus in June 2009, returning to Porthmadog in February 2011.
In more recent times he became a Caernarfon Town overnight legend after scoring the winner when he came on as a substitute in a Welsh Cup tie against Rhyl in January 2017.
Owen was only re-signed by Canaries manager Iwan Williams in the midweek to assist with a player crisis as the hosts had six regulars missing for the visit of Welsh Premier Rhyl.

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