My All-Time North Wales XI: Chris Roberts (Llangefni Town)

Llangefni manager Chris Roberts showing typical passion on the touchline

Llangefni Town manager Chris Roberts is the latest to choose his 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.

Chris took charge at Llangefni in 2014 after a very successful spell as manager of Glantraeth, where he won a total of seven trophies.

In his first season as Cefni chief, Chris guided the team’s promotion to Welsh Alliance Division One.

Town finished third, joint second and second outright in the top division before last season winning the Welsh Alliance championship for a record fifth time in the club’s history.

This meant promotion to the Cymru North League, the second tier of Welsh football. Cefni are currently 14th in the table.

Chris Roberts’ All-Time North Wales XI

Paul Pritchard

Paul Pritchard makes another wonder save. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Paul hasn’t played under me yet, but I did coach him for the Island Games team when we went to Gotland.

He is a year older than me and I remember him playing through the juniors where he was easily the best goalkeeper about.

I’ve seen him play so many times and he rarely has an off day.

A fantastic shot stopper and a player who has always been dedicated.

Gari Owen

Gari Owen (red – 2) in action for Ynys Môn. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Gari first signed for me at the age of 16 when I was manager of Glantraeth.

Also being a Llangefni lad, he then followed me to Lon Talwrn and still plays under me here now.

Gari is one of the best right backs I’ve seen, an out and out defender who puts everything into each game and training.

A true professional on and off the pitch.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor (red) with Ynys Môn team-mate Paul Pritchard

Tom has played for me at both Glantraeth and Llangefni Town and I also coached him for the Island Games team.

Tom is so comfortable on the ball, he rarely loses possession and can read the game so well.

It shows how good a player Tom is that you could put him anywhere on the pitch and he would not only do a job there, but most of the time he would run the show.

He would also be my captain.

Keith Ross

Keith Ross (back row – furthest left) lines up with the Llangefni trophy kings of the early 1990s

I remember watching Keith play for Llangefni when I was growing up.

If you would ask me to define the meaning of a centre half it was Keith Ross.

He ticked all the boxes. Strong, good in the air, nasty, a winner, had a real presence about him and I remember seeing some of the tackles he made in which he ensured he took everything out to win the ball.

A commanding defender.

Nathan Craig

Nathan Craig. Pic: Paul Evans, Caernarfon Town FC Media

Everton, Torquay United, Wales Under-21, Caernarfon Town.

What a player. I’ve never seen a left foot like his.

The amount of goals he scores from left back is unbelievable, he would be in my team all day long.

Grahame Austin

Grahame was one of those players who was naturally gifted, had bags of energy and I’ve never seen someone as good in the air to win headers.

He loved a tackle and could really ping a ball.

Darren Thomas

The talented Darren Thomas. Pic: Paul Evans CTFC

I’ve watched Darren play many times and always thought of him as being one of the best players around.

The way he glides across the football pitch and the change of pace to beat players is brilliant. A fantastic attacking midfielder.

Gerallt “Gerry” Jones

I played with Gerry at Llangefni and also he’s now part of my coaching staff.

Gerry was a great attacking minded player, naturally fit and still puts some of our players to shame with his fitness levels.

Gethin “Skills” Williams

Geth is a year older than me and I remember him growing up playing for Llangefni throughout the juniors.

He was class hence his nickname “Skills”.

Went on to play for the very successful Bodedern team and was a cracking attacking player.

Les Davies

Bangor City’s Les Davies tussles with Honka Espoo’s Roope Heilala (Photo by Nick Potts/PA Images via Getty Images)

A real powerhouse of a striker, strong and an eye for goal.

I remember watching him play for Bangor where he was virtually unstoppable.

His brother Ryan was also a cracking player – he played for me at Glantraeth.

Marc “Logs” Evans

For me one of the best finishers about – an out and out goal scorer.

Marc only needs half a chance and he will put it away.

I remember signing him at Glantraeth when we only had 11 games left of the season and he went on to score over 30 goals in those matches.

One Sub:

Darren “Chicken” Jones

Played for me at Glantraeth, cracking left back but more than just a good player, he was always the heart and soul of the team.

He was brilliant to have around the dressing room with his banter.

One of the funniest guys I have ever known. I would have to have him a part of the squad, he can carry the water bottles.

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