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N Wales women’s football surname XI’s – Team Davies

Nicky Davies has to deal with a high challenges as she aims to clear the ball for Ynys Môn in the 2019 Inter-Island Games Final against Isle of Man. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Welcome to part five of a 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 the North Wales Women’s League, Welsh Premier League, North Wales Recreational League and great past North Wales teams such as 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!

So far we have selected a Thomas XI, Williams XI, Jones XI and Hughes XI. Today it is the turn of the Davies XI to impress you.

GOALKEEPER

Nicola Davies

Nicky Davies in goal for Ynys Môn. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Won the Welsh Cup twice with Bangor City Girls in 2001 and 2002 while still at school and stayed with the club for three years before joining Liverpool in 2003.

She was regular first-choice gloveswoman for the Merseysiders between 2003-2012, winning the FA WSL Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Nicky later had spells with Rochdale, Chelsea and Doncaster Belles before signing for Reading in 2014.

In 2015, she took a break from football to focus on her RAF career before rejoining Belles ahead of the 2017 Spring Series and helping them to secure the FA WSL trophy in May 2018. She later joined Sheffield United.

Capped 64 times for her country, Nicky, who hails from Menai Bridge, represented her native Ynys Môn in the 2019 Inter-Island Games and the team made it all the way to the final.

DEFENCE

Catrin Davies

Left-back who first emerged in the Rhyl Development side of 2017-18 and has steadily grown in stature in a left-sided role.

Steady goalscorer – scored 6 last season and has 3 this campaign – and now represents the Rhyl Ladies side which has performed so well in North Wales Division One this term.

Katie Davies (nee Williams)

Katie Davies in past action for Caernarfon Town

One of the best defenders Wales has produced.

Katie was known throughout most of her career as Williams, but now uses her married name Davies.

A member of the double Welsh Cup winning Bangor City Girls side of the early 2000s, she later played for Tranmere Rovers, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool.

Closed out her career with Caernarfon Town, reaching the 2011 Welsh Cup final before winning the North Wales League and Betty Pickering Cup double in 2016/17.

Katie, now 35, won 20 caps for Wales.

Bethan “Twin” Davies

Former defender with Wrexham when they played in the Welsh Premier League.

Now plays rugby to a very high standard with RGC and was called up for the full Wales squad in 2018.

Steph Davies

Steph Davies in acrobatic action for Caernarfon. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Big-hearted defender who began with Cae Glyn Under-9s before joining Caernarfon Town in 2012.

Won the North Wales Women’s League and Betty Pickering Cup double with the Canaries in 2016-17.

MIDFIELD

Kelly Davies


Kelly Davies

Won 36 full caps for Wales and her glittering club career included winning the Welsh Cup and playing in Europe with Bangor City before later turning out for Arsenal and Liverpool at the top level of women’s football.

Represented Wales at every age level up to senior.

Played in Welsh Cup winning teams aged 16 and 17 with Bangor City Girls in 2001 and 2002 before playing Premier League with Arsenal and Liverpool.

Away from football became an award-winning businesswoman with Vi-Ability, a social enterprise working with young people to help turn struggling community sports clubs into viable businesses and thriving community centres.

As a player, Kelly was an aggressive midfielder, not afraid to put her body on the line and would fight for every challenge.

Charley Davies

Charley Davies on the ball for Llanberis

One of the best young current-day talents in the North Wales Women’s League.

Joined Llanberis this season, having previous represented Caernarfon Town in the Welsh Premier.

Most effective in central midfield, neat passer and dead-ball specialist who has scored from a couple of cracking free kicks this term.

Phoebe Davies

Phoebe Davies (red) in past action for Wrexham

Marauding midfielder with TNS who formerly played for Wrexham and Rhyl & Prestatyn in the Welsh Premier.

A leader who leaves it all on the pitch, Davies is a powerful, non-stop operator in the midfield who can also play centre-back.

She has ability to win tackles, dominate in the air and has a wide range of passing. Before joining Saints, Davies also played for Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere Rovers.

FORWARDS

Jade Davies

Jade Davies (front row, second from right) with Denbigh Ladies

A manager’s dream as she can play a variety of positions comfortably.

Jade is right-footed but can play either full back position, she is excellent as a sweeper in a back three and can also play as a winger, which she did for Wrexham,

Presently at Denbigh Town and is also an accomplished futsal player.

Jade was a star wide player at Wrexham when the Dragons operated in the Welsh Premier Women’s League.

Kelsey Davies

Kelsey Davies (red) in action for Llandudno against Aberystwyth. Pic: Chris Howells

Speedy right-sided attacker who has scored many crucial goals and provided numerous assists over the years for Llandudno.

Kelsey’s talents developed with Kinmel Bay Girls, with whom she reached the 2012 Under-16 Welsh Cup final.

In 2013, Kelsey was named Girls’ Player of the Year at the Welsh Grassroots Football Awards in Cardiff after starring for Kinmel Bay, playing for both regional and national teams in the Celtic Nations Tournament.

She has also represented Wales at Under-16, U-17 and U-19 level.

Jenny Davies

Mainly a forward who could operate as a central midfielder at a push.

Currently plays for Denbigh Town, but in the past formed a striking partnership with Sarah Colville at Llandudno Junction.

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