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Managers’ All-time North Wales football XI’s: No 20 – Sion Tudor Jones (Corwen)

Sion Tudor (back row – furthest left) lines up with the current Corwen squad

Corwen FC’s Sion Tudor Jones is the latest manager to select his All-Time North Wales XI.

Players picked can be from any era. Managers can choose players they idolised as a kid, played alongside, played against, managed or managed against.

As a young player Sion represented Corwen and Bala and also spent two seasons with Chester City. Due to serious injury problems his playing career came to an end when he was 26.

He also had a season with Ruthin Town in the Cymru Alliance, before several successful years managing Bala Town Reserves together with Andrew Parry.

Sion later managed Llanuwchllyn, taking the club into the WNL Premier Division, where they came close to gaining promotion to the Cymru Alliance.

In 2018, he joined Porthmadog as coach and assistant-manager to Craig Papirnyk.

Sion became manager of Cymru North club Corwen in October 2019.

On his All-Time North Wales XI selections, he said: “To narrow it down, I’ve tried to pick 11 players I’ve managed or coached over the last 15 years. However, I have also included a couple I’ve faced as manager too.”

GOALKEEPER


Terry McCormick

A very good GK – he had everything and plenty of WPL experience.

When he signed for Brickfield in the WNL, I came across him a handful of times as Llanuwchllyn manager and lost every game.

He was the difference and it was clear that it needed something really special to beat him.

Also, a very nice man.

CENTRE BACK

John Evans (Llanuwchllyn)

John is a player I worked with for a long time and is one I saw develop over the years to be a solid and dependable player.

As manager, he’s exactly what you want in your team.

He’s a talented young footballer, consistent and very committed.

Very quiet but does his talking with a football at his feet. Not that quiet after a drink though!

CENTRE BACK

Gruff John (Caernarfon)

The most consistent and dependable player I’ve ever worked with.

Had a season with him at Porthmadog and for me, he was the best defender in the Cymru Alliance at the time.

Comfortable in possession and a calming influence on the pitch.

Fully deserved his move to a WPL club and it’s no surprise he has done so well in his first season.

LEFT BACK

Eilir Edwards (Corwen)

I’ve tried to avoid picking players from my current club but Squirrel as we call him, is a player I couldn’t exclude.

Had spells with various clubs including Ruthin, Denbigh, Porthmadog and is a player you want in your side.

A deadly left foot and always got that fire in his belly.

Was a full back’s nightmare years ago, now finds himself playing full back and is still one of the best players on the pitch.

RIGHT BACK

Daniel Dascalu (Porthmadog)

A lad I’ve known and worked with since he was 12 years old.

Played for Crewe, Welsh Schools and Bala before joining me at Llanuwchllyn.

At 17, he was the catalyst for securing promotion and league cup title for Llanuwchllyn and he was one I had to take with me to Porthmadog when I left.

Great balance, great feet and can completely control a game.

Superb in his first season for Port but is now recovering from a nasty knee injury. I can’t wait to see him back on the pitch.

CENTRE MIDFIELD

Warren Duckett (Rhostyllen)

A good lad but a nightmare to play against.

A box to box player who happened to be in the right place at the right time – scored goals for fun and important ones.

Any player would have to be at their best to win a personal battle against him in central midfield.

Proven over the years for clubs like Bala, Druids and Denbigh that he’s a winner and is still proving it today as manager of Rhostyllen Fc.

CENTRE MIDFIELD

Ilan Hughes (Aberystwyth)

Played with Ilan at Bala and Ruthin at a young age, was very determined.

A ruthless player that provides insurance in front of the back four.

Loves a tackle and also very good on the ball.

Superb for me at Llanuwchllyn before leaving to captain Ruthin for several successful years.

These days it’s nice to see him do so well at Aberystwyth in the WPL.

MIDFIELD

Gwydion Ifan (Corwen)

A player with plenty of Cymru Alliance experience with Ruthin and Porthmadog, and another of my current players I couldn’t leave out.

A Welsh Schoolboy international that could win games on his own and pop up with a goal from nowhere.

Very laid back but could change a game on its head – unplayable at times.

MIDFIELD

Sion Edwards (Colwyn Bay)

Another one I worked with at Porthmadog.

A really nice lad with bags of talent and years of experience playing at a high level.

A consistent player that could terrorise the opposition in wide areas or control games in central midfield.

Probably the best left foot around and could pop with great goals in big games.

STRIKER

Barry Torrence (Queen’s Park)

Whilst at Llanuwchllyn, Barry stood out as one of the league’s biggest threats.

A powerful, physical and talented player who had the potential to win games on his own.

At both Brickfield and Queen’s Park, he made life difficult for any defensive side, strong in the air and deadly in the box.

It was no surprise to me when he moved to Rhyl and became their main target man.

STRIKER

Joe Evans (Llanuwchllyn)

A player I once built a team around. So strong in the air, physical and had blistering pace.

Scored for fun at times, once netting 40 in a season.

After his first season in the WNL, five or six teams tried to sign him, including established Cymru Alliance clubs.

After a short spell at Chirk, Joe is now back at Llanuwchllyn and still scoring.

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