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They have played for Caernarfon Town and Porthmadog – Part 5

Dion Donohue won a memorable treble with Caernarfon Town in 2012-13

Here is the fifth in our series of articles on players who have turned out for both Porthmadog and Caernarfon Town over the years.

Grassroots North Wales has featured 40 players so far…..

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts challenges for Caernarfon (right). Picture: Alex Philp

Product of the youth system at Caernarfon Town during the early 90’s that produced such players as Robert “Gobs” Williams, Neil Jat and Lee Allen and progressed to the first team via Caernarfon Athletic during the exile years.
Roberts made seven League of Wales appearances during 1996/97 for Caernarfon and Bangor City where he scored one goal.
Joined former team-mate “Gobs” at Porthmadog for the 1997/98 season and made 18 appearances scoring once.
Spent a brief spell in the USA with Colorado Stampede in the 2nd Division in 1999 combining coaching and playing duties before returning to The Oval and playing 16 games during the 1999/2000 campaign under Adie Jones.
A hardworking and skillful player who could play anywhere in midfield, he later returned to the club joining from Caernarfon Borough to play for free for Geraint Williams during the crisis of 2010 and made eight appearances, scoring in the defeat versus Llangefni.

Rob “Gobs” Williams

Attacking midfield player who was part of the highly impressive Glantraeth squad which won the Cymru Alliance League and Cup double in 2005-06.
Naturally gifted player, two-footed with an incredible football brain.
Formerly with Tranmere Rovers, Williams put away the winning spot-kick when Glantraeth beat Bangor City 7-6 on penalties in the 2003-04 Welsh Cup – a huge upset.
Consistent goalscorer at tier two level with Glantraeth, as well as Caernarfon Town and Porthmadog.
Was a member of the Porthmadog squad which won the treble of Cymru Alliance title, League Cup and NWCFA Challenge Cup in 2002-03.

Geraint Mitchell

Played for Porthmadog in the League of Wales before representing Llangefni Town in their sole top-flight season in 2007-08.
Mitchell had signed for the Anglesey side from Y Traeth in February 2007.
Briefly returned to Port after the club’s return to the Cymru Alliance in 2011-12.
He was later part of the Caernarfon Town squad which won the 2012-13 treble under Lee Dixon of Welsh Alliance Division One title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup. Also wore the colours of Mountain Rangers and Bontnewydd.

Gareth Jones-Evans

Played an important midfield role in Caernarfon Town’s double-winning Cymru Alliance squad of 2015-16.
Gareth, who joined the Canaries from Holyhead Hotspur that season, had previously played alongside Caernarfon manager Iwan Williams at Porthmadog.
First made his mark at Pwllheli before joining Port in 2010-11. Returned to Y Traeth in 2016-17 and to date has made 85 starts for the club (plus 22 appearances as a sub), scoring 14 goals.

Les Davies

The Truck may be best known for his many successes with Bangor City, but he has also represented Caernarfon Town and Porthmadog.
Les began his Welsh Premier career at The Oval in 2002-03, making six appearances, before joining Cymru Alliance club Glantraeth.
After helping eliminate Bangor in a major Welsh Cup shock in 2003-04, Davies was snapped up by Peter Davenport at Farrar Road.
He spent two seasons with the Citizens, then returned to Porthmadog, scoring 18 times in 64 outings between 2005-07 before Neville Powell took over at Bangor and made Davies his first priority signing.
In a golden second spell at City, Davies won three Welsh Cups, landed a Welsh Premier title medal in 2010-11, and played in several European matches.
He later had stints with Bala Town and Connah’s Quay Nomads, went back to Bangor after they dropped into the Cymru Alliance in 2018-19, but soon returned to the WPL with Llandudno.
Now 35, Davies has just completed a first season with Gwynedd League champions Bangor 1876, in which he netted 23 goals.

Dion Donohue

Dion Donohue pictured in 2012

Has made his mark in the Football League as an attacking midfielder in recent years with Chesterfield, Portsmouth and current club Swindon Town. but the names of both Porthmadog and Caernarfon Town feature on his CV.
A former Everton trainee, he began his senior career in Welsh football with Bodedern Athletic before spells at Porthmadog and Holyhead Hotspur, then he played in 45 games of Caernarfon Town’s treble-winning campaign of 2012-13, which delivered the Welsh Alliance title, FAW Trophy – Dion scored in the 6-0 thrashing of Kilvey Fords in the final – and Cookson Cup.
From there came a stay at Sutton Coldfield Town, which led to his Football League break with Chesterfield.

Chris Williams

Vastly experienced and criminally underrated left-back who joined Caernarfon Town from Porthmadog in 2013 and went on to feature in the Canaries’ Cymru Alliance double-winning Cymru Alliance squads of 2015-16 and 2017-18.
Has won the Cymru Alliance title three times, having also done so with Llangefni Town in 2009/10. And Chris’s medals cabinet also includes one earned with Chester FC’s Northern Premier League Division One North championship-winning team of 2010-11.
Joined Porthmadog in 2011-12, making 43 appearances and scoring twice, before making what turned into a highly successful switch to Caernarfon.

Grahame Austin

One of the best central defenders to feature in North Wales football over the past 20 years.
Won the Cymru Alliance League title with Llangefni Town in 2006/07 and 2009/10, captaining the side in the latter season. Also featured for Cefni in their solitary season in the League of Wales in 2007/08.
A product of the excellent Bodedern Juniors set up, Grahame came to Llangefni via Wrexham schoolboys, Cemaes Bay and Conwy United when they were in the Welsh Premier League.
Spent more than a dozen seasons with Cefni ((including a second form spell whilst with Rhyl and later Porthmadog in 2005) before joining Porthmadog in summer 2011.
Had two full seasons at Port, then signed for Caernarfon in 2013. He was club captain during Caernarfon Town’s 2015-16 Cymru Alliance League and Cup winning campaign.
Nicknamed Ozzie, he will be 40 in September.

Cai Jones

Cai Jones. Pic: Paul Evans CTFC

Strong, hard-working striker who has split his senior career between Porthmadog and Caernarfon Town.
He made his debut for Port as a 16-year-old in 2008-09 and spent three seasons at Y Traeth before moving to The Oval in 2011-12, finishing top-scorer with 15 goals under the management team of Steve Smith, Colin Saynor and Steven Bee.
The following season Lee Dixon took charge at Caernarfon and everything came up roses as the Canaries lifted the treble of Welsh Alliance title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup.
Cai netted 16 goals, forming a dynamic partnership up front with Neil Thomas.
In 2014-15, Cai returned to hometown club Porthmadog where he stayed for four seasons, netting 33 goals in 92 starts (plus 29 sub appearances).
When Caernarfon clinched promotion back to the Welsh Premier in 2018-19 after a 10-year absence, Jones decided to give the top-flight a crack.
He scored the winner in Town’s first league game, a 1-0 victory over Cefn Druids, and notched eight goals for the Cofis that season.
Last term Cai decided to return to Port in January for personal reasons. He made just four appearances for the Traeth club in Cymru North before COVID-19 forced an early end to the campaign.
Cai is now back at Caernarfon for the 2020-21 season. His record for the Canaries is 43 goals in 129 (42) appearances.

They have played for Caernarfon Town and Porthmadog – 40 players featured in series

Gwyn Jones

Darren Thomas

Paul Pritchard

Clive Williams

Jay Gibbs

Ywain Gwynedd

Neil Thomas

Rhys Roberts

Gruff John

Carl Owen

Sion Bradley

Haydn Jones

Dylan Halliday

Viv Williams

Eifion Jones

Stuart Williams

Kev Roberts

Geraint “Shops” Jones

Steve Kehoe

Jonathan Peris-Jones

Gerard McGuigan

Emrys Williams

Chris Jones

Darren Gowans

John Rowley

Jason Sadler

Marcus Orlik

Steve Joel

Jamie McDaid

Paul Roberts

Shaun Cavanagh

Neil Roberts

Rob “Gobs” Williams

Geraint Mitchell

Gareth Jones-Evans 

Les Davies

Dion Donohue

Chris Williams

Grahame Austin

Cai Jones

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