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Following in father’s footsteps – girls and dads on the North Wales senior football scene

Paul Evans and Chelsea Evans

There are quite a few girls in North Wales senior football now whose dads played the game at a decent level.

Here are five of the best examples

Chelsea Evans – Paul Evans

Northop Hall midfielder Chelsea was in the 2017-18 North Wales Women’s League title-winning squad.

She played for Mostyn Dragons and then Blacon Youth girls until she was 14, then had a spell battling injuries before landing at Northop when she was 16.

Dad Paul began at Glantraeth as a 16-year-old but also played for Llanfairpwll Under-18s, where he won the North Wales Coast Cup with the likes of Nigel Barry and Marc Lloyd Williams in the team.

After five seasons at Glantraeth, he moved to Gaerwen, winning the Elias Cup, then featured at Bryngwran Bulls under John Rowlands and Steve Jewell, but suffered a really bad injury against Llannerchymedd in the Dargie Cup final.

On his return, Paul played in a very successful Bodedern side with Mike Bennett, Kevin Hughes, Ian Fidler and Frank Donohue, before returning to Llanfairpwll to play for a season under Darren Moore in a good standard Welsh Alliance.

In the summer of 2001, Paul and his family moved to Greenfield. He turned out for Holywell Reserves and Bagillt Hotspurs, but then work commitments took over.

He was forced back to coaching for his son’s under-sevens team and finally finished this season gone at Mold Alex Under-16s, winning the league.

Charley Davies – Paul Davies

Charley on the ball

One of five Davies children – the other four are lads – Charley started off playing for Nantlle Vale under-seven boys.

She moved on to Caernarfon Town and represented them at a very young age in the Welsh Premier.

A tall, elegant midfielder with great dead-ball skills, Charley signed for newly-formed Llanberis last season and scored some great goals.

A very young Paul Davies in C’mon Midffield

Charley cites her dad Paul as a massive inspiration.

He once played for the mighty Bryncoch in the S4C series C’mon Midffield which included top Welsh actors John Pierce Jones, Mei Jones and Llion Williams.

Paul (third left back row – arrowed) with a Caernarfon Town line up

Paul also played plenty of ‘real’ football for Caernarfon Town and other teams in the area.

Elin Arwen – Dilwyn Morris

Elin is one of the best young defenders in North Wales.

Aged just 18, she had a brilliant 2019-20 season for new team Llanberis, and before that represented Bethel.

Her dad, Dilwyn Morris, is a former Deiniolen captain and also wore the colours of Llanrug and Llanberis.

Dilwyn Morris (circled)

Dilwyn was more than capable of putting in a strong tackle, so he is always impressed when he watches Elin and sees her produce a trademark crunch challenge.

Ffion Owen – Terry Owen

Terry Owen lines up with Llangefni in the early 1990’s

Back at the start of the 1990s, the great Llangefni Town sides had a player called Terry Owen who always put in 100% and never shirked a tackle.

Terry must be more than delighted that not one, but both his children have turned into highly regarded footballers.

Son Gari also plays for Llangefni as a defender and is one of the most dependable players in the team. He was also part of the Ynys Môn squad which won the 2019 Inter-Island Games.

Ffion Owen (blue) in action for Amlwch. Picture: Gethin Jones

Gari’s sister Ffion also represented Môn in the Games, helping the women’s team progress all the way to the final.

Ffion is one of North Wales’ very best midfielders. A former captain of Caernarfon Town, she led the team to the 2016-17 North Wales League title, netting 33 goals.

She also notched 19 goals last season as Amlwch Town lifted the North Wales League Division Two championship.

Gareth Rawling – Mia Rawling

Gareth and Mia

These days Gareth Rawling is best known for his coaching successes in girls’ football and the fact he won Volunteer of the Year at the 2019 FAW Grassroots Football Association Awards.

In years gone by, though, Gaz was an outstanding footballer, especially in his spells as Llandudno where he produced many a fine goal.

The Rawling football magic has continued through he and wife Shirley’s two daughters, Mia and Sophie, who have both represented Wales.

Both the Rawling girls play for Penrhyn Bay, with Mia taking her first steps into senior football with the club last season and performing really well.

Mia also won the Under-16 Girls Welsh Cup with Penrhyn Bay in 2018-19.

Stay tuned for more in this girls and dads series !

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