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Girls and dads on the North Wales football scene – part 2

Steve and Alice O’Shaughnessy

Alice O’Shaughnessy – Steve O’Shaughnessy

Winger Alice is currently with Airbus Women and has played football since around the age of 6.

She started off playing for Llay United boys team and with her brother would attend ‘pro-skill soccer’ during the summer holidays.

Alice went on to play for Llay United girls and at the age of 11 trained with North East Wales for a season.

However, she unfortunately picked up a knee injury which meant taking a few years out of football.

She made her comeback in 2017, joining Airbus Women.

“Football has been part of my life from a young age, not just playing but going to watch many games when my dad was manager,” she said.

Dad Steve needs no introduction.

The current manager of Airbus UK Broughton, he represented a whole host of clubs in his senior playing career (17 to be precise).

The list reads: Leeds United, Bradford City, Exeter City, Darlington, Oswestry Town, Bangor City, The New Saints, Rhyl, Holywell Town, Barry Town, Inter Cardiff, Stalybridge Celtic, Buler Rangers, Cefn Druids, Caernarfon Town, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Bala Town.

A Uefa Pro-licensed coach, Wrexham-born O’Shaughnessy enjoyed arguably his most successful spell as a player at Rochdale, scoring 16 goals in 109 League appearances.

Steve O’Shaughnessy. Picture: airbusfc.com

In July 1991, he joined Exeter City for a fee of £10,000, but switched to Darlington in January 1992.

In 88 League appearances for the Quakers, O’Shaughnessy became captain before being released at the end of 1993/94.

After spells with Stalybridge Celtic and Buler Rangers in Hong Kong, he returned to Wales and played in the Welsh Premier for all the clubs listed above.

Since 2000, he has been player-manager of Oswestry Town and Newi Cefn Druids, plus boss at Caernarfon, Nomads and Airbus, where he took over in November 2016.

Graeme Williams – Leah Davies-Williams

Graeme Williams

Graeme played for Mostyn and Greenfield, but is best known for his successes at Holywell Town, where he was part of the Welsh Alliance title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup treble-winning side of 2014-15.

An attacking midfielder, he netted 11 goals for the Wellmen in 2012-13 and added another six the following campaign when Town made history by becoming the first tier three club to reach the Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Leah Davies-Williams. Pic: Lee Douglas

Like her dad, Leah is an attacking midfield player who was one of the best performers for Holywell Town Girls and Ladies in their first competitive season.
She has had trials for Wales in the past and also represented Holywell’s recreational side last term.

Shannon Thomas – Karl Thomas

Shannon goes for goal. Picture: Gethin Thomas ATFC

Karl was a strong, highly-motivated midfielder mainly remembered for his achievements at Holyhead Hotspur.

He played for Trearddur Bay men at 15, Holyhead Town men’s team at 16 and then Hotspur at 18. He was a founder member and first goalscorer for Hotspur in 1990.

Karl had one year at Bodedern and then Glantraeth, finishing his playing career with Hotspur at 31.

Dad and daughter are all smiles!

Shannon has been with Amlwch Town for around five years.

A pacy player who enjoys operating on the wing, she has contributed a number of useful goals over the past two seasons, scoring six in 2018-19 and four in a shortened 2019-20.

Kate Horne – Darren Horne

Kate Horne (red) shoots for goal. Pic: NCM Media

Brother of Wales and Everton legend Barry, Darren was a combative midfielder who played in 182 Welsh Premier League matches across spells at Flint Town United and Holywell Town.

He also turned out for local sides at a lower level, including Mynydd Isa.

Kate, 27, who can play as a winger, striker or central attacking midfielder, spent last season at Connah’s Quay Nomads, where injuries halted her progress.

In previous years she represented Wales and was at Tranmere Rovers for 11 seasons, playing regularly in the FA Cup and high-ranking leagues.

Dave Taylor – Steph Taylor

Dave Taylor

Dave is best known for his spell at Porthmadog, where he won the European Golden Shoe in 1993/4 after firing 43 league goals for the Traeth club.

In all, he scored 118 Welsh Premier goals in 225 appearances, his other clubs being Conwy United, Inter Cardiff, Newtown, Holywell Town, Welshpool Town, Cefn Druids, Oswestry Town and Caersws.

Steph Taylor

Centre-half Steph began her career at Park Youth FC, then went onto play for Wrexham Ladies for a number of years in the Welsh Premier.

She later joined The New Saints and also plays for Wrexham Ladies Futsal.

Steph represented Wales at youth level.

Rachel Lloyd – Andy Lloyd

A very special dad and daughter moment as Andy and Rachel celebrate after winning the 2014-15 Under-16 Welsh Girls Cup final

Rachel, 21, is a former Wales Under-16 international and 2014-15 U-16 Welsh Cup winner with Prestatyn Girls.

She was a key player for Rhyl in their Welsh Premier Women’s League era before adding experience and class to the newly-formed NFA team last season.

Versatile, Rachel can adapt to most positions and scores some spectacular goals. She is also developing well as a coach.

Andy currently manages the NFA team his daughter plays in, and he was also part of the coaching set-up when Prestatyn Girls won the U-16 Welsh Cup in 2014-15.

In his playing days, Andy was a goalkeeper for the Jolly Sailor, who became Prestatyn Town.

He only started to coach after suffering a bad knee injury in 1990 playing for St Asaph as a favour.

He explained: “The coaching started when my son Aaron began to play. I took a team of under 9’s all the way through to under 16 with Prestatyn Athletic.

I was so lucky to have a great team of kids who were lovely lads and had great families. Danny Davies played for me too until he was picked up by Chester City.

“Aaron was a great player but at 13 was diagnosed with arthritis. He was out for 12 months but received brilliant care through Alder Hey. He started playing again at 14 but had a recurrence that finished his playing career.

“He was Rachel’s inspiration really as he spent hours in the garden with her.”

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