Girls and their dads on the North Wales football scene – part 3

From left: Lucy, Dale, Emily and Charlotte Morris – a big football family

Hello! Here is part 3 of the feature Football Girls and their Footballing Dads!

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed so far.

Girls and their dads…and their dads….and their dads
Girls and their dads…and their dads….and their dads
Give themselves to something
They really lovvvvvve
(sung to the theme of Girls and Boys by Blur)

Lucy, Emily and Charlotte Morris – Dale Morris

When Dale Morris was a teenager, if anyone had told him he’d become a father to triplet girls and they would ALL end up footballers in the same team, he would probably have dismissed the prediction out of hand.

Yet on February 21, 1991, Nicky Morris gave birth to three baby girls – Charlotte, Emily and Lucy – who were probably all born with football boots on!

Charlotte Morris in action for Denbigh

As the football-crazy girls grew up, dad Dale was a respected player on the North Wales scene.

He started off representing Rhyl Youth/Reserves between 1980-83, then turned out for Pilkingtons from 1983-85. the team finishing Clwyd League Division Three champions in 1985.

A Rhuddlan Town player from 1985-92, he was part of a Clwyd League Division Two championship-winning team in 1987. The triplets were born during his stint at Rhuddlan.

Dale was then involved in a very impressive St Asaph City squad between 1992-94, where along with greats like Graham Hunter, John Paul Jones and Lee Hogg, the team lifted the Clwyd Premier title in 1993.

He returned to Pilks, where he served from 1994-98, landing a President Cup winners’ medal in 1995.

Colwyn Bay YMCA was his next stop between 1998-2000, then it was on to Prestatyn Town from 2000-02.

Finally, it was back to hometown team Rhuddlan Town from 2002-06 before Dale hung up his boots aged 41.

Emily Morris (right) tackles Bethel’s Ffion Williams

As for the girls, Emily, Charlotte and Lucy have always played for the same teams, their most recent being Denbigh Town, where they were Betty Pickering Cup winners in 2013-14, North Wales League title successes in 2014-15 and Welsh Cup semi-finalists in 2015-16.

Lucy is a forward or winger, Charlotte forward or right back and Emily left back.

Lucy Morris

It is hoped all three will turn out for Denbigh Town in the 2020-21 season under new manager Jordan Baker.

The sisters enjoy cult status on social media for their colourful comments on football and TV shows. Gogglebox without the cameras.

John Pritchard – Laura Pritchard

John, Laura, Mali and Casi at St George’s Park while John was playing for Wales v England at over 60’s. Casi and Mali are Laura and Mo Eynon’s daughters. Mo manages Amlwch Town Ladies FC. Casi plays for Amlwch U-7’s and Mali has played for Amlwch girls

Daughter Laura started playing football at 13 and represented the North Wales Centre of Excellence, winning the Ian Rush Tournament in Aberystwyth at U-16.

She played for the great Bangor City sides of the 1990’s-2000’s, winning the Welsh Cup while there, then went on to turn out for Llangefni, Holyhead and Amlwch.

Laura has represented Wales at U-19 and Welsh Colleges in Australia. She was also part of the first Ynys Môn Ladies squad in 2001 and captained last year’s Anglesey team to silver at the Inter-Island Games.

Dad John played for Amlwch Town for 15 years.

After finishing playing John has been involved with both men’s and women’s Ynys Môn squads at a number of Island Games.

He has previously been a coach in Pan Disability football taking a squad to Geneva.

Most recently John has been starring at walking football. Playing for both Amlwch and Connah’s Quay, he has represented Wales at over-60’s, winning the World Cup at Leyton Orient.

He won the Golden Gloves award at the tournament. At the start of the year he played for Wales in Italy.

Carol Lewis – Len Lewis

Happy family times for dad Len and daughter Carol with her son Tomos Jones and mam Iona Lewis

Carol skippered Amlwch Town to the North Wales Women’s League Division Two title last season.

She was also part of the team which won the club’s first major honour, the Supplementary Cup in 2018-19.

A wholehearted defender, teacher Carol has a tremendous appetite for the game.

Last summer, she was a key player as Ynys Môn reached the final of the Inter-Island Games, held on Anglesey.

Carol’s dad Len has played for Llannerchymedd and Llangefni in the past and has always been supportive of his daughter’s football career.

Emma/Anna Roberts – Steve Roberts

Pictured at the 2017 Gotland Island Games are Steve, Anna, Emma and mam Sharon

I have a revelation to make.

Back in 1987, when I first started working in journalism, I was so impressed with Steve Roberts of Bangor City I got in touch with a famous manager of a Football League Division One team recommending he take a look at the Anglesey man.

It appears nothing came of it, but I am sure this manager would have had Steve watched as he was always on the lookout for new talent in the north west and North Wales area.

Let’s not forget these were the days when Ian Rush, Neville Southall and Barry Horne were flying high.

Regardless of what might have been, Steve had made his mark in the beautiful game and is still weaving the old magic.

He began with Amlwch juniors, then progressed to the first team before moving to Bangor City, where he played in the first team for two years while John Mahoney was manager.

Steve then moved away with work and had to stop playing due to problems with his hip, which led to premature retirement at the age of 24. He had a new hip when he was 36.

The islander then got involved in walking football with Amlwch 5 years ago.

Since then he has become part of the over-50s Welsh walking football team, and is currently captain, playing in the World Cup and European Championship last year and scoring a hat-trick in a friendly against Italy away in February 2020, where Wales won 3-2.

He’s hoping to continue and looking forward to playing in the World Cup in Barcelona next year.

Steve also has two daughters who play football – Emma and Anna.

Emma is a former Amlwch Town player who was part of the Ynys Môn squad which reached the final of the 2019 Inter-Island Games.

Most recently she represented Cardiff Met.

Emma operates in defence, either central or full-back. She is renowned as a good passer and is confident in playing the ball out.

Anna is also an Ynys Môn player.

A pacy winger who flies down the flanks, but also tracks back well, she has also played for Amlwch, but more recently represented Hartpury University and Gloucestershire county.

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