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Jordie Murphy (blue) has left Llangefni Town to join Holyhead Hotspur. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Jordie Murphy (Llangefni Town to Holyhead Hotspur)

Jordie Murphy (blue) on the ball for Llangefni. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Attacking midfielder Jordie joins Hotspur for the first time since he progressed through the club’s youth system as a junior.

One of five footballing brothers – the others being Sean, Mike, Nick and Dale – Jordie first made his real mark in senior football as part of the Morawelon side which won the NWCFA Junior Cup and Anglesey League title in 2011/12.

The Holyhead-based team, featuring all five of the Murphy lads, also lifted the Bet Fred Trophy, to make it a debut campaign treble.

The following season, Morawelon finished runners-up in the Anglesey League despite scoring a remarkable 153 goals in 24 league games. In all competitions, Jordie notched 29 goals, while brother Dale hit 39, Barry Haigh 44 and Asa Thomas 48.

Morawelon were second again in 2013-14 and disbanded at the end of the season.

In 2014/15, Jordie split his time between Trearddur Bay United and Gaerwen.

The following campaign was a very special one for Trearddur as they landed the Welsh Alliance Division One title at the first attempt, Jordie netting 12 goals. He added another 13 for Bay in 2016-17.

With Trearddur disbanded, Jordie joined the revitalised Holyhead Town in 2017-18 and grabbed 18 goals as the Harbourmen were crowned Gwynedd League champions.

That made it a treble of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Welsh Alliance titles for Jordie in his career.

He remained at Holyhead in 2018-19, but last season, after the Harbourmen withdrew from Welsh Alliance Division Two and ran just the one team in the Anglesey League, Jordie moved to Llangefni Town.

This all-action midfield man has netted well in excess of 100 goals in his senior career and now has another chance to shine in tier-two Cymru North with Hotspur.

Manager Darren Garmey said: “Jordie will bring something different to the team with his energy and high tempo style of play.

He has impressed so far in the sessions we have had and we are delighted to have him on board.”

Jordie Murphy career highlights from 2011 onwards

2011/12: Morawelon – NWCFA Junior Cup winner; Anglesey League title; Bet Fred Trophy winner
2012/13: 29 goals for Morawelon; Bet Fred Trophy winner, Anglesey League runner-up
2013/14: 9 goals for Morawelon, Anglesey League runner-up
2014/15: Steps up to Welsh Alliance with Gaerwen and later signs for Trearddur Bay United
2015/16: Welsh Alliance Division One title winner with Trearddur Bay United – 12 goals
2016-17: Scored 13 goals for Trearddur Bay United
2017/18: Gwynedd League champions with Holyhead Town – 18 goals
2018/19: Back in the Welsh Alliance with Holyhead Town
2019/20: Started season with Holyhead Town, ended it in tier-two with Llangefni Town.

Chris Bennett (Gaerwen to Gwalchmai)

Chris Bennett is back at Maes Meurig

A classy operator with the ability to literally play anywhere on the pitch.

Top-scorer for Gaerwen in the Welsh Alliance last season, Bennett is sure to be a tremendous asset as he returns to former club Gwalchmai.

Has also represented Bodedern Athletic in the past. Under-rated, but highly respected.

Gwalchmai supremo Paul Owen said: “A great player to have back. Another fans favourite when he was at Gwalch before. Glad to have him on board as many other teams had been chasing him.”

Ollie Staveley (to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

Central midfielder and local lad excited at the prospect of representing his home town club.

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 manager Gareth Thomas said: “Another local youngster who has chosen to remain at his hometown (phoenix) club.

“He is a strong, composed central midfielder who we are looking forward to working with.”

Kevin Lloyd (to Llangefni Town)

Kevin Lloyd (left) with Llangefni team-mates Marvin Pritchard and Alan Mark Owen

Much-travelled striker who was a regular marksman for Welsh Alliance champions Llangefni Town in the 2018-19 season.

Lloyd has also represented Caernarfon Town, Bangor City, Conwy Borough and Llanrug United over the years.

In 2013-14, he scored twice for Llanrug as they beat Chirk AAA 3-2 in the final of the FAW Trophy.
(Lloyd featured previously but repeated to correct index numbers)

Shane Owen (to Llangoed)

Shane Owen

Last season’s goalkeeper with Ogwen Tigers now joins Mark Thomas’ exciting, ever-developing squad at Llangoed.

Despite having various offers from higher league clubs, the 17-year-old Owen decided a move to Tyddyn Paun was right for him.

Llangoed manager Thomas is delighted to sign the young shot stopper.

Joe Davies (Johnstown to Borras Park Albion)

Subject to FAW approval, Joe Davies will be joining Albion from Johnstown.

A Borras club statement said: “Joe has been a player we’ve been after since last year and we are very happy to get this done.”

Gareth Williams (to Caerwys)

Gaz joins Caerwys after taking a break from the game.

He has previously played for Saltney Town and Vauxhall Motors, as well as his new club.

Gaz will bring a wealth of experience between the sticks and is expected to be a great asset to the team.

Joseph Moss (FC Queen’s Park to Borras Park Albion)

Subject to FAW confirmation, Albion can announce the signing of Joseph Moss from Queen’s Park.

Joe was a youth player for Borras before departing for Airbus. He then moved onto Brickfield and Queen’s Park whilst having a few stints with Albion in between.

Jack Parry-Jones (to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

Young full back, who captained the previous Rhyl FC Under-19s.

Jack is a determined and energetic player and is looking forward to the challenge at CPD Y Rhyl 1879.

Manager Gareth Thomas said: “I’m delighted to have Jack on board – he’s one of several youngsters we targeted.”

Tom Sharples (Ruthin Town to Llandyrnog United)

Sharples has represented the club previously, and is certainly a useful addition to Jimmy McNally’s side going forward this season with his ability to play all through the spine of the team.

Tom is a bit of a utility man, can play CB, CM, CF, big and strong, dominant in the air, a real handful all over the park.

He’s come in from Ruthin Town and is the older brother of ex Rhyl defender Mike Sharples.

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