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Alan Mark Owen has signed for Mountain Rangers

Alan Mark Owen (Llangefni Town to Mountain Rangers)

Affectionately known as Alan Blacks, the striker began his football career at Caernarfon’s Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen where he was an integral part of the team that won the Under-16 Welsh Schools Cup in 2007/08.

Upon leaving school he had a brief spell at Mountain Rangers as a goalkeeper.

Alan then played in the Caernarfon and District League for Caernarfon Borough where he was top scorer in 2011/12.

The 2012/13 season saw Alan join Caernarfon Town and whilst playing for the reserve side he was called up by manager Lee Dixon to the first team, making one start and one appearance from the bench, scoring once as the Canaries completed the Welsh Alliance League title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup treble.

During 2013/14 he played for Town’s young reserve side under Bryn Williams and had a tremendous season helping the team win the North Wales Reserve League title and North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup, beating highly-fancied Prestatyn Town in the final.

Alan Mark Owen (centre) celebrates with Gavin Jones and Alex Jones after winning the 2013-14 NWCFA Intermediate Cup with Caernarfon Town Reserves

His fine performances in the second string led to a call up to the senior side and he made 5 starts and 5 sub appearances, scoring 3 goals.

In summer 2014 Alan joined Llanrug United, going on to make 130 appearances for the Eithin Duon side, finishing top scorer in 2015/16 (13 goals), 2016/17 (19) and 2017/18 (28), fitting in a brief spell with Llanllyfni along the way.

Alan’s time with Llanrug included winning the Mawddach Cup when beating Glantraeth 7-6 on penalties.

In January 2018, Alan decided to sign for Gwynedd League side Bontnewydd, but he quickly returned to Llanrug and ended up leading marksman.

During four and a half seasons at Rug, Alan made a total 169 appearances (21 as a substitute) and banged in 67 goals.

In June 2018, Alan joined Llangefni Town, helping them to the Welsh Alliance League Division One title and Cookson Cup and stole the headlines when scoring the only goal in their Welsh Cup third round giant killing win against Welsh Premier League side Llanelli.

Alan then returned to Llanrug, netting nine goals in 15 matches before the league was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Blacks is also a big star of MMA and has won several heavyweight titles.

(Many thanks to Alex Philp for player information)

Terry McCormick (to Holywell Town)

This evergreen, vastly experienced goalkeeper has come out of retirement to sign for Cymru North club Holywell.

McCormick, 36, had made around 200 appearances in the Welsh Premier League, having represented gap Connah’s Quay, Bala Town, Rhyl and Aberystwyth in the top flight.

He began his career with Tranmere Rovers before moving to Marine and had a brief spell with Congleton Town in the North West Counties League.

McCormick later played for Skelmersdale United and Bamber Bridge, joining Connah’s Quay in January 2009. He signed for Bala Town in January 2011 and after being ever present for 18 months, joined Conwy Borough in August 2012.

After a season at Y Morfa, he returned to the Nomads in July 2013 and, after two seasons, was released to join Flint Town United but quickly switched to Rhyl before the 2015/16 season.

Brickfield Rangers was the next stop for this tremendous shot-saver before the 2016-17 campaign.

McCormick was back in the Cymru Premier in 2018-19 with Aberystwyth Town after a stint at Wirral-based Ashville, but announced his retirement in August 2019.

Now he is ready to don the gloves once again at Halkyn Road.

Marvin Pritchard (Llangefni Town to Mountain Rangers)

Marvin aims to be king of the Mountain

Began his senior career with Llanrug United where he progressed through the junior teams to the senior side.

After several first team appearances he switched to local rivals Llanberis where in 2011/12 he was a member of Welsh Alliance Division Two runners-up squad.

He returned to Eithin Duon and enjoyed a fantastic 2013/14 season, netting 21 goals in 37 appearances and helping the club lift the coveted FAW Trophy when beating Chirk AAA at Rhyl.

Marvin then decided to try his luck with Llandudno Junction before returning to Llanrug.

A summer switch to Glantraeth for the 2016/17 season was next and he was an integral member of the side that clinched the Welsh Alliance Division One title and Cookson Cup.

After spells with Llandudno and Llanrug once again, Marvin landed at Llangefni Town during the 2018/19 season, helping them to the Welsh Alliance Division One title and Cookson Cup double, as well as featuring in their giant-killing Welsh Cup win against Llanelli.

Marvin spent last season with Llanrug but did not feature regularly due to work commitments and training for the Thomas Wyn Memorial 80 kg championship where he won the title to add to his UFN British Kickboxing 80 kg crown.

(Many thanks to Alex Philp for player information)

Jared Jones (Mold Alex to New Brighton Villa)

A transfer well over a year in the making after work commitments and the pandemic delayed him signing for NBV.

Jared is a composed central midfielder with a superb passing range. He most recently played for Mold Alex, but also had spells at Airbus UK Broughton and Buckley Town.

Math Jones (Caernarfon Town Academy to Nantlle Vale)

This is Math’s first season in senior football.

Having started his youth career in the Vale before moving on to play at Cae Glyn and Caernarfon Academy, Math is back home playing for his local club.

He is the son of former Porthmadog and Caernarfon Town star Geraint ‘Siops’ Jones.

Callum Tipton (to Gaerwen)

Tipton is a 28-year-old goalkeeper who has been very impressive in pre-season training and has displayed brilliant vocals and leadership for the youngsters.

He said: “After living and playing in England for the last 12 years it was to my delight that Justin asked me to sign after a few initial training sessions with which I was very impressed.

“I feel the squad has a great balance and I have been more so impressed by the levels of talent within it, especially the confidence and ability of the younger lads. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge of the season ahead with Gaerwen.”

Gaerwen manager Justin Gallagher added: “Callum has been brilliant in pre-season. I’ve been impressed with his playing and goalkeeping, but more than that I’ve been impressed by his leadership around the younger players.”

Dan Richards (Bethesda Athletic to Arriva Bangor)

Big personality joins the club – a true Mr Motivator!

Dan is an inspiring and hard-working player, a defensive full back who will give everything on and off the pitch for his club and team mates.

Manager Kevin Jones said: “I have known Dan for a while and there’s plenty of respect for him from myself and among the lads.

I think he’s the life and soul of the club and I’m really looking forward to what he can offer us going forward for our new challenge in the new league.”

Scott Davies (to New Brighton Villa)

Winger/striker Davies returns to NBV after spells at Saltney Town and Buckley Town.

He is a talented attacker who played a key role in Villa’s Welsh National League Division One Cup run in 2017/18 and has returned for pre-season fitter than ever.

Ex-clubs: Saltney Town, Buckley Town, Rhydymwyn, Argoed United, Lex XI, Wrexham AFC.

Cai Morgan (Mynydd Llandegai to Nantlle Vale)

Midfield player, strong, dynamic and talented on the ball.

Having played for Llanberis and Mynydd Llandegai in previous seasons in the Welsh Alliance, Cai has proven he has the ability to play at tier 3 level.

Terry Pughe (Sychdyn to New Brighton Villa)

Prolific striker Pughe turned down offers from Tier 3 clubs to sign for NBV which is good news for them as he is a proven goalscorer.

Great net-finding track record for the likes of Sychdyn, Mold Alex, Halkyn United, Rhydymwyn and Buckley Town.

Aled Williams (Caernarfon Town to Nantlle Vale)

Aled yn gefnwr talentog sydd yn ychwanegu llawer o egni i’r tîm!

Aled wedi cael cyfnodau o chwarae i Lanberis a Phorthmadog yn y ‘Welsh Alliance’ ac yn ymuno o’i ddiweddar glwb Caernarfon.

Dyma eiriau y rheolwr Sion Eifion: “Rwy’n hynod falch o gael cyhoeddi fod Aled yn ymuno a’r Fêl. O fod wedi gweithio gyda Aled yn y gorffennol rwy’n gwybod ei fod yn chwaraewr talentog sydd a dyfodol disglair yn y gêm. Tra’n cryfhau ein amddiffyn, mae Aled hefyd yn weithgar iawn ac yn mynd i ychwanegu llawer o egni i’r tîm.”

Talented defender who will bring plenty of energy to the team!

Past experience with Llanberis, Porthmadog and his latest club Caernarfon Town will stand him in good stead.

Vale joint-manager Sion Eifion said: “We’re very proud to have signed Aled for Nantlle Vale.

“Having worked with Aled in the past, I know he is such a talented player with a bright future in the game.

“He will strengthen our defence and is very hard-working.”

Josh Richardson (Sychdyn to New Brighton Villa)

Josh is an energetic, box-to-box midfielder who has all the ability needed to become a major asset to the team.

Ex-clubs: Sychdyn, Caerwys, Halkyn United, Holywell Town, Flint Town United.

Tomos Jones (to Arriva Bangor)

Another who comes back to Arriva to strengthen the ranks for their challenges ahead.

Tomos has played for Ogwen Tigers and Llandegfan many years ago.

A versatile left back who has impressed in pre-season with a very strong work ethic and commitment.

Ollie Howarth (Sychdyn to New Brighton Villa)

Quality goalkeeper whose former clubs include Sychdyn, Mold Alexandra and Flint Town United.

Mark Weir (Sychdyn to New Brighton Villa)

Will bring plenty of experience, leadership and versatility to Villa’s midfield under his old Sychdyn boss Shaun Antrobus.

Weir was club captain at Sychdyn last season and was a tremendous servant over the years for the club.

He has also represented North East Wales FA in the Uefa Regions Cup qualifiers.

Ex-clubs: Sychdyn, Hawarden Rangers, Halkyn United, Rhydymwyn.

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