Let’s not beat about the bush – these are depressing times for North Wales football.
The Welsh Government or FAW seem to be in little hurry to get our teams below tier 1 playing again and many clubs are fearing the worst, wondering how long they can continue in existence.
But a lot of clubs are staying positive, planning for a day when things might take an upturn.
Typically, CPD Bellevue are one of them. The Wrexham-based multi-national team may not have the best results record just yet, but their togetherness and enthusiasm is an example to all.
The tier 5 North East Wales League Championship side have announced their 30-man squad for 2020-21.
Many thanks to coach Gaz Parker for compiling the information.
CPD Bellevue 2020-21
17 – GK
Jay is returning for his second full season at Bellevue FC. The young shot stopper has incredible reactions and athleticism and as one of the youngest players in the squad, he will be looking to make his mark early.
Stephen Jones (Beefy)
38 – GK
Beefy is a highly experienced shot-stopper who has played at Brickfield Rangers and FC Queen’s Park. He looks like a new man in training this season and is eager to prove himself as the club number one.
Adam Rush (Rushy)
20 – LB
One of 2019’s stand out players at Bellevue FC, Rushy’s work ethic, attitude and communication really stand out and are missed in the rare games he doesn’t play. A really popular figure in the dressing room, Rushy has pushed on again this pre-season and has impressed in training with the example he sets to those around him.
28 – LB
Lee joins the team bringing experience from AFC Haydock and Sankey Vale FC where he was part of a title-winning and double cup winning side. As well as bringing this experience to a match day, his knowledge and knowhow will rub off on some of the younger players around him over the course of a season.
Peter Jones (Bacon)
16 – LB
The youngest member of the squad is hoping to step onto the pitch alongside Beefy to become Bellevue’s first father and son selection. He has shown great confidence and a lot of potential playing out wide and the club are looking forward to seeing how dad and lad link up in a match.
30 – RB
Since joining the club from CPD Y Glannau, Andy has looked very comfortable in the back-line and is developing well. He is growing in confidence every session and has a great attitude in training.
33 – RB
Robbie rejoins Bellevue for his second season, stepping back from midfield duties and dropping into the right back role. With his vision and range of passing, he adds an extra dimension to the attacking threat from the full back position.
19 – CB
Following an injury hit 2019 campaign, Brad is eager to prove himself first choice centre-half this season. Technically gifted and always composed, Brad demonstrates a maturity well beyond his young years and will be crucial to the club’s development.
29 – CB
Dave made a few appearances for Bellevue last season at right back, but has shown his adaptability at centre-back this time around. Ruthless, a great ball carrier and with bags of pace, Dave has really impressed over the summer. Able to play off both feel makes him invaluably versatile in the back-line.
28 – CB
No-nonsense defender Nath Hauton returns to the club as a completely different option in a back four. Nathan is a strong and decisive defender who plays the game how it needs to be played sometimes, it’s never pretty, but it gets the job done.
Nathaniel Spencer-Ramsey (Rambo)
39 – CB
Rambo brings a huge wealth of experience to the club and is a formidable player to come up against. Well over six feet tall, incredibly strong and with great vision and reading of the game, he commands everything around him when he’s on the pitch.
28 – CB
A tall and strong defender, Paul is great in the air and is hoping to fill his pockets full of strikers through the season. Known at the club for his defensive talents at the 2019 Arfon Jones Trophy, Paul is stepping up, hoping to become a back-line regular for the boys in yellow. His pre-season performances so far have easily brought him to the coaches attention.
25 – CB
The first of three Evans brothers on this list, Ryan has experience at Brickfield Rangers and looks at home in the back-line, providing lots of confidence to those around him with his excellent communication and reassurance.
26 – LM/CM
A comfortable left-footed midfielder, who can play out wide or centrally, Brandon brings an exceptional work rate and a great eye for a pass and looks like he could be part of a midfield that will cause some surprises and some upsets.
Delwyn Derrick (Sheep)
33 – LM/CM (C)
When he’s not on stage collecting awards or releasing songs with pop-stars, Sheep is versatile across the middle of the park. The resident dead-ball expert has many years of experience and brings a creative leadership to the team using his coaching knowledge alongside his playing knowledge to guide his team on the pitch.
Thomas Turnbull (Tommy-T)
19 – LM/RM
Tommy-T has come a long way over the last 12 months and has shown a lot of improvement during pre-season. He is electric with the ball at his feet and his off the ball and tactical work has shown a huge improvement over the summer. We look forward to seeing how many can keep up with him this season.
20 – RM
Another player who struggled with injuries through the last campaign, Jordan is eager to repeat his achievement of 2018 by completing every single minute of every match. Lightning quick and with an eye for goals, Jordan will be a handful for any team.
Rolando Bertrand (Rolly)
22 – RM
Rolly returns for his second season at the club having played a big role at right back last season. Rolly has been moved forward to make the most of his attacking play and range of creative passing. Rolly has worked hard throughout lockdown on his fitness and ball work to return this season as a completely different player.
31 – CM
A midfielder who is also versatile as a centre half he has started to gel within the team and has put in some top-rate performances in training, making the team selection that much harder on match days.
Bobby Gregory (Big-G)
31 – CM
The biggest mouth in Wrexham returns and has worked hard to step out of the defensive line to mix things up in midfield. He has looked on another level throughout pre-season and can dominate games with his relentless work rate across the middle of the park.
Brad Evans (Bradev)
25 – CM
The second of the three Evans’, Ryan’s twin brother has found his feet early and has an instant chemistry with Big-G and Tiago in midfield. Played together, the three could be the difference Bellevue has been crying out for.
Christopher Cox (Wolfie)
26 – CM
Wolfie is one of the biggest characters at the club, as well as being a player he is easily Bellevue’s biggest fan. Wolfie is desperate to get out onto the pitch and bring some fun into the league with his constant smiling and viking roaring in every challenge.
17 – CAM
Codey joins Bellevue as a player having trained at the club in the back half of last season. Over the summer he has shown great development and enthusiasm as well as a solid attitude on the pitch. Not content with his development rate, Codey will no doubt push himself even further throughout the season.
Morgan Bailey (Billy)
16 – CM
Affectionately named after turning up to training, fresh faced and in a Chelsea shirt, Bellevue’s own Billy Gilmour will be hoping to fold into a strong midfield and play alongside some very experienced players. Being a young player only in his first senior season, playing alongside the experienced midfielders will hopefully help him learn and develop from them.
30 – CM
Founding member Tiago will complete his fifth year with the club at the end of this upcoming campaign and through the season will add to his staggering more than 7,000 minutes for Bellevue FC. Tiago looks sharper than ever this time around and it’s great to see him back and looking strong.
Abdul Ahmed (Big Man)
22 – ST
Club legend Big Man Ahmed returns for his fourth season at the club he helped to start. Small, quick and unpredictable, Abdul poses a unique threat to conventional forwards with his movement and pace. He’s also hilarious.
31 – ST (VC)
Signing from AFC Haydock in South Lancashire Counties League, he brings a different dimension up front as well as a really well rounded game combined with a killer instinct in front of goal. His experience and leadership will rub off on those around him.
40 – ST
The veteran striker brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience from grassroots right up to elite level. He has worked really hard with the younger members of the squad, passing on everything he knows to the next generation of Bellevue players while still adding his unbelievable quality on the pitch. Chipped the keeper from 30 yards off his weak foot on the turn… Zlatan who?
Colin Latham (Pancakes)
35 – ST
Having worked really hard over the last 12 months, Pancakes has really developed as a player and is a hugely popular character in the club. Colin guarantees you 100% effort whenever he’s on the pitch and shows an exceptional attitude.
Nathan Evans (Nathev)
28 – ST
The last of the Evans boys, eldest brother Nathan has looked comfortable up front through pre-season giving us a different option again. His close control and willingness to run direct will give defenders a much different challenge. Nathan has had some good free-scoring performances in training and looks hungry for some league goals and some defenders for breakfast.