Today sees iconic North Wales footballer Les Davies celebrate his 36th birthday.
Over the years I have written numerous articles on the man covering just about every detail of his football career.
So let’s do things differently today and pick out 10 of the best highlights from “The Truck’s” footballing adventures to date.
1 Player of the Decade 2010-2019
On December 24, 2019, Les Davies was voted Player of the Decade by viewers of S4C football programme Sgorio.
The former Bangor City, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Bala Town, Caernarfon Town, Porthmadog, Llandudno, Glantraeth and Bangor 1876 striker topped an online poll run by the show.
2 Welsh Premier 100 Goals Club
The striker’s WPL career has seen him make 405 starts (up to and including October 20, 2020) across seven clubs, chalk up 43 substitute appearances, and net 128 goals. He is 16th on the all-time highest scorers list.
He made his debut for Flint Town United – his seventh top-flight club – in a very forgettable 10-0 defeat at The New Saints on October 3, 2020.
3 Bangor 1876
Les joined newly-formed Bangor 1876 for their debut 2019-20 season.
He proved an inspirational figure, notching 23 goals as 1876 secured the Gwynedd League title at the first attempt.
4 Best Player in Europe nomination
In 2012, Davies was named in the elite 32-man list for the Best Player in Europe award, alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The list was drawn up by one selected journalist from each Uefa member country voting for five players.
A single nomination was enough to earn Davies’ place.
5 Welsh Cup success
Les won three successive Welsh Cups with Bangor City in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He scored in the 2009 final – a 2-0 win over Aberystwyth Town.
While Davies became one of the most popular players to wear a Bangor City shirt, he did as a teenager break the hearts of Citizens fans.
In 2003-04, Les was just 18-years-old when he helped Cymru Alliance underdogs Glantraeth defeat the Citizens on penalties in a Welsh Cup shock at Farrar Road after a 0-0 draw.
Although he was sent off in extra time for retaliation, his overall performance secured him a move to Bangor.
7 International appearances
Davies has represented Wales at under-18 and U-21 level, as well as being capped for the U-23 semi-professional team.
8 European experience
Les has played in 15 European matches for Bangor City (including 3 sub appearances).
He scored against Midtjylland of Denmark at Wrexham in July 2008.
The Truck also featured as a substitute in all four games of Connah’s Quay Nomads’ 2016-17 Europa League campaign, the win over Stabæk of Norway and gallant defeat to FK Vojvodina of Serbia.
Davies started both legs of Bala Town’s 5-1 Europa League aggregate defeat versus FC Vaduz of Liechtenstein in 2017-18.
His overall European record: Played 21 (7 sub) Goals 1.
9 Goal milestones
Davies scored his first and only hat-trick for Bangor in 4-0 League Cup win over Connah’s Quay Nomads on October 23, 2007.
Nomads were also the opposition when Les netted his first Welsh Premier goal for Bangor, as well as his 100th in all competitions for the club.
The Truck had scored 88 goals in 252 Welsh Premier starts for Bangor City and 123 for the club in all competitive matches up until his departure in January 2019.
10 Farrar Road and Nantporth
Les found the net in Bangor City’s last-ever game at Farrar Road – a 5-3 win over Prestatyn Town on December 27, 2011, and the Citizens’ first match at the new Nantporth stadium, a 6-1 victory over Caernarfon Wanderers in the NWCFA Challenge Cup on January 24, 2012.