Ho ! Ho ! Ho ! – it’s the Grassroots North Wales Festive Football XI

Jake Walker (red – centre) scores for Denbigh Town. Jake makes the Festive XI. Picture: Stephen Whitfield/Roy Gunther

Time for the Grassroots North Wales Festive Football XI 2020.

Okay, I have already named the following in my annual men’s football awards: Mark Connolly, Dylan Summers-Jones, Chris Venables, Leo Smith, Danny Davies and Cai Owen.

So they should go straight into my Festive XI…right?

Well normally I suppose so, but it would just be repetition, and also introducing a few more names doesn’t harm anyone, especially as all selected in this latest team really shone this year.

And I really like the word ‘team’ to describe these players as that’s what they are…..Team players. So I wouldn’t swap one of them for the world.

Grassroots North Wales Festive Football XI 2020

GOALKEEPER

Stuart Griffiths (Denbigh Town)

After a great season for Llannefydd in Welsh Alliance Division Two, keeper Stuart has earned himself a transfer to tier 3 club Denbigh Town, who were Welsh Alliance Division One runners-up last term.
Tremendous shot-stopper and defence organiser, Stuart is also profoundly admired by Llansannan manager Tom Lewis, so with that recommendation as well, he has to be my choice.

FULL BACK


Shaun Lock (Bangor 1876)

This long throw specialist has a lot more to his game than being North Wales’ equivalent of Rory Delap.
The hard-working full back played a big role in Bangor 1876 lifting the Gwynedd League title in 2020, winning all 16 of their games. Rounded off his season with a wonder goal at Llysfaen in the NWCFA Junior Cup.

FULL BACK

Joe Williams (Caernarfon Town)

Often an unsung hero in a Caernarfon team which has done a great job establishing itself in the Cymru Premier.
The Cofi Army fully appreciate this consistent right-back, though, both for his defensive qualities and in joining in attacks.

CENTRE-BACK

Jacob Wise (Cefn Druids)

Joined Welsh National League Premier Division side Holywell Town in 2019-20 and was a major player as they won the tier 3 title at the first attempt.
The giant centre-half landed a move to Cymru Premier side Cefn Druids and made his mark with a magnificent volleyed goal at Penybont in November.

CENTRE-BACK

Corey Jones (Holyhead Hotspur)

Has been “Mr Steady” in the Hotspur defence over a number of seasons and occasionally pops up with a vital goal.
Former Bangor City player is a real favourite with the Holyhead supporters and hopefully it will not be long before the Cymru North witnesses his talents once more.

MIDFIELD

Tom Freeman (Chirk Town)

Attacking wide-midfielder was a big capture for North East Wales League newcomers Chirk Town from Gresford Athletic at the start of 2019-20.
And Tom was a massive success for the Taverners, who he helped win the league title and finished NEWL top marksman with 17 goals.

MIDFIELD

Sion Devereux (Llanfairfechan Town)

Lovely player to watch, skilful on the ball, always working hard and constantly harassing opponents.
Highly regarded at Llanfairfechan, where he has been a star man for four years and was part of the celebrated 2017-18 President’s Cup winning team.

MIDFIELD

Jordie Murphy (Holyhead Hotspur)

Started off the season well with Holyhead Town, but after their first team had to resign from the Welsh Alliance, Jordie landed himself a move to Llangefni Town of the Cymru North.
Helped Cefni stay in tier 2, and has now secured a switch to another Cymru North club in Holyhead Hotspur.
Non-stop, hard-working midfielder who gives it everything. Well in excess of 100 career goals, plus many trophies won with different clubs.

FORWARD

Sean Sheridan (Llanfairfechan Town)

Sensation for Llysfaen in 2019-20, Sheridan banged in 31 goals in just 18 outings for Robert Emlyn Jones’ side.
SS helped the Banana Field outfit finish runners-up in Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One, having not lost a single game and only missing out on the title by the narrowest of margins on points-per-game to NFA.
Sheridan notched five hat-tricks in total over the season, including three four-goal hauls.
Form was so good, Llanfairfechan Town from tier 4 moved quickly to sign him in June.

FORWARD

Jake Walker (Denbigh Town)

Joint top-scorer in Welsh Alliance Division One last season after a sensational debut campaign with Denbigh Town.
Alongside the prolific Mark Roberts up front, Walker impressed not just with his finishing but also general attitude and all-round play.
Previously a great marksman with Llannefydd and St Asaph City, he is truly one of the best around at what he does in tier 3.

FORWARD

Iwan Owen (Y Felinheli)

Iwan has been a magnificent goal-getter for Y Felinheli over a number of seasons, but 2019-20 proved his best yet.
He topped the Welsh Alliance Division Two charts with 25 goals and bagged more than 30 in all competitions.
On top of this, his efforts helped Euron Davies’ side win the Division Two title.

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