My North Wales women’s football dream team: Lexi Crawley (Amlwch Town)

Lexi Crawley (blue) on the attack for Amlwch Town. Picture: Gethin Jones

In the third of a new series, we ask female footballers to choose their all-time North Wales women’s football XI.

Ladies can select players from any era, as long as they have a North Wales connection.

Today sees Amlwch Town’s prolific striker Lexi Crawley pick her dream team.

GOALKEEPER

Nicky Davies

Nicky in action for Anglesey. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Wales’ No1 without a doubt!

Menai Bridge girl Nicky has earned 64 full caps for her country.

Now retired from full-time football, she appeared for Ynys Môn in the 2019 Inter-Island Games, where her excellent displays helped us make it all the way to the final. I was in the team as a striker and managed to finish tournament top scorer with 5 goals!

Formerly with Liverpool, Nicky won the Northern Premier Division with the Reds in 2003–04 and 2006–07, plus FA WSL goalkeeper of the year in 2012.

She later turned out for Chelsea, Reading, Doncaster Rovers Belles and Sheffield United.

DEFENCE

Kim Broadbent

Kim Broadbent (left) when she signed for Mountain Rangers last season

One of the best defenders in North Wales and a renowned dead-ball specialist.

Kim began her career at Bangor City and was originally a forward until manager Keith Fearns converted her into a centre-back with great effect.

When the team changed identity to become Caernarfon Town Ladies in 2010, she was soon a regular in the side.

She has won the North Wales League four times and League Cup on six occasions.

Signed for Mountain Rangers last season, but following the disbandment of that team she is now with Pwllheli.

Alison Mummery

Alison (left) in action for Caernarfon Town

Former Manchester United player from Llansadwrn.

Left-back who was always a solid player for the Caernarfon Town teams which competed in the Welsh Premier.

She was part of the squads which lifted the Welsh Premier Northern Conference titles in 2009-10 and 2010-11, as well as playing in the Welsh Cup and Welsh Premiership play-off finals v Swansea City.

In the final league game of 2010-11, Caernarfon needed to beat Northop Hall to clinch the title. The Cofis did it in style, winning 5-0 with Alison rounding things off with a 25-yard wonder goal.

She played for Wales Under-19’s as a 15-year-old and captained the Under-16’s.

Steph Taylor

Steph in action for TNS

Commanding centre-half Steph began her career at Park Youth FC, then went onto play for Wrexham Ladies for a number of years in the Welsh Premier.

She later joined The New Saints and also played for Wrexham Ladies Futsal.

Steph represented Wales at youth level. A true team-player who was great to have on your side.

Gail Naylor Jones

Gail (left) with Iona Williams of Caernarfon Town

An inspiration to so many.

A defender, she was able to read players and was quick with great strength, communication, an all-round leader.

Mainly a top player for Llandudno Junction, but was also with Colwyn Bay.

MIDFIELD

Iona Williams

Iona (third from left – front, armband) and a nice photobomb from Keith Fearns in the background

Former captain of Caernarfon Town and vital cog in the Bangor City midfield.

Creative midfielder, combined very well with ball-winner Tania Jones in the centre.

Like a few players in my team, she won back-to-back Welsh Cups with Bangor in 2000/01 and 2001/02.

Katie Davies (formerly Williams)

Katie Davies (yellow shirt) tussles for the ball

One of the best defenders/midfielders Wales has produced.

Katie was known throughout most of her career as Williams, but now uses her married name Davies.

A member of the double Welsh Cup winning Bangor City Girls side of the early 2000s, she later played for Tranmere Rovers, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool.

Closed out her career with Caernarfon Town, reaching the 2011 Welsh Cup final before winning the North Wales League and Betty Pickering Cup double in 2016/17.

She won 20 caps for Wales.

Kelly Davies

Won 36 full caps for Wales and her glittering club career included winning the Welsh Cup and playing in Europe with Bangor City before later turning out for Arsenal and Liverpool at the top level of women’s football.

Represented Wales at every age level up to senior.

Sadly injuries affected her career.

Away from football she became an award-winning businesswoman.

Elen King

Mainly midfielder but a tremendous all-round player. Great ability to read the game. Awesome passes – great vision, high work rate, very comfortable on the ball and under pressure.

I had the privilege of playing with her when I was a youngster in the fabulous Caernarfon Town team of around 2009-11.

STRIKERS

Ailsa Orlik

Another of the great players to star for Bangor City and Caernarfon Town in the past 20 years.

Striker – very quick, great eye for goal. Very good with her feet, able to read the game very well, lots of confidence, great touch, ability to control and finish! Scored many great goals.

I also had the honour of learning from her when we played in the same team in my youth.

Ceryl Jones

Ceryl (second from right) lines up with some rather well-known Wales men’s players after receiving her international cap. From left: Barry Horne, Gary Speed, Ryan Giggs and goalkeeper Tony Roberts at the 1996 FAW Women’s Football Awards.Pic: Alex Philp

Many regard her as the best North Wales has produced – and no wonder.

In the 1990s and 2000s, Ceryl represented Wales more than 50 times and played for both Everton and Liverpool.

Ceryl began her career with Segontium Rovers before joining Bangor City Girls, with whom in 1996/97 she won the Welsh Cup as a 17-year-old.

After a spell with Everton, where she won a Premier League National Division title, she returned to Bangor where she lifted the Welsh Cup twice more, scoring in both finals.

She then joined Liverpool FC Ladies, scooping the Liverpool Counties Senior Cup before in 2003/04 being part of the squad which won the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division and FA County Women’s Cup.

Ceryl returned to Caernarfon Town in 2005 and saw out her career there with several more trophy successes.

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