Whether it is on the football field or in the boxing ring Alan Mark Owen has proved a real knockout.
Today sees Caernarfon lad Alan celebrate his 29th birthday.
Born on January 21, 1992, the man affectionately known as Alan Blacks began his football career at 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 played in the Caernarfon and District League, enjoying a brief spell at Mountain Rangers as a goalkeeper before joining Caernarfon Borough where he converted to a striker, topping their scoring charts twice.
The 2012/13 season saw Alan at 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 side completed the treble of Welsh Alliance League title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup.
During the 2013/14 season he played for the young reserve side under Bryn Williams which won the Reserve Premier League title and North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup.
His fine performances in the second string led to a call up to the senior side and he notched a hat-trick on debut as a sub in a 10-2 caning of Llanrhaeadr YM. He featured in 10 first-team games in all and shared the reserves top scorer award with Gavin Jones.
In 2014-15 Alan signed for Llanrug United of the Welsh Alliance League, winning the Mawddach Cup along the way and proving a very consistent goal scorer. His spell with ‘Rug was only interrupted by short stays at Llanllyfni and Bontnewydd.
Alan joined Llangefni Town in 2018-19. His career hit new heights when he won the Welsh Alliance title and Cookson Cup double with Cefni, scoring 19 goals for the islanders.
He also notched the all-important winner as Llangefni knocked Welsh Premier side Llanelli out of the Welsh Cup with a 1-0 success at Lon Talwrn.
Alan then returned to Llanrug in 2019-20, netting nine goals in 15 matches before the league was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his two stints at Eithin Duon, he has amassed a magnificent 80 goals in 129 outings.
He re-signed for Llangefni Town in June 2020, but by August 2020 had moved on to Mountain Rangers.
Alan is also an MMA fighter and enjoys a fervent local following.
In compiling a record of five straight wins, he lifted the WUMA Welsh heavyweight kickboxing and Market Mayhem heavyweight belts.
In his next bout, Blacks lost his unbeaten record after being outpointed by Porthmadog’s Robert Ben Humphreys in October 2019.
A planned comeback for Alan has been held up by the Covid-19 pandemic.
A great sportsman with a massive fan base – penblwydd hapus Alan.