Happy birthday Carl Owen – a legend at more than one club !

Carl Owen (left) in action against future club Airbus. Picture via Porthmadog website by kind courtesy of Rhian Dobson

Sixty-four goals in the Welsh Premier, 91 in the Cymru Alliance and one Welsh Cup classic which wrote him into Caernarfon Town folklore – Carl Owen had a pretty good football career when it came to finding the net.

Today Bangor lad Carl celebrates his 41st birthday, having been born on April 9, 1980.

It seems a very long time since I saw a tall young striker score four times for Bangor City in a pre-season friendly at Denbigh Town in summer 1997. 

I predicted then in my match report Carl was set for football success and I wasn’t far off the mark.

Bangor City was the first port of call for the promising teenager. He started six League of Wales games in 1997-98 and featured as sub nine times, scoring twice.

In 1999-2000, Carl moved onto Glantraeth where he netted 23 goals as the Anglesey side finished second in the Cymru Alliance.

He was back at Bangor City for the start of 2000-01, playing in both legs of the Uefa Cup clash with Halmstads of Sweden.

Carl came on as substitute for Mike Foster in the 82nd minute of the ‘home’ leg at Wrexham and started the away return, going close to scoring in a 4-0 defeat where he played 78 minutes.

Unfortunately, first team opportunities remained limited at Bangor, and in December 2000 Carl made what was to be a very successful move to tier-two Cymru Alliance club Porthmadog.

Carl tussles with TNS all-time great Steve Evans. Picture: TNS FC website

Carl hit the ground running, notching 16 goals in as many games and finishing Port’s top-scorer at the end of the 2000-01 campaign.

In 2001-02, Carl amassed 22 goals in all competitions for Port, 20 of them in the Cymru Alliance.

The 2002-03 campaign was to be a special one for the Traeth club as they scooped the treble of Cymru Alliance title, League Cup and NWCFA Challenge Cup with Carl leading marksman on a career-best 26 goals, 17 scored in the CAL.

Carl went on to play five seasons with Port in the Welsh Premier League, clocking up 47 goals, his best effort 17 in 2005/06.

He was leading scorer at the club for three consecutive seasons and won Welsh semi-professional honours, scoring in the victory over England in the summer of 2004.

Carl was voted player of the season at the Traeth in season 2007/08.

In 2008/09, an exciting career move came about as Carl became part of the star-studded Rhyl FC squad which won the Welsh Premier in a canter.

Although not a regular starter, he did feature in 13 league matches (10 as sub) and chalked up seven goals in cup competitions. His total record was 21 appearances, seven goals.

Carl (blue) celebrates a goal for Airbus. Picture: Airbus FC.com

Carl remained in the Welsh Premier, joining Airbus UK Broughton for the 2009-10 term.

He played at The Airfield for the whole of that season and part of 2010-11, registering 43 appearances (one as sub) and banging in a respectable 15 league goals.

His Welsh Premier stats read 64 goals in 174 matches.

Carl rejoined Porthmadog during 2010-11, finding the net six times in eight starts. Injuries held him back in 2011-12, but the following season he impressed again, scoring on 13 occasions in 31 games in all, hitting 10 in the Cymru Alliance.

Rhywbeth i’w Gofi-o: Carl (left) receives his Goal of the Season award for 2016-17 from former Caernarfon Town manager Iwan Williams. Picture: CTFC You Tube

When he joined Caernarfon Town in 2014-15, he was now 34, but the heroics were not yet over.

Playing only occasionally over the next two seasons, Carl was to make a dramatic reappearance in January 2017. 

Having not played in 18 months, the emergency signing due to injuries in the camp came off the bench to score the winner as Caernarfon knocked Rhyl out of the Welsh Cup.

And Carl’s right-foot stunner in the 3-2 victory was voted Goal of the Season by Canaries fans. He retired in April 2017 on a true high!

Carl Owen career record (subject to confirmation)

1997-98: 6 starts (+9 sub) 2 goals (Welsh Premier)
1998-99: Stats unknown

1999-2000: 23 goals (Cymru Alliance)

2000-01: 1 start (+5 sub) goals 0 (WPL)

PORTHMADOG (joined Dec 2000)
2000/01: 16 goals (15 in Cymru Alliance)
2001/02: 22 goals (20 in CAL)
2002/03: 26 goals (17 in CAL)
2003/04: 6 goals (all in Welsh Premier)
2004/05: 13 goals (10 in WPL)
2005/06: 17 goals (16 in WPL)
2006/07: Starts 31 (+ 9 sub) 10 goals (8 in WPL)
2007/08: Starts 33 (+ 3 sub) 9 goals (7 in WPL)

Carl takes on Caernarfon. Picture: Iwan Gareth

2008-09: 11 starts (10 sub) 7 goals (all in cups) WPL 3 starts (+10 sub)

2009-10/2010-11: 42 starts (+1 sub) 15 goals – all WPL

2010/11: eight starts (+ 2 sub) 6 goals (all in CAL)
2012/13: 0 starts (10 sub) 0 goals (CAL)
2013/14: 29 starts (+2 sub) 13 goals (10 in CAL)

2014/15: 20 starts +(8 sub) 2 goals (CAL)
2015/16: 4 starts (+4 sub) 0 goals (CAL)
2016/17: 1 start (1 sub) 1 goal (CAL)

Senior career goals (all competitions – unconfirmed): 178
Welsh Premier goals: 64
Cymru Alliance goals: 91 (excluding Caernarfon – unknown if 2 in 2014-15 were in the league)

Happy birthday Carl – have a great day with your family.

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