Striker supreme Asa Thomas reaches 550-goal landmark

It’s another goal for Bodedern Athletic striker Asa Thomas (green and white). Picture: WYNNE EVANS

Phenomenal goal scorer ASA THOMAS reached another major landmark in his career at the weekend.

The 30-year-old Holyhead man netted his 550TH SENIOR GOAL in Bodedern Athletic’s 3-1 victory at Nefyn United in the North Wales Coast League West Premier Division.

That made it 26 goals for the current season from the islander, who began the 2021-22 campaign on 524.

Asa is in just his 14th season as a senior player.

It is not known officially where he stands in the all-time North Wales adult football goal scorers table as no such bonafide list exists.

Euryn Williams

However, it is firmly established that former Bro Cernyw and Llanrwst United striker Euryn Williams netted 683 career goals. He helped form Cernyw in 1990 and notched most of his goals with them before retiring in 2006.

Tommy Welsh in his later years

The legendary Tommy Welsh (1929-2019) hit 631, most of them for Holyhead Town in the halcyon days of North Wales coast football in the 1950’s and 60’s.

The great Don Spendlove

And Rhyl great Don Spendlove (1921-2011) previously held the coast record of 629 goals for the Lilywhites, who he represented mainly in the 1940’s and 50’s before retiring in 1961.

At the age of just 30, Asa Thomas has already amassed 550 goals.

His most famous season was 2010-11, when he piled up 112 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions for a quadruple-winning Trearddur Bay United side.

One can only wonder how many he may score by the time he hangs up his boots, but considering his uncle Jackie Welsh, son of the late Tommy, played well into his 50’s, Asa could well be banging them in for some time yet.

ASA THOMAS – senior career goals (up to and including October 16, 2021)

2021-22 (season ongoing)

26 – Bodedern Athletic

2020-21

Season cancelled (Covid)

2019-20

12 – Holyhead Hotspur (4), Holyhead Hotspur Res (6). Holyhead Town Res (2) (17 for Holyhead Town first team declared void as club withdrew from Welsh Alliance)

2018/19

20 – Holyhead Town

Asa scored 199 goals for Trearddur Bay United. Picture: DENNIS YOUNG

2017/18

45 – Holyhead Town

2016/17

26 – Trearddur Bay United/Holyhead Hotspur (Bay 17, Hotspur 6, Hotspur Res 3)

2015/16

48 – Trearddur Bay United

2014/15

22 – Gaerwen

2013/14

Asa (second left) celebrates a goal for Holyhead Town

52 – Morawelon

2012/13

48 – Morawelon

2011/12

41 – Trearddur Bay United (including 19 for Holyhead Hotspur)

2010/11

112 – Trearddur Bay United

Asa in action during the season he scored 112 goals for Trearddur Bay United

2009/10

29 – Holyhead Town

2008/09

37 – Holyhead Gwelfor Athletic

2007-08

32 – Holyhead Gwelfor Athletic

Total: 550

CLUB-BY-CLUB

199 – Trearddur Bay United
100 – Morawelon
96 – Holyhead Town/Res
69 – Holyhead Gwelfor Athletic
38 – Holyhead Hotspur/Res
26 – Bodedern Athletic
22 – Gaerwen

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