No football, snow joke

9 01 2010
Everyone V Everyone Else
Postponed due to the wrath of God

Due to the unseasonal temperature football was officially cancelled today.

The fact we had an afternoon free meant that we could really get away from the world of football by watching Sky Sports News. We lasted about 30 minutes before we tired of the banter. In the split second between choosing a channel and pushing the remote control buttons something was mentioned that aroused our curiosity, as is often the case.

David Vaughan’s name came up and it appeared that he  was playing for Blackpool against Cardiff City. The mental cogs began whirring – “David Vaughan is from Llanddulas (near to Colwyn Bay)…..My friend’s wife was a bridesmaid at his summer wedding…….Neal Eardley (from Llandudno) also plays for Blackpool…..They’ve both played for Wales…… How many famous footballers have come this area?”

So how many?

Firstly you’ve got Joey Jones, Mickey Thomas, Carl Dale and Eddie Niedzwiecki, they’ve all made a splash professionally. Then there’s Neal Eardley’s brother, Sean. Sean is now a Llandudno player but a few years ago he was playing for Oldham Athletic. He had to quit professional football due to health problems but he  had played for Wales at age-group levels. Then you’ve got the Williams brothers from Colwyn Bay. Not only have I played 5-a-side with these two but they’d also played for Wales U21s. I was struggling to think of any more  after these examples so I started to wonder about the number of Welsh internationals that hail from what I consider my area (Prestatyn to Holyhead).
 
After exhaustive research I’ve discovered the following full internationals (From after 1945 of course).

1940s & ’50s Cyril Sidlow (Born & Played for Colwyn Bay), Doug Whitcomb (pl. Llandudno), Jack Humphreys (b & played for Llandudno) Billy Morris (b. Colwyn Bay), Archie Hughes (b. Colwyn Bay), Roy Vernon (b. Prestatyn), Iorwerth Hughes (b. Abergele)

1960s Graham E. Williams (b. Denbigh), David Powell (b. Dolgarrog), Dave Hollins (b. Bangor) Wyn Davies (b. Caernarfon)

1970s Peter O’Sullivan (b.Conwy), Tom Whalley (b.Caernarfon), Joey Jones (b.Llandudno), Mickey Thomas (b. Mochdre), Ray Mielczarek (b.Caernarfon), Gareth Davies (b.Bangor), Brian Lloyd (b. St. Asaph)

1980s Neville Southall (b. Llandudno), Ian Rush (b. Flint, He’s my hero if you’re wondering), David Felgate (b. Blaenau Ffestiniog), Eddie Niedzwiecki (b. Bangor), Malcolm Allen (b. Caernarfon), Barry Horne (b. St. Asaph)

1990s & 2000s Tony Roberts (b. Holyhead), Iwan Roberts (b. Bangor), Danny Coyne (b. Prestatyn), David Vaughn (b. Rhuddlan), Wayne Hennesey (b. Bangor)

 Not a bad list all in all, at least Savage isn’t there.

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