It’s defender Sean Smith’s turn to choose his Best XI.
Goalkeeper: Danny Ward (Leicester City) – Former Wrexham-Liverpool. Now at Leicester, could easily play outfield with amazing feet, used to keep possession for fun.
Right Back: Curtis Obeng (Retired) – Blessed with sheer pace, went on to have a taste of what it’s like in the premier league everyone’s dream.
Centre Back: Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Carlisle) – Originally a midfielder start of his career but had the ability to play centre half with his versatility and reading of the game, played many games in league football now at Carlisle.
Centre Back: David Artell (Crewe Alexander manager) – The Gibraltar international, was as lively and committed during his latter years when I first played with him as he must of been during his early days. As Bala town fans know he was a great character to have around. (‘How you today Dave?’ His response ‘average’).
Left Back: Neil Ashton (Wrexham) – Made my debut for Wrexham playing Left-wing just in front of Ashy because I couldn’t take his place. Always looked up towards my fellow scouser, brilliant footballer and knowledge of the game, could have easily played in the league. Midfield Three Right-Mid.
Glen Little: (Retired) – ‘Blakey’ snake hips used to dance past players, not your typical winger full of pace quite the opposite, slow but with extraordinary feet and control which would turn defenders inside out. Played in the premier league before his journey continued down the leagues to when I played with him at Wrexham, what a character to have around, he ever told you the story of him nutmegging the legend Kaka? Well he did.
Centre-Mid: Mark Jones (Retired) – Most gifted footballer I have played with during my career. My first season on loan at Bala before the pitch was renewed to 3G I thought Jonah had superglue on the end of his boots. The most complete footballer I’ve seen and what a shame he didn’t move on to bigger and better things during his career.
Left-Mid: Lee Fowler (Radcliffe Borough Manager) – ‘Fat man fowls’ as the rival fans of Wrexham used to call him was the core of starting any move we wanted to in a game, everything went through him, he would take the ball from the keeper and literally run straight through the middle to the other end of field it was impossible to get the ball of him.
Right Forward: Mathias Pogba (Lorca FC) – Now has a household name in world football, played with Pogs in numerous pre season and reserve level games while at Wrexham due to him having problems off the field he used to get dropped, but when he was starting in the first 11 on his top game he was ridiculously good just glide past players almost like his brother Paul, he didn’t do this often enough to progress much bigger in the game but I couldn’t leave him out after what I’ve seen him do to defenders at this level.
Centre Forward: Lee Hunt (Retired) – I don’t see many players like Hunty anymore, I’ve been on the backlash of his aggressiveness and winning mentality to sharing a dressing room with him having that same desire, he was such a handful for defenders, he could hold it up, turn you inside out, burst past you with pace, and so clinical he had it all which is very rare to find, he made so many passes into chances and could finish the hardest assists.
Left Forward: Louis Moult (Preston North End) – Louis was the most prolific goal scorer I’ve seen, played with him in pre-season, he could go missing all game but then come alive for one opportunity and score. I think he scored over 20 goals in just as many games he played in. What an asset to the squad in a year. As no surprise league clubs came quickly interested and he got a move to Scottish prem club Motherwell and having impressed there he is now at Preston North End.
GK – Dan Bachmann
CB – George Horan
CM – Robbie Evans
RM – Adrian Cieslewicz
ST – Andy Mangan