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Les Davies

Published: Tuesday 17 July 2012, 18.45CET
Bangor City FC
Published: Tuesday 17 July 2012, 18.45CET

Les Davies

Bangor City FC

Les Davies has proved a key performer as Bangor City FC enjoyed one of the most successful periods in their history and the 2011/12 season was one of his best, earning him plaudits from rival supporters and managers alike.

• A tall and powerful left-winger, Davies first came to Bangor's attention when he gave a compelling display against them in a shock 2003/04 Welsh Cup defeat by Glantraeth FC. Shortly after, Bangor coach Peter Davenport signed him.

• Five goals in 17 starting appearances in his first season underlined the wisdom behind the move but after another productive year in front of goal, Davies, known as the 'runaway truck' because of his buccaneering style, was on the move again, switching to local rivals Portmadog FC.

• Born and raised in Bangor, the local club was Davies' natural home, and soon after being appointed as manager, Neville Powell brought Davies back in June 2007.

• In his first season back, Bangor lifted the Welsh Cup, the start of a remarkable period of domination in which they retained the prize for the following two seasons. Their run came to an end in the 2010/11 campaign but ample compensation came in the shape of a first Welsh Premier League title for 16 years, Davies scoring 16 goals in 30 appearances.

• Davies was voted Bangor's player of the season in 2010/11 and 2011/12 as well as gaining several media awards.

• The limelight beckoned for Davies, a full-time safety equipment maker, when he was named on the 32-man longlist for the 2012 UEFA Best Player in Europe award alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

• Powell said: "Les has been nigh-on unplayable for the last couple of seasons. He has a great left foot, he scores goals and he has a massive heart."

• A club spokesman added: "Les is a very popular player and a popular personality. He lives locally, is always willing to take part in community activities and the supporters love him."

Last updated: 17/07/12 20.42CET

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