WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Aled Rowlands
Rowlands - 300 appearances in black and white.

WHEN Aled Rowlands left Cefn Druids in March 2010, he brought down the curtain on a long and distinguished Welsh Premier career.
Troubled for most of this season by a knee injury, Rowlands made his final - and 300th - appearance in black and white as the Ancients held league leaders The New Saints to a goal-less draw at Plas Kynaston, ending a four-month wait to make his 300th league appearance the previous week against Airbus UK Broughton.
He became the 23rd player to have achieved the feat since the League of Wales was founded in 1992.
Rowlands was the longest serving player at Plas Kynaston after joining the Ancients from Rhos Aelwyd in 1993.
Selected for the Wales Under-18s against Scotland, Switzerland, Northern Ireland and Austria, Rowlands had previously appeared a couple of times in the top flight for Holywell Town in season 1996/7.
A superb clubman at Plas Kynaston he captained the side on numerous occasions, but decided that the demands of a young family and a tiredness with travelling meant it was time to return to play for Aelwyd.
"Aled says he has not really enjoyed this season because of injury, the off-field problems at the club and travelling and leaves with our best wishes," said Druids' chairman Brian Mackie.
An uncompromising player who picked up his share of referees' cautions down the years, Rowlands also demonstrated a propensity to get forward and has 10 league goals to his credit.

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29 May 2017

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