WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Aneurin Thomas
Thomas finishes his final game against Newtown in April 2012 [Kevin Hughes].

ANEURIN Thomas retired from the game in April 2012 at the age of 39 and had the rare distinction of playing in every season since the birth of the League of Wales in 1992.
A towering and uncompromising central defender, notable for his dominance in the air and excellent free-kick delivery, "Freddy" came on a substitute in Aberystwyth Town's final game of the season, a 3-2 win at home to one his former clubs, Newtown.
Thomas made his debut for Llanidloes Town in the inaugural season and, after three seasons with Aberystwyth between 1993 and 1995, switched to Llansantffraid, where he featured in the same side as Tomi Morgan, his manager in his last game.
He made his European debut against Ruch Chorzow in the Cup Winners' Cup in 1996, playing in both legs and equalising with an 18-yard drive for the Saints in the 1-1 home draw at the Racecourse Ground.
A spell of just over a year with Newtown, where he again played twice in Europe, was followed by another two and half seasons at Park Avenue, but he returned to the Robins in 2001/2.
After a brief sojourn at Carmarthen Town he was back with the Seasiders for his third spell in 2003 and remained at the club until his retirement.
Thomas extended his European appearances to seven, playing for Aber against FC Dinaburg in the InterToto Cup in 2004/5.
He is the record appearance holder in black and green, overtaking Gari Lewis by clocking-up a total of 366 (+32) appearances which yielded 20 goals.
In all, Thomas has scored a career total of 27 goals from 447 Welsh Premier starts plus substitute appearances and was sixth on the all-time list when he hung up his boots.

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23 July 2017

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