WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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Dave Norman
Dave Norman played through every season of the league from 1993 to 2005.

THERE are few players who have made the transition from the Welsh Premier to the English Premier, but one of them is Dave Norman!
When newly-promoted Llansantffraid FC played their first game in the League of Wales on 14 August 1993, Norman was at centre-half in a 3-1 victory over Briton Ferry.
And, on the final day of season 2004/5, the defender played for Welshpool in a 2-1 home win over Afan Lido.
In the intervening years, Weston Rhyn-based Norman played in every season for Mold Alexandra, Barry Town, Rhyl, Bangor City, Oswestry Town and Caernarfon, clocking up 212 appearances.
Wherever he played, Norman was widely regarded as a fair and highly-competitive performer and a gentleman off the pitch.
His talent for helping young players was recognised professionally when, at the start of 2005, he landed a job in the community department at Arsenal.
The 31-year-old PE teacher became responsible for running a Department of Education and Skills-backed pilot that teaches numeracy, literacy, ITC and, of course, football skills in local schools around Highbury.
It was thought that the move would curtail Norman's days in the Welsh Premier.
But Dave carried on playing until the end of season 2004/5, despite daily rubbing shoulders with legends of the game such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires, before deciding the travel was getting the better of him and linking up with Wealdstone.
"He's been great for me since he came here and it would be a blow to lose him," says Welshpool boss Tomi Morgan.
"But I can't think of too many other players who have gone from the Welsh Premier to Arsenal!"

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18 October 2017

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