Date: Wed 10 Oct 2012

Freddie awarded at FAW Football Awards Dinner

Aneurin Thomas (Centre) with Jonathan Bridgeman (HSBC - Left) and Ashley Williams (Wales Captain - Right)

Aneurin Thomas (Centre) with Jonathan Bridgeman (HSBC - Left) and Ashley Williams (Wales Captain - Right)

Former Aberystwyth Town defender Aneurin Thomas was recognised by the Football Association of Wales at the FAW football awards dinner at the National Museum of Wales on Monday, as he claimed the Welsh Premier League Clubman of the Year Award.

Affectionately known as 'Freddie' within Welsh Premier League circles, the stalwart called time on his Aberystwyth Town career at the end of last season in an emotional final game against Newtown at Park Avenue.

Thomas played in every single season since the league's formation back in 1992 having started out in the League of Wales with Llanidloes Town, before switching to Aber, where he spent three seasons between 1993-95. A move to Llansanffraid then materialized, before a spell of just over a year with Newtown was followed by another couple of seasons with the Seasiders.

Thomas returned to the Robins in 2001/02, before a brief sojourn with Carmarthen Town, until he returned to Park Avenue in 2003 where he remained until May.

The centre-back played 399 games for the Black and Greens, after making a total of 366 (+33) appearances, with a total of447 league starts plus substitute appearances. He is sixth on the all time Welsh Premier League list.

The inaugural award was won by Gary Lloyd of Llanelli last season.

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