Each month, we are going to try to briefly round up what’s been happening with Welsh footballers who are currently playing overseas. If you are aware of any Lost Boyos that we should be featuring, then get in touch and we’ll add them to future summaries.
It’s been a superb month for Joe Ledley and Adam Matthews at Celtic. As their Old Firm rivals battle for their existence, Celtic have put together a winning streak that now stands at 20 domestic matches and also build a 20-point lead at the top of the SPL. This February saw league wins against Hearts, Inverness, Hibs, Dunfermline and Motherwell, as well a 2-0 win away at Inverness. Ledley started all six games, netting the third in 4-0 win at Hearts and the only goal in the home win over Inverness. Matthews did not feature in the cup game, but was ever-present in a defense that went the whole month without conceding a goal in the league.
Elsewhere in the SPL, goalkeeper Jason Brown played every minute of an unbeaten month for Aberdeen. The Dons posted three league draws and a draw against Queen of the South in the Scottish Cup, before securing a passage to the next round in the replay. There were also three substitute appearances for Owain Tudur-Jones at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Outside the top flight, Rhys Weston also enjoyed a reasonably successful month with Dundee: the promotion chasing side from Perth went unbeaten in February, ending the month with five straight draws.
Spare a thought though for Calum Antell, holder of perhaps the least enviable role in British football. The Ebbw Vale- born keeper is currently at East Stirlingshire (on loan from Hibernian), the club often dubbed the worst in the country. Rooted at the bottom of the Scottish Third Division, East Stirlingshire began the month with a home draw against Stranraer, before defeats against Clyde and Queen’s Park. However, they ended the month with a first league away win in almost a year, Antell playing his part by keeping a clean sheet at Berwick Rangers.
Club Deportivo Ourense ended February at the top of Spain’s Tercera Division (Group 1). Lost Boyo Matt Crowell made three appearances in an unbeaten month for the Galician side. Crowell was a starter in the home win against Pontevedra, as well as substitute appearances against Lalin (win) and Cultural Areas, but didn’t make it off the bench in last weekend’s 3-0 win away at title rivals Cerceda.
6 months into his reign in charge of the F.Y.R. Macedonia, John Toshack‘s team suffered a third defeat in six games to lowly Luxembourg. Macedonia’s most famous player, Goran Pandev, provided the assist for Ferhan Hasani’s opener in the first half. However, in the second half, 19-year-old forward Maurice Derville, of German fourth tier side SV Elversberg, notched his first and second international goals in just his second cap. The defeat against the European minnows, ranked 133th in the world (to Macedonia’s 103th), is a big blow to Toshack as he prepares his team for a World Cup qualifying campaign that will feature two matches against Wales.