Lost Boyos XI 2012
On this final day of the year, it’s time for the Lost Boyos to jump on the 2012 retrospectives bandwagon and bring you eleven of our favourite foreign-based Welshmen. For once, success has been at the heart of Britain’s last 12 sporting months and our our boys overseas have done their part to continue that trend, with our list featuring several league champions and a healthy smattering of individual accolades.
Hopefully, these and all the other Lost Boyos, both old and new, will continue to enjoy success in the New Year, and we will be right here to keep you posted on their activities.
Hibernian, East Stirlingshire (loan), East Fife (loan) (Scotland)
In one of our favourite tales of the past 12 months, we only really learned of Calum Antell when his father, Andrew, got in contact with us. At the time, Calum was on loan from Hibernian at East Stirlingshire and while the club lived up to its reputation as possibly Britain’s worst, Calum’s own form earned him the Fans’ Player of the Year Award. He spent the first part of the 2012/12 on the bench at parent club Hibs before heading out on loan again East Fife. We spoke to Calum in May to ask about his season at East Stirlingshire and what he thought the future held for his career.
Bangkok FC , Suphanburi FC (Thailand)
2012 was a tough season for Bangkok FC with the capital side struggling for large parts of the season in Thailand’s Division One. However, the form of Lost Boyo Mika didn’t suffer too much and he won a place in the season’s best eleven of Thai players and earned a transfer to Thai Premier League-bound Suphanburi FC. Mika told us about his time in Thailand when we spoke with him earlier this month.
Dundee (Scotland), KR (Iceland), FC Sabah (Malaysia)
If we were giving out an award for the most-travelled Lost Boyo of 2012 it would go to Rhys Weston. The year began with Dundee in Scottish Division One and the side finished second to Ross County before eventually being granted promotion in the wake of Rangers’ financial troubles. Weston’s next stop was Iceland and KR of Reykjavik. His side claimed the Icelandic Cup and a fourth place league finish before a move to FC Sabah in Malaysia.
Wilmington Hammerheads (USA)
Among his achievements in 2012, Gareth Evans became the Lost Boyos‘ first ever interviewee back in March when he talked to us about playing in the USA and his hopes for the season. A strong regular season performance in the USL Pro by Wilmington Hammerheads booked Evans’ side a place in the end of season play-offs. There they faced impressive regular season winners Orlando City. Wilmington had been the only side to beat Orlando in the regular season and they once again prevailed in a 4-3 thriller. The Championship, sadly, proved a step too far as Wilmington finished runners-up to Richmond Battery.
There were some who questioned highly-rated Adam Matthews’ decision to join Celtic, but 2012 will certainly have helped Matthews to prove some of the eyebrow-raisers wrong. The 2011/12 season ended with a Scottish Premier League winners’ medal and 2012/13 looks to be heading the same way. Matthews was also part of the only team to so far beat FC Barcelona in the 2012/13 season and with a Champions League Last 16 tie with Juventus to look forward to, there’s plenty for this Lost Boyo to be cheerful about in the New Year.
Magni Grevinik (Iceland)
Like several other Lost Boyos, Liam Killa enjoyed an excellent season before ending in post-season play-off disappointment. Killa’s Magni Grenivík went through their regular season unbeaten, but lost out at the semi final stage in the promotion play-offs. We spoke to Liam back in September to find out about his life in Iceland and how his season had gone.
Joe Ledley collected his first Scottish Premier League winners’ medal with Celtic in 2012, scoring seven goals in 32 appearances. Injuries have affected Ledley’s 2012/13 season, but he did feature in the Celtic’s last-minute defeat at Camp Nou, as well as all three Champions League wins over Spartak Moscow (twice) and, most famously, Barcelona.
Waitakere United, Auckland City (New Zealand)
Christopher Bale collected his third New Zealand Premiership winners’ medal in 2012. That victory, as with the previous two, came with Waitakere United before a summer switch to Auckland City. The move to the 2012 Oceania Champions took Bale to the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan where he featured in his side’s 1-0 to Japanese champions, Sanfrecce Hiroshima.
Orlando City (USA)
Journeyman midfielder Anthony Pulis finally found regular playing time in 2012 at USL Pro side Orlando City. Injuries did still restrict this Lost Boyo to only 15 regular season appearances, but Pulis did not once feature in a losing team.
Danendong Thunder (Australia)
2009 Welsh Premier League winner Luke Sherbon added more silverware to his trophy cabinet in 2012. Thunder lost just twice in the 22-game regular season then clinched the title with a 2-1 Victoria Premier League Grand Final win over rivals Oakleigh Cannons. Sherbon, who scored the opener in the Grand Final game, ended the season with the Golden Boot and the award for the Media’s Player of the Year.
Northern Ireland: Linfield, Portadown
Matthew Tipton scored two hat-tricks in the first half of 2012 and ended the 2011/12 season as the Northern Irish Premiership’s second highest goal scorer and a league runners-up medal. In the summer, the lure of Champions League football saw him transfer from Portadown to champions Linfield and he played in two of Linfield’s qualifying round matches. Injuries have interrupted his time at the new club, but, as the end of the year draws in, Tipton has been holding down a starting place and got his first goal for the club in a 3-0 win over Glenavon.