“Maybe I was too arrogant at times, but if you change that you change as a player” – Marc Lloyd-Williams on his career and how he became the most prolific domestic goal scorer Wales has even seen

When you say the words journeyman footballer, many people think of an average player who bounced from club to club.

Marc Lloyd-Williams has played for over 15 clubs in his career.

But the stocky striker from Llanberis isn’t your archetypal journeyman. He is far from it.

He may have had 20 stints at different football clubs, but there is a difference between then Welshman who once grabbed 47 goals in a season and others with a long list of clubs.

Lloyd-Williams performed wherever he went and a lot of the time his decision to move on after a short stint was his choice.

For all his individual honours though his trophy cabinet probably isn’t as full as some players with less ability.

Looking back on his career, the 47-year-old broadcaster and college lecturer acknowledges his short stays with clubs may have been, at times, down to a bit of arrogance.

But, the striker insisted that if he changed his ways he may not have been as prolific or as good of a player as he was.

“The majority of the clubs I played for got into Europe, but I think I didn’t play in eight of ten European campaigns I qualified for,” explained the striker.

“I always left in the summer and some may say it may have been down to me or my attitude but some managers didn’t like to keep me at clubs long.

“If I changed my way I may not have been as prolific.

“Maybe I was too arrogant at times, but good strikers have to be a bit arrogant because they want to just score goals.

“And that might rub a few managers up the wrong way, but I scored goals everywhere I went.

“Yes, I may have been too up front or too outspoken but I wouldn’t have changed, because if you change the person you change the player.”

Lloyd-Williams career as one of the deadliest poachers in non-league football all began in the north Wales village he was brought up in.

Always a standout player as a youngster, Lloyd-Williams was being marked by a few professional clubs but a broken leg at the age of 15 curtailed that.

As it happened, Lloyd-Williams moved into professional football later on in his career, and he doesn’t look back on his leg break as a moment that cost him an earlier move.

“Being on crutches with the leg break almost helped,” added the striker.

“The crutches were up to your arm pits in those days, so I was able to get stronger and fill out a bit.

“I was playing college football at the time and looking back I don’t think, ‘what if I didn’t break my leg’.

“People say Leeds were looking at me, but my Dad only told me this after it happened, and I just carried on playing for the love of it.

“I played in the Welsh leagues when they were growing, and as a player you find your level and I think the Welsh Premier League was mine.”

Porthmadog would be Lloyd-Williams’ first senior club and 28 goals in 75 games brought him to the attention of Bangor City, then in the newly formed League of Wales.

He played in Europe and manager Nigel Adkins put his trust in the young forward, who went on to trial with Oldham Athletic.

Hereford United wanted the forward, but work commitments meant he wasn’t able to go, before 21 goals in 29 games caught the attention of Stockport County.

It was to be his first professional club in a long and disguinished career.

Many reading this will know Lloyd-Williams as a first class centre forward and might not believe that County initially turned him in to a left back.

“I was scoring for the Reserves and I made my debut and was doing well, but they had signed two decent strikers who had recently signed,” explained the striker.

“I played wide left and then they put me as an attacking full back, and I was seen as a bit of a utility player.

“Then all of a sudden the club called me in and asked me to go to Norway on loan as a striker, and I went.”

The Welshman went to Haugesund on loan and went on to win Norwegian First Division title, but things didn’t work out for him over there.

Following 18 games for Stockport, then a League One club, Lloyd-Williams had spells with Altrincham, Colwyn Bay, Bangor, Halifax and York City.

Then at the turn of the century he returned to Bangor for a third time, and it was to be arguably his most prolific spell in football.

68 goals from 55 games between 2000 and 2002 included 47 goals in just 33 games in one season, an unbelievable feat for any striker at any level.

But as the forward explains, they missed out on the league title and he missed out on 50 goals.

“It was me and Paul Roberts up front and he was a handful,” explained Lloyd-Williams.

“We were quite a formidable partnership, but we went to Caersws away and the manager Peter Davenport didn’t play us.

“I was one booking from a suspension and we had a cup game coming up so he kept us out, and I think we lost and in the end it cost us the title.

“I was trying to get to 50 goals, although I did miss a few pens along the way as well, but I was at my peak then and it was a very good season.”

From there the striker went to Southport, back to Bangor, Aberystwyth and TNS, were he bagged 60 goals in 67 games.

A fifth spell at Bangor followed, before he also ticked Newtown, Rhyl and Airbus off his Welsh Premier League list.

But for all the clubs and the goals he scored, he wasn’t up to his neck in team trophies.

He added: “I won the league with Bangor and had a league winners medal with TNS in 2006 and I won a couple of Welsh Cups.

“I lost four or five league cup finals, but I didn’t win many cups to be honest.

“You can count the Norwegian First Division as well if you want!”

These days Lloyd-Williams splits his time between press boxes and coaching.

He covers sport for BBC Wales and Sgorio, lecturers at a college and also coaches some of the Wales schools and college sides.

A number of players he has nurtured are now filling squads in the Welsh Premier League, and it is a job he loves doing.

He has been asked a number of times about management, but at the moment, it isn’t on his radar.

But that may change if the media work dries up.

“I enjoy what I do but I have been asked about Welsh Premier League management a number of times,” added the striker.

“If the media work stopped then I would need something to do on a Saturday, but I’m happy with what I do.

“You need all the qualifications these days and I’m getting to an age where I need to go and do them if I want to do it.

“But I’ve got the coaching and the media work and I hope that carries on.”

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