About to bend it like Beckham: Lee Trundle lines up a goal

HE was a firm favourite with the Llanelli fans at Stebonheath and managed to propel the club to gaining titles, silverware and promotion to the Welsh Premiere League during his two year stay at the club.

Fans young and old visited the ground to catch a glimpse of the man nicknamed ‘Magic Daps’.

Trundle maintained that it was always a team effort but those who watched the finely preened and groomed ex Swansea footballer cut his way through the opposition, or bend free kicks or simply hit home penalties would testify that Lee Trundle played an enormous part in helping the club to where they are today and attracting reasonable numbers of supporters.

Such was his appeal that even when he did something disastrously wrong the crowds would react. Those moments were few and far between and he will be remembered at Stebonheath for all those wonderful goals. Rarely a lone figure during games, trundle was on some occasions surrounded by four or five defenders. Visiting teams made it clear that he was the man to mark and on many occasions, bring down.

Always the showman Trundle would salute the fans and without fail, chat and greet the youngsters who had waited for his autograph and a selfie beneath the stand.

The daps have not been hung up for good for the 41-year-old. On the contrary. Trundle now heads West to Haverfordwest where it is believed he will play on a week-to-week basis.

Llanelli have gone up a notch in league status and now the work begins on and off the field to attract quality players, crowds and financial support.

Attractive footwear and footwork: Lee Trundle on the ball

 

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