OSWESTRY is a football town.

Whether for England or Wales, the town has always produced top talent.

The Tizer shared five footballers born or raised in the town who went on to play professional football.

Did you see any of them play? 


Paul Evans

Born in Oswestry and a former pupil of The Marches School, Paul Evans played for the Shropshire Under 19 team when still only 15 before leaving school to join Shrewsbury Town.

After making his debut in 1991, Evans went on to make 248 appearances in midfield in all competitions, scoring 41 goals, before transferring to Brentford in 1999 for £75,000.

He was selected for Wales at U17 through to U21's and finally secured two full caps with games against the Czech Republic and Croatia under the managership of Mark Hughes.

After a successful spell at Brentford, where he captained the club, he subsequently played for Bradford City, Blackpool, Nottingham Forest, Rotherham, Swindon, Bradford City and finally a brief spell at Oxford United before finishing his career in 2008.

Evans became assistant physio at Leicester City who were challenging for promotion to the Premier League in 2013 and a year later was was appointed physiotherapist at Championship side Leeds United.

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Paul Evans.

Boaz Myhill

THE American born goalkeeper moved to Shropshire at the age of one and appeared for Shropshire Schools on many occasions before being signed at 16 years old by Aston Villa.

In 2003 he joined Hull City where he immediately established himself as a first team regular as his new club won successive promotions to the Premier League.

Myhill made 28 Premier League appearances during 2009 and earned five Welsh international caps before joining West Bromwich Albion In 2011 he was involved in a year long swap deal with Ben Foster and switched to Championship side Birmingham City.

Myhill returned to West Bromwich Albion and represented Wales against Belgium and Serbia in September 2012 in the 2014 World Cup qualifiying competition.

He announced his retirement from international football in 2014 to concentrate on his goalkeeping career at West Brom and became the West Bromwich Albion Professional Phase Development Goalkeeping Coach in 2019.

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Boaz Myhill.


Carleton Leonard

The Oswestry Boys High School player played for the Shropshire Schools U19s whilst still a 16 year old.

He soon signed for Shrewsbury Town, making his debut in 1975 and going on to make 298 appearances in eight years at the club and

figuring in the team that finished Champions of the old Third Division in 1978-79.

He joined Hereford United in 1983 before returning to Shrewsbury Town as a Centre of Excellence coach.

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Carleton Leonard.


Darren Ryan

Ryan was born in Oswestry and began his professional football career at Shrewsbury Town, making a handful of appearances for the Shrews between 1990 and 1992.

In 1992-3 he played for Chester City and scored two goals in 17 appearances and the following season made 36 appearances for Stockport County.

Ryan had a spell at Rochdale before returning to Chester but in 1996 he reinvigorated his career with a switch to Barry Town where he became a key player in the club's all-conquering era and regular Champions League football.

The midfielder had a spell at TNS and coaching roles at Newtown and Airbus and is currently an academy coach at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Darren Ryan.


Mike Galloway

Mike Galloway is better known in Scotland with his career including spells at Berwick Rangers, Heart of Midlothian, Celtic.

However the defender was born in Oswestry in 1965.

Galloway was a hard-tackling and aggressive ball winner who started his career with Berwick Rangers before spells at Mansfield Town and Halifax Town.

He moved to Heart of Midlothian in the autumn of 1987 and two years later he was snapped up by Celtic.

He would be a regular feature in that first year with the club and earned a Scotland cap in October 1991

A disagreement with manager Lou Macari over missed training sessions spelled the end of his career at the Scotland club and he moved to Leicester City in 1995 but serious injuries sustained in a car crash ended his football career.

In 2013 he was appointed manager of East of Scotland League side Eyemouth United.


Mike Galloway (front, far right).