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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? | Football League Trophy Winners 2005

Posted: Fri 16 Jun 2017
Author: Ollie Williams
Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

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We continue the series with the trophy winners...

Following a superb run in the 2004/2005 Football League Trophy, the Dragons marched to Cardiff to claim silverware by triumphing 2-0 in extra-time against Southend United. Here we take a look at where that famous side are now.

Denis Smith - Manager
Denis Smith led Wrexham to the final and has gone down in Wrexham history as one of the best manager’s to lead the Dragons. Since his departure in 2007 he has been scouting and coaching, most of the time with former club Stoke City. 

Ben Foster - Goalkeeper
Goalkeeper Ben Foster joined the Dragons from Stoke City on loan in 2005, where he made 17 league appearances. He kept a clean sheet in the final and in doing so added his first piece of silverware in football. Later that year he joined Manchester United and was loaned to Watford, earning the player of the season award in 2006. He made 12 Premier League appearance for the Red Devils before signing for Birmingham City. In 2012 he joined West Bromwich Albion, making an initial loan permanent. He has earned eight England caps and was selected for the 2014 World Cup squad.

Stephen Roberts - Centre Back
Roberts began his career in 1998 with Wrexham and remained at the club for seven years. He played the opening 14 minutes of the final before being forced off through injury. In the summer of 2005 he moved on to Doncaster Rovers, before moving to Walsall. In 2009 at the age of 29 he announced his retirement due to a persistent back injury. He went on to work as a carpenter as well as an artist.

Dennis Lawrence - Centre Back
Trinidadian defender Dennis Lawrence was a vital part of the team that secured success in Cardiff. He joined in 2001 from Defence Force in his native country and spent five years in North Wales. He left Wrexham in 2006 and signed for Swansea City before a loan spell at Crewe Alexandra. He finished his playing career with San Juan Jabloteh in Trinidad & Tobago. In 2010 he was appointed a coach of Wigan Athletic with Roberto Martinez, and followed him to Everton. In January 2017 he was appointed manager of his home nation.

Craig Morgan - Centre Back
Flint born Morgan began his career at the Racecourse in 2002 and won his first trophy in Cardiff. He departed for MK Dons in 2005 and returned to Wrexham on loan in 2006. He went on to have spells with Peterborough United, Preston North End and Rotherham United. He joined Wigan Athletic in 2015 and features regularly, signing a new deal in March until 2019. Since leaving the Dragons, he has featured 23 times for Wales.

Andy Holt - Left Wingback
Holt began life with Oldham Athletic in 1995 where he remained for six years, going on to play for Hull City, Barnsley and Shrewsbury Town before signing for Wrexham in 2004. Two years with the Dragons saw him turn out 81 times in the league before joining Northampton Town. He stayed there for six years before following manager Ian Simpson to Corby Town. He suffered an injury forcing him to retire in 2012, and now he works as a senior accounts manager.

Carlos Edwards - Right Wingback
Fan favourite Edwards joined the club from Defence Force in 2000 and went on to make 166 league appearances. In 2005 he joined Luton Town before spells with Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Ipswich Town and Millwall. With Sunderland he went on to win the Championship before playing in the Premier League. He is currently without a club. 

Chris Llewellyn - Striker
Welsh international Llewellyn signed for Wrexham from Norwich City in 2003 where he remained for two seasons. He made 91 appearances before heading to Hartlepool United. He re-signed for the Dragons in 2006 for a futher two years before playing for Grimsby Town, Neath, Llanelli, Aberystwyth Town and West End. He is now working as a youth team coach for Swansea City.

Darren Ferguson - Midfield / Captain
Wrexham’s cup final skipper Ferguson joined the club in 1999 and spent a superb eight years with the side. He began life with Manchester United before spells with Wolves and Sparta Rotterdam. He made 310 league appearances for the Dragons before finishing his career with Peterborough United. The man who lifted the title and led the celebrations after the match, he got himself on the score sheet to seal the game with two minutes remaining in extra-time. He has since managed Peterborough as well as Preston North End and is currently in charge of Doncaster Rovers having earned promotion from League Two last term.

Matt Crowell - Midfield
A product of the academies at Swansea City and Southampton, Crowell joined Wrexham in 2003 and remained for five years. He went on to turn out for Northwich Victoria, Altrincham, Central Coast Mariners, Franborough, Port Talbot Town and CD Ourense. He is currently 32 and playing for Maitland FC in Australia. 

Mark Jones - Midfield
Wrexham native Jones began his career at the Racecourse in 2002 and spent six initial years with the club. Having left in 2008 for Rochdale he returned in 2009 for one final year with the club. In 2010 he joined Welsh Premier League side Bala Town where he remains today having made over 200 appearances for the Lakesiders. He has ventured into Europe and won the Welsh Cup last season but left the club in May 2017.

Juan Ugarte - Striker
Spanish striker Juan is a cult hero at Wrexham and his goal to open the scoring in extra-time is remembered by all who witnessed it. Having joined from Dorchester in 2004 he had previously played for Real Sociedad, Eibar, Real Union and Barakaldo. He scored 16 goals in 30 league games before joining Crewe but he would return to Wrexham in 2006. However, injury ended his career early and he retired in 2008. Ugarte has visited Wrexham since departing playing in charity matches at the Racecourse and now owns his own business is Spain.

Substitutes 
Ryan Harrison- Retired and now running several businesses.
Danny Williams- Retired.
Dean Bennett- Retired
Shaun Pejic- Now working as a producer for EA Sports’ ‘FIFA’ franchise.
Hector Sam- Retired

More from this series: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? | 2013 FA Trophy Final Winners
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