Many have named Geoff as "Mr Connah's Quay Nomads" over the years, having held a role within the club for the majority of his lifetime. Starting out as a player in the 1940's under the guise of Connah's Quay Juniors, Thelwell continued to play for the club for many more years before taking up a number of backroom roles including Secretary, General Manager and Chairman.
Born in 1927, Geoff's main ambition was to be a professional footballer. At the age of 18 he went for a trial with Bolton Wanderers and so impressed the manager that he signed Football League forms that very day. That same year, 1946, Tommy (T.G.) Jones formed a youth team to play in the Northop Junior League. The team was called Connah's Quay Juniors, the forerunner of The Nomads. Geoff was invited to join and T.G. promised he would not stand in the way if Bolton needed him. He played a number of games for Bolton's 'A' and 'B' teams but at Christmas 1946 Geoff was called up for National Service in the Army. In 1948 Bolton came back with an offer of £16 a week to play in the first team but Geoff's parents felt he would earn a better wage at Shotton Steelworks. He refused Bolton's terms and regretted it for the rest of his life.
In 1951 Geoff was courted by Flint Town United, then a top team in the Welsh League (North) and left the Juniors to be a semi-professional footballer. He enjoyed his time at Flint but returned to the Juniors and was part of the club's successful period in the early 1950s. In 1952/53 the Juniors became the Nomads and stepped up to the highest level of football in North Wales with Geoff playing his part at this historic time. Crowds in excess of 3,000 were flocking to the old Halfway Ground as the Nomads enjoyed great success in cup competitions, reaching the semi-final of the Welsh Cup.
Although Geoff also played for Colwyn Bay and Holywell Town he still could not resist moving back to the Nomads when offered the post of player/secretary. The club was £600 in debt and had four professionals on the books. Geoff made major changes and slowly but surely turned things around at the Halfway. That was in the mid-1950s and for more than 40 years thereafter Geoff played a prominent role at the club as both player and committee man, leading the Nomads into the League of Wales upon its formation in 1992.
In a classic club document entitled "Juniors to Nomads" from 1946, Thelwell's bio read "A left-half whom many consider the complete footballer. His service of the ball to his forwards is masterly and like Barker, the Club is his delight. One of our first, the professional bait has been dangled before him, but without success."
|Competition||Appearances||Goals||Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|Welsh League Division 1||5 (0)||0||0||0|
|Welsh Amateur Cup||5 (0)||0||0||0|
|Flintshire League||6 (0)||1||0||0|
|FAW Welsh Cup||1 (0)||0||0||0|