Friday 4th September 2026
Josh Solomon-Davies sits on the almost white sands on the beach, the sea a deep clear greeny blue beneath the cloudless blue sky. There’s a light hum of Caribbean steel-drum music playing from an 80’s style ghetto blaster in the background coupled with the sound of light waves politely curling onto the soft sand. Thanks to the palm trees casting a very welcome shadow this is as close to paradise that you can get. This is also the life of a current international part-time footballer with 53 caps to his name for his country, St.Lucia. The FC Isle of Man right back has swapped Douglas Central beach for La Toc beach in St.Lucia for the next week at least.
It’s a bit of downtime for the right back and he surrounds himself with some of his fellow English league contingent teammates who have also made the long journey from England (at their own expense) for the 2 friendlies against St.Martins and St.Pierre & Miquelon. Jano Doncien, Woking’s 32 year old centre-back and the nations captain, is lay on his back bare chested and eyes closed with excessively big wireless headphones cupped over his ears. Antonio Junior Baptiste who represents Boston United of the Vanarama North most Saturday’s is trying to take photo’s for his Instagram account of the 2 Boreham Wood players Thadeus Remy and Francis Duncan doing keepy uppies and showboat style skills barefoot on the sand.
You can’t blame the players for having a bit of downtime, last night in sweltering conditions, they played out a 1-2 defeat with St.Martins in an international friendly at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium. The game, as low key as international fixture you can find, had massive relevance to FC Isle of Man as Josh Solomon Brown, the Ravens’ current backup right back, became FC Isle of Man’s first internationally capped player.
|Francis Duncan||Boreham Wood||23||1|
|Antonio Junio Baptiste||Boston United||16||1|
|Kieran Monlouis||Mile Oak||62||4|
|Randy President||Ipswich Town||2||–|
|Thadeus Remy||Boreham Wood||35||10|
|Josh Solomon-Brown||FC Isle of Man||53||1|
|Earl Roserie||Oughtibridge WMC||8||–|
Solomon-Davies was born in Saint Lucia to an English father, and moved to England at the age of six. His grandfather, Carlos “Ball” Southwell was also a Saint Lucian international footballer.
At age 17 Solomon-Davies made his professional debut with Tranmere Rovers in a 1-0 National League win over Maidstone United on 29 April 2017.
The following season, on 24 April 2018, Solomon-Davies made his second senior team appearance for Tranmere Rovers in the home fixture against Solihull Moors, losing 2-1.
Having declined the offer of a professional contract with Tranmere Rovers, Solomon-Davies signed with Stalybridge Celtic on 27 September 2018 on a non-contract basis.
He moved to Marine in the Northern Premier League Division 1 North West the following season and spent 5 seasons at Rossett Park. A move to Whickham in Gateshead followed and Josh had arguably his finest season in 2023/24 helping them to Northern League Division 2 title.
Chris Bass persuaded Solomon-Brown to sign the dotted line for FC Isle of Man during pre-season of 2026/27 as extra quality and depth was needed for their debut campaign in the Northern Premier League.
So far, Josh only has 45 minutes in an FC Isle of Man shirt to his name, coming on as a half-time replacement for Isaac Currie at Dunston on 18th August 2026, the game was won 4-3. FC Isle of Man have started okay in their first season in the Northern Premier League, 4 wins and 3 losses and manager Chris Bass has stuck with his preferred XI so far meaning a spell on the sidelines for Josh as he waits for his opportunity to make a mark on the first team.
In 2 days time, Josh and his compatriots are back in action at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground when they play St.Pierre & Miquelon in another friendly as they continue there preparations for the North America Nations League which kicks off in a years time.
The ground in the Gros Islet region near Rodney Bay is the finest stadium on the small Carribean island that has a population just 182,000. It’s no surprise that cricket is the main sport here and the crowds are more likely to turn out in big numbers to watch the West Indies cricket team that have performed here many times before. The marked out football pitch on the oval cricket pitch doesn’t have the greatest surface and the setting looks bizarre.
Meanwhile, back in Douglas on the Isle of Man, the weather has turned very autumnal and grey as the Ravens prepare to take on 14th placed Gainsborough Trinity in the Northern Premier League. It’s been a steady start for FC Isle of Man in the debut season in the Northern Premier League currently sitting in 4th place after 6 games.
It shows you how far FC Isle of Man have come in the last 6 years from their debut season where the backup right back was a 16 year old schoolboy. It’s early days in Josh Solomon-Brown’s career at FC Isle of Man but his international pedigree has piqued the interest of the locals here who will be keeping a fine eye on his progress.
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