willie davies - fact file

1930 - 1933        winger

FULL NAME :   WILLIAM DAVIES
 

Born on 16th February 1900 in Glamorgan, Wales.

Height : - .m  (5' 7")

Weight : -  - kgs    (10st 10lbs)

 

Willie Davies was a short, but skilful winger, who was able to trick his way past many a tough defender, using his dribbling ability and a change of pace.

The son of Thomas Davies and Mary Hannah Davies, he had two older sisters - Mary and Catherine. William, known as Willie or sometimes Billy, was a noted player in his community and moved from minor clubs (including Rhymney where he scored 61 goals in a season) to Swansea Town quickly.  Impressing at the South Wales club, playing all along the front line, before he stuck at outside right and he won international recognition by Wales in 1924, which precipitated a move to Cardiff City.  His progress continued and he won another eight caps while with the Bluebirds, reaching a FA Cup final with them in 1925, but losing it to Sheffield United.  Willie had scored directly from a corner kick in the last minute of the quarter final against Leicester City to win the match and help his team to Wembley.

Unfortunately Willie contracted a serious chest illness soon after and missed more than a year for Cardiff, including the teams FA Cup victory over Arsenal in 1927. He came back into the side at the start of the 1927-28 season, but his next move saw him transfer to England with Notts. County, where he won the last eight of his remaining caps.  It was from there that he was spotted playing by Spurs, who moved for him in a 3,400 transfer to bring the Welshman to the Lane.  Willie's pace could take him into goal-scoring positions, as well as take him past opposition full backs, making him a useful player to have in the side.  His consistency and lack of injuries made him a regular for Spurs missing only four out of 105 matches, but as he got older, younger, more spritely wingers caught him up and overtook him.  John McCormick was the one who replaced Willie, who appeared only 15 times as Spurs were promoted in 1932-33.

After retiring from the game, Willie was in charge of school caretaking in Pontarddulais.

Willie Davies died on 6th August 1953 in Lllandiello, Carmarthensire, Wales

 

NICKNAME :  "Little Billy"

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Troedrhwfuwch ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Rhymney ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Swansea Amateurs ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Swansea Town May 1921 10s 6d (0.52) ??  45 4
Cardiff City June 1924 25 ??  88 17
Notts County March 1928 ?? ??  71 7
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR February 1930 3,400 15th February 1930 v Oldham Athletic (Division Two) (home) won 2-1 109 19
Swansea Town 14 September 1933 300 ??  65 12
Llanelli 1936 ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
Treosrhwfuwch
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Rhymney
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Swansea Town
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Cardiff City
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
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- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Swansea Town
- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Llanelli

- League appearances; ?? goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals

Honours
Wales international
17 full caps;  ?? goals
Debut 16.02.1924 v Scotland (Home Nations tournament) (Cardiff) won 2-0
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---
FA Cup runners-up medal 1924-1925  (Cardiff City)
Football League Division Two Runners-up medal 1932-33  (THFC)
Welsh League representative X1 1927

Milestones
- appearance

           

When the Cardiff City team went to the tailors to get fitted for suits for the FA Cup Final in 1925, Billy was sent to the "Boys Dept" for his shoes, as he had size 4 feet, much to the amusement of the rest of the team !
Billy was noted for his motorbike. He and Harry actually crashed on it, and it was even made into one of those football sketches of the time. They apparently crashed and a woman said. "I didn't see what happened". Harry apparently said, "Well wait there and we will go back and do it again"!
 
In 1901 he lived at 8 Harriet Town, Troedyrhiw.
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