Billy Davies (Welsh footballer)

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Billy Davies
Personal information
Full name William Charles Davies
Date of birth 1883
Place of birth Rhayader, Wales
Date of death 1960
Playing position Outside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Rhayader
Llandrindod
Knighton
1903–1905 Shrewsbury Town
1905–1907 Stoke 16 (1)
1907–1908 Crystal Palace 32 (3)
1908–1910 West Bromwich Albion 53 (4)
1910–1915 Crystal Palace 162 (18)
Total 262 (26)
National team
1908–1914 Wales 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William C "Billy" Davies (1883 – 1960)[1] was a Welsh international footballer who played as an outside forward.[2]

Career[edit]

Davies was born in Rhayader[3] and played for Rhayader, Llandrindod, Knighton and Shrewsbury Town before he joined Stoke in 1905. He played 17 times for Stoke in two seasons scoring once against Preston North End on the final day of the 1906–07 which saw Stoke suffer relegation. He then spent a season with Crystal Palace before playing over 50 matches for West Bromwich Albion. He returned to Palace in 1910 and went on to play 162 times in five years.[4]

He was capped on four occasions by the Wales national football team.[2] His first cap came in March 1908[3] when he became Crystal Palace's first current international player.[3]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke 1905–06 4 0 0 0 4 0
1906–07 12 1 1 0 13 1
Crystal Palace 1907–08 32 3 3 1 35 4
West Bromwich Albion 1908–09 33 3 2 0 35 3
1909–10 20 1 1 0 21 1
Crystal Palace[3] 1910–15 162 18 11 1 173 19
Career Total 263 26 18 2 280 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ian King. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–2011. The Derby Books Publishing Company. p. 534. ISBN 9781780910468. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Soccerdata. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b c d Purkiss, Mike; Sands, Nigel. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. The Breedon Books Publishing Company. p. 70. ISBN 0907969542. 
  4. ^ All-time Crystal Palace player appearances