Fred Davies

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Fred Davies
Personal information
Date of birth (1939-08-22) 22 August 1939 (age 75)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Llandudno
1957–1961 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1968 Wolverhampton Wanderers 156 (0)
1967 Los Angeles Wolves (guest) 5 (0)
1968–1970 Cardiff City 99 (0)
1970–1974 Bournemouth 134 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1997 Shrewsbury Town
1997–1999 Weymouth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Fred Davies (born 22 August 1939 in Liverpool) is an English former footballer who made nearly 400 appearances in the Football League playing as a goalkeeper for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cardiff City and Bournemouth.[1] He also played for the Wolves team which, playing as the Los Angeles Wolves won the 1967 United Soccer Association championship.[2][3] He later became a manager, taking charge of Shrewsbury Town and Weymouth.

Career[edit]

Davies joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1957 but had to wait five years before making his debut on 27 January 1962 in an FA Cup tie against rivals West Brom. He managed 12 appearances during this season, and made the position his own in the 1962–63 campaign, replacing Malcolm Finlayson.

He faced competition throughout his time at Molineux, but was the club's main goalkeeper during the mid 1960s as they suffered relegation from the top flight, only to win promotion back in 1966–67.

In 1968, the goalkeeper left Wolves for Second Division Cardiff City where he played over 100 games in total before moving onto Bournemouth (then Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic) two years later. He won another promotion here as the club went up to the (old) Third Division in 1970–71.

Upon retiring from playing, he joined his former Bournemouth manager John Bond as a coach at Norwich City and later had two spells on the coaching staff at Swansea City during the 1980s. He joined up again with John Bond in the early 1990s at Shrewsbury Town and stepped in as caretaker manager after Bond's resignation in May 1993.

Davies' first season in management was a success as Shrewsbury won the Third Division championship, and he was officially appointed on a full-time basis in January 1994. He took the club to Wembley for the first time in their history in April 1996 when they reached the final of the Auto Windscreens Shield, only to lose 2–1 to Rotherham United. Davies steered the club clear of the drop in the third tier for two seasons before relegation struck in 1996–97, which cost him his job. He later managed Weymouth from 1997 to 1999.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fred Davies". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "North American Soccer League Rosters Los Angeles Wolves". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Holroyd, Steve. "The Year in American Soccer – 1967". The American Soccer History Archives. Dave Litterer. Retrieved 24 January 2010.