Bill Davies (Canadian football)

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Bill Davies
Date of birth January 25, 1916
Place of birth Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date of death May 28, 1990
Career information
Position(s) Fullback, Flying Wing, Tackle
College none - Montreal Catholic High School
Career history
As player
1936–37 Montreal Indians
1938 Montreal Nationals
1939 Montreal Royals
1940–41 Montreal Bulldogs
1943 Verdun Grads
1945 Montreal Hornets
1946 Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1939
Awards 1939 - Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy

Bill Davies was an all-star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, playing from 1936 to 1946.

Coming straight from high school in 1936, Davies first suited up for the Montreal Indians. He ended up playing for nearly every team in his hometown: Montreal Nationals, Montreal Royals, Montreal Bulldogs, Verdun Grads and the Montreal Hornets.[1]

Davies best season was, ironically, with the winless Montreal Royals in 1939. As one of the league's "brightest stars" and "outstanding as a secondary defenseman", he won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the best player in the IRFU.[2] He would conclude his career in 1946, playing 4 games as one of the inaugural Montreal Alouettes.

Davies later took up coaching, leading the Lakeshore Junior Alouettes from 1952 to 1957, winning six straight Quebec Junior championships and a National Championship in 1953. Bill Davies died May 28, 1990.


  1. ^ CFLAPEDIA entry : Bill Davies
  2. ^ Jeff Russel Trophy to Bill Davies, Montreal Royals Windsor Daily Star, November 25, 1939