Brian Griffiths (footballer)

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For the English former Wigan Athletic footballer born in 1965, see Bryan Griffiths
For the footballer and manager born in 1939, see Bryan Griffiths (footballer born 1939)

Brian Griffiths
Personal information
Date of birth (1933-11-21) 21 November 1933 (age 85)
Place of birth Penycae, Wrexham, Wales
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Ruabon Youth Club
Ruabon Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1952 Blackpool 0 (0)
1952–1958 Wrexham 22 (11)
1958–1959 Chester 2 (1)
1959–1960 Caernarfon Town
1960–1962 Holywell Town
?–? Ludlow Town
National team
Wales Schoolboys 5 (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Brian Griffiths (born 21 November 1933) is a Welsh former professional footballer.

Playing career[edit]

Griffiths helped Ruabon Grammar School win the Denbighshire Schools' Championship before going on to spend time with Ruabon Youth Club and Ruabon Athletic.[1] He went on to join Blackpool on amateur terms but he rejected the opportunity to sign as a professional due to working for MANWEB.[1] During this period he was capped four times by Wales Schoolboys, scoring a hat-trick against Republic of Ireland in a 4–3 win.[1]

In the summer of 1952, Griffiths joined Wrexham as an amateur, signing a part-time contract in May 1953.[1] He remained part-time throughout his career despite pressure from club officials to become a full-time player.[1] He scored 11 times in just 22 league appearances for Wrexham, including a hat-trick against Darlington,[2] before moving to local rivals Chester in 1958, where he was restricted to just two league outings. After leaving Chester he dropped outside The Football League, spending time with Caernarfon Town, Holywell Town and Ludlow Town.[1]

Away from football, Griffiths worked for MANWEB until he retired in 1991, with his other duties including being a member of Rhuddlan Golf Club and a church warden and treasurer at Rhuddlan Parish Church.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Davies, Gareth M; Jones, Peter (1999). The Racecourse Robins. Davies and Jones. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-9524950-1-5.
  2. ^ "Griffiths scores 3 goals in Wrexham's 18th unbeaten game". Wrexham County Borough Council. Retrieved 23 May 2009.