Daniel Grey

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Daniel Grey (1848 – 26 February 1900) was a Welsh medical practitioner who was prominent in the early days of Welsh football, making two appearances for the Wales national football team in the 1870s.

Early life[edit]

Grey was born in New Mills, Lanarkshire in Scotland and attended Glasgow University. He obtained his medical qualifications in 1874, when he moved to Ruabon, near Wrexham, Denbighshire to start a medical practice.[1]

Football career[edit]

Grey was a keen sportsman and soon became one of the principals of the Druids club alongside Llewelyn Kenrick and the Thomson brothers, George and David. Grey became a founder member of the Football Association of Wales and attended the Association's inaugural Annual General Meeting at Shrewsbury on 24 May 1876.[1]

In 1876, he also took part in trials organized by Kenrick to select Welsh players to represent their country in a match against Scotland.[2] The match was played at Hamilton Crescent, Partick, the home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club on 25 March 1876, with Grey playing on the right wing.[3] The Welsh were well defeated, conceding four goals without reply.[4]

In 1877, Grey, described as "a busy player and tremendous worker",[1] played (and scored) for Druids in the inaugural Welsh Cup tie,[5] contributing £15 to the FAW's fund to purchase a trophy.[1] Druids reached the final on 30 March 1878, losing 1–0 to local rivals Wrexham.[6]

Grey's second international appearance came a week before the Cup Final, on 23 March 1878, in a 6–0 defeat by Scotland at the original Hampden Park.[7]

Later career[edit]

Grey had retired from active playing by 1880, but continued to attend Druids and Wrexham matches as a spectator. In his medical capacity, he was often called upon to tend to injured players. In 1889, a Welsh Cup match between Wrexham and Westminster Rovers became particularly violent and Grey was called upon to lecture the players about their behaviour.[1]

Grey continued to live in Ruabon, where he died in February 1900, in his early 50s.[1]




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  2. ^ "The Story of Welsh Football". 1876 Kenrick's Challenge. www.wrexham.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "1876 Programme". The Story of Welsh Football. www.wrexham.gov.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Scotland 4 Wales 0 (25 March 1876)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Welsh Cup 1877–78". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wrexham 1 Druids 0 (30 March 1878)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Scotland 6 Wales 0 (23 March 1878)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 19 February 2010.