James Davey

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This article is about the British rugby union player. For the English rugby league footballer, see James Davey (rugby league). For the Irish Presbyterian minister, see James E. Davey.
Olympic medal record
Men's Rugby union
Silver medal – second place 1908 London Team competition

James "Maffer" Davey (25 December 1880 – 18 October 1951) was a British rugby union player who competed in the Rugby event at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

He was born on Christmas Day in Redruth, Cornwall and played for Redruth R.F.C. as a fly-half. He then spent some years working in the gold mines of the Witwatersrand, captaining Transvaal from 1904 to 1906.[1] On his return to Cornwall he played twice on the losing side for England, once in 1908 against Scotland and once in 1909 against Wales.

He was a member of the rugby team which won the silver medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics, when Cornwall represented Great Britain. He also took part in the 1908 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia where he played in one match.[2]


  1. ^ "Rugby's famous Christmas babies". Rugbyrugby.com. Retrieved 2012-07-04. 
  2. ^ "England Players and Officials/Maffer Davey". Retrieved 2012-06-04. 

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