Joe Davies (footballer, born 1866)

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Joe Davies
Personal information
Full name Joseph Davies
Date of birth 1866[1]
Place of birth Chirk, Wales[1]
Date of death 1943[1]
Place of death Chirk, Wales[1]
Height 5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)[1]
Playing position Inside right
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1888–1889 Everton 8 (2)
1889–1891 Chirk
1891–1894 Ardwick 16 (8)
1894–1895 Sheffield United 12 (4)
1895–1896 Manchester City 11 (4)
1896–1898 Millwall Athletic
1898–1900 Reading
1900–1901 Manchester City 8 (1)
1901–1902 Stockport County 29 (7)
1902–1905 Chirk
National team
1889–1900 Wales 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Joseph "Joe" Davies (1866 – 7 October 1943) was a Welsh international footballer who played as an inside right.


Club career[edit]

Born in Chirk in Wales, Davies worked as a miner whilst playing for his hometown club of Chirk.[1] He moved to Everton in October 1888 where he made his Football League debut against West Bromwich Albion in December of that year.[1] His spell on Merseyside was a brief one, and he returned to Chirk in 1889, remaining there for two further years. A three-year spell at Ardwick followed before he was transferred to Sheffield United in January 1894.[1]

The Blades were playing in the Football League First Division by this stage and Davies never cemented himself as a first team player, making only 18 appearances despite seven goals during them.[1] He was suspended by United in September 1895 for "lodging in a public house" (the club was run on strict Methodist lines at the time),[1] before being transferred back to Ardwick, now renamed Manchester City, in the following November along with Hugh Morris and Bob Hill.[1]

Davies subsequently became a much travelled player with spells at Millwall Athletic (1896–98), Reading (1898–1900), a third spell at Manchester City (1900–1901), Stockport County (1901–1902) where he made the majority of his career Football League appearances, before finally returning to Chirk for a third time in 1902 where he played until retiring in 1905.[1]

International career[edit]

Davies made his international debut for Wales on 15 April 1889, playing in a 0–0 draw with Scotland in Wrexham.[2] He went on to play eleven times in total for his country without scoring a goal.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7. 
  2. ^ a b "Joseph Davies II". Retrieved 11 November 2012.