John Leighton Davies

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John Leighton Davies
Personal information
Full name John Leighton Davies
Born (1927-08-24)24 August 1927
Skewen, Wales
Died April 1995 (aged 67–68)
Wakefield, England
Playing information
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 15 st 0 lb (95 kg; 210 lb)
Rugby union
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1948–48 Neath RFC
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1948–≤48 Glamorgan County RFC 6
Rugby league
Position Centre
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1948–52 Wakefield Trinity

John Leighton Davies ((1927-08-24)24 August 1927[1] — April 1995 (aged 67–68)) born in Skewen (birth registered in Swansea), was a Welsh rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s, and 1950s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Glamorgan County RFC, and at club level for Neath RFC, and playing club level rugby league (RL) for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 571), as a Centre, i.e. number 3 or 4, he died in Wakefield.

After retirement, he became a patron of Wakefield RFC and was an active supporter of the club until his death.[2]

He was also heavily responsible for Wakefield RFC’s 'Salute to Rugby'[3] book a compilation of "favourite recipes from famous people" including Prince Charles and the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, which was published in 1980 in support of Wakefield Rugby Football Club.

An acknowledgment in the book reads

“J Leighton Davies, for his superhuman efforts in compiling all the recipes”.

He was the father in law of former Wakefield RFC captain Martin Shuttleworth and grandfather of Otley's Iain Shuttleworth.[4]

Contemporaneous Article Extract[edit]

"Born in Skewen, South Wales, gained international schoolboy honours at Neath Technical. Played for Neath R.U. and had represented Glamorgan County on six occasions to reach the verge of international honours before turning to R.L. in October 1948. Looked set for an illustrious professional career when a succession of knee injuries forced his premature retirement in 1952."[5]

Genealogical information[edit]

John Leighton Davies' marriage to Dorothy E. (née Banham) was registered during April→June 1950 in Wakefield district.[6]


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Wakefield Rugby Football Club—1901-2001 A Centenary History. Written and compiled by David Ingall in 2001
  3. ^ Salute to Rugby – Wakefield Rugby Football Club published in 1980
  4. ^ Wakefield Rugby Football Club—1901-2001 A Centenary History. Written and compiled by David Ingall in 2001
  5. ^ Lindley, John (1960). Dreadnoughts - A HISTORY OF Wakefield Trinity F. C. 1873 - 1960. John Lindley Son & Co Ltd. ISBN n/a
  6. ^ "Marriage details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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