Dai Davies 1948-2021
10 February 2021

Dai Davies 1948-2021

The FAW are saddened to hear about the passing of former Cymru goalkeeper Dai Davies.

Dai Davies

  • Cymru debut 16 April 1975 v Hungary
  • 52 Cymru caps
  • 1976 European Nations Cup quarter finalist

Born in Glanamman, Davies made his Cymru debut on 16 April 1975 against Hungary and went on to earn 52 caps for the national side. Davies was also part of the Cymru squad that reached the quarter finals of the European Nations Cup in 1976.

At club level, Davies represented Swansea City, Everton, Tranmere Rovers, Bangor City and Wrexham, with whom he won the Welsh Cup in the 1985/86 season.

Ian Gwyn Hughes, FAW Head of Public Affairs, who worked with Davies for many years, said: “I first came across Dai in 1970 watching him play for the Wales under 23 team against England at the Racecourse. He was outstanding that night in a goalless draw.

"I watched him at Swansea City, Everton and Wrexham as well as with the senior men’s team over the years not knowing of course that later we would work closely together. 

"We co-commentated on so many matches on both the BBC and S4C and worked on the weekly programme Gol. As a pundit he was forthright, honest and respected. He was a terrific ambassador for Wales, its language and culture.

Davies’ contribution to the Welsh language was also acknowledged in 1978 when he was initiated to the Gorsedd of Bards.

Hughes added: "He was a giant of a personality both on and off the pitch. It was a privilege to have known him.”

The thoughts of everyone at the FAW are with Dai’s family and friends.