Wyn Davies

Position Centre Forward
Playing career 1966 - 1971
Height 6' 1"
Born Caernarfon, 20th March 1942

Wyn Davies joined United from Bolton Wanderers in October 1966 and immediately became a crowd favourite on Tyneside. The Welshman had impressed manager Joe Harvey when Bolton lost 2 - 0 on Tyneside in April 1965, a result that was to prove crucial in United winning the Division Two Championship.

Not a prolific scorer, but his contribution to the United cause, both in creating chances for his colleagues, notably Bryan Robson, and wreaking havoc amongst opposition defences, was immense as United qualified for and then conquered Europe.

Wyn was the perfect target man in the famous United Number 9 jersey, his fantastic aerial ability meant he never gave defenders a moment's peace with European opposition finding him particularly hard to handle. Nicknamed 'Wyn the Leap' he was like a battering ram at the focal point of United's attack and an incredibly brave whole-hearted player too.

Wyn saved his best displays for United's 1968/69 Inter Cities Fairs Cup campaign. After qualifying from 10th place the previous season, United stormed through Europe with 'The Mighty Wyn' being United's talisman throughout an epic 12 match run to glory in Budapest. Wyn scored the fourth in the opening game, a 4 - 0 hammering of Dutch side Feyenoord and as an ever present in that glorious cup run, became one of Europe's most feared strikers - before handing over the goal scoring mantle to captain Bobby Moncur in the final against Ujpest Dozsa!

Wyn will be recalled with esteem by every United supporter lucky enough to see him play. After he left United, he moved on to have successful short spells at Manchester City and Manchester United but it was the Geordie fans who were lucky enough to see him in his prime.

Debut:

Sunderland (h) 29/10/66

Appearances:

Football League 181 apps 40 gls
FA Cup 8 apps 3 gls
FL Cup 3 apps 0 gls
Europe 24 apps 10 gls
Total 216 apps 53 gls


Honours:

34 Wales caps 1964 - 74 6 goals

Inter Cities Fairs Cup Winner 1969