Ron Davies Profile
Ronald Tudor Davies, born Holywell, Wales, May 25, 1942. Being blessed with a fair portion of determination and professionalism, Ron Davies accumulated an impressive 288 goals in 644 appearances during his career. After starting out with Chester City, Davies went on to play for several teams, including Norwich City, Southampton, and Manchester United.
After a trial at Blackburn Rovers, Ron Davies signed professional terms with League Division Four club Chester City in July 1959, and debuted for the The Seals in a 5-0 Fourth Division defeat to Workington at Borough Park on the 26th of March 1960. Following 44 hits in 94 Division Four outings for the Sealand Road side, the prolific marksman was sold to League Division Two Luton Town for a transfer fee of around £12,000 at the start of the 1962-63 season. After hitting 21 goals during 32 Football League appearances for The Hatters, he decided to leave Kenilworth Road for Norwich City where he would clock up 58 Second Division goals in 113 matches for The Canaries before he was lured to newly promoted First Division outfit Southampton for an estimated transfer fee of £55,000 at the end of the 1965-66 campaign. The Welshman was handed his First Division debut for The Saints by Ted Bates in a 1-1 draw to fellow promotion winners Manchester City at The Dell on the opening day of the 1966-67 season, and netted his first goal for Soton in a 3-2 triumph over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road the following Saturday. A born goal scorer, Davies recorded his first hat-trick for the club in a 4-4 draw to Leicester City at The Dell on the 14th of January 1967, and hit another treble in a 4-0 win at home to Burnley on the 8th of April the same year. He topped the First Division scoring charts in both 1967-68 and 1968-69, and he proved his match winning abilities when he bagged all four goals in a shock 4-1 First Division triumph over Manchester United at Old Trafford on the 16th of August 1969. The uncompromising frontman continued to thrive under Bates, and went on to record 134 goals during 240 Football League outings for the South Coasters until he left for League Division Two team Portsmouth in April 1973.
During his stay at Fratton Park, Ron Davies managed to contribute 18 goals in 59 Second Division appearances for Pompey before he made a surprise move to Manchester United partly into the 1974-75 campaign. Davies made his debut for United when he entered the field as a second period substitute for versatile defender Brian Greenhoff in a 3-2 Second Division triumph against fellow promotion chasers Sunderland at Old Trafford on the 30th of November 1974, and the seasoned veteran campaigner made ten first team apperances for the club before he was shipped out on loan to Division Three Millwall, for whom he appeared in three Third Division matches. After leaving Manchester United in November 1975, he signed with North American Soccer League club Los Angeles Aztecs where he linked up with former Old Trafford star George Best. There followed moves to Tulsa Roughnecks, and then Seattle Sounders, before he finally called it a day in 1979. A lavishly gifted striker with a dynamic burst of speed, he was given his full debut for his native Wales by Trevor Morris in a 3-2 British Home Championship defeat against old rivals Northern Ireland at Vetch Field in Swansea on the 15th of April 1964, scoring one of the goals for The Dragons. As a Wales player, Ron Davies amassed 9 goals in 29 senior appearances in an international career which spanned over ten years, with his last match coming in a 2–0 British Home Championship defeat to England at Ninian Park in Cardiff on the 11th of May 1974. Ron Davies Playing Career: Chester City, Luton Town, Norwich City, Southampton, Portsmouth, Manchester United, Millwall, Los Angeles Aztecs, Tulsa Roughnecks, Seattle Sounders. Managing Career: None.