Ex-players from in and around the Mold area


Mike Williams 

Mike Williams played league football for Wrexham as well as our cross border rivals, Chester City, both as a defender and a midfielder.

Born in Mancot in 1965, Mike began his playing career representing school sides in Buckley where he hailed from and also during that time represented Wales at Schoolboy level. It was from there that he caught the eye of Everton and joined them at 14 under schoolboy terms. During his two years with them, Mike competed at Welsh Youth level as well as at B and representative games at club level. He was not offered an apprenticeship and left Everton, going on to play for Hawarden Rangers in the 1981/1982 season. It was at Hawarden that Mike was spotted by Wrexham legend Cliff Sear, who at the time was Youth Team Coach at Chester City. Sear offered Mike a trial and subsequently an apprenticeship, leading him to make his Football League debut on the 8th of May 1982. Following this, Mike signed professional terms with the Club at 18 years old and continued to get first team action for the next two years. 

A cartilage injury put paid to a potential move to Chelsea, managed by another Wrexham legend, John Neal and Mike was released by Chester in the summer of 1984, Williams was then brought to Wrexham AFC by Manager Bobby Roberts where he made 238 appearances, scoring 5 goals. Mike established himself as a first team regular during this time, which included three European  campaigns (including that win against Porto) as well as a Welsh Cup Winners medial in 1986, with his last game coming against Manchester United in October 1990 in the European Cup Winners Cup.

Williams was plagued with a continuing knee injury which eventually forced him into early retirement at the age of 26 in 1991. He was awarded a testimonial on the 7th April 1992 when Wrexham played rivals Chester City in front of a crowd of 1,984, the game ending 1-1.

Mike continued to have a link with the Club, doing some scouting for a while when Manager Brian Flynn was in charge. Williams’ family are local to the Mold area with some still living close to the town centre. His Uncle Ronnie also played for local team Mold Alexandra.


RAY SMITH 

1967- 1972

Originally born in London, Ray was brought to Wrexham AFC by Alvan Williams in July of 1967, for a club record fee of £8,000. He scored on his debut for the Club against Luton in the August of 1967 and that season was our leading goal scorer with 18 goals. 

Ray then played under John Neal, when John arrived at the Club for the 1968/1969 season, again finishing as top goal scorer with 15 goals. He gained promotion to the Third Division with Wrexham, as runners up, during the 1969/1970 season. 

Ray appeared in the Welsh Cup Final in our 1971 defeat to Cardiff City but went on win that Cup in 1972. Injuries limited his appearances for the Club, where he found himself playing in both a central defensive role as well as, more prominently, a centre forward position. 

 Ray was affectionately known to supporters as Smudger Smith or Smithy and regularly had fans chanting on the terraces ‘Smithy, Smithy, we’d walk a million miles for one of your goals, my Smithy! His most famous goal came against Liverpool, at Anfield, on the 24th of January 1970, in the FA Cup Third round and was known in the media as ‘The goal that silenced the Kop’. Ray eventually settled in the area after his career finished.

DAI DAVIES

1977 - 1981

1985 - 1986

Born William David Davies on the 1st of April 1948 in Glanamman in the Amman Valley, Dai Davies played football for Everton, Wrexham, Tranmere Rovers and Swansea City, as well as Wales, between 1969 and 1987.

Davies joined Wrexham in 1977 and won the Football League Division Three title in his first season with the Club. He left for Swansea in 1981, had a spell with Tranmere Rovers from 1983 as player-coach. After a brief retirement he joined Bangor City where he played in the 1985/1986 European Cup Winners' Cup. 

His next spell took him back to Wrexham where Dai won a Welsh Cup medal in the 1985/1986 season but failed to make any league appearances. In all Dai played 199 games for Wrexham, letting in 210 goals and keeping a total of 63 clean sheets.

In regards to his international career, Dai made a total of 52 appearances for Wales (28 whilst at Wrexham), making his debut on the 16th of April 1975 against Hungary. His last Welsh cap came against France on the 2nd of June 1982.

Outside of football Davies became a part-owner of Siop Y Siswrn in Mold as well as an S4C football commentator. As a qualified teacher, Dai taught PE at Mold Alun as well as Holywell High School. Davies is also a Druid, having been initiated into the Welsh Gorsedd of Bards in 1978.







           

 
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