Ex-players from in and around the Mold area


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.


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