Reginald Davies (footballer, born 1897)

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Reginald Davies
Reginald Davies, Brentford FC footballer, 1928.jpg
Davies while with Brentford in 1928.
Personal information
Full name Reginald Davies[1]
Date of birth (1897-09-30)30 September 1897
Place of birth Stanton Hill, England
Date of death 7 January 1977(1977-01-07) (aged 79)
Place of death Sutton-in-Ashfield, England
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Sutton Town
1922–1927 Portsmouth 201 (3)
1928–1932 Brentford 116 (0)
1932 Mansfield Town 18
Total 335
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Reginald Davies (30 September 1897 – 7 January 1977) was an English professional football wing half who made over 330 appearances in the Football League for Portsmouth, Brentford and Mansfield Town.[2]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

A wing half, Davies began his career in non-league football with local side Sutton Town.[1]

Portsmouth[edit]

Davies began his league career at Division Three South side Portsmouth, captaining the side which rose from the basement to Division One in four seasons.[2] He departed Fratton Park in the summer of 1927,[2] after making 216 appearances and scoring three goals for Pompey.[3]

Brentford[edit]

Aged almost 30, Davies dropped back down to the Division Three South to sign for Brentford in the summer of 1927 for a £250 fee.[2] Despite his age, he was a virtual ever-present for the team at wing half and played in all 42 league games of the 1929–30 season,[4] when the Bees won all 21 home games at Griffin Park to set a record which has never been equalled.[5] He dropped down into the reserves in 1931, helping the side win the 1931–32 London Combination.[2] Davies left the Bees in the summer of 1932, having made 123 appearances for the club.[2]

Mansfield Town[edit]

Davies returned to his native Nottinghamshire and saw out his career with a spell at Division Three North side Mansfield Town.[2]

Honours[edit]

Portsmouth

Brentford Reserves

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portsmouth 1922–23[3] Third Division South 21 0 0 0 21 0
1923–24[3] 33 0 4 0 37 0
1924–25[3] Second Division 41 0 4 0 45 0
1925–26[3] 40 0 3 0 43 0
1926–27[3] 42 2 3 0 45 2
1927–28[3] First Division 24 1 1 0 25 1
Total 201 3 15 0 216 3
Brentford 1928–29[4] Third Division South 36 0 2 0 38 0
1929–30[4] 42 0 1 0 43 0
1930–31[4] 38 0 4 0 42 0
Total 116 0 7 0 123 0
Career total 116 0 7 0 123 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 76. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920–2006. Yore Publications. pp. 45, 46. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "PompeyRama – Reginald Davies". Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 370–371. ISBN 0951526200. 
  5. ^ History. "Brentford FC History". brentfordfc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 June 2015.