On this day in 1908, Dai Davies won his last cap as goalkeeper for Wales, despite the fact that Davies was a supporter and not a member of the squad!
Leigh Richmond Roose, Wales’s goalkeeper, suffered an injury early on during the game against England at the Racecourse, Wrexham.
A defender, Charlie Morris, took Roose’s place in goal for the rest of the first half but at half time, England captain Viv Woodward allowed Wales to call on Davies from the crowd to take to the field.
Davies was originally a rugby league player, moving from Llanelli to Swinton for the princely sum of £20 in 1898 and Davies went on to play in Swinton’s Rugby League Challenge Cup winning team in 1900.
He started playing football for Bolton Wanderers in 1902, despite having never seen a round ball before according to newspaper reports!
He appeared in the FA Cup Final in 1904 but ended on the losing side as Wanderers lost against Manchester City, with the Welshman Billy Meredith scoring the only goal of the game.
Davies won three caps for Wales – two caps in 1904 against Scotland and Ireland, before collecting his final cap in the game against England in 1908.
He returned to Swinton to play rugby league the following season and played alongside his brother Dan for Wales against England with the oval ball in 1910.