On this day in 1972 Wyn Davies moved from Manchester City to Manchester United – the first player to move accross the city for 41 years.
Davies had started his career with his home town club, Caernarfon Town, and had attracted the attention of clubs like Aston Villa and Manchester United, but it was Wrexham which secured his services for £500 in 1960.
The Welshman made his mark at The Racecourse scoring 22 goals in 55 appearances and within no time at all he was off to Bolton Wanderers for £22,000.
But it was in the north east of England that Davies really made his name. Having joined Newcastle United in 1966 he became a firm favourite of the Gallowgate.
Whatever his ability on the ground, his aerial prowess secured him the nickname Wyn the Leap by the Magpies’ fans.
He won the Uefa Fairs Cup in 1969 with Newcastle beating Újpest of Hungary 6-2 in the two legged final.
Whilst Davies is remembered for his part in Newcastle’s success it’s worth noting that there was another Welshman in that Fairs Cup winning side – Ollie Burton of Chepstow!
Having lost his place in the Newcastle side to Malcolm MacDonald, Davies moved back to Lancashire signing for Manchester City in 1971 and came within a whisker of winning the Championship as City finished the season one point behind Derby County despite leading the way for most of the season.
He only lasted a season at Maine Road as he lost his place to Rodney Marsh so moved accross Manchester to Old Trafford – the first Welshman to do that since Billy Meredith in 1906!
Davies won 34 caps for Wales between 1964 and 1974 scoring 6 goals.