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Leonard Stephen "Len" Davies (28 April, 1899 - 1945) was a Welsh professional footballer. Davies, born in the Splottmarker district of Cardiffmarker, remains the record career goalscorer for Cardiff City. His involvement with the club coincided with their greatest period, a term in which Cardiff consolidated their position in the First Division and in which they regularly did well in the FA Cup. He also represented Wales at international level.

Career

Davies began his career with Victoria Athletic before joining Cardiff City, playing for Cardiff in their first ever season in the Football League. He scored 17 times in the 1921-22 season, including Cardiff's first hat-trick in the Football League (21 January, 1922 v Bradford City in a 6-3 victory). Davies' debut for Wales came on 13 March, 1922 (in a 1-0 defeat against England at Anfieldmarker).

Davies scored 19 league goals the following season, with 23 in 1923-24 and 19 in 1924-25, going on to score 128 goals for the Bluebirds in 305 league matches for the club (115 in the First Division between 1921 and 1928) Unfortunately, Davies' place in history is for his part in the closest League Championship finish in history. On the final day of the 1923-24 season with Cardiff City needing to win to take the title, Davies missed a penalty kick at Birmingham ensuring that Herbert Chapman's Huddersfield Town won the title by 0.024 of a goal.

Davies played in the 1925 FA Cup final defeat against Sheffield United and in 1927 was part of the Cardiff side that beat Arsenal to take the FA Cup out of Englandmarker for the first, and so far, only time.

Davies played 22 times for the Welsh national side, scoring six times and helping Wales to Home Championship titles in 1924 and 1928. His last game for Wales came in 1930 against Scotland.

Davies left Cardiff in 1931, one year after finishing as the clubs top scorer for the fifth time in The Football League, joining Thames. Thames finished bottom of the Third Division South in the 1931-32 season and the club was wound up at the end of the season. Davies became manager of Bangor City for the 1932-33 season, staying with the club until 1935. He eventually became a school sports coach at Mostyn House School, Parkgate. He died of pneumonia in Prescotmarker in 1945.

Honours

As a player

Cardiff City





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