WYN DAVIES
By Bill Gibbs And David Nicholson
Wednesday 25 Jan 2012 10:45:00
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“Come on without, Come on within, You’ll not see nothing like the Mighty Wyn!”..the song Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann in the 60’s reworded by the Leazes End to worship the finest header of a ball ever to wear the black and white. Born on the 24th March 1942, Wyn Davies started life playing for his home town team Caernarfon whilst working in the quarries every day! He later signed for Wrexham scoring 21 goals in 55 games. His next club was Bolton Wanderers where he scored 74 goals in 170 games. During his spell at Bolton, his team were vying for top spot in the old second Division and when Newcastle were due to play them on  Good Friday 1965, Manager Joe Harvey had a cunning plan...in other words he told his big centre half John McGrath to nobble Big Wyn when the chance arose!

Early in the match this happened and Wyn was carried off. Newcastle went on to win 2-0 and secure promotion in front of a 59,000 plus crowd. The next season Joe Harvey went out and bought Wyn for a fee in the region of £80,000. The papers were saying that Wyn had only signed after he asked his dear Mother if it was the right moveand she said yes....this was verified to The Fairs Club by Wyn himself.  One match which endeared Wyn to the Leazes End was when in a derby game with the Mackems, he shoulder charged Jimmy Montgomery in to the net! He told me when I met him recently that at the Football Enquiry, he tried to talk his way out of it and whilst doing so can remember a n embarrassed Joe Harvey sinking deeper in to his chair.

Wyn came to the fore in 1968/69, when Newcastle got in to the Inter Cities Fairs Cup, where it was soon easy to see that the foreigners just could not handle his supremacy in the air. His bravery knew no bounds and his link up with Bryan Pop Robson was a crucial factor in Newcastle winning the trophy. In the first leg of the Final, Wyn was going for a header when he nutted the back of Bob Moncur’s head!...culminating in a fractured cheekbone. Wyn told me he was in the shower when Captain Bob Moncur came in and asked if he was okay, to which Wyn replied “Bob, will you just fuck off!” He was told an operation was needed but knowing that would put him out of the second leg, he refused. He played a part in the third goal in Budapest, rising on the centre circle to nod on goalkeeper Iam McFaul’s long goal kick straight in to the path of the hard running Geordie youngster, Alan Foggon who netted! When Newcastle United brought the trophy home, Wyn joined in the celebrations but after it was all over, he was whisked to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for his operation.

The Fairs Club made contact with Wyn a few years ago and travelled down to present him with his shirts. When he entered the Windmill pub in Bolton where the presentation was to be made, the Fairs Club had the Mighty Quinn record blasting out and to say it was an emotional moment would be an understatement! A trip to Tyneside came later when The Fairs Club made a presentation to Wyn with the famous Come on without, Come on within words on it, at the Lindisfarne Club in Wallsend. Fairs Club members have just last week been down to see Wyn and Tony Green in Bolton, where after being serenaded by all the lads singing The Blaydon Races, he shouted out aloud to the packed pub (he was wearing his Newcastle United shirt)....“HOWAY THE LADS!!!”...you see he still loves his Geordie followers!



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