Malcolm Davies: 1931 - 2012

WE are saddened to hear of the death of the former Plymouth Argyle player Malcolm Davies.

Malcolm died on July 31, he was 81.

Born in Aberdare, he played his early football in the nearby Cynon Valley mining village of Aberaman.

Malcolm joined Argyle as an eighteen year old in April 1949.

At that time, it was difficult for a youngster to break into a very strong first team.

However, outstanding performances in the reserves helped him to convince manager Jimmy Rae that he could fill the vacant outside right position when the former winger Gordon Astall left the club for Birmingham.

Malcolm was very quick and liked to come inside before passing to his team mates.

He was equally adept with both feet and a good passer of the ball, the girls also liked him for his looks and for his appearance, he was always smartly dressed.

He made 85 league appearances for Argyle between 1953 and 1957; he scored 15 goals but provided many more goals from both wings.

He had a short spell with Weymouth and went back to South Wales to finish his football career.