Ex-Everton star and Wales football legend Dai Davies dies aged 72

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Dai Davies has passed away at the age of 72 following a battle with cancer.

The former Wales international goalkeeper was a much loved figure at Swansea, Everton, Wrexham and with the national team, and also featured for Tranmere and Bangor City.

Dai played for his local village under-18 side when he was just 12 years old, and went on to make 82 league appearances for the Toffees between 1970 and 1977.

Having revealed back in August that he was suffering from cancer of the pancreas, Dai decided that he would be treated at the Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham and avoid chemotherapy.

Dai was photographed working with physios back in November after 10 weeks without walking which followed a heartbreaking period in which he wasn’t allowed to see his loved-ones due to Covid-19 restrictions.

He said at the time: “I hadn’t been on my feet for ten weeks as I’d been lying down in hospital looking out of the window at a concrete wall.

“When I came to Nightingale House the brilliant physio team had me up and about very quickly. I’m no stranger to gyms but their powers of observation are excellent, as they will tell me when I’ve done enough for one session.”

Dai spoke about his situation in the official Everton matchday programme when they took on Leeds earlier this season, speaking fondly of his time in Nightingale House.

He said: “It is a fabulous organisation and has made an enormous difference to my quality of life.

“The staff are wonderful people, kind and caring and experts in what they do.

“But it is a charity. It costs £9,000 every day to run the hospice and they need help.”

Having said of his decision to avoid chemotherapy: “I decided I didn’t want chemotherapy and that I would have palliative care.”

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  • “I chose not to have chemotherapy because the cancer was too far advanced.

    “I am not scared of death, anyway."

    Dai leaves behind wife Judy, children Gareth, Rhian and Bethan and his grandchildren.

    • Everton FC
    • Premier League
    • Swansea City FC
    • Cancer

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