Daniel Grey (1848 – 26 February 1900) was a Welsh medical practitioner who was prominent in the early days of Welsh football, making two appearances for the Wales national football team in the 1870s.

Daniel Grey
Personal information
Date of birth 1848
Place of birth New Mills, Scotland
Date of death 26 February 1900(1900-02-26) (aged 51–52)
Place of death Ruabon, Wales
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1876–1880 Druids
International career
1876–1878 Wales 2 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Early lifeEdit

Grey was born in New Mills, Lanarkshire in Scotland[citation needed] and attended Glasgow University. He obtained his medical qualifications in 1874, when he moved to Ruabon, near Wrexham, Denbighshire to start a medical practice.[1]

Football careerEdit

Grey was a keen sportsman and soon became one of the principals of the Druids club alongside Llewelyn Kenrick and the Thomson brothers, George and David. Grey became a founder member of the Football Association of Wales and attended the Association's inaugural Annual General Meeting at Shrewsbury on 24 May 1876.[1]

In 1876, he also took part in trials organized by Kenrick to select Welsh players to represent their country in a match against Scotland.[2] The match was played at Hamilton Crescent, Partick, the home of the West of Scotland Cricket Club on 25 March 1876, with Grey playing on the right wing.[3] The Welsh were well defeated, conceding four goals without reply.[4]

In 1877, Grey, described as "a busy player and tremendous worker",[1] played (and scored) for Druids in the inaugural Welsh Cup tie,[5] contributing £15 to the FAW's fund to purchase a trophy.[1] Druids reached the final on 30 March 1878, losing 1–0 to local rivals Wrexham.[6]

Grey's second international appearance came a week before the Cup Final, on 23 March 1878, in a 6–0 defeat by Scotland at the original Hampden Park.[7]

Later careerEdit

Grey had retired from active playing by 1880, but continued to attend Druids and Wrexham matches as a spectator. In his medical capacity, he was often called upon to tend to injured players. In 1889, a Welsh Cup match between Wrexham and Westminster Rovers became particularly violent and Grey was called upon to lecture the players about their behaviour.[1]

Grey continued to live in Ruabon, where he died in February 1900, in his early 50s.[1]



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. pp. 72–73. ISBN 1-872424-11-2.
  2. ^ "The Story of Welsh Football". 1876 Kenrick's Challenge. www.wrexham.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  3. ^ "1876 Programme". The Story of Welsh Football. www.wrexham.gov.uk. Retrieved 18 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Scotland 4 Wales 0 (25 March 1876)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Welsh Cup 1877–78". Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Wrexham 1 Druids 0 (30 March 1878)". Welsh Cup Final. Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 6 March 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Scotland 6 Wales 0 (23 March 1878)". Welsh Football Data Archive. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2010.