David Powell (footballer)

David Powell (born 15 October 1944) is a Welsh former footballer who played as a defender. Born in Dolgarrog, Wales he played for Wrexham, Sheffield United and Cardiff City before being forced to retire through injury. He also represented Wales at full international level, winning eleven caps.

David Powell
Personal information
Full name David Powell
Date of birth (1944-10-15) 15 October 1944 (age 75)[1]
Place of birth Dolgarrog, Wales[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Left / Right back
Youth career
Gwydir Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1968 Wrexham 134 (0)
1968–1972 Sheffield United 89 (2)
1972–1974 Cardiff City 36 (1)
Total 259 (3)
National team
1966–1968 Wales U23 4 (0)
1968–1972 Wales 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Club careerEdit

Having played with local side Gwydir Rovers as a youth, Powell was taken on as an apprentice by Wrexham in January 1962 where he worked as a member of the ground staff.[1] By May 1968 he had graduated to the first team and was handed his first professional contract,[1] going on to make 134 appearances for the Welsh club.[1]

Powell was signed by Sheffield United in September 1968 for a fee of £28,500.[1] He became a regular in United's defence for the following three seasons, being voted the club's Player of the Year in 1969,[2] and was an integral part of the side that gained promotion to the English top-flight in 1971.[1] Unfortunately for Powell he badly injured his knee during a game at Queens Park Rangers towards the end of that season and remained sidelined for over a year.[1]

Powell was eventually released by United in September 1972 to allow him to return to Wales and join Cardiff City.[1] He played for a further two seasons, making 36 league appearances for the Bluebirds before retiring through injury.[3] The highlights of his City career came as the side won the 1973 Welsh Cup and subsequently gained entry into the European Cup Winners' Cup where they lost out to Ferencvaros.[4]

International careerEdit

Powell made his debut for Wales U23's in October 1966, in an 8–0 loss to England.[5] After a further three appearances for the U23s he graduated to the full senior squad and gained his first cap on 8 May 1968 in a 1–1 draw with West Germany.[5] Powell played eleven games for Wales in total, scoring once in October 1969 during a 1–3 loss to East Germany.[5]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Scored
1 22 October 1969[6] Ninian Park, Cardiff   East Germany 1–3 1970 World Cup qualification 1

Personal lifeEdit

Following his retirement from football, Powell took a job with the South Wales Police, working at their training centre in Bridgend and coaching their football team. Following his retirement from the police Powell settled in the Cardiff area.[1]


Sheffield United
Cardiff City


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. p. 260. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7.
  2. ^ Denis Clarebrough and Andrew Kirkham (2012). Sheffield United: The Complete Record. Derby Books Publishing Company Limited. p. 534. ISBN 978-1-78091-019-2.
  3. ^ "Dave Powell". Neil Brown. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Dave Powell – Dolgarrog". Penmon. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Dave Powell". 11v11.com. Retrieved 10 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Wales v East Germany, 22 October 1969". 11v11.com. Retrieved 10 November 2012.