A FUNDRAISER in memory of a much-loved Wales goalkeeper has raised more than £2,000.

Dai Davies died aged 72 on February 10, following a battle with terminal cancer.

The talented shot-stopper made more than 80 appearances for Everton, who he joined when they were league champions in 1970, before joining Wrexham in 1977 and helping the club to the Third Division title and Welsh Cup glory.

Davies, who was born in the Welsh mining village of Glanamman, began his career at Swansea. He had a spell with Tranmere.

Davies returned to the Racecourse with Wrexham, where he won a Welsh cup medal – in 1985/86 – but did not play any further league matches for the club. All in all, he played 199 matches for Wrexham, conceding 210 goals (an average of just 1.06 per game) and kept 63 clean sheets.

On the international scene, Davies earned 52 caps for Wales between 1975 and 1982.

After football, he eventually settled in north Wales where he was part-owner of a Welsh book and craft shop.

He also worked as a teacher before running a natural health centre, specialising in remedial massage, muscle work and reiki.

A proud Welsh speaker, he was admitted to the Gorsedd of the Bards at the annual National Eisteddfod festival in 1978 and was a regular football pundit for BBC Wales, Radio Cymru and Sgorio.

It was announced last year that he had been receiving treatment at Wrexham’s Nightingale House Hospice after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

A fundraiser set up in the goalkeeper’s honour has so far raised £2,364 (correct at time of writing), with all proceeds going to Nightingale House.

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daidaviesnumberone?utm_source=sms