Dai Ward

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Dai Ward
Personal information
Full name David Ward[1]
Date of birth (1934-07-16)16 July 1934
Place of birth Barry, Wales
Date of death 16 January 1996(1996-01-16) (aged 61)
Place of death Cambridge, England[2]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1954 Barry Town
1954 Cardiff City 0 (0)
1954–1961 Bristol Rovers 175 (90)
1961–1962 Cardiff City 35 (18)
1962–1963 Watford 59 (31)
1963–1965 Brentford 47 (21)
1965–1966 Worcester City 42 (8)
1966–1967 Bath City 30 (15)

Cambridge United

1968-73 Cambridge City F.C.
National team
1959–1961 Wales 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David "Dai" Ward (16 July 1934 – 16 January 1996) was a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international. During his career in The Football League, he averaged a goal every other game, scoring 160 goals in 316 matches between 1954 and 1965.[3]


Ward began his career at his hometown side Barry Town and his prolific goalscoring exploits led a number of teams to take an interest in him. He eventually signed for Bristol Rovers but it was a number of years before he managed to hold down a regular place in the side due to the presence of one of the club's all-time greats in Geoff Bradford. Eventually handed a chance in the side he responded by scoring nine times in his first eight games. His most prolific season for the club was in 1958–59 when he finished the season with 27 goals in 38 matches.[4] It was this form that resulted in him earning his first cap for Wales in a 2–2 draw with England on 26 November 1958 in the 1959 British Home Championship.[5]

Ward's spell at the club turned sour when he fell out with manager Bert Tann and began a bitter battle to leave the club, even at one time threatening to quit football entirely unless he was allowed to leave. He left the club in February 1961 to return to his home country to sign for Cardiff City. In his first full season at the club he finished as the top scorer with 17 goals and was handed his second Wales cap in a 1–1 draw with England on 14 October 1961.[4][6] However his efforts could not stop the club being relegated from Division One and the following season he fell out of favour and was allowed to join Watford, where he spent one year before finishing his professional career at Brentford. Dai went on to play for Worcester City, Bath City, Cambridge United and Cambridge City. He also was assistant manager at Histon in 1983 where his son, also a David, was a member of the squad.


  • Hayes, Dean P. (2004). Wales The Complete Who's Who of Footballers Since 1946. Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-3700-9.
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  3. ^ "Dai Ward". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  4. ^ a b Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 196. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
  5. ^ "England 2-2 Wales". thefa.com. Archived from the original on 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2009-12-28.
  6. ^ "Wales 1-1 England". thefa.com. Retrieved 2009-12-28.[dead link]