Tributes have been paid after the death of 49 year old ex-Swansea turned non league player Mark Davies was confirmed earlier this week.
The former footballer was playing for Llanelli Town AFC’s Veterans side in an over-45s cup final against Penybont FC in Cardiff on Sunday when he was taken ill, collapsing mid-game.
Emergency services were called, but he was unfortunately declared dead at the scene with Swansea City saying they are “deeply saddened”.
The much loved defender has been described by those who knew and worked alongside him as an “absolute gentleman” and “real football man”.
A spokesperson for the Championship outfit said: “Mark made three senior appearances for the Swans during the 1991-92 season, with two of those coming in the European Cup Winners’ Cup ties against Monaco.
“He had been a West Wales Senior Cup winner the year before.
“Those appearances in Europe saw the defender face the not inconsiderable task of marking a certain George Weah against Arsene Wenger’s Monegasques.
“Mark would make his league bow for the Swans against Huddersfield that same season, and would later represent Merthyr Tydfil and Llanelli following his release by the Swans, before an injury enforced retirement.
“The centre-back and full-back later played for the Reds’ veteran side, and was taken ill during their Wales Veterans’ Cup final tie against Penybont last weekend.
“Everyone at Swansea City sends their sincerest condolences to Mark’s friends and family at this sad time.”
Rest in peace, Mark Davies ❤️
Everyone at Swansea City sends their sincerest condolences to Mark’s friends and family at this sad time.
Once a Jack, always a Jack 🤍🖤
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) May 16, 2022
Llanelli Town AFC said: “It devastates us to announce the untimely death of our Veterans, reserve team player and friend, Mr Mark Davies. Our heartfelt condolences and thoughts go to Mark’s family at this sad time.
“Sadly, Mark passed away playing the game that he loved and graced for many years in this area.
“Mark also played for many years for Dafen AFC and our thoughts also go to his friends there.
“Mark will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. Mark was a truly lovely guy, a gentleman on and off the field. RIP Mark”.
Llanelli Town AFC Veterans added: “Heartbroken to announce we have lost an absolute gentleman on and off the pitch. A real football man who looked after all around him with passion and love for the game unrivalled. Thoughts are with Mark Davies’ family at this tragic time”.
Penybont FC, Llanelli’s opponents on Sunday, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Llanelli Town Veterans player, Mark Davies, who sadly passed away following the Wales Vets Cup Final. Rest in peace Mark.”
Football Association of Wales chief executive Noel Mooney said: “We are devastated to hear this – Mark was a football person and a Cymru supporter.
“May he rest in peace – from all at the FAW”.
Mark Davies was a member of Swansea’s West Wales Senior Cup-winning squad before signing a professional contract in July 1991.
Two months later, he was making his debut against Monaco in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, featuring in the 8-0 second-leg loss to Arsene Wenger’s team.
Davies made his sole league appearance for the Swans that same season and then joined Merthyr Tydfil in August 1992.
According to Swansea’s club website, he then had to “give up football because of a medical condition, briefly resuming with Llanelli”.
Rest in peace to our former player, Mark Davies ❤️
Everyone at Merthyr Town Football Club sends their sincerest condolences to Mark’s friends and family at this very sad time.
Once a Martyr, always a Martyr 🤍🖤 pic.twitter.com/OwEv8l8SJs
— The Martyrs (@MerthyrTownFC) May 16, 2022
A spokesperson for South Wales Police said: “Shortly after 3.40pm on Sunday, May 15, emergency services responded to a call following a report that a man had collapsed near Lawrenny Avenue in Canton.
“The 49-year-old man was playing football. Police Community Support Officers and paramedics were at scene and commenced CPR. However, despite their efforts, the man was declared deceased. HM Coroner has been informed.”
“A spokesperson for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 3.27pm yesterday, Sunday 15 May, to reports of a medical emergency on Leckwith Road in the Canton area of Cardiff. We attended scene with an emergency care doctor and two emergency ambulance crews. No further details are available.”
Llanelli’s reserves fixtures against Pontardawe Town on Wednesday has been postponed to the 24th of May out of respect.
As mentioned, tributes were paid after the death of 49 year old ex-Swansea turned non league player Mark Davies…
RIP Mark Davies, Swansea City squad 1989/90 pic.twitter.com/a6ELv57JGd
— Nicky Baldwin🏋⚽ (@nick14b) May 16, 2022
Sad news today that former @SwansOfficial Mark Davies has passed away.
Mark played in the ECWC tie against Monaco in 91, marking the great George Weah.
R.I.P Mark@sw37ans @swansnews @SwansCity1912 @swanabi @DafPritchard @swansealegends @LeeTrundle10https://t.co/GJjYdSDJ9K
— Darren1908 (@AlcalasNoseband) May 16, 2022
— roger (@redhotrog17) May 16, 2022
Rest in peace my old mate, so sad 😥x pic.twitter.com/cxTJLSRfgF
— Martyn West (@MartynWest7) May 16, 2022
@Ceejay953: Very sad news. As well as watching Mark play football for and against The Swans, we also trained together at Tae Kwon-do. A nice guy and incredible athlete. RIP
@kevevs1908: Knew Mark but haven’t seen him in years. A lovely humble guy I’m shocked he’s gone so young. RIP YJB
@71_alec: Absolutely devastated. What a top bloke he was 💔
@Welshcake74: Used to work with Mark, lovely chap. Love to his family
@dionwgthoms: Wow this is horrible. RIP
@acl1973latte: 🥲🥲🥲🥲 RIP thoughts with family and friends at this time . Taken away too soon 🥲.
@Osullivan7Sully: Devastating. Thoughts are with the family during this time. #RIP
@insp_AndyHarris: I didn’t know him but I play with a lot of lads that did… heartbreaking for his family and friends and I send my deepest condolences
@Johnh1066: Devastated to hear this, had the pleasure of sharing a room on tour with Mark out in Portugal on a veterans trip. Thoughts with everyone affected. #RIP
@tonlegend2: Heartbreaking news thoughts to you all 💛💙
@j3nn4D: RIP Mark, a true gent! We always chatted about the kids. You were so proud of your girls. Send all my love to your family at this devastating time ❤️
@WARNOLD1978: Terrible news 😔