Bill Davies (Canadian football)

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Bill Davies
Born:January 25, 1916
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died:May 28, 1990
Career information
Position(s)Fullback, Flying Wing, Tackle
Collegenone - Montreal Catholic High School
Career history
As player
1936–37Montreal Indians
1938Montreal Nationals
1939Montreal Royals
1940–41Montreal Bulldogs
1943Verdun Grads
1945Montreal Hornets
1946Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star1939
Awards1939 - Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy

Bill Davies (January 25, 1916 – May 28, 1990) was an all-star football player in the Ontario Rugby Football Union and the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union, playing from 1936 to 1946.

Coming straight from high school in 1936, Davies first suited up for the Montreal Indians. He ended up playing for nearly every team in his hometown: Montreal Nationals, Montreal Royals, Montreal Bulldogs, Verdun Grads and the Montreal Hornets.[1]

Davies best season was with the winless Montreal Royals in 1939. As one of the league's "brightest stars" and "outstanding as a secondary defenseman", he won the Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy as the best player in the IRFU.[2] He concluded his career in 1946, playing four games as one of the inaugural Montreal Alouettes.

Davies later took up coaching, leading the Lakeshore Junior Alouettes from 1952 to 1957, winning six straight Quebec Junior championships and a national championship in 1953. He died May 28, 1990.


  1. ^ CFLAPEDIA entry : Bill Davies
  2. ^ Jeff Russel Trophy to Bill Davies, Montreal Royals Windsor Daily Star, November 25, 1939