Like many players of his era, Daniel, (a.k.a Danny) Winter lost the best years of his career to the war. He signed professional forms for Bolton Wanderers on his 18th birthday and had just established himself in the side when war broke out. Along with the entire Wanderers’ squad, he enlisted in the 53rd (Bolton) Field Artillery Regiment.
Evacuated from Dunkirk, Danny Winter made 57 guest appearances for Chelsea, appearing in the team that defeated Millwall in the Football League South Cup final in 1944-45. A talented full-back, Daniel was capped twice by Wales during the hostilities, and in December 1945, he signed permanently for Chelsea.
An ankle injury eventually brought his senior career to a close, although he played a couple of seasons for Worcester City afterward. Danny Winter worked in the family building business for many years and then for British Airways in south Wales. He was a committee member of the Players’ Union (now the Professional Footballers Association) at Stamford Bridge.
Full name: Daniel Thomas Winter
Born: Tonypandy, South Wales, 14 June 1918.
Died: Trealaw, South Wales, 22 March 2004.
Soccer Clubs: Bolton Wanderers (Jun 1935 to Dec 1945): 34 appearances, Chelsea (Dec 1945 to 1951): 131 appearances
Made debut: Bolton Wanderers vs. Sunderland, 10 February 1937
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