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Danny Winter: Welsh Born Bolton Wanderers And Chelsea Player

Like many players of his era, Daniel Winter (also known as Danny Winter) lost the best years of his career to the war. He began playing football seriously at the age of 15 for the local team Maes yr Haf at Garth Park, Trealaw in the Rhondda Valley.

Danny received offers from Bolton Wanderers and Arsenal while playing for Maes yr Haf. [1] He signed professional forms for Bolton Wanderers on his 18th birthday and had just established himself in the senior team when World War II broke out.

Along with 31 teammates from the Bolton Wanderers squad, he enlisted in the 53rd (Bolton) Field Artillery Regiment with the likes of Don Howe, Harry Goslin, and Tommy Sinclair.

harry goslin and his bolton wanderers team mates march off to war

World War 2

In the Second World War, the 53rd (Bolton) Field Regiment participated in the invasions of Dunkirk, El Alamein, and Italy.

Evacuated from Dunkirk and re-stationed at Woolwich, where he was assigned to an anti-aircraft gun battery, 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 for 5000 pounds. He continued to play regularly for Chelsea until 1951, often taking over the captaincy when John Harris was out.

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After Football

An ankle injury eventually brought his senior career to a close, although he played a couple of seasons for Worcester City afterward. He worked for British Airways in South Wales for many years before returning to the family-building business in Rhondda. [2]

In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, he continued to support the Players’ Union (now the Professional Footballers Association) at Stamford Bridge.

Danny was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994. His wife and son cared for him at home. He passed away at the age of 85.

Chelsea soccer player danny winter kicking the ball with his right foot

Danny Winter Facts and Figures

Full name: Daniel Thomas Winter

Birthdate: 14/06/1918

Birthplace: Tonypandy, South Wales

Died: 22/03/2004

Club Career:

  • Bolton Wanderers (Jun 1935 to Dec 1945): 34 appearances
  • Chelsea Football Club (Dec 1945 to 1951): 131 appearances

Debut: Bolton Wanderers vs. Sunderland, 10 February 1937

Playing Honors:

  • 1945 Football League Southern Cup Winners


[1]: https://www.idcrawl.com/danny-winter
[2]: https://military-history.fandom.com/wiki/Danny_Winter



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