Dragons Wings: Terry Medwin

Following on from Billy Meredith the next Welsh wing wizard I look at is Swansea Town (as was then), Tottenham Hotspur and Wales star, Terry Medwin.

Picture courtesy of www.tottenhamhotspur.com

Terence Cameron Medwin was born in Swansea in 1932. In 1949, “Terry” joined his hometown club, and in 1951 Medwin made his debut for Swansea.

The young player caught the eye of many football fans, with his wide wing play and put in many fine performances for “The Swans”. Those fine performances for his club also caught the eye of his national side, and Medwin made his debut for Wales in 1953.

In May 1956, after 7 years at Swansea and 146 league appearances, Medwin was on the move, London club, Tottenham Hotspur, a strong division 1 club acquired his services for a large fee at the time of £25,000. Medwin was a star at the club, helping Tottenham to the League and FA Cup double in 1961, and also playing a major part in the club’s FA Cup victory in 1962 and winning The European Cup Winners Cup. Tottenham at the time had two Welsh wingers in a very successful time for the club in Medwin and Cliff Jones, who supplied endless goal opportunities for English star, Jimmy Greaves and Scottish centre-forward, Bobby Smith.

Internationally, the highlight for Medwin was undoubtedly 1958, aiding Wales to qualify for the World Cup, and then starring in the Finals, again with the double threat of Medwin weaving magic down the right flank, and Cliff Jones performing to a top level on the left flank. Medwin got on the score sheet for Wales in the play-off game against Hungary, which was the winning goal, meaning Wales would play Brazil in the quarter-finals of The World Cup, a game where a solitary goal from a certain footballer called Pele, ended Welsh dreams. Medwin is still the last Welsh player to score in a World Cup finals, a record hopefully is soon coming to an end (let’s hope).

Unfortunately, Medwin broke his leg playing for Tottenham Hotspur in 1963, the break was so bad, Medwin was forced to retire aged just 31 years of age. He played 215 games for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring 72 goals, and is loved by Tottenham fans for his footballing ability and the honours he helped Tottenham win during those glorious years. For Wales, Medwin played for his nation over a 10 year period, winning 30 caps and scoring 6 goals.

After his retirement, Medwin went into management, managing Cheshunt an amateur side in Hertfordshire. After success in management with the team gaining promotion, Medwin became coach at Fulham and then moving on to be assistant manager to John Toshack back where it all started in Swansea.

Terry Medwin a fantastic footballer deservedly takes his place as one of Dragons Wings in this series, I hope you have enjoyed reading about him.

Craig Muncey

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