13 Facts About Arfon Griffiths


Arfon Trevor Griffiths MBE was born on 23 August 1941 and is a Welsh former football player and manager.

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Arfon Griffiths initially signed Griffiths on amateur forms in May 1957, as the youngster turned down offers of trials from both Liverpool and Sheffield Wednesday.

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Arfon Griffiths gained international recognition as a member of the Wales under-23 side.

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Unable to maintain a first-team place at Arsenal, Arfon Griffiths returned to Wrexham who paid a record fee of about £12,000 to re-sign him.

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Arfon Griffiths was awarded a testimonial match in 1972 against Bill Shankly's Liverpool, which netted him £3,000 for his testimonial fund.

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Arfon Griffiths was selected for a Football Association of Wales tour to New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti and Malaysia in 1971.

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Arfon Griffiths played under eight managers at Wrexham, before taking charge himself in May 1977 following the resignation of John Neal.

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Arfon Griffiths had previously been his assistant manager for a year.

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On 13 May 1981, Arfon Griffiths resigned after an internal disagreement with the board.

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Arfon Griffiths was asked to cut the playing staff, his backroom staff and the youth development team to reduce overheads.

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Arfon Griffiths spent just over a season at Gresty Road until he resigned on 25 October 1982.

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Arfon Griffiths did play for his local side, Gresford Athletic, in the Welsh National League, for a short while, before finishing with football altogether to concentrate on his newsagents' shop in the village and playing golf.

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Arfon Griffiths was awarded the MBE in June 1976 for his services to Welsh soccer, and in 2006 he was made club president of his home town club, Wrexham, as well as being added to the club's Hall of Fame.

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