FORMER Wrexham, Everton and Wales goalkeeper Dai Davies has been diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas.

Davies, 72, is being treated at the Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham.

Dai's daughter Bethan wrote on social media: “Dad (Dai Davies) has had exceptional care at the Royal Hospital Liverpool recently after being diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas.

“Gareth, Rhian and myself are now able to see him daily as he has been transferred to Nightingale House, Wrexham."

Bethan asked people to share memories of Dai and the family were overwhelmed with the response.

“We’ve enjoyed sharing positive stories with our Dad this weekend.

“Thank you for your messages, but we kindly ask you to pause for now – plenty of time to share again later. He’s enjoying reminiscing with us .”

Carmarthenshire-born Davies made over 350 appearances for Swansea, Everton, Wrexham and Tranmere between 1970 and 1986.

In 1977, Davies signed for Wrexham, and in his first season with the club the club experienced their lowest number of defeats in a season on their way to winning the Football League Division Three title.

Davies won 52 caps between 1975 and 1982 and is Wales’ third-most capped goalkeeper after Neville Southall and Wayne Hennessey.

He later ran a natural health clinic in Llangollen and is a well-known figure in Wales, having worked as a pundit for Welsh language outlets.

His autobiography was published first in Welsh, with the title Hanner Cystal a' Nhad ('Half as Good as My Father') in tribute to his father. When it was translated into English 1986 it was released with the title 'Never Say Dai'.

Dai was a part-owner of Welsh book and craft shop Siop y Siswrn in Mold and is a qualified teacher, working a a supply teacher after he had hung up his gloves. In 1990 he worked as a PE teacher for Holywell High School.