HIS many friends heard with profound regret of the sudden death of one of the most versatile and talented Teifi Valley sportsmen Brian Davies, aged 59.

The bricklayer, who lived in Llechryd, and was a native of Cilgerran, died at his home last week.

His friendly nature and willingness to lend a helping hand endeared him to people from all walks of life.

He first came to prominence as a 17-year-old no-nonsense defender with now defunct Cilgerran Rovers in the Cardiganshire Football League where he got his nickname, thereafter popularly and affectionately known as ‘Brian Animal’.

He later turned out for St Dogmaels Football Club.

He played rugby for Cardigan RFC 2nd XV and Extras and was also a useful golfer playing at the Cardigan club in Gwbert.

Excelling at indoor sports he was at one stage on the verge of gaining international honours at darts, playing in the 'possibles' team against the 'probables' in a final trial for the Welsh team.

He was for several years a member of the Cardigan & District Darts League perennial champions Tafarn Yr Oen, played pool for Lamb Inn and could boast a century break in snooker.

Up until his untimely death he was a valued member of Ceredigion Bowling Association Division One champions Cardigan.

He also participated in other sporting activity, including karate and mountain biking.

He leaves cousins and countless friends to whom sympathy is extended.

The funeral is being held on Saturday, October 24) with a service to celebrate his life at the Netpool Chapel of Rest in Cardigan at 11am followed by burial at St Llawddog’s Churchyard, Cilgerran.

Further details can be obtained from Colin Phillips, Funeral Director, Morgan Street, Cardigan (tel 01239 621192).