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Swansea City is in grief following the death of Terry Medwin, aged 91.

After signing professional terms in 1949, the former Wales international spent seven years with his local club, making 148 league appearances and scored 60 goals for the Swans, twice finishing as the season’s top scorer.

Medwin’s form in the Second Division piqued the eye of Tottenham Hotspur, who signed him in 1956. He was a skilled and flexible outside-right who could play in any position on the frontline.

He would score 72 goals in 215 appearances for the north London club, where he was joined by his former Swansea teammate Cliff Jones in 1958, and was a member of Spurs’ renowned double-winning group that won the league title and FA Cup under Bill Nicholson in 1961.

In 1962, the club won another FA Cup, and in 1963, they won the Uefa Cup Winners’ Cup.

Medwin was also a member of Wales’ squad for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, when he scored the game-winning goal against Hungary in a play-off to go to the quarterfinals.

That goal would be Wales’ last in the global event until Gareth Bale’s penalty against the United States in Qatar in 2022, and Medwin was invited to the team announcement for that tournament in recognition of his role in Welsh football history.

He got 30 caps for his country until his career was cut short by a fractured leg in 1963, which forced him to retire in 1965.

Medwin went on to coach for Cardiff City, Fulham, Norwich City, and Swansea City, his favourite club.

When he returned to the club, he served as John Toshack’s assistant manager while the Swans progressed through the divisions to the top flight.

Medwin was a frequent visitor to Tottenham and attended Spurs-Swansea events when both teams were in the Premier League.

And, while his playing ability was undeniable, it was his humble and unpretentious demeanor that made him such a popular figure at the clubs he served with distinction.

Honorary club president Alan Curtis was among those taught by Medwin during Swansea’s golden era under Toshack, and he has many good recollections of working

“Terry Medwin has passed away and it’s another heartbreaking day for everyone connected to Swansea City following the recent passing of Leighton James,” he said.

“Terry, like Leighton, will definitely be remembered as one of the best players the club has ever had.

“Unfortunately, I never saw Terry play for the Swans, but I did follow his amazing career at Tottenham Hotspur and in Wales.

“My relationship with Terry began when he became Tosh’s assistant manager.

“He was always really knowledgable and caring, especially when things were not going well.

“The players loved Terry and we were all so lucky to be coached and mentored by him, and he undoubtedly played a huge part in the success of the team in the top-flight.”

Swansea City will wear black armbands and hold a minute of applause against Millwall on Saturday in remembrance of Terry and the club’s former player Leighton James, who died recently at the age of 71.

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