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Former City star dies after falling at home.

Byline: By GERRY HOLT South Wales Echo

A former Cardiff City goalkeeper has died in hospital after a fall at his home. Wyn Griffiths, 86, who played for City during the 1940s, was found by his carer after an unexplained fall at his Newport home on Friday. The former BBC Radio Wales racing tipster and well-respected veterinary surgeon was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, but he died on Monday afternoon after falling unconscious.

Close friend Karl Richards, 55, who had known Mr Griffiths for more than 20 years, paid tribute to him, and said: 'He was exceptionally fit, he always had been.

'He was very eccentric, totally honest and just a very, very good friend.'

Before the war Mr Griffiths played for Derby County, and then for First Division Cardiff City between 1947 and 1950.

He also played on loan for Arsenal against Moscow Dynamo in 1945.

The footballer, who was born on a farm in Blaengwynfi, Maesteg, in October, 1919, qualified as a vet in July 1943.

He later became a fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and was 'very well thought of' in his profession.

He was employed as a colliery worker looking after pit ponies in South Wales before he began his own practice in Newport.

He was well known in the farming community of Newport and Gwent through his practice and had also worked for the Ministry of Agriculture testing cattle.

As a fluent Welsh speaker, he later joined BBC Radio Wales, where he became a tipster and a reporter. It is thought Mr Griffiths held the record for attending the most consecutive Epsom Derbies - having attended 60. Mr Griffiths, who owned race horses, also went to 45 Prix De L'arc de Triomphe races and remained a tipster for the BBC up until 2000.
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