Friday, July 16 – 1914
R. Davis, the old trainer of Celtic F.C. has been appointed to the position for Manchester United. An old pedestrian, who in his days could sprint or run a good half-mile race, Davis, of Drymen, as he was known on the track, had hard luck in failing to win a Powderhall handicap.
In 1899 he was supported for the New Year sprint, off 14 yards but he fell up against the hottest proposition that has ever been known in that event – D. Roberts, of Leith, off 16. He was beaten by two yards in 12 1-5 secs, by a runner who had been thrown into the handicap, and who repeated his victory two years later off 6½ yards.
Davies had a lot of success at Parkhead, which he left a few years ago, being succeeded by the present trainer Quinn. He should do well at Old Trafford.
(Evening Telegraph, 17-06-1914)