Born in 1924, William “Billy” Rees was first picked up by Cardiff City after being spotted playing amateur football whilst also working as a coal miner. During the war Rees made 83 appearances for Cardiff City, scoring 74 times in total. He also played for Wales in a wartime international against England in May 1945.
After the war he played a huge part in getting Cardiff promoted in the first season of the return of the football league. His good form in the 1948/9 season saw him move to Tottenham Hotspur for £14,000.
During his time at Tottenham he suffered from a number of minor injuries which saw him dropped from the side, quickly being sold to Leyton Orient where he spent six years as he came back into form.
He finally finished his career with two spells at non league sides Headington United (now Oxford United) and Kettering Town.
He also made four separate appearances for Wales between 1949 and 1950.