Norman Davies – A Tough No Nonsense City Leader!

Councillor Norman Davies former City Councillor, Former leader of Wolverhampton City Council, a tough and no nonsense Local Government politician that led Wolverhampton Town to Wolverhampton City Status. A decent bloke and a man that loved his family.

Norman was born on the 18th March and he died on the 28th March 2018.

He received a funeral service at St Leonards Church on Tuesday 1st May 2018, just a couple of day’s before this year’s Local City Council elections.

Norman would understand why this little obituary was a bit late in being published!

Norman represented both Springvale and Bilston East Wards during his period on Wolverhampton Council. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 1992.


Norman was good Leader of Wolverhampton he was a tough man, but he was kind and gentle away from the job of running the Council. He had a kind of folksy image, something he would take challenge on I am sure. But he always had ‘an old saying’ to pronounce upon when trying to explain himself…!

I had several times quoted at me the old saying “I’m too old a cat to be pissed upon by young kittens!” I usually got that if he was suspicious of something I was doing!

Some 29 years ago to this very day – Norman agreed to a charity football match between what was Wolverhampton Town Council and Sheffield City Council in aid of the Sheffield disaster fund. This is what he wrote in the programme that was produced and sold, as the Wolverhampton Councillors played in the Wolves strip against their Sheffield rivals….

 Dear Supporter, Thank you for buying this programme. I do hope that you enjoy the football on show. The importance of this event is clear for all to see, as it will benefit both the Hillsborough Appeal, and a hard working local charity. It is fitting at this time that the links between our two footballing towns, Wolverhampton and Sheffield, are strengthened by raising money for such worthy causes. I mention the very generous donations that have been made by the local Companies listed overleaf. Their sponsorship of this event, and that of many, many local people, is much appreciated.

Norman Davies- Leader, Wolverhampton Borough Council.

Norman was a football supporter he supported the Wolves and his local Bilston Town football club. He would have loved today, as the Wolves team head for City Art Gallery for a Civic reception before, meeting all the fans in the West Park to celebrate the promotion of the team from the Championship to the Premier League.

I have some great memories of Norman, he and I had our differences, but they never became any more than that. But we also had lots of laughs, and he was forever getting lost when he accompanied me anywhere out of Wolverhampton.

But that is another story!


Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more