John Powell was born in Wrexham on 25th March 1860. Powell was a talented footballer and joined Druids in 1879 where he won the Welsh Cup on three occasions.
It is believed that Powell was the first player to leave Wales to become a professional footballer in England. In October 1883 Powell joined Bolton Wanderers. However, this had to be done in secret as the Football Association did not give permission for payment to be made until July 1885.
John Powell died in Wrexham on 16th March 1947.