|Full name||Aidan John Davison|
|Date of birth||11 May 1968|
|Place of birth||Sedgefield, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1989||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||0||(0)|
|1989||→ Bury (loan)||0||(0)|
|1990||→ Chester City (loan)||0||(0)|
|1991||→ Blackpool (loan)||0||(0)|
|1996||→ Ipswich Town (loan)||0||(0)|
|1996–1997||→ Hull City (loan)||9||(0)|
|1999–2000||→ Bradford City (loan)||5||(0)|
|1996||Northern Ireland B||1||(0)|
|2009–2011||Hull City (Reserves)|
|2011–2012||FC JAX Destroyers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:21, 21 May 2008 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Aidan John Davison (born 11 May 1968 in Sedgefield, County Durham) is an English-born Northern Irish former professional footballer and coach who is without a club after previously holding the position of Head Coach at USL Premier Development League side FC JAX Destroyers until the club disbanded in 2012.
As a player he played as a goalkeeper from 1987 until 2008. Having started his career with non-league side Billingham Synthonia, he moved on to Notts County and subsequently spent loan spells with Leyton Orient and Bury before joining the latter on a permanent deal. He went on to play for Chester City, Blackpool and Milwall before earning his biggest break yet by signing for Bolton Wanderers and in 1995 gaining promotion to the Premier League. Loan spells with Ipswich Town and Hull City followed before joining Bradford City permanently. In 1997 he signed for Grimsby Town where he arguably played some of his best football having won promotion and a domestic cup in his two years at the club. He went on to Sheffield United and then returned to Premier League football when he re-joined Bradford City in 2000. In 2003 he returned to Grimsby Town for a year before finishing his career with a four year spell at Colchester United. In his career he was capped three times by Northern Ireland.
In 2009 following his retirement he joined the coaching staff of Premier League Hull City and became the club's reserve team manager. In 2010 he briefly came out of retirement and signed as a player to add to the club's goalkeeping cover, however he only made the substitute bench for the reserve team he managed. In 2011 he became Head Coach of American side FC Jax Destroyers.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Coaching career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Davison was brought up in the North East of England and in 1987 he signed terms with Non-League side Billingham Synthonia. It did not take too long for the professional scouts to pick him up and he departed the club midway through the 1987-1988 season
In March 1988 Davison moved to Nottingham signing with Notts County who at the time were under the stewardship of John Barnwell and were competing in the Football League Third Division. While at County he made one league appearance and was loaned out too Leyton Orient and then Bury. The Shakers re-signed Davison for a fee of £6,000 in November 1989 following his loan spell in the previous month. Whilst at Gigg Lane, Davison played under Martin Dobson, Sam Ellis and Mike Walsh. Whist with the club he also spent time out on loan, having spells with both Chester City and Blackpool. Walsh released Davison to Millwall in the summer of 1991, and he became one of Bruce Rioch's new signings at Millwall ahead of the 1991-1992 season. Davison played two seasons with Millwall, making 42 appearances in all competitions.
In August 1993 Davison followed Bruce Rioch and signed with Bolton Wanderers for £25,000 where he was initially used as back up for Keith Branagan. In his second season for The Trotters they earned promotion to the Premier League. Davison made his Premiership debut on 22 November 1995 in a 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. He also played in the home matches against Nottingham Forest, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield Wednesday. Wanderers however finished 20th in the league and were relegated. During the 1996-1997 season Davison spent time on loan with Hull City and Ipswich Town before departing in March 1997.
In March 1997 he joined fellow Football League First Division Bradford City on a free transfer. Davison played in 10 matches for the West Yorkshire side but departed Valley Parade a couple of months later when the 1996-1997 season drew to a close.
In the summer of 1997 Davison joined Grimsby Town on a free transfer. The club had recently slipped into the Football League Second Division and manager Alan Buckley had sought after a new number 1 keeper following the departure of Paul Crichton a year before, his replacement Jason Pearcey had failed to live up too expectations and would start the 1997-1998 season as Davison's understudy. He made his Town debut on 9 August 1997 in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City. His period at Blundell Park would see him play a part in one of the most successful seasons with Grimsby defeating A.F.C. Bournemouth in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley Stadium and a few weeks later defeating Northampton Town in the Play-Off final also at Wembley. During the 1998-1999 season, Steve Croudson became his new understudy as Grimsby cemented themselves 11th spot in the First Division.
Davison departed Blundell Park in the summer of 1999, signing with Neil Warnock's fellow First Division side Sheffield United. He would however play second fiddle to United's first choice keeper Simon Tracey and would only make two appearances for the Bramall Lane club, a 6-0 hammering by Manchester City and a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
Return to Bradford City
In January 2000 he cut short his short stay in Sheffield and returned for a second spell at Bradford City who had been promoted to the Premier League in the previous season. He made his second Premiership and second City debut on 22 January 2000 in 3-2 victory over Watford. He also played in the following months 2-1 home victory over Arsenal but despite playing in six Premiership games in the remainder of the 1999-2000 season he could only make the bench as City defeated Liverpool on the final day of the season to stay in the England's top flight. During his time at City he often would have to settle for a place on the bench behind one of Gary Walsh or Matt Clarke. In the 2000-2001 season Davison made three appearances in the UEFA Intertoto Cup with victories over Atlantas Klaipėda and RKC Waalwijk and a defeat against Zenit St. Petersburg. City suffered relegation during that season which meant he spent the next two seasons playing in the First Division. His final campaign with The Bantams was the 2002-2003 season in which he was also the club's number one keeper.
Return to Grimsby Town
Davison was convinced to return to Grimsby Town in July 2003 who were now under the stewardship of former Grimsby team mate Paul Groves. Like the first time he had signed with The Mariners they had recently suffered relegation in the previous season from the second tier of English football to the third. This spell with Town however would be a lot less successful as an injury in early 2004 meant his place was contested by his under study Andrew Pettinger and Hull City loanee Alan Fettis. Grimsby, without a fit Davison suffered a second successive relegation on the last day of the 2003-2004 season. His final game for Grimsby came on 24 February 2004 in a 3-2 win over Luton Town.
Following Grimsby's relegation in the previous campaign Davison stayed in the newly named Football League One with Colchester United. In his second season with Colchester the club earned promotion to the Football League Championship. He eventually hung his boots up at the end of the 2007-2008 season having spent his final season playing second fiddle to his former understudy Dean Gerken who had eclipsed him during Davison's final season with United. He played 109 times for United in all competitions.
After being released by Colchester United at the end of the 2007–08 season, he and his wife (Kristine) and kids (Ryan, Kiera, Mia)have acted upon his dream to live in United States. After which returned as reserve team manager at Hull City A.F.C.  In February 2010, he briefly came out of retirement to be named as an unused substitute for Hull City in a friendly match against Galway United, providing goalkeeping back-up for Matt Duke.
FC JAX Destroyers
On 18 July 2011 it was announced that Davison had been appointed Head Coach of FC JAX Destroyers. Davison left the club a year later after they disbanded and joined American Soccer school IMG Academy as a coach.
- Bolton Wanderers
- Grimsby Town
- Colchester United
- Football League One runner up: 2005-06
- Davison's International appearances (Erroneously credited as Davidson)
- "Bankole lands Colchester position". BBC Sport. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
- "BROWN NEEDS FIRST AID - mirror.co.uk". Mirror. 2 July 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.
- "Tigers Claim Win In Galway". Hull City A.F.C. 27 February 2010. Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- Aidan Davison player profile at cu-fc.com
- Aidan Davison player profile at grimsby-townfc.co.uk
- Aidan Davison player profile at bradfordcityfc.co.uk
- Aidan Davison career stats at Soccerbase
- Aidan Davison at NIFG