Alan Edward Davidson
|Full name||Alan Edward Davidson|
|Date of birth||1 June 1960|
|Place of birth||Altona North, Melbourne, Australia|
|Playing position||Utility, Sweeper, Right/Left Back, Midfielder|
|Altona City SC|
|1976–1977||Altona City SC||36|
|1988||Australian Olympic Team||11|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Davidson began his domestic senior football career in 1976 and 1977, playing for Altona City SC which had been his junior club. The following year, he transferred to South Melbourne, where he played until the end of the 1984 season, making 155 appearances and scoring 13 goals.
He moved to England for the 1984–85 season for Nottingham Forest F.C. and a promising start where he broke into the first team as a right-back was curtailed by illness after suffering a nasty blow to the head an having seizure during a reserve game one freezing night which sidelined him till the end of the season. He resume training and playing for the first team and suffered a serious back injury which had sidelined him for over a year which forced him into early retirement and returned home to Melbourne. He resumed playing in Australia at the end of 1986 for South Melbourne and in 1987 transferred to Melbourne Croatia, making 133 appearances and scoring 10 goals from 1987 to the end of the 1991–92 season and transferred to M-League club Pahang FA in Malaysia during 1992 where he was voted the League's best player, guiding the team to the M-League Championship and Malaysia Cup double.
Near the end of his playing career, he guested for South Melbourne FC for two seasons, (1994–95 and 1995–96), while with the Malaysian club, Pahang FA in between (1992–96). His penultimate season (1996–97) he guested with the Collingwood Warriors, and his last season (1997–98) was back with the Melbourne Knights.
He finally retired in 1998 at the age of 38 after 3 World Cup campaigns and 1 Olympic Games: 1988 Seoul Olympics he was the only foreign player ever to be honoured and received an AMP awarded by the Sultan of Pahang FA in 1996 and was inducted to the Football Federation Australia, Football Hall of Fame- in the Hall of Champions category in 2001.
Davidson's footballing career was honoured on 12 July 2012 at the "Australia's Greatest Ever Footballers Gala" ceremony at the Sydney Convention Center being named in Australia's Best 11 ever 'Socceroo Team' of all time.
Alan Davidson was honoured by Football Federation Victoria at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on 14th October 2013 in recognition of outstanding contribution to football in the state of Victoria and inducted to the Football Federation Victoria, Hall Of Fame.
He was a defender / midfielder and won 79 international caps (54 in official FIFA matches) between 1980 and 1991 with the Socceroos, the Australian national football team, scoring 2 goals in those appearances.
- OFC Nations Cup: 1980
- Merlion Cup: Winners 1982, 1983
- President's Cup South Korea: Winners 1987
- 1988 Seoul Olympics South Korea
With Collingwood Warriors:
- NSL Cup: 1996–1997
With Melbourne Knights:
- NSL Championship:Runners Up: 1990–1991, 1991–1992
- Hellenic Cup: 1990
- Ansett Challenge Shield: 1987
- Buffalo Cup: 1987
With South Melbourne FC:
With Pahang FA:
- Malaysia Premier League: M-League 1992, 1995
- Malaysia Cup: 1992: Runners Up 1994, 1995
- Malaysia Charity Shield: 1992, 1993 Runners Up 1995
- Malaysia FA Cup: Runners Up 1995
- Ahli Mahkota Pahang:1996
- Team of the Century: South Melbourne FC – 2000
- FFA Hall of Champions Inductee – 2001
- South Melbourne FC Hall of Champions: Inductee – 2002
- "Greatest Ever Socceroos XI":Alan Davidson 2012
- Football Federation Victoria,Hall Of Fame 2013