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Davis playing for Sheffield United in 2006
|Full name||Claude Davis|
|Date of birth||6 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Kingston, Jamaica|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|2003–2006||Preston North End||94||(4)|
|2009||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||7||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:22, 28 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Claude Davis (born 6 March 1979) is a Jamaican footballer who played for Rotherham United as a defender however was released at the end of Rotherham's promotion campaign to the Championship at the end of the 2013-14 season
Preston North End
He signed for Preston North End from Portmore United in July 2003, initially on loan for the 2003–04 season before concluding a permanent deal at Deepdale in March 2004. During the 2004–05 season he provided Chris Lucketti and Youl Mawene with real competition for centre half positions and made 38 appearances for Preston, including the Championship play-off final where Preston lost to West Ham. In the 2005–06 season, Davis established himself as the mainstay of the Preston defence, contributing to 24 clean sheets and swept the board at the club's Player of the Season awards, named both the Player's Player and fans Player of the Season, as Preston reached the play-offs again.
On 14 June 2006, he signed on a four-year deal with Sheffield United for a club record £3 million, with up to £500,000 to follow based on his appearances for the Blades. However, he missed the start of the Premier League season after sustaining a knee cartilage injury in a friendly against Notts County in August 2006 at Meadow Lane. Later in the season, he hit the headlines for a disagreement with Ade Akinbiyi at the training ground, which was later resolved. In total he made 22 league and cup appearances for Sheffield United.
On 6 July 2007, newly promoted Derby County agreed a £3million transfer for Davis with Sheffield United, subject to a medical and work permit, signed a four-year contract on the same day. Davis was not officially registered as a Derby County player until 25 July 2007, after a delay with his work permit, the reason behind this delay was that Davis had not played enough international games over the two years previous to his move to automatically get a permit, he missed a percentage of these games due to injury. In 18 months with the club Davis, during which Derby were relegated from the Premier League after just one season, Davis played only 27 league games and was eventually freed from his contract despite it having two years left to run. Upon leaving he was described by one commentator as the club's "worst major signing" in its history
Davis reunited with former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock by signing a loan deal to play for Crystal Palace. During a match against Cardiff City he was involved in a challenge with Roger Johnson that left the latter in hospital, resulting in a three match ban for violent conduct, ending his loan spell at the Eagles.
That summer, Davis was expected to move to Palace on a permanent basis, but unfortunately for both him and the club, the Football League placed a transfer embargo onto the club due to unpaid bonuses to former players, and Davis remained a Derby player until the end of August (when the embargo was lifted), joining the Eagles on a two-year contract on the final day of the transfer window.
On 15 September 2011, Davis signed for League Two side Crawley Town, where he was allocated squad number 28. On 27 March 2012, following a 2–1 away win for Crawley Town, a post-match brawl broke out between players from Bradford City and Crawley Town in which five players were sent off and punches were thrown. Davis was deemed by many, including referee Iain Williamson, as instigating the fight and was sent off. Manager Steve Evans, however, claimed Davis as the innocent party.
On Monday 21 January 2013, Davis signed for promotion chasing Rotherham United on an 18-month contract to link up with his former Crawley manager, Steve Evans and the chance to play at the New York Stadium. On his league début on 26 January 2013, Davis conceded a penalty for the opening goal for Bristol Rovers and got sent off, both in the last 3 minutes of the first half. Davis did feature in the team a great number of times further after the nightmare debut. At the end of the 2014 campaign Claude Davis was released by Rotherham after they won the League One Play-Offs against Leyton Orient. Davis did not feature in the Play-Off final but did make a short substitute appearance in the first leg of the semi-final against Preston. 
Club career statistics
- (correct as of 7 May 2011)
|Crystal Palace (loan)||2008–09||7||0||0||0||0||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||7||0||0|
- League Two: Promotion 2012–13 (Runners Up)
- League One: Promotion 2013-2014 (Play-Off Winners)
References and notes
- Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 161. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
- "Portmore United kick off against newcomers Cosmos", Jamaica Gleaner, 14 September 2003. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Boyz' duo off to trials", Daily Gleaner, 23 July 2003. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
- "Preston seek Davis permit", BBC Sport, 30 July 2003. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
- Barnes, Andrea (3 March 2004). "Davis Deal Permanent". Preston North End Mad. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Soccerbase: Claude Davis, Racing Post. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
- "West Ham 1–0 Preston". BBC Sport. 30 May 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Walker, Howard (6 October 2006). "It's all good now for Claude Davis in the EPL". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Davis leaves Deepdale for Sheffield Utd", BBC Lancashire, 15 June 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
- "Davis sidelined by knee injury", Jamaica Gleaner, 3 August 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
- "Akinbiyi and Davis resolve feud", BBC Sport, 27 October 2006. Received 7 July 2007
- "Davis agrees £3m switch to Derby", BBC Sport, 6 July 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2007.
- "Gerald Mortimer: No sad farewell to Davis". Derby Telegraph. 2 September 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Davis guilty of violent conduct". BBC News. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- "Davis secures Warnock reunion". Sky Sports. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "BBC Sport – Rotherham 1–3 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
- Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield
- Claude Davis career stats at Soccerbase
- The Reggae Boyz Supporterz Club (Official Site)
- Claude Davis at National-Football-Teams.com