Craig Davies (footballer)

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Craig Davies
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Davies in 2010
Personal information
Full name Craig Martin Davies[1]
Date of birth (1986-01-09) 9 January 1986 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 28
Youth career
Shrewsbury Town
Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Manchester City 0 (0)
2004–2006 Oxford United 48 (8)
2006–2007 Hellas Verona 1 (0)
2006–2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 23 (0)
2007–2009 Oldham Athletic 44 (10)
2008 Stockport County (loan) 9 (5)
2009–2010 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 (1)
2009 Yeovil Town (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Port Vale (loan) 24 (7)
2010–2011 Chesterfield 41 (23)
2011–2013 Barnsley 60 (19)
2013– Bolton Wanderers 34 (5)
2014 Preston North End (loan) 15 (5)
National team
2002–2003 Wales U17 8 (2)
2003–2004 Wales U19 7 (0)
2004–2007 Wales U21 7 (3)
2005– Wales 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:21, 22 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

Craig Martin Davies (born 9 January 1986) is a professional football striker who plays for Championship club Bolton Wanderers.

He started his career at Manchester City, though became a first team regular at Oxford United between 2004 and 2006. He spent a brief time in Italy with Hellas Verona, but swiftly returned to England on loan with Wolverhampton Wanderers, before signing with Oldham Athletic in 2007. Spending time on loan with Stockport County in 2008, he left Oldham the following year and signed to Brighton & Hove Albion. Enjoying loan spells with Yeovil Town and Port Vale, he transferred permanently to Chesterfield in 2010, who he helped to win the League Two title in his first season. He signed with Barnsley in July 2011, before being sold to Bolton Wanderers for £300,000 in January 2013. He joined Preston North End on loan 12 months later after losing his place in the Bolton team.

Club career[edit]

Manchester City to Oxford[edit]

He was a member of the youth team at Shrewsbury Town, and then Manchester City, before moving on to Oxford United in August 2004. He made his league debut on 30 August 2004 in a 1–0 win at Notts County. He signed a contract extension in February 2005.[2] He went on to score 8 goals in 29 appearances for the first team during the season and came close to signing for Premiership side Charlton Athletic in June 2005.[3]

Hellas Verona[edit]

He moved to Hellas Verona of Serie B in January 2006 for a fee of £85,000. He hoped the move would improve his international prospects.[4] He signed a five-year contract,[5] but managed only one appearance for the Italian club.

"Family and friends are the main things I am missing, and my old daily routine. Some days I am fine and I will not think about it, but other times it plays on my mind. Earlier this week I really felt like I wanted to see my family, so I am still a bit homesick I suppose."

—Early signs of Davies dissatisfaction in Italy.[6]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

In July 2006 he had a trial at Northampton Town.[7] He moved back to England in August 2006 on loan at Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, claiming he wanted out of Italy as he was too young to adapt to the change in culture.[8] He was a regular choice throughout the first half of the 2006–07 season, but found himself largely unused after the January transfer window saw Wolves sign striker Andy Keogh. He never managed a league goal for the club in 23 games, but did score twice in the FA Cup, ironically against the club he would join permanently, Oldham Athletic, once in the original tie[9] and again in the replay.[10]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

After Wolves opted not to make his loan a permanent move, he signed for League One side Oldham Athletic in June 2007 for an undisclosed fee.[11] He marked his debut against Swansea City by scoring a last minute winner, and immediately became a first choice player. In August 2008 he signed a contract extension to keep him at Oldham until summer 2010.[12] Three months later, Davies was loaned to Oldham's League One rivals Stockport County to regain form after a poor start to the season, failing to score in ten appearances. He made 13 appearances for Stockport, scoring 6 goals, including a hat trick over Bristol Rovers. County showed interest in signing him permanently.[13]

Brighton & Hove Albion[edit]

In January 2009, Davies agreed a transfer to League One side Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee (believed to be £150,000[14]),[15] joining the club on 2 February.[16] On 10 February, Davies made his debut and scored his first goal for the club in a 4–2 loss to Peterborough, scoring in the 27th minute for the first goal of the game.[17] On 25 September 2009, Davies joined Yeovil Town on loan, initially for one-month.[18][19] He made his debut for Yeovil on 26 September in a 2–0 home win against Brentford.[20]

On 15 January 2010, Davies joined League Two side Port Vale on an initial one-month loan deal,[21][22][23] rejoining his former manager Micky Adams.[24] He hoped this loan move could reignite his career at the Withdean Stadium,[25] and end his eleven month goal drought.[26] He quickly earned the praise of teammate Marc Richards, who said: "Craig is big, tall and strong, which is everything a good striker would want, and he can score goals as well".[27] Assistant manager Geoff Horsfield said Davies' signing was "fantastic for the club".[28]

"He's a big, strong boy who is also quick. He is different to what we've got and he'll certainly cause defences some problems."

—Manager Micky Adams' assessment of Davies.[29]

He made a highly impressive start during his first two appearances,[30] and ended his year long goal drought in his fourth.[31] His loan deal was then quickly extended until the end of the season.[32] He finished the campaign with seven goals in 24 games for the Vale.

Chesterfield[edit]

On 6 July 2010, Davies had his Brighton contract cancelled by mutual consent. Later that same day, Davies signed a one-year contract with League Two side Chesterfield.[33][34] He made history when in a 5–4 pre-season friendly defeat to Derby County he became the first player to score at Chesterfield's new B2net Stadium.[35] A similar, more dubious honour came on 7 August 2010, when in a 2–1 win over Barnet he became the first player to be sent off at the stadium – also his competitive debut for the club.[36] His eleven goals in his opening thirteen league games helped to propel his side to the top of the league, and he was made the division's Player of the Month for October after scoring five goals in six games. He again won the same honour for the month of March, tallying up six goals in six games. Chesterfield ended the season as league champions, thereby winning promotion to League One. Davies finished with 23 league goals to his name, putting him joint fourth (with Adam le Fondre) in the division's scoring charts - five goals above striker partner Jack Lester, but five goals behind Crewe Alexandra's Clayton Donaldson. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, along with teammates Danny Whitaker and Tommy Lee.

Barnsley[edit]

His highly successful season with Chesterfield earned him attention from numerous Championship clubs, including Reading.[37] However it was Barnsley manager Keith Hill who was able to tempt the young striker, who signed a contract with the club in July 2011.[38] It took until his ninth appearance for Davies find his first goal for the club, when he struck from 12 yards out in a 2–1 defeat to Bristol City at Oakwell.[39] This was the first of a streak of eight goals in eight games, during which he scored twice against Doncaster Rovers and Ipswich Town.[40][41] He finished the 2011–12 campaign with 11 goals in 42 appearances.

On 22 September, Davies scored four goals in the space of 19 second-half minutes in a 5–0 demolition of Birmingham City at St Andrew's.[42] On 17 November, he marked his return from almost a month out with a hamstring problem with the equalizing goal in a 1–1 draw with Bolton Wanderers at The Reebok.[43] He totalled nine goals for the "Tykes" in 22 appearances in the first half of the 2012–13 campaign.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

In January 2013, Bolton Wanderers made a successful £300,000 transfer bid for Davies, and began negotiating personal terms.[44][45] He agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal, and became Dougie Freedman's first permanent signing as the "Trotters" manager.[46] He made his debut for Bolton on 19 January, as a late substitute for Darren Pratley in a goalless draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.[47] He scored his first goal for Bolton on 9 February in a 2–1 win over Burnley at the Reebok Stadium,[48] and followed this up with the equalising goal for Bolton in a 1–1 draw with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground just a week later.[49] He was sent off after receiving two yellow cards in a 3–2 defeat to Charlton Athletic at The Valley on 30 March.[50]

He played ten games without scoring a goal as he struggled with injuries during the first half of the 2013–14 season.[51] On 31 January 2014, Davies joined Preston North End on loan for the rest of the season.[52] He marked his debut at Deepdale the following day with the opening goal of a 2–0 with over Notts County.[53] On 12 April, he scored a hat-trick for the Lilywhites in a 6–1 home win over Carlisle United.[54] Simon Grayson's Lilywhites went on to secure a play-off place at the end of the 2013–14 season, losing to Rotherham United at the semi-final stage.[55]

International career[edit]

Davies holds a record for the Wales under-21 team by being one of only four people to have scored a hat trick at that level alongside John Hartson, Lee Jones and Ched Evans.[56] This feat saw him earn a call-up to the senior squad.[57] However he was sent off in August 2006 in a 3–2 defeat by Israel under-21s,[58] and received a five-match international ban.

He has been capped five times by Wales, qualifying through a grandparent, having made his international debut as a substitute in a goalless draw with Slovenia on 17 August 2005.[59] Two months later he withdrew from the international squad due to personal reasons.[60]

He was re-called to the squad in January 2008 for a friendly with Norway at Wrexham, after serving eighteen months out due to international suspension.[61] A further re-call in August 2008 was denied by his club Oldham due to a disciplinary issue. He was called up to feature in qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and came on as a second half substitute against Scotland on 12 October 2012.[62]

Statistics[edit]

Club level[edit]

As of 11 May 2014.
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other[63] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004–05[64] Oxford United League Two 28 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 29 6
2005–06[65] 20 2 3 0 1 0 2 0 26 2
Total 48 8 3 0 1 0 3 0 55 8
2006–07 Hellas Verona Serie B 1 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07[66] Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) Championship 23 0 3 2 1 0 0 0 27 2
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08[67] Oldham Athletic League One 32 10 5 1 2 1 2 1 41 13
2008–09[68] 12 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 14 0
2008–09[68] Stockport County (loan) 9 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 13 6
Total 44 10 5 1 3 1 3 1 55 13
2008–09[68] Brighton & Hove Albion League One 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
2009–10[69] 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2009–10[69] Yeovil Town (loan) 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2009–10[69] Port Vale (loan) League Two 24 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 7
Total 21 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
2010–11[70] Chesterfield League Two 41 23 2 1 0 0 2 1 45 25
Total 41 23 2 1 0 0 2 1 45 25
2011–12[71] Barnsley Championship 40 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 42 11
2012–13[72] 20 8 0 0 2 1 0 0 22 9
Total 60 19 1 0 3 1 0 0 64 20
2012–13[72] Bolton Wanderers Championship 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 4
2013–14[73] 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 0
2013–14[73] Preston North End League One 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
Total 26 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 4
Career total 316 82 21 5 7 2 8 2 354 91

International level[edit]

under-21 caps[edit]

Wales's goal tally first.

International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Goal
2005
01 (00) 20 March Stebonheath Park, Llanelli  Austria 0–2 Friendly 0
02 (00) 2 September Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  England 0–4 Friendly 0
2006
03 (00) 28 February Stebonheath Park, Llanelli  Estonia 0–1 Friendly 0
04 (00) 10 May Tallinn  Northern Ireland 2–0 2007 Euro Qualifier 0
05 (00) 16 May Victoria Road, Port Talbot  Cyprus 1–0 Friendly 0
06 (03) 24 May Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Estonia 5–1 2007 Euro Qualifier 3
07 (03) 16 August Mandemakers Stadion, Waalwijk  Israel 2–3 2007 Euro Qualifier 0

Senior caps[edit]

Wales's goal tally first.

International appearances and goals
# Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Goal
2005
01 (00) 17 August Liberty Stadium, Swansea  Slovenia 0–0 Friendly 0
02 (00) 7 September Polish Army Stadium, Warsaw  Poland 0–1 World Cup Qualifier 0
2006
03 (00) 27 May Graz  Trinidad and Tobago 2–1 Friendly 0
04 (00) 14 November Wrexham  Liechtenstein 4–0 Friendly 0
2008
05 (00) 6 February Racecourse Ground, Wrexham  Norway 3–0 Friendly 0
2012
06 (00) 12 October Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff  Scotland 2–1 World Cup Qualifier 0
2013
07 (00) 14 August Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff  Republic of Ireland 0–0 Friendly 0

Honours[edit]

Individual
with Chesterfield

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