Craig Davis (Australian footballer)

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Craig Davis
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-10-02) 2 October 1954 (age 60)
Original team Launceston (NTFA)
Height/Weight 183 cm / 81 kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1973-1975
1977-1978
1979-1983
1988
Total -
Carlton
North Melbourne
Collingwood
Sydney Swans
042 0(72)
010 0(20)
102 (251)
009 0(17)
163 (360)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 1988 season.
Career highlights
  • Leading Carlton goalkicker 1974
  • Leading Collingwood goalkicker 1979, 1980

Craig Davis (born 2 October 1954 in Ross, Tasmania) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with four clubs during his eleven seasons in the VFL in the 1970s and early 1980s. He played as a full forward and is the father of Nick Davis[1] who is a premiership player with Sydney, and a cousin of Brent Crosswell.[2]

Davis was recruited to the VFL from Launceston and made his debut for Carlton in 1973 at the age of 18. He had played as a wingman and half forward in the reserves team but in just his fifth game for Carlton played at full forward in the 1973 VFL Grand Final.[2] After kicking 72 goals in three seasons he received a head injury during the 1976 pre season. Diagnosed with deformed blood platelets, he didn't play a senior game in the 1976 season.[3]

Despite being warned by the Carlton doctors over the danger of another head injury he joined North Melbourne during the 1977 season.[4] He remained with the club until the end of 1978 but after managing only a total of 10 games he moved again, this time to Collingwood. He kicked 88 goals in his debut season at Collingwood, topping the club's goalkicking charts for the year and falling 3 goals short of the Coleman Medal which was won by Kelvin Templeton. For the next two seasons he again finished with over 50 goals and by the time he left the club in 1983 he had kicked a total of 251 goals.

In 1988 at the age of 33 he made a surprise comeback to football, playing a season in Sydney with the Swans after being a development coach and team runner for the previous few years.[2]

Following his playing career, Craig Davis has remained active in football as an administrator with the NSW AFL.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Homesick Davis not on best of terms with Pies". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 October 2002. 
  2. ^ a b c "Craig: One in a Million". Football Record (Round 2, 8/9/10 April 1988): 9. 1988. 
  3. ^ Sheahan, Mike (16 August 1977). "Davis declared fit and blazing comeback trail". The Age. 
  4. ^ Sheahan, Mike (30 June 1977). "Blood ties join Davis, Croswell". The Age. 
  5. ^ Barrett, Damian (18 January 2008). "Craig Davis dumped in NSW restructure of operations". Herald Sun. 

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