Gordon Davies (footballer born 1955)

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Gordon Davies
Personal information
Full name Gordon John Davies
Date of birth (1955-08-03) 3 August 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1972-1973 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1978 Merthyr Tydfil
1978–1984 Fulham 247 (114)
1984–1985 Chelsea 13 (6)
1985–1986 Manchester City 31 (9)
1986–1991 Fulham 147 (45)
1991–1992? Wrexham 22 (4)
1992?–1993 Northwich Victoria
Total 460+ (178+)
National team
1979–1986 Wales 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gordon John Davies (born 3 August 1955) is a former Welsh international football player. He is the record goalscorer for Fulham and earned 16 caps for Wales between 1979 and 1986, scoring 2 international goals.[1]

Club career[edit]

Davies, a forward, played club football for a number of English clubs, including Fulham, Manchester City and Chelsea.[1][2]

He joined Fulham in 1978 from Merthyr Tydfil F.C., and spent six years with the London club. After a season with Chelsea he was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £100,000. He made his City debut on 12 October 1985 against Watford, and his first goal came two days later in a 6–1 victory over Leeds United in the Full Members Cup; Davies scored a hat-trick that day. Once Billy McNeill departed as City manager Davies' days at the club were numbered and his final City match was against Southend United in the Football League Cup, and he returned to Fulham in October 1986.[2]

His second spell at Fulham lasted five years, at the end of which he had become Fulham's record goalscorer, with 159 league goals in 460 appearances. At the end of his Fulham career, the club granted him a testimonial which was played against a Wales XI. He then had short spells at Wrexham and Northwich Victoria, and retired from the game in 1993.[2] He is still a popular and frequent guest at Craven Cottage matches.

International career[edit]

Davies made his Wales debut on 21 November 1979 against Turkey. He made 16 Wales appearances in total (scoring two goals) with his last game against Republic of Ireland on 26 March 1986.[3]

International goals[4][edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 1983 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0–1 Win 1983 British Home Championship
2 15 February 1986 Dahran, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 1–2 Win Friendly


  1. ^ a b Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  2. ^ a b c "Gordon Davies: Manchester City 1985-1986". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gordon Davies: Wales 1979-1986". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Wales - International Results and line-ups 1980-1989