Steve Davis (footballer, born 1965)

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Steve Davis
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Davis in 2012
Personal information
Full name Steven Peter Davis
Date of birth (1965-07-26) 26 July 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 12 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Crewe Alexandra (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Stoke City 0 (0)
1983–1987 Crewe Alexandra 145 (1)
1987–1991 Burnley 147 (11)
1991–1998 Barnsley 107 (10)
1997 York City (loan) 2 (1)
1998 Oxford United (loan) 7 (1)
1998–2000 Oxford United 35 (2)
2000 Macclesfield Town 0 (0)
2000–2002 Northwich Victoria 21 (0)
2004–2009 Nantwich Town 71 (2)
Total 535 (28)
Teams managed
2003 Northwich Victoria
2004–2009 Nantwich Town
2011– Crewe Alexandra
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Peter "Steve" Davis (born 26 July 1965) is an English former footballer and former manager at Football League One club Crewe Alexandra.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Davis started his career with Stoke City as an apprentice in 1982[1][2] but never made a senior appearance. However, he played more than 140 matches for both Crewe Alexandra and Burnley, making his Crewe debut at the age of 18, and captaining the side aged 19. He was also a key figure in the time he was at Burnley. He then played over 100 games for Barnsley in Division 1, in which they won promotion to the Premier League. He had loan spells at York City and Oxford United, eventually being signed by Division 1 outfit, Oxford United in 1998.

The final years of his playing career saw him in Cheshire with Macclesfield Town, and with Northwich Victoria and Nantwich Town – where he was player-manager of both clubs.

Management career[edit]

Northwich Victoria[edit]

He was appointed as player-manager of Northwich Victoria in June 2003.[3] He resigned in September, after the side were second bottom of the Conference National in the 2003–04 season.[4]

Nantwich Town[edit]

However, his managerial career at Nantwich Town was the most successful time in the club's long history, converting a club that had never achieved anything above the North West Counties League to one that was challenging for a Conference spot. He led Nantwich to two promotions in three seasons and a FA Vase victory, just missing out on promotion to the Conference North at the end of the 2008–09 season. His abilities attracted the attention of Crewe Alexandra, where he had spent four seasons as a player. On 17 May 2009, it was announced that he would become assistant manager to Gudjon Thordarson at Crewe.[5]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

On 10 November 2011, Dario Gradi stepped down and Steve Davis was appointed as manager.[6] Davis's first game in charge was a FA Cup tie: a 4–1 loss to Colchester United on 12 November 2011, giving Davis his first defeat as Crewe manager.[7] Davis's first league game in charge was a 2–1 win away to Morecambe.[8] Also as manager of Crewe, Davis introduced his squad to yoga sessions for training.[9]

"They're not a very flexible bunch. If you can help flexibility, you prolong their careers. It will cut down the injuries and strengthen areas where they're weak at the moment. It's something different and it will freshen things up."

Davis managed the team during a surge up the League 2 table in early 2012, which included an unbeaten run that took Crewe into the play-off places following a 1–0 home win over Cheltenham Town on 21 April 2012,[10] earning Davis a nomination for Manager of the Month in March.[11] Extending the unbeaten run to 16 matches with an away draw at Torquay and a home draw against Aldershot, Crewe consolidated 7th place in the final table, earning a play-off against Southend.[12] Crewe won the first leg 1–0 and then secured a 2–2 draw at Roots Hall, extending the unbeaten run to a club-record 18 matches[13] and securing a play-off final against Cheltenham at Wembley, which they won 2–0 to gain promotion to League One.

The following season (2012–2013), Davis was manager as Crewe won the Football League Trophy, beating Southend United 2–0 in the final at Wembley.[14] In May 2013, Davis was briefly linked with the then vacant Wolves head coach post.[15]

Personal life[edit]

His son, Harry, is currently playing at Crewe Alexandra, and is also a centre-back. He made his debut at the end of the 2009–10 season, against Bradford City.[16]

Another son, Joe, is a defender at Leicester City, having made his professional debut at Port Vale in April 2011.[17] On 22 February 2014, for 33 minutes of a match at Port Vale, Davis's sons played on opposite sides against each other.[18][19]

Davis also has a daughter, Ellie.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 December 2014.[20]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Crewe Alexandra 10 November 2011 Present 165 60 41 64 36.36
Total 165 60 41 64 36.36

List of seasons[edit]

As of 16 September 2014[21]
  • Cup = FA Cup
  • LC = League Cup
  • FLT = Football League Trophy
  • FLP = Football League Playoffs
Champions Runners-up Third / SF Promoted Unfinished
Season Club Nat Domestic Trophies
League Cup LC FLT FLP
2011–12 Crewe Alexandra England 7th 4 1R 1R QF W 1
2012–13 12th 3 2R 2R W &
2013–14 22nd 3 1R 1R 2R &

3 Third tier

4 Fourth tier


As a manager[edit]

Nantwich Town
Crewe Alexandra


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. pp. p162. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ "Steve Davis". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Pete (16 June 2003). "Davis relishing Vics challenge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Davis resigns at Northwich". BBC Sport. 29 September 2003. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Davis Becomes Alex Assistant". The Crewe Chronicle. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "Davis To Take Over As First Team Manager". Crewe Alexander. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Crewe 1–4 Colchester". BBC News. 12 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Morecambe 1–2 Crewe". BBC News. 19 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Davis to introduce yoga at Crewe". BBC News. 28 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Dave Artell's first-half strike saw Crewe defeat Cheltenham to join them in the League Two play-off places.". BBC News. 21 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Artell And Davis Up For Awards, Crewe Alexandra Net (Retrieved: 6 May 2012)
  12. ^ Alex secure play-offs spot, Sporting Life (retrieved: 6 May 2012)
  13. ^ "Go and finish the job, says Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis.". BBC News. 17 May 2012. 
  14. ^ Osborne, Chris. "Crewe 2 – Southend 0". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Steve Davis: Crewe boss favourite for Wolves job". BBC Sport. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Morse, Peter (12 May 2010). "Crewe Alex: Family ties no issue for debut boy Harry Davis". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "Port Vale: Ede believes potential is there". The Sentinel. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  18. ^ "Port Vale v Crewe: Steve Davis plays down family pride". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Port Vale 1 Crewe Alexandra 3". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  20. ^ Soccerbase, accessed 10 May 2013.
  21. ^ Crewe Alexandra League History, Retrieved 23 February 2014.

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