Steve Davis (footballer, born 1968)

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Steve Davis
Personal information
Full name Stephen Mark Davis
Date of birth (1968-10-30) 30 October 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Hexham, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1986–1987 Southampton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Southampton 6 (0)
1989 Burnley (loan) 9 (0)
1990 Notts County (loan) 2 (0)
1991–1995 Burnley 162 (22)
1995–1998 Luton Town 139 (21)
1998–2003 Burnley 156 (21)
2003–2004 Blackpool 29 (1)
2004–2006 York City 15 (0)
Total 518 (65)
Teams managed
2007 Burnley (caretaker)
2010 Burnley (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen Mark "Steve" Davis (born 30 October 1968 in Hexham, England) is an English former footballer who played as a defender. He had three spells with Burnley, and has subsequently coached for them. He was the first team coach for Npower Championship side Bolton Wanderers but was sacked along with Owen Coyle on 9 October.

Playing career[edit]

Davis started his career as a trainee with Southampton in August 1986, turning professional in July 1987. He was a virtual ever-present in the reserve team in both the 1987–88 and 1988–89 seasons, making 35 appearances each time. Despite this, he failed to break through into the first team.

In November 1989 he went on loan to Burnley (who already had a player called Steve Davis) and returned to The Dell in February 1990. He made his Southampton debut in a 4–1 victory over Norwich City on 27 February 1990 (in which game Matthew Le Tissier scored a hat-trick). After a run of four games, Davis lost his place to Micky Adams, who was returning from injury. Davis only made two further appearances for Southampton, and then, after a short loan spell at Notts County, in August 1991 he returned to Burnley on a permanent basis for a fee of £60,000.[1]

At Burnley he helped the club to the Division Four championship in 1991–92 and to promotion via the play-offs in 1993–94. Burnley were relegated the following season, and Davis was sold to Luton Town for £750,000 in July 1995.

In 1996, despite his performing admirably for the Hatters, the club were relegated to the Division Two for the first time in over 25 years. He was then part of the side that finished third in the league in the 1996–97 season, before losing in the play-offs to Crewe. Due to his aerial ability, Davis was often used as an emergency striker by then-manager Lennie Lawrence. During part of his spell at Luton, he was captain.

After over three years with Luton, Davis returned to Burnley in December 1998 for a fee of £800,000. He became club captain, and in 1999-00 he helped them back to the First Division, thus completing Stan Ternent's two-year rebuilding project.

He remained at Burnley until July 2003, when he moved on to Lancashire rivals Blackpool on a two-year deal.[2] He joined York City in June 2004 on a two-year deal,[3] however he retired from the game in 2005.

Management career[edit]

Davis returned to Burnley in a scouting role in October 2005, as manager Steve Cotterill hoped to prepare him for a coaching role at the club at some level.

In January 2006 Burnley first team coach Mark Yates was offered the managers job at Conference side Kidderminster Harriers. This meant a step up for Steve Davis, who came in as a direct replacement for Yates, taking up the roles of first team coach and reserve team manager. The move was greeted with great support from Burnley fans, as Davis was still held in very high regard at Turf Moor. Davis shared the supporters' sentiment, quoting "This has to be top of my list for football memories. Burnley is my club and everyone knows what it means to me." Davis' quick rise would continue in November 2007 when he was moved up a rank once again by Cotterill, replacing the outgoing Dave Kevan (who had moved to a similar role at Notts County) as assistant manager.[4] This role lasted just a matter of days, before he was promoted up to caretaker-manager upon the sacking of Cotterill. His first job was to take the team to Leicester City for a Football League Championship match. An early Andy Gray goal gave him a 1-0 win, in what he described as one of the proudest moments of his career.[5] He was a candidate to replace Cotterill full-time as Burnley manager[6] but in the end the board went for Scottish rookie Owen Coyle, however Davis would remain on the staff in his former role as first-team coach.[7] Under Coyle's stewardship Burnley won promotion to the Premier League.

In January 2010, Davis was made caretaker manager of Burnley for a matter of days[8] before joining the backroom staff at Coyle's new club, Bolton Wanderers.[9] During this spell he never took charge of a first team game. He was sacked by the Npower Championship side on 9 October.



  • Football League Fourth Division PFA Team of the Year: 1991-92
  • Football League Second Division PFA Team of the Year (3): 1996-97, 1998–99, 1999-2000


  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 96. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ "Davis joins Blackpool". BBC Sport. 2 July 2003. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "Brass lands Davis". BBC Sport. 1 June 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Burnley name Davis as assistant". BBC Sport. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 8 November 2007. 
  5. ^ "Leicester 0-1 Burnley". BBC Sport. 10 November 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Davis hopeful over Burnley post". BBC Sport. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Davis To Remain On Staff". Burnley FC. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Steve Davis steps in as caretaker manager at Burnley". BBC Sport. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Burnley coaching staff set to join Owen Coyle at Bolton". BBC Sport. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 

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