Steven Davis

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Steven Davis
Steven Davis 2012.jpg
Davis playing for Northern Ireland in 2012
Personal information
Full name Steven Davis
Date of birth (1985-01-01) 1 January 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southampton
Number 8
Youth career
St Andrews Boys Club
2002–2004 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Aston Villa 91 (5)
2007–2008 Fulham 22 (0)
2008 Rangers (loan) 12 (0)
2008–2012 Rangers 140 (17)
2012– Southampton 71 (4)
National team
Northern Ireland U15 8 (1)
Northern Ireland U16 3 (0)
Northern Ireland U17 8 (0)
Northern Ireland U19 8 (0)
2003–2004 Northern Ireland U21 3 (0)
2004 Northern Ireland U23 1 (0)
2005– Northern Ireland 69 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:10, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Steven Davis (born 1 January 1985) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for Southampton and is the captain of the Northern Ireland national team. Davis made his full international debut in 2005 and has since been capped 64 times at senior level, scoring five goals.

Davis began his career with Premier League side Aston Villa and made his first appearance for the club in 2004 against Norwich City. Davis was named "Young Player of the Year", "The Fans Player of the Year" and "Player of the Year" for the 2005–06 season after making 42 appearances during the season. Davis was sold to Fulham for £4 million in the summer of 2007. He fell out of favour after then manager Lawrie Sanchez left the club and was loaned to Scottish side Rangers in January 2008 for an initial six months. He was part of the side that reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and that won the 2007–08 Scottish League Cup and 2007–08 Scottish Cup.

Davis moved to Rangers on a permanent in the summer of 2008 for £3 million. As of the end of the 2010–11 season, Davis had made over 160 appearances for the Glasgow club, winning three consecutive league titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011, two Scottish Cups and three League Cups. Following the insolvency of Rangers in 2012, Davis exercised his rights under TUPE regulations to rescind his contract and become a free agent. Davis then signed for Premier League club Southampton.

Club career[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Davis as an Aston Villa player.

Davis, who was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, started his career at St Andrews Boys Club before transferring to Aston Villa in 2002.[1][2] He was a member of the 2002 FA Youth Cup winning team that beat Everton 4–2 in the final.[3][4] His first professional appearance was on 18 September 2004, he was a 57-minute replacement for Nolberto Solano in a Premier League match against Norwich City.[5]

By October 2005, he was a regular for the club and missed only one game for Villa in the 2005–06 season.[3] Davis was named Villa's "Young Player of the Year", "The Fans Player of the Year" and "Player of the Year" for the 2005–06 season.[3][6] His form prompted the Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez, to state that Davis could be "another Frank Lampard".[7] Davis made 102 appearances for Villa and scored nine times.[8]

Fulham[edit]

In the summer of 2007, Davis followed team-mate Aaron Hughes to Fulham on 5 July 2007 to team up with international manager Lawrie Sanchez, for a fee of around £4 million.[1] He made his Fulham debut against Arsenal on 12 August 2007 and made 22 appearances for Fulham before his dream move to Rangers.[9][10]

Rangers[edit]

On 31 January 2008, Davis was signed on a six-month loan deal by Rangers, the club he supported as a boy.[10] Davis made his Rangers debut against Panathinaikos in the UEFA Cup on 13 February.[11] He scored his first goal, again in European competition, against German side Werder Bremen.[12] Davis scored for Rangers in the penalty shootout against Dundee United that won Rangers the League Cup.[13] He also helped the team reach the 2008 UEFA Cup Final,[14] and won the Scottish Cup in May.[15]

Davis made his move from Fulham permanent on 21 August 2008, in a deal worth £3 million, signing a four-year contract.[16] He made his first appearance of the season for Rangers against Aberdeen, during a 1–1 draw the day after he permanently signed.[17] Davis scored his first goal for Rangers, since his move became permanent, against Motherwell.[18] He scored the only goal in the final Old Firm derby of the season on 9 May 2009, to take Rangers to the top of the SPL by two points.[19] Davis won the SPL title and Scottish Cup with Rangers in the 2008–09 season.[20]

Davis began his goalscoring in the 2009–10 season against St. Mirren on 27 January.[21] He continued his goalscoring form against Falkirk in the next game, curling a free kick into Robert Olejnik's top right hand corner.[22] Davis's performances in January 2010, earned him the SPL Player of the Month award.[23] He was also named SPFA Players' Player of the Year on 2 May 2010. and won the SPL and Scottish League Cup each for the second time.[24]

Davis scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season against Motherwell at Ibrox in October 2010, when he collected the ball 30 yards from goal before striking it into the top corner.[25] The goal drew comparisons to former Rangers favourite Ian Durrant.[25] Davis followed this up by scoring the winning goal in the match against Inverness at Ibrox in January 2011.[26] In the 2011 Scottish League Cup Final against Celtic, Davis opened the scoring in a match, which Rangers won 2–1 after extra time.[27] This was the third time he had won the Scottish League Cup.[27] Davis scored in back-to-back games in the 2011 title run in against Motherwell,[28] and then Hearts,[29] before playing his 54th, and final game of the season in a 5–1 win over Kilmarnock, as Rangers won their 3rd consecutive SPL championship.[30]

On 19 July 2011, Davis signed a new five-year contract with Rangers.[31] He was made Rangers temporary captain, with the absence of formal club captain David Weir for the first part of the 2011–12 season.[32] Davis scored his first goal of the 2011–12 season in a 2–0 win over Aberdeen at Ibrox in August.[33] In the first Old Firm match of the 2011–12 season, Davis provided two assists in the game, as Rangers beat Celtic 4–2.[34] After Rangers beat Dunfermline 4–0 at East End Park, Rangers manager Ally McCoist praised Davis's performance by saying "It was a captain's performance from the best player on the park."[35] For his performances during September 2011, he received the SPL Player of the Month award.[36] Following the insolvency of Rangers in 2012, Davis exercised his rights under TUPE regulations to rescind his contract and become a free agent.[37] PFA Scotland had previously commented that players were entitled to become free agents if they objected to the transfer to the new company formed by Charles Green.[38]

Southampton[edit]

Davis playing for Southampton in the Premier League in May 2013.

He rejected the chance to stay with Rangers and instead signed a three-year deal with Premier League side Southampton on 6 July 2012.[39][40] The deal was subsequently extended to 2016 as part of the agreement with Rangers to complete the transfer without the need for the international transfer clearance to be agreed by FIFA, with the two clubs agreeing a fee.[41][42] After joining Southampton, Davis says he pleaded the fans (Rangers) to agree with his decision to leave but accepted that a minority of fans would take a different view[43] and made his explanation he left Rangers in order to revive his football career[44]

He made his debut on 19 August 2012, and scored in a 3–2 defeat to Manchester City just minutes after coming on as a substitute.[45]

His second goal for the club came in the return fixture against Manchester City, as he netted in a 3–1 home win.

His first two goals of the 2013–14 season came in a 5–1 victory at Barnsley in the League Cup.[46]

International career[edit]

Davis made his full international debut on 9 February 2005 in a 1–0 loss to Canada, and made the assist in Northern Ireland's famous 1–0 victory over England in a 2006 World Cup qualification match.[47] Davis' first goal came against Wales in a 3–2 defeat.[48] He was also part of the side who beat Spain 3–2 at Windsor Park in September 2006.[49]

On 21 May 2006, he became Northern Ireland's youngest modern day captain against Uruguay in the United States, unfortunately, his tenure as captain got off to a losing start, as the team lost 1–0.[3][50]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 2005 Windsor Park, Belfast  Wales 2–2 2–3 2006 World Cup qualifying
2 15 October 2008 Windsor Park, Belfast  San Marino 4–0 4–0 2010 World Cup qualifying
3 10 August 2011 Windsor Park, Belfast  Faroe Islands 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
4 7 October 2011 Windsor Park, Belfast  Estonia 1–0 1–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
5 15 October 2013 Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv  Israel 1–1 1–1 2014 World Cup qualifying

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 20 September 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2004–05[51] Premier League 28 1 1 0 0 0 29 1
2005–06[52] Premier League 35 4 4 2 3 2 42 8
2006–07[53] Premier League 28 0 0 0 3 0 31 0
Total 91 5 5 2 6 2 102 9
Fulham 2007–08[54] Premier League 22 0 1 0 2 0 25 0
Rangers (loan) 2007–08[54] Scottish Premier League 12 0 4 0 1 0 9[a] 1 26 1
Rangers 2008–09[55] Scottish Premier League 34 6 5 1 4 0 0 0 43 7
2009–10[56] Scottish Premier League 36 3 5 0 3 1 6[b] 0 50 4
2010–11[57] Scottish Premier League 37 4 3 0 3 1 10[c] 0 53 5
2011–12[58] Scottish Premier League 33 4 1 0 1 0 4[d] 0 39 4
Total 152 17 18 1 12 2 29 1 211 21
Southampton 2012–13[59] Premier League 32 2 1 0 0 0 33 2
2013–14[60] Premier League 34 2 3 0 3 2 40 4
2014–15[61] Premier League 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 71 4 4 0 4 2 79 6
Career Total 336 26 28 3 24 6 29 1 417 36
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Six appearances in UEFA Champions League, four in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, two in UEFA Europa League

International[edit]

As of match played 7 September 2014.[62]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Northern Ireland 2005 10 1
2006 7 0
2007 9 0
2008 6 1
2009 7 0
2010 5 0
2011 7 2
2012 6 0
2013 8 1
2014 4 0
Total 69 5

Honours[edit]

Aston Villa
Rangers

Personal awards[edit]

References[edit]

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