Alan Davidson (Australian soccer)
Davidson in 2015
|Full name||Alan Edward Davidson|
|Date of birth||1 June 1960|
|Place of birth||Altona North, Melbourne, Australia|
|Playing position||Sweeper, Right/Left Back, Midfielder|
|Altona City SC|
|1976–1977||Altona City SC||36|
|1988||Australian Olympic Team||4|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2007|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 August 2007
Alan Edward Davidson (born 1 June 1960) is a former Australian football (soccer) player. His father is Australian and his mother is Japanese.
Davidson began his domestic senior football career in 1976 and 1977, playing for Altona City SC which had been his junior club. The following year, he transferred to South Melbourne, where he played until the end of the 1984 season, making 155 appearances and scoring 13 goals.
He moved to England for the 1984–85 season for Nottingham Forest F.C. and a promising start where he broke into the first team as a right-back was curtailed by illness after suffering a blow to the head and having a seizure during a reserve game on a very cold night which sidelined him till the end of the season. He resume training and playing for the first team and suffered a serious back injury which had sidelined him for over a year which forced him into early retirement and returned home to Melbourne. He resumed playing in Australia at the end of 1986 for South Melbourne and in 1987 transferred to Melbourne Croatia, making 133 appearances and scoring 10 goals from 1987 to the end of the 1991–92 season and transferred to M-League club Pahang FA in Malaysia during 1992 where he was voted the League's best player, guiding the team to the M-League Championship and Malaysia Cup double.
During 1989 Davidson Captain the Australia National Futsal Team to the first ever FIFA Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands where he played in all three round one games against Zimbabwe, Italy and United States. Brazil were crowned FIFA Futsal World Champions beating the Netherlands 2-1 in the final.
Near the end of his playing career, he guested for South Melbourne FC for two seasons, (1994–95 and 1995–96), while with the Malaysian club, Pahang FA in between (1992–96). His penultimate season (1996–97) he guested with the Collingwood Warriors, and his last season (1997–98) was back with the Melbourne Knights.
He finally retired in 1998 at the age of 38 after three World Cup campaigns and an Olympic Games: 1988 Seoul Olympics and was number 32 official Socceroo Captain. He was the only foreign player ever to be honoured and received an AMP awarded by the Sultan of Pahang FA in 1996 and was inducted to the Football Federation Australia, Football Hall of Fame- in the Hall of Champions category in 2001.
Davidson was appointed the head coach of his former team Pahang in January 1999, however he parted ways with Pahang in April the same year.
In 2006 Former 1974 Socceroo World Cup Coach Rale Rasic named Davidson in his greatest ever Socceroo team.
Alan Davidson, also sits on Football Federation Australia A-Leagues Independent Match Review Panel and is one of two of the original three founding members of the current Match Review Panel formed in 2008-9 A-League season.
Davidson's footballing career was honoured on 12 July 2012 at the "Australia's Greatest Ever Footballers Gala" ceremony at the Sydney Convention Center being named in Australia's Best 11 ever "Socceroo Team" of all time.
Alan has been an honorary playing member of Victoria Police Soccer Club (VPSC) for a number of years (his father was a Victoria Police member), representing the Club at a number of local and National events. In June, 2013, Alan was honoured by accepting the title of Community Patron of VPSC. Alan travelled with VPSC in July, 2013, to Hong Kong, playing for VPSC in a tournament with the Hong Kong Police Force, Hong Kong Celebrity All Stars and Victoria Asian Football Federation. VPSC went through the tournament unbeaten to win the title.
Alan Davidson was honoured by Football Federation Victoria at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on 14 October 2013 in recognition of outstanding contribution to football in the state of Victoria and inducted to the Football Federation Victoria, Hall Of Fame.
On Tuesday 17 December 2013 Alan Davidson was again honoured by Football Federation Australia and selected in the FFA Team of the Decade between 1980 - 1989 at The Crown Towers in Melbourne. The FFA Team of the Decade for the 1980s Terry Greedy, Alan Davidson, Tony Henderson, Charlie Yankos, Graham Jennings, Joe Watson, Murry Barnes, Oscar Crino, Zarko Odzakov, John Kosmina, Eddie Krncevic.
Wednesday 19 March 2014, Alan Davidson was again honoured by Football Federation Victoria by Awarding him a Life Member of FFV in recognition of his outstanding meritorious service to football in Victoria.
Davidson was a defender / midfielder and retired as Socceroo Captain after 79 international caps (54 in official FIFA matches) between 1980 and 1991 with the Socceroos, the Australian national football team, scoring 2 goals in those appearances.
- OFC Nations Cup: 1980
- Trans-Tasman Cup: Winners 1988, Runners Up 1983, 1987
- Merlion Cup: Winners 1982, 1983
- President's Cup South Korea: Runners Up 1987
- Bicentennial Gold Cup 1988 Runners up
- 1988 Seoul Olympics South Korea
- 1989 FIFA Futsal World Cup: Netherlands
With South Melbourne FC:
With Nottingham Forest FC:
- Saudi Arabia Cup: Winners 1984
With Melbourne Knights FC:
With Pahang FA:
- Malaysia Premier League: M-League 1992, 1995
- Malaysia Cup: 1992: Runners Up 1994, 1995
- Malaysia Charity Shield: 1992, 1993 Runners Up 1995
- Malaysia FA Cup: Runners Up 1995
With Collingwood Warriors:
- NSL Cup: 1996–1997
- Alan Davidson - Field 18: Albert Park Lake -1996
- Ahli Mahkota Pahang Pahang: - 1996
- Team of the Century: South Melbourne FC – 2000
- FFA Hall of Champions Inductee – 2001
- South Melbourne FC Hall of Champions: Inductee – 2002
- "Greatest Ever Socceroos XI Team": Alan Davidson - 2012
- Football Federation Victoria, Hall Of Fame - 2013
- Football Federation Australia, Team of the Decade 1980-89 - 2013
- Football Federation Victoria, Life Member - 2014