Alan Davidson (Australian footballer)

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Alan Davidson
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Davidson in 2015
Personal information
Full name Alan Edward Davidson
Date of birth (1960-06-01) 1 June 1960 (age 56)
Place of birth Altona North, Melbourne, Australia
Playing position Sweeper, Right/Left Back, Midfielder
Youth career
Altona City SC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 Altona City SC 36
1978–1984 South Melbourne 142 (10)
1984–1985 Nottingham Forest 5
1986 South Melbourne 13 (3)
1987–1992 Melbourne Croatia 133 (8)
1994–1996 South Melbourne 8 (0)
1992–1996 Pahang FA 110
1995–1996 South Melbourne 7 (0)
1996–1997 Collingwood Warriors 10 (0)
1997–1998 Melbourne Knights 13 (0)
Career Total 441 (21)
National team
1979 Australia U-20 10
1980–1991 Australia 79 (2)
1988 Australian Olympic Team 11
1989 Australia (futsal) 7
Teams managed
2000 Whittlesea Zebras

* 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.

Club career[edit]

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 nasty blow to the head an having seizure during a reserve game one freezing night which sidelined him till the end of the season. He resume training and playing for the first team and suffered a serious head 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 3 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 3 World Cup campaigns and 1 Olympic Games: 1988 Seoul Olympics 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'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.

The Best 11 ever Socceroo Team selected was - Mark Schwarzer, Lucas Neil, Joe Marston, Craig Moore, Alan Davidson, Johnny Warren, Ned Zelic, Tim Cahill, Ray Baartz, Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell.

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 meritorous service to football in Victoria.

International career[edit]

His first Australian representative honours were in 1978–79 during the Under 19 World Youth Cup, qualifiers in New Zealand and Paraguay and made 10 youth appearances.

He was a defender / midfielder and won 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.

Honours[edit]

With AustraliaAustralia:

With AustraliaSouth Melbourne FC:

With England Nottingham Forest FC:

  • Saudi Arabia Cup: Winners 1984

With AustraliaMelbourne Knights FC:

With MalaysiaPahang FA:

With AustraliaCollingwood Warriors:

Personal Honours:

Personal life[edit]

His son Jason is also a professional football player in Europe and National Team player,[1] currently playing for Huddersfield Town and the Socceroos.

References[edit]

http://www.goal.com/en-au/news/4020/australia/2012/07/13/3238568/exclusive-humbled-alan-davidson-hails-greatest-ever-gala

http://au.fourfourtwo.com/Gallery/308555,greatest-ever-socceroos-xi.aspx/1

http://greatesteveraustralianfootballer.com/

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