Callum Davidson

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Callum Davidson
Personal information
Full name Callum Iain Davidson[1]
Date of birth (1976-06-25) 25 June 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Stoke City (first-team coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1998 St Johnstone 43 (4)
1998–2000 Blackburn Rovers 66 (1)
2000–2004 Leicester City 101 (2)
2004–2011 Preston North End 166 (21)
2011–2014 St Johnstone 47 (1)
Total 423 (29)
National team
1998–2009 Scotland 26 (0)
Teams managed
2014 St Johnstone (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Callum Iain Davidson (born 25 June 1976 in Stirling) is a Scottish professional football player and coach. Davidson played as a left back for St Johnstone, Blackburn Rovers, Leicester City and Preston North End between 1994 and 2014. At international level, Davidson represented Scotland on 19 occasions between 1998 and 2009. Since retiring as a player, Davidson has become a football coach. He is currently the first-team coach to Gary Rowett at Stoke City.

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Davidson grew up in Dunblane and attended Dunblane High School from 1988-1994 where he captained the School football team. Impressive performances for the School team led to being scouted and watched. Davidson also played Basketball, Golf, Tennis and Athletics at Dunblane. He was part of the Tennis team that won the Scottish Schools Championship where he was coached under Judy Murray and also represented Scotland in Golf.

Club career[edit]

He was soon scouted and subsequently signed by St Johnstone. His impressive performances for the Perth club attracted interest from Premiership clubs, resulting in a move to Blackburn Rovers in February 1998 for £1.75m, a St Johnstone club record. He spent two years at Ewood Park, making 66 League appearances and scoring once against West Ham United.[2]

Davidson joined Leicester City in July 2000, for a fee of £2.75m, and he remained with the Foxes for four years, making over 100 appearances. He was signed by Preston North End in 2004 on a free transfer and was later appointed club captain. His time at Deepdale was dominated by recurring injury problems, but he still managed to make over 160 appearances for Preston.

On 26 May 2011, Davidson rejoined his first professional club St Johnstone[3] on a one-year deal on a free transfer after being released from Preston North End earlier in the year. He made his debut on 23 July against Aberdeen.[4] He scored his first goal for St Johnstone in a 3-1 win over Dunfermline on 25 February 2012.[5] St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown had initially indicated the club would not be offering Davidson a new contract due to his age, with Davidson's form forcing him into a rethink.[6] Davidson extended his contract with St Johnstone for another season in March 2012.[7][8]

International career[edit]

Davidson won a total of 26 caps for Scotland between 1998 and 2002. After six years out of the national team, he was included in George Burley's squad to face Northern Ireland in August 2008,[9] but did not play. Davidson's international career was resurrected when he started the 2010 World Cup qualifying match against Norway to win his 22nd cap.[10]

Coaching career[edit]

Davidson was appointed assistant manager of St Johnstone in June 2013, while retaining his registration as a player.[11] He did not make any playing appearances in the 2013–14 season, during which St Johnstone won the 2013–14 Scottish Cup. Davidson temporarily took charge of the team in March 2014, while manager Tommy Wright was in hospital having a gall bladder operation.[12] He was added to the coaching staff of the Scotland national football team during 2017.[13]

Davidson left St Johnstone in June 2018, when he became a first-team coach at Stoke City.[14][15] Davidson linked up with Gary Rowett, who had been his teammate at Leicester.[14]


  1. ^ "Callum Davidson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Flitcroft finds his range for Rovers". Independent. 4 October 1998. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "St Johnstone Football Club – News Archive". 26 May 2011. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Aberdeen v St.Johnstone". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 July 2011. Retrieved 23 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "St Johnstone 3 - 1 Dunfermline". BBC. 25 February 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Callum Davidson agrees new St Johnstone deal". STV. STV Group. 16 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Callum Davidson agrees new St Johnstone contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Commons and Barr given Scots call, BBC Sport, 12 August 2008.
  10. ^ Lindsay, Clive (12 August 2009). "Norway 4–0 Scotland". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "St Johnstone appoint Tommy Wright as new manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "St Johnstone: Tommy Wright expected back in charge". BBC Sport. BBC. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Callum Davidson: St Johnstone assistant manager joins Scotland coaching staff". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 
  14. ^ a b "Callum Davidson: Stoke City boss Gary Rowett to appoint Scot as number two". BBC Sport. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 
  15. ^ "Gary on his backroom team". Stoke City. Retrieved 26 June 2018. 

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