David Geddis

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David Geddis
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-05-12) 12 May 1958 (age 61)[1]
Place of birth Carlisle,[1] England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1979 Ipswich Town 43 (5)
1976–1977Luton Town (loan) 13 (4)
1979–1983 Aston Villa 47 (12)
1982–1983Luton Town (loan) 4 (0)
1983–1985 Barnsley 45 (24)
1985–1987 Birmingham City 46 (18)
1986–1987Brentford (loan) 4 (0)
1986–1988 Shrewsbury Town 39 (11)
1988–1989 Swindon Town 10 (3)
1990–1991 Darlington 13 (0)
Total 264 (77)
Teams managed
2006 Leeds United (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Geddis (born 12 March 1958) is a football coach and scout, a former professional football player and England youth international. As a player, he scored 77 goals from 264 appearances in the Football League.[1]


Playing career[edit]

When Ipswich Town's leading goal scorer, Trevor Whymark, was injured against Norwich City on Boxing Day 1977, Geddis replaced him in the line-up and remained in the side. This enabled Geddis to become one of the youngest players ever to make an appearance in the FA Cup final, as Ipswich progressed through the competition to Wembley, where they beat Arsenal. Geddis delivered the cross which led to Roger Osborne's winning goal.

He was transferred to Aston Villa in 1979 for £300,000 and the following season won a league championship medal by being one of the 14 players Villa used that season. He filled in whenever Gary Shaw or Peter Withe were injured or suspended and is best remembered for scoring two goals in the 3–0 win over rivals Birmingham City.

He was a popular figure at Villa Park, but limited first team opportunities saw him move to then Second Division club Barnsley in September 1983, where he scored 24 goals in 45 starts before attracting the interest of his former Villa boss Ron Saunders at promotion-chasing Birmingham City just before Christmas 1984. He joined for a fee of £80,000 and quickly became a fans' favourite, largely due to his contribution to the promotion-winning campaign of the 1984–85 season.[citation needed]

He went on to play for Brentford, Shrewsbury Town, Swindon Town and Darlington.

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2002 Geddis was brought in by Sir Bobby Robson to work as coach alongside John Carver at Newcastle United.[2] He was released from the position in September 2004 when Graeme Souness took over as manager and brought his own backroom staff with him from Blackburn Rovers.[3]

Most recently, Geddis was reserve team coach at Leeds United, a job he took up after scouting for England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson and the Football Association at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He also coached an English celebrity team, alongside former manager Terry Venables, for the Soccer Aid charity football match.

On 23 October 2006, Geddis replaced Carver as Leeds' caretaker manager. His only match in charge of the first team was the 3–1 League Cup defeat to Southend United, yet he was still not in complete control as Dennis Wise had input on team selection, having agreed terms with Leeds earlier in the day. On 25 October, Wise and his assistant Gustavo Poyet officially joined the club as the new management team. Geddis parted company with United on 19 December 2006.


As a player[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "David Geddis". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Transfer Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Robson paying tribute to coach Carver". The Northern Echo. 18 January 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Carver leaves Newcastle". BBC Sport. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2016.