Fred Davis (footballer)

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Fred Davis
Personal information
Full name Frederick William Davis
Date of birth 1871
Place of birth Smethwick, Staffordshire, England
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Soho Villa
Birmingham St George's
1893–1899 Woolwich Arsenal 137 (8)
1899–1900 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Frederick William "Fred" Davis (1871 – after 1900) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Woolwich Arsenal. A wing half, he also played for Soho Villa, Birmingham St George's and Nottingham Forest.[1]

Davis was born in Smethwick, Staffordshire, and played as a wing half for local clubs including Soho Villa and Birmingham St George's[1] before in 1893 signing for Woolwich Arsenal, who had just become the first club from the south of England to join the Football League. He made his league debut for the side in their second-ever league match,[2] a 3-2 defeat away to Notts County on 9 September 1893. He was a near ever-present for the 1893-94 season (missing only one more game) and continued to do so for the four seasons after that.[3]

With Davis in the side Woolwich Arsenal mainly occupied mid-table of the Second Division, reaching as high as fifth in 1897–98.[3] After the end of the 1898–99 season Davis left Arsenal to join First Division Nottingham Forest. He had played exactly 150 games for Arsenal in six seasons, scoring ten goals.[2] However, at Forest he never played a single match and appears to have left football entirely by the year 1900.[3]


  1. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 70. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b "Fred Davis". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Harris, Jeff; Hogg, Tony, eds. (1995). Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 978-1-899429-03-5.