Gordon Davies (footballer, born 1955)

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Gordon Davies
Personal information
Full name Gordon John Davies
Date of birth (1955-08-03) 3 August 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1972–1973 Manchester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1978 Merthyr Tydfil
1978–1984 Fulham 247 (114)
1984–1985 Chelsea 13 (6)
1985–1986 Manchester City 31 (9)
1986–1991 Fulham 147 (45)
1991–1992 Wrexham 22 (4)
1992 Tornado FK - (-)
1992–1993 Northwich Victoria 36 (12)
Total 460+ (178+)
National team
1979–1986 Wales 16 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gordon John Davies (born 3 August 1955) is a former Welsh international football player. He is the record goalscorer for Fulham and earned 16 caps for Wales between 1979 and 1986, scoring 2 international goals.[1]

Club career[edit]

Davies, a forward, played club football for a number of English clubs, including Fulham, Manchester City and Chelsea.[1][2]

He joined Fulham in 1978 from Merthyr Tydfil F.C., and spent six years with the London club. After a season with Chelsea he was signed by Manchester City for a fee of £100,000. He made his City debut on 12 October 1985 against Watford, and his first goal came two days later in a 6–1 victory over Leeds United in the Full Members Cup; Davies scored a hat-trick that day. Once Billy McNeill departed as City manager Davies' days at the club were numbered and his final City match was against Southend United in the Football League Cup, and he returned to Fulham in October 1986.[2]

His second spell at Fulham lasted five years, at the end of which he had become Fulham's record goalscorer, with 159 league goals in 460 appearances. At the end of his Fulham career, the club granted him a testimonial which was played against a Wales XI.

Davies left Fulham in 1991 and went back to Wales to join Wrexham. He became a part of FA Cup history when the minnows beat giants Arsenal in one of the competition’s biggest ever shocks. He left the Welsh club in February 1992 to take up an offer of management in Norway with Tornado FK, signing on as player-manager. In the summer of 1992 he returned to the UK and signed for Northwich Victoria where he spent one season and retired from the game the following close season. He is still a popular and frequent guest at Craven Cottage matches.[3]

International career[edit]

Davies made his Wales debut on 21 November 1979 against Turkey. He made 16 Wales appearances in total (scoring two goals) with his last game against Republic of Ireland on 26 March 1986.[4]

International goals[5][edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 31 May 1983 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0–1 Win 1983 British Home Championship
2 15 February 1986 Dahran, Saudi Arabia  Saudi Arabia 1–2 Win Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gordon Davies at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  2. ^ a b "Gordon Davies: Manchester City 1985-1986". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Fulham FC - Memory Lane". Fulham FC. Fulham FCs. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Gordon Davies: Wales 1979-1986". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 11 April 2011.
  5. ^ Wales - International Results and line-ups 1980-1989 Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine