Harold Davis (footballer)

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Harold Davis
Personal information
Full name Harold Davis
Date of birth (1933-05-10) 10 May 1933 (age 83)
Place of birth Cupar, Fife, Scotland
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1954–55 Newburgh
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1955–1956 East Fife 2 (0)
1956–1964 Rangers 168 (8)
1964–1965 Partick Thistle 22 (0)
Total 192 (8)
Teams managed
1965–1968 Queen's Park
1970–1971 Queen of the South
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Harold Davis (born 10 May 1933) is a Scottish former professional football player who is best known for his time with Rangers.[1][2]

Player[edit]

East Fife[edit]

Davis began his senior career at Scot Symon's East Fife and quickly gained praise as a tough tackling, no-nonsense defender but he was drafted for national service in 1951 and joined the Black Watch. Whilst in the army he fought and was seriously injured during the Korean War in the 1950s.[3] He spent almost two years in hospital recovering from the injuries he sustained.

Rangers[edit]

By chance a physiotherapist working at his hospital was the former Rangers player David Kinnear. Kinnear returned Rangers as a trainer and recommended Davis to then manager, Scot Symon, who had moved there from East Fife. Upon Davis' recovery Symon brought him to Ibrox.[4]

During his time at Rangers he played in the 1961 European Cup Winners Cup final defeat to Fiorentina. The match was lost 4–1 on aggregate. Davis made 261 appearances for Rangers and scored thirteen goals for the club from his debut on 24 November 1956, against Aberdeen.

Partick Thistle[edit]

He left in 1964 and joined Partick Thistle for the 1964-65 season.

Coach and manager[edit]

Queens Park and Rangers[edit]

He became trainer at Queen's Park from 1965 until 1968.

He then returned to Ibrox under Davie White from 1968 until 1970. He was sacked in the summer of 1970, along with fellow coaches David Kinnear and Laurie Smith, after club chairman Willie Waddell decided to bring in Jock Wallace as White's new assistant manager.

Queen of the South and Dundee[edit]

Davis became manager at Dumfries club Queen of the South for the 1970–71 season working with players such as Allan Ball, Iain McChesney and Jocky Dempster. Things did not work out at Palmerston Park and he was replaced by Jim Easton.

He later joined re-joined White at Dundee at the start of the 1973-74 season as the Dens Park club's assistant manager.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The forgotten hero of a forgotten war". SCOTSMAN.COM. 11 November 2006. 
  2. ^ Neil Brown profile
  3. ^ "Last Action Hero". Rangers official website. October 2007. 
  4. ^ [1]