Harry Davis (footballer, born 1991)

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Harry Davis
Davis, Harry.jpg
Davis in 2010
Personal information
Full name Harry Spencer Davis[1]
Date of birth (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Burnley, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Centre back / Right back
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town
Number 24
Youth career
0000–2009 Crewe Alexandra
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2017 Crewe Alexandra 184 (12)
2010Nantwich Town (loan)
2010Stafford Rangers (loan) 6 (0)
2011Curzon Ashton (loan)
2017St Mirren (loan) 6 (2)
2017–2018 St Mirren 20 (3)
2018– Grimsby Town 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 October 2018 (UTC)

Harry Spencer Davis (born 24 September 1991) is an English professional footballer, who plays as a centre back for League Two club Grimsby Town. Davis has previously played for Crewe Alexandra and St Mirren. Early in his career, he was loaned by Crewe to Nantwich Town, Stafford Rangers and Curzon Ashton.

Career[edit]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Davis was born in Burnley, Lancashire.[1] After progressing through the club's academy, he made his first-team debut for Crewe Alexandra on 8 May 2010, in a 1–0 defeat to Bradford City on the final day of the 2009–10 season.[2] Before making his Crewe debut he enjoyed a short loan spell at Northern Premier League Premier Division team Nantwich Town.[3] He was given his first professional contract in May 2010.[4] In August 2010 he joined Stafford Rangers of the Conference North on a one-month loan,[5] along with teammate Kelvin Mellor.[6] His second game for the club came on the final day of the following season, also against Bradford. Crewe won the game 5–1 at Valley Parade.[7]

He started in the first game of the following season, a 3–0 defeat away to Swindon Town.[8] He began to feature regularly under manager Dario Gradi and scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 defeat to Southend United on 8 October 2011.[9] A few games later he scored in a 1–0 away win to Cheltenham Town.[10] On 10 November 2011, Gradi stepped down as manager of Crewe, with Harry's father Steve Davis taking over as manager.[11] After scoring penalties in a 1–0 win against Bradford,[12] a 3–0 win against Bristol Rovers[13] and in a 1–1 draw against Rotherham United,[14] Davis helped Crewe to reach the 2012 League Two play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, which Crewe won 2–0 against Cheltenham and were promoted to League One.[15]

In January 2015, Davis signed a two-and-a-half year contract to remain at Crewe.[16] He was announced as club captain for the 2015–16 season.[17] At the end of this contract, Crewe announced that Davis had been released by the club.[18]

St Mirren[edit]

On 31 January 2017, Davis signed on loan with Scottish Championship side St Mirren until the end of the 2016–17 season,[19] and scored on his debut in a 2–2 draw at Dumbarton.[20] Davis suffered a knee injury in St Mirren's 3–2 win over Dundee United in the Scottish Championship on 15 March 2017, after scoring his third goal for the club, and was set to return to Crewe for treatment.[21]

He signed on a permanent basis with St Mirren on 1 August 2017.[22][23] Davis helped St Mirren win the 2017–18 Scottish Championship, but decided to leave at the end of the season for family reasons.[24]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Davis signed an initial one-year-deal with EFL League Two side Grimsby Town on a free transfer on 7 June 2018.[25][26]

Style of play[edit]

Throughout his career, Davis is noted as a centre back and can also play as a right back, he established himself as a full back in the 2011–12 season under Dario Gradi.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Harry Davis's playing career at Crewe coincided with his father, Steve's managerial roles at the club. Steve Davis was assistant manager at Crewe as Harry made his debut,[27] later (November 2011) becoming manager. When Steve Davis was sacked in January 2017, Harry Davis sought a loan move away from the club.

Harry's younger brother, Joe, is a defender at Port Vale, having previously been at Port Vale (first spell), Leicester City and Fleetwood Town.[28] On 22 February 2014, for 33 minutes of a match at Port Vale, the two brothers played on opposite sides against each other.[29][30]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 21 April 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crewe Alexandra 2009–10[31] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[32] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2011–12[33] League Two 41 5 0 0 1 0 5[b] 0 47 5
2012–13[34] League One 42 1 2 0 2 0 4[c] 0 50 1
2013–14[35] League One 32 3 2 0 1 1 1[c] 0 36 4
2014–15[36] League One 31 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 33 1
2015–16[37] League One 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
2016–17[38] League Two 25 1 2 0 1 0 1[d] 0 29 1
Total 184 12 8 0 5 1 11 0 208 13
Stafford Rangers (loan) 2010–11[39] Conference North 6 0 6 0
St Mirren (loan) 2016–17[38] Scottish Championship 6 2 2 1 1 0 9 3
St Mirren 2017–18[40] 20 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 22 3
Total 26 5 4 1 0 0 1 0 31 6
Grimsby Town 2018–19[41] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 216 17 12 1 5 1 12 0 245 19
  1. ^ Cup competitions include the FA Cup, Scottish Cup
  2. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, three in League Two play-offs
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Crewe Alexandra

St Mirren

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
  2. ^ "Crewe 0–1 Bradford" BBC Sport. 8 May 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  3. ^ Morse, Peter (9 June 2010). "Crewe Alex: Harry Davis is hungry for more first team action". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Crewe to release Danny O'Donnell and Steven Schumacher". BBC Sport. 7 May 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Crewe Alexandra's Luke Murphy eyes midfield improvement". BBC Sport. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Crewe pair in Stafford Rangers loan". nln24.com. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Bradford 1–5 Crewe" BBC Sport. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Swindon 3–0 Crewe" BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Crewe 1–3 Southend" BBC Sport. 8 October 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Cheltenham 0–1 Crewe" BBC Sport. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Dario Gradi steps down as Crewe Alexandra manager" BBC Sport. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Crewe 1–0 Bradford" BBC Sport. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  13. ^ "Crewe 3–0 Bristol Rovers" BBC Sport. 9 April 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Rotherham 1–1 Crewe" BBC Sport. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  15. ^ "Cheltenham 0–2 Crewe" Archived 29 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine BBC Sport. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Harry Davis: Crewe defender signs new two-and-a-half contract". BBC Sport. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  17. ^ Morse, Peter (4 August 2015). "Harry Davis named as new Crewe Alex captain". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  18. ^ Crewe Alexandra Retained List 2017, CreweAlex.net. Retrieved: 9 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Dundee Utd, Falkirk, St Mirren, Raith Rovers and Ayr Utd make signings". BBC Sport. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Match Report: Dumbarton 2–2 St Mirren". St Mirren F.C. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  21. ^ "On-loan defender suffers knee injury in St. Mirren's 3–2 win over Dundee United". Crewe Alexandra F.C. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Harry Davis joins the Saints". St Mirren F.C. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  23. ^ a b Johnson, Steve (1 August 2017). "Harry Davis signs for St Mirren". vitalfootball.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  24. ^ "Contract update". St Mirren F.C. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  25. ^ Findlater, James (7 June 2018). "Grimsby Town make third summer signing as Harry Davis joins club". Grimsby Telegraph. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Grimsby Town sign former St Mirren defender". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  27. ^ Morse, Peter (12 May 2010). "Crewe Alex: Family ties no issue for debut boy Harry Davis". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  28. ^ "Port Vale Team Profiles Joe Davis" Archived 26 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine Port Vale F.C. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  29. ^ "Port Vale v Crewe: Steve Davis plays down family pride". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  30. ^ "Port Vale 1 Crewe Alexandra 3". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  31. ^ "Games played by Harry Davis in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  32. ^ "Games played by Harry Davis in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Harry Davis in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  34. ^ a b "Games played by Harry Davis in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  35. ^ "Games played by Harry Davis in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  36. ^ "Games played by Harry Davis in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  37. ^ "Games played by Harry Davis in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  38. ^ a b "Games played by Harry Davis in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  39. ^ "H. Davis". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  40. ^ "Games played by Harry Davis in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  41. ^ "Games played by Harry Davis in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 June 2018.

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