Kelvin Davis (footballer)
|Full name||Kelvin Geoffrey Davis|
|Date of birth||29 September 1976|
|Place of birth||Bedford, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1994||→ Torquay United (loan)||2||(0)|
|1997||→ Hartlepool United (loan)||2||(0)|
|2018||Southampton (caretaker manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Kelvin Geoffrey Davis (born 29 September 1976) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper, most recently for Premier League club Southampton. Born in Bedford, Davis began his career with Luton Town as a youth player in 1991 and remained there until 1999. Davis later played for Wimbledon, Ipswich Town and Sunderland before moving to Southampton in 2006.
Davis was team captain of Southampton from 2009 to 2012, after which he became club captain. From July 2016 to December 2017, Davis had been working as part of the support staff at Southampton. On 29 December 2017, Davis became Senior First Team coach following the resignation of Eric Black the previous week.
Davis was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire and started his career as a trainee with Luton Town, turning professional in July 1994. He joined Torquay United on loan in September 1994 as cover for the injured Ashley Bayes, making his debut in the 3–3 draw at home to Colchester United on 17 September. He also played in the 2–1 defeat at home to Barnet the following week before returning to Luton. He had a further loan spell, with Hartlepool United in August 1997.
He joined Wimbledon in July 1999 for a fee of £600,000. He joined Ipswich Town on a free transfer in July 2003, where he enjoyed the acclaim of Championship Goalkeeper of the year, helping steer Ipswich to third in the table.
In an attempt to rebuild his career after his difficult spell at Sunderland, Davis joined Southampton in July 2006 for a fee reported to be around £2 million. He linked up with former goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster, who coached him during his spell at Ipswich. At Southampton, he was first choice goalkeeper for most of the 2006–07 season until a three-match ban relegated him to the bench where he remained after the return of Bartosz Białkowski. He was suspended for three games after kicking out at Stoke City's striker Jon Parkin on 10 March 2007.
His form for Saints in the first half of the 2008–09 season was impressive, despite the club's poor form. Southampton fans voted Davis player of the month three times in the first five months of the season on the club's official website.
On 9 July 2009, Davis turned down the opportunity to sign for then Premier League side West Ham United, instead signing a new three-year contract with Southampton which meant that he would remain at Southampton until May 2012. On 8 August 2009 he saved an Alan Dunne penalty in a 1–1 draw with Millwall. He was voted in the League one PFA team of year in 2009–10 season after a string of outstanding performances. He was again named in the League One Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season. On 23 November 2010 he saved a Chris Wood penalty in a 0–0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
On 28 July 2011, Davis signed a new deal with Saints to keep him at the club until 2014. On 3 March 2012, Kelvin Davis put in a superb performance between the sticks against a rampant Leeds United to help secure a clean sheet, and one-nil win, for Southampton against the Yorkshire club at Elland Road. The performance earned the 35-year-old a place in the Championship Team of the Week.
He was named in the Championship Team of the Year for the 2011–12 season, meaning he had been named in a team of the year for three consecutive years. He saved a David Silva penalty on the opening day of the 2012–13 season against Manchester City, but this could not help the club from being beaten 3–2. He saved a Robin van Persie penalty in a game against Manchester United, but once again the club were beaten 3–2.
On 7 March 2013, Davis signed a new contract with Southampton, keeping him at the club until 2016.
He made his 300th appearance for the club on the final day of the 2014–15 season.
On 17 May 2016, a special testimonial match in recognition of his 10 years' service to Southampton was held in his honour. The fixture organised by Davis’s testimonial committee was played two days after the close of the 2015–16 season and featured the current Saints side and a selection of players that took part in the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons in which Southampton won back-to-back promotions. His favoured charity, the Southampton-based Liver and Pancreatic Cancer Research & Development Charity, was a key beneficiary from money raised on the night.
On 13 July 2016, Davis was appointed as Football Development Executive at Southampton to provide support to the players in the first team. On 29 December 2017 Davis was appointed as senior first team coach following the resignation of Eric Black.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Luton Town||1994–95||First Division||18||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||22||0|
|Torquay United (loan)||1994–95||Third Division||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||0||4||0|
|Hartlepool United (loan)||1997–98||Third Division||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||3||0|
|Ipswich Town||2003–04||First Division||45||0||2||0||2||0||2||0||51||0|
- Football League Championship runner-up: 2011–12
- Football League One runner-up: 2010–11
- Football League Trophy: 2009–10
- PFA Team of the Year: 2004–05 Championship, 2009–10 League One, 2010–11 League One, 2011–12 Championship
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 3 September 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 October 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
- "First Team Profiles". Southampton FC. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- Leigh Edwards. The definitive Torquay United F.C. The Association of Football Statisticians. p. 73. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.
- "Ipswich land Davis". BBC Sport. 29 July 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
- "Davis completes Sunderland move". BBC Sport. 14 June 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
- "Davis fails to overturn FA charge". BBC Sport. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2009.
- "Kelvin Davis snubs West Ham for new Southampton deal". Daily Echo. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009.
- "Southampton 1–1 Millwall". BBC. 8 August 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Southampton 0 – 0 Brighton". BBC. 23 November 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Saints keeper signs new contract". BBC News. 28 July 2011.
- "Kelvin Hails Massive Three Points". Southampton FC. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- "Duo in Weekly Side". Southampton FC. 5 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- "Man City 3–2 Southampton". BBC. 19 August 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Southampton 2–3 Man Utd". BBC. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- "Kelvin Davis extends Southampton contract until 2016". goal.com. 7 March 2013.
- "Lessons learned from City defeat, says Davis". Southampton FC. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
- "Saints to stage testimonial for club captain Davis". Southampton FC. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "Davis appointed Football Development Executive". Southampton FC. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
- "Davis appointed First Team Assistant Coach". Southampton FC. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
- "Mark Hughes: Southampton sack manager after eight months in charge". BBC Sport. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
- "Kelvin Davis". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- "K. Davis". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- "Sunderland/Wigan dominate line-up". BBC Sport. 24 April 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- "Rooney is PFA player of the year". BBC Sport. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- "Spurs' Gareth Bale wins PFA player of the year award". BBC Sport. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- "Arsenal striker Robin van Persie named PFA Player of the Year". BBC Sport. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2018.