Roger Davies (footballer)
|Date of birth||25 October 1950|
|Place of birth||Wolverhampton, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|1972||→ Preston North End (loan)||2||(0)|
|1980–1981||Seattle Sounders (indoor)||7||(9)|
|1983||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||18||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Roger Davies (born 25 October 1950 in Wolverhampton, England) is an English retired football forward who played professionally in England, Belgium and the United States. He currently provides radio commentary for Derby County games.
Davies was born and grew up in Wolverhampton where he played football from a young age. When he was fifteen, he dropped out of school and became an apprentice in an engineering company. However, he continued to play during his free time, up to three or four games a week.
When he turned eighteen, he joined Bridgnorth Town which itself had just joined the amateur Midland Football Combination. Davies spent three seasons with Bridgnorth. In the summer of 1971, he signed with Worcester City of the Southern Football League. He performed well enough to come to the attention of Derby County's manager who purchased Davies' contract for £12,000 in September 1971. He spent the 1971–1972 season with the Derby County reserves in the Central League where he won the league championship. Derby then loaned Davies to Preston North End at the start of the 1972–1973 season. He gained his First Division debut with Preston on 26 August 1972. After two appearances for Preston, he returned to Derby where he began to see first team time. In 1973, he became a part of Derby County lore during a third round FA Cup replay at Tottenham Hotspur. At the eighty-minute mark, Tottenham held a 3-1 lead, all but assured of advancement to the next round when Davies scored twice in quick succession to tie the game. He rounded out a hat trick in extra time as Derby eliminated Tottenham 5-3. In 1975, Davies and his teammates, including Alan Hinton who would play a large part in his future career, took the First Division championship. During that season Davies scored all five goals in a 5-0 win over Luton Town.
In August 1976, Davies moved to Jupiler League team Club Bruges for £135,000. He spent just over a season with Bruges, winning Belgium Player of the Year in 1977 and the Jupiler League championship. In December 1977, he returned to England when Leicester City purchased his contract.
North American Soccer League
In the spring of 1979, Alan Hinton, now managing the Tulsa Roughnecks in the North American Soccer League induced Davies to move to the United States. He spent the summer season in Tulsa suffering from injuries which limited him to twenty-two games.
In Autumn 1979, Davies returned to England where he rejoined Derby County. By this time, Derby had fallen from the heights of the mid-1970s and was relegated at the end of the season.
While Davies was in England, Hinton had been hired to manage the Seattle Sounders. On 14 December 1979, he convinced the Sounders to trade the Roughnecks for rights to Davies' services. In 1980, Davies returned to the States where he signed with the Sounders. That season was one of his best. He scored an incredible twenty-five goals in twenty-nine games and was chosen as the league's most valuable player as voted on by his fellow players. Davies played two more seasons in Seattle, before being traded to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. He played only eighteen games in 1983, scoring three goals and left the league to return to England.
In 1983, he signed with Darlington F.C. of the Football League Fourth Division after a brief stop at Burnley F.C. He played only ten games with Darlington before moving to Gresley Rovers of the West Midlands (Regional) League in February 1984. Over the next two and a half years, he played seventy games for Gresley, scoring eleven goals. In June 1984, he also took over responsibility for managing the team. In November 1985, Gresley released Davies and four other players who quickly moved Stapenhill F.C. of the Leicestershire Senior League.
While now retired from playing, he continues to devote himself to the game as a radio commentator for Derby games.