Steve Davis (footballer, born 1965)

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Steve Davis
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Davis in 2012
Personal information
Full name Steven Peter Davis
Date of birth (1965-07-26) 26 July 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Crewe Alexandra (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1983 Stoke City 0 (0)
1983–1987 Crewe Alexandra 145 (1)
1987–1991 Burnley 147 (11)
1991–1998 Barnsley 107 (10)
1997 York City (loan) 2 (1)
1998 Oxford United (loan) 7 (1)
1998–2000 Oxford United 35 (2)
2000 Macclesfield Town 0 (0)
2000–2002 Northwich Victoria 21 (0)
2004–2009 Nantwich Town 71 (2)
Total 535 (28)
Teams managed
2003 Northwich Victoria
2004–2009 Nantwich Town
2011– Crewe Alexandra
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Steven Peter "Steve" Davis (born 26 July 1965) is an English former footballer and current manager at Football League One club Crewe Alexandra.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Birmingham, Davis started his career with Stoke City as an apprentice in 1982[1][2] but never made a senior appearance. However, he played more than 140 matches for both Crewe Alexandra and Burnley, making his Crewe debut at the age of 18, and captaining the side aged 19. He was also a key figure in the time he was at Burnley. He then played over 100 games for Barnsley in Division 1, in which they won promotion to the Premier League. He had loan spells at York City and Oxford United, eventually being signed by Division 1 outfit, Oxford United in 1998.

The final years of his playing career saw him in Cheshire with Macclesfield Town, and with Northwich Victoria and Nantwich Town – where he was player-manager of both clubs.

Management career[edit]

Northwich Victoria[edit]

He was appointed as player-manager of Northwich Victoria in June 2003.[3] He resigned in September, after the side were second bottom of the Conference National in the 2003–04 season.[4]

Nantwich Town[edit]

However, his managerial career at Nantwich Town was the most successful time in the club's long history, converting a club that had never achieved anything above the North West Counties League to one that was challenging for a Conference spot. He led Nantwich to two promotions in three seasons and a FA Vase victory, just missing out on promotion to the Conference North at the end of the 2008–09 season. His abilities attracted the attention of Crewe Alexandra, where he had spent four seasons as a player. On 17 May 2009, it was announced that he would become assistant manager to Gudjon Thordarson at Crewe.[5]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

Davis remained as Thordarson's assistant through the Icelandics short lived tenure at Gresty Road before the former Stoke City manager was relieved of his role in October 2009. Taking up the vacant manager's role was Dario Gradi, now in his third stint as Crewe manager kept Davis as his assistant manager. Gradi remained in the managerial position at the club until the autumn of 2011 his position was starting to become questioned by the Crewe fans, this was only galvanised further by a 3-0 home defeat to Torquay United which left the club near the relegation zone.[6] Although Gradi was still manager of the club, Davis took charge of the next game against Oldham in the Football League Trophy after the Crewe manager could not attend after feeling unwell.[7] Although Crewe lost the game 3-1, Davis was appointed the new Crewe manager a couple of days later with Gradi moving to his former role as Technical Director - a role he took following the appointment of Steve Holland as first team coach back in the summer of 2007.[8]

Promoting coach Neil Baker as his assistant manager,[9] Davis' first match, officially, as Crewe manager was a home FA Cup tie to Colchester United. Although the railwaymen lost the tie 4-1,[10] Davis' brief for the remainder season was specific: keep Crewe in the football league.[9] Davis was successful in his target keeping Crewe in the football league and, in a run that saw the club go sixteen games unbeaten, the English manager helped Crewe qualify for the League Two play-offs. Following a 3-2 win over two legs with Southend United and a 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town at Wembley, Steve Davis' side were promoted to League One.

Davis had lost two key figures in that season's promotion campaign in the summer with Nick Powell completing a three million pound transfer to Manchester United and captain Ashley Westwood for an undisclosed fee to Aston Villa but they were replaced by a number of summer signings such as forward Mathias Pogba, defender Mark Ellis and midfielder Abdul Osman. Davis successfully secured safety in League One in his first season and also guided his team to a second Wembley appearance this time in the final of the Football League Trophy against Southend. The Railwaymen won the tie 2-0 with goals from Luke Murphy and Max Clayton.[11]

As with the previous summer, Davis lost a key member of his midfield this time in the form of Luke Murphy who left the club for Championship side Leeds United in 2013 for a million pounds. Despite a brief period linking him with the vacant Wolves managerial position,[12] Davis remained at the Alex. The 2013-14 season was less successful than Davis' previous seasons, compacted even more after seven first team players were held by Devon and Cornwall Police for an alleged sexual assault during the team's pre-season training in Redruth.[13] The players were cleared of all charges in November,[14] a few months into the new campaign. Davis described the decision as a "noose being removed from our necks" citing the case as one of the reasons for the team's poor start to the campaign.[15] Further to the sex assault allegations, Davis was also having attitude issues with summer signing Anthony Grant and former Newcastle youngster Brad Inman - listing the pair on loan and isolating them from the rest of the squad in training labelling the pair as a "disruption."[16][17] The pair were later instated to the squad and first team duties following an improvement in their attitudes and helped Crewe avoid relegation on the last day of the season with a 2-1 victory over local rivals Preston North End.

Personal life[edit]

His son, Harry, is currently playing at Crewe Alexandra, and is also a centre-back. He made his debut at the end of the 2009–10 season, against Bradford City.[18]

Another son, Joe, is a defender at Leicester City, having made his professional debut at Port Vale in April 2011.[19] On 22 February 2014, for 33 minutes of a match at Port Vale, Davis's sons played on opposite sides against each other.[20][21]

Davis also has a daughter, Ellie.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2015[22]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Crewe Alexandra 10 November 2011 Present 190 69 47 74 36.32
Total 190 69 47 74 36.32

List of seasons[edit]

As of 16 September 2014[23]
  • Cup = FA Cup
  • LC = League Cup
  • FLT = Football League Trophy
  • FLP = Football League Playoffs
Champions Runners-up Third / SF Promoted Unfinished
Season Club Nat Domestic Trophies
League Cup LC FLT FLP
2011–12 Crewe Alexandra England 7th 4 1R 1R QF W 1
2012–13 12th 3 2R 2R W &
2013–14 19th 3 1R 1R 2R &

3 Third tier

4 Fourth tier


As a manager[edit]

Nantwich Town
Crewe Alexandra



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  2. ^ "Steve Davis". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  3. ^ Oliver, Pete (16 June 2003). "Davis relishing Vics challenge". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Davis resigns at Northwich". BBC Sport. 29 September 2003. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Davis Becomes Alex Assistant". The Crewe Chronicle. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Hornbrook (2014), Pg. 22
  7. ^ Hornbrook (2014), Pg. 23
  8. ^ "Davis To Take Over As First Team Manager". Crewe Alexandra. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Hornbrook (2014), Pg. 30
  10. ^ "Crewe 1–4 Colchester". BBC News. 12 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Osborne, Chris. "Crewe 2 – Southend 0". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Steve Davis: Crewe boss favourite for Wolves job". BBC Sport. 22 May 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "Seven Crewe Alexandra footballers held over sex attack claims". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "No charge for Crewe Alexandra rape suspect footballers". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  15. ^ Ryan, Belinda. "Alex boss speaks out after rape allegation against players is dismissed". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Brad Inman and Anthony Grant available for loan". BBC Sport. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  17. ^ Morse, Peter (23 November 2013). "Grant and Inman labelled a 'disruption'". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Morse, Peter (12 May 2010). "Crewe Alex: Family ties no issue for debut boy Harry Davis". Crewe Chronicle. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  19. ^ "Port Vale: Ede believes potential is there". The Sentinel. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2009. 
  20. ^ "Port Vale v Crewe: Steve Davis plays down family pride". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "Port Vale 1 Crewe Alexandra 3". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  22. ^ Soccerbase, accessed 10 May 2013.
  23. ^ Crewe Alexandra League History, Retrieved 23 February 2014.


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