Alan Davies (footballer)

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Alan Davies
Personal information
Full name Alan Davies
Date of birth (1961-12-05)5 December 1961
Place of birth Manchester, England
Date of death 4 February 1992(1992-02-04) (aged 30)
Place of death Gower, Wales
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1976–1978 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1985 Manchester United 7 (0)
1985–1987 Newcastle United 21 (1)
1986 Charlton Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
1986 Carlisle United (loan) 4 (1)
1987–1989 Swansea City 84 (8)
1989–1990 Bradford City 26 (1)
1990–1992 Swansea City 43 (4)
Total 186 (15)
National team
Wales U21 6 (0)
1983–1990 Wales 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alan Davies (5 December 1961 – 4 February 1992[1]) was an English-born Welsh international footballer who played as a right winger, although he could also play on the left. Davies began his football career with Manchester United, before spending time with Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic, Carlisle United, Swansea City (two spells) and Bradford City. Davies committed suicide in February 1992.

Career

Club career

Born in Manchester, Davies began his football career at Manchester United, turning professional in December 1978.[2]

He made his senior debut for United on 1 May 1982, and made a total of 10 appearances for them, scoring one goal. He made his final United appearance on 5 May 1984.[1] He played in both games in the 1983 FA Cup Final when United defeated Brighton.[2]

Davies then moved to Newcastle United and made 21 league appearances in his two seasons there, although he also had loan spells with Charlton Athletic and Carlisle United. He then transferred to Swansea City for the 1987–88 season.[3]

Davies found much more success at Swansea, playing in 84 league matches in two seasons there, and scoring eight goals.[3] He then transferred to Bradford City for a season in June 1989. After 26 league appearances and one goal for the Bantams, Davies returned to Swansea City, scoring a further four goals in 43 league appearances.[3]

He committed suicide in 1992.[4] A testimonial match in his memory was contested between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Vetch Field in August that year.[5]

International career

Although he was born in England, Davies' parents were Welsh and he was therefore eligible to play for the Wales national football team.[5] Davies won 13 caps for Wales in a seven-year international career.[3]

Death

On 4 February 1992, after dropping his daughter off at school, Davies drove to Horton, and committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.[6]

At the inquest of fellow player Gary Speed, who was found hanged in November 2011, it was alleged that he and Speed had been "favourites" of convicted child-abuser Barry Bennell, though there was no suggestion they had been abused by Bennell.[7]

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b Andrew Leonard (5 February 2012). "Alan Davies". Manchester United players. About Man Utd. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Mark Graham. "Alan Davies". Mufcinfo.com. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  4. ^ "Swan song". When Saturday Comes. April 1998. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b luzhniki2008 (17 December 2010). "Alan Davies – A sad loss to the world of football". The Faithful. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Frith, David (2001). Silence of the Heart - Cricket Suicides. Edinburgh, Scotland: Mainstream Publishing. p. 25. ISBN 184018406X. 
  7. ^ Ward, Victoria (13 May 2012). "Gary Speed was 'coached by paedophile' as a child". Telegraph. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
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