Liam Daish

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Liam Daish
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Daish in 2010
Personal information
Full name Liam Sean Daish
Date of birth (1968-09-23) 23 September 1968 (age 49)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1984–1986 Portsmouth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1988 Portsmouth 1 (0)
1988–1994 Cambridge United 138 (1)
1988 Barnet (loan) 12 (0)
1994–1996 Birmingham City 72 (1)
1996–1999 Coventry City 31 (2)
1999–2003 Havant & Waterlooville 120 (10)
Total 374 (12)
National team
1992–1996 Republic of Ireland 5 (0)
1994 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2004 Havant & Waterlooville (joint)
2004–2005 Welling United (caretaker)
2005–2013 Ebbsfleet United
2014–2015 Nuneaton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Liam Sean Daish (born 23 September 1968) is a former football player who played as a centre-half. Despite being born in England, Daish played internationally for the Republic of Ireland due to his Irish ancestry. He earned a total of five caps for his adopted country.

Although Daish's playing career was shortened by a knee injury in 2002, he continued his football career as a manager and coach. He was appointed Nuneaton Town manager on 22 September 2014, replacing Brian Reid.

Playing career

The early years

Daish was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, and began his career with his hometown club Portsmouth F.C. However, he only made one appearance for the club's first team before he was released in 1988. He went in search of first-team football, which he found at Cambridge United. While at Cambridge, Daish helped the club to successive promotions from the Fourth to the Second Division. He also made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland, on 19 February 1992 at home to Wales,[1] while Cambridge were pushing for a third successive promotion. However, they fell in the playoffs and were relegated a year later.[2]

At Birmingham City

The quality of his performances for Cambridge United inspired Barry Fry to sign him for Birmingham City for a fee of £50,000 in January 1994.[3]

Daish spent just over two years at St Andrew's, making nearly 100 appearances in all competitions. He captained the side to the Division Two championship in 1994–95 and to victory in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley. Fry, who managed him throughout his spell at Birmingham, once said of Daish that if a squadron of F-111s attacked the Birmingham penalty area he would attempt to head them away.[4]

To Coventry City

In February 1996, Daish joined Coventry City for a fee of £1.5 million. He made an immediate impact, bolstering Coventry's shaky defence and improving their form overall. However, in the four seasons that he spent at Coventry, Daish was never a regular in the first team (he played in only 34 games for the Sky Blues). This was the result of a severe knee ligament injury which eventually forced his retirement from the professional game after two years on the sidelines.[5]

As a manager

He joined non-league Havant & Waterlooville in 1999, going on to make 157 appearances (1 as substitute) in league and cup competitions, scoring 15 goals,[6][7] before his playing career was finally ended by a knee injury sustained in October 2002.[8] In April 2000 he took on a joint-manager role alongside Mick Jenkins after Billy Gilbert stood down. He spent three-and-a-half years in this role, during which time he took the club to the semi-final of the FA Trophy in 2003, before being sacked in January 2004 following a string of bad results.[9] Following this, he joined Welling United F.C. as a coach. For a time, following the dismissal of Paul Parker, Daish served as caretaker-manager of Welling but did not get the job full-time, despite leading the side to three wins and a draw in his four games in charge.[10][11]

Daish left Welling in February 2005 to become manager of Gravesend & Northfleet F.C., which in May 2007 was renamed Ebbsfleet United F.C., and he oversaw the club's move to a full-time playing squad.[10][12]

Daish led Ebbsfleet United to a 1–0 victory in the FA Trophy final on 10 May 2008,[13] and for two seasons running made the Fleet a contender for the Conference National promotion play-offs. His profile was raised by the takeover of Ebbsfleet by MyFootballClub, although the website's initial boasts that its members – and not Daish – would pick the team had as of 22 May 2010 yet to come to fruition.[12]

Daish left Ebbsfleet by mutual consent after discussions with new owners and eight years in charge on 17 May 2013.[14]

Daish joined Conference Premier side Nuneaton Town on 22 September 2014 as first-team manager. He left the club on 25 April 2015 following the club's relegation from the Conference Premier.[15] He now works for the football academy at Brockenhurst College[16]

National team statistics


Republic of Ireland national team
Year Apps Goals
1992 2 0
1993 0 0
1994 0 0
1995 0 0
1996 3 0
Total 5 0



On 10 December 1994, Daish – then Birmingham City captain under Barry Fry – scored a goal against Chester to make it 0–4. In the ensuing celebrations, some Blues fan threw a toy trumpet onto the pitch, which Daish proceeded to play. Although he wasn't sent off, the referee booked him, taking his season's points tally to 41 and resulting in a three-match ban. Fry was not amused: "I know the referee has directives to adhere to, but to get banned through being booked for that seems a bit harsh."[18]


  1. ^ "Statistics Senior". Retrieved 14 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Flatman, Barry (17 February 2008). "Caught in time: Cambridge United's rise under John Beck, 1990". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 81. ISBN 1-85983-010-2. 
  4. ^ Kelly, Aidan (20 November 2007). "Fantasy futbol is a reality". Evening News and Tribune. Jeffersonville, Indiana. Retrieved 27 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Football: I was a cup hero then got the boot". Sunday Mercury. Birmingham. 10 December 2000. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Player Appearance History". Havant & Waterlooville F.C. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Goalscoring History". Havant & Waterlooville F.C. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "Liam Daish". Havant & Waterlooville F.C. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "Board decide Mick and Liam must go". Havant & Waterlooville F.C. 5 January 2004. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Liam Daish". Ebbsfleet United F.C. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  11. ^ McCartney, Stephen (4 January 2005). "More movers and shakers in Kent football". Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  12. ^ a b de Castella, Tom (7 May 2008). "Ebbsfleet United: A team of my own". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "Ebbsfleet 1–0 Torquay". BBC Sport. 10 May 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "Liam Daish: Nuneaton Town to part company with manager". BBC Sport. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Mens Football Academy". Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  16. ^ Liam Daish at
  17. ^ Ward, Rupert (2005). "World not so wonderful for City ace". ArseWEB. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 

External links

  • Liam Daish at Soccerbase
  • Liam Daish at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • Article on Fleetwiki
  • BBC Radio Kent Radio Interviews
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