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Steven Davis

Dynamic young midfielder who has already captained his country and starred in some historic victories - Steve Davis surely has many a masterful performance ahead...

Name: Steven Davis MBE
Born: 1 January 1985, Ballymena
Height: 5.07 ft
Weight: 9.07 st
Position: Midfielder

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: Full Caps (2005-date), 1 Under-23 Cap (2004), 3 Under-21 Caps (2003-2004), Under-19, Under-17.
Club Honours: (with Aston Villa) FA Youth Cup Winner 2001/02; (with Rangers) Scottish League Champion 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2020/21; Scottish Cup Winner 2007/08, 2008/09, 2021/22; Scottish League Cup Winner 2007/08, 2009/10, 2010/11, Runner-Up 2008/09; UEFA Cup/Europa League Runner-Up 2007/08, 2021/22; (with Southampton) EFL Cup Runner-Up 2016/17.
Awards: NI International Personality of the Year 2006, 2010, 2014; SPFA Players' Player of the Year 2009/10; Euro 2016 Qualifiers All-Star XI; Belfast Telegraph/Malcolm Brodie Player of the Year 2015; Vauxhall Northern Ireland Fans' Player of the Year 2015.

Club Career:
Clubs...... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- --League-- -FACup- -FLCup- Europe
Aston Villa 04/05-06/07 Jan-02 Youth .70(21)/ 5 .4(1)/2 .6(0)/2
Fulham..... 07/08...... Jul-07 £4.0m .22 (0)/ 0 .0(1)/0 .2(0)/0
Rangers.... 07/08.......Jan-08..Loan .11 (1)/ 0 .2(2)/0 .1(0)/0 .9(0)/1
Rangers ... 08/09-11/12 Aug-08 £3.0m 140 (0)/18 13(1)/1 11(0)/2 19(0)/0
Southampton 12/13-18/19 Jul-12.£0.8m 160(33)/12 .8(2)/0 13(3)/2 .4(3)/0
Rangers ... 18/19 ..... Jan-19 .Loan .11 (4)/ 0 .1(3)/0
Rangers ... 19/20- date Jul-19 .Free 

In July 2007 former Aston Villa Player of the Year, Steve Davis joined his ex-international boss, Lawrie Sanchez, at Fulham for a fee of £4 million. Following Sanchez' sacking Davis was allowed to join Rangers on loan and was an integral part of their run to the UEFA Cup Final and their challenge for a domestic "treble". In the end he finished with winner's gongs from the Scottish Cup and CIS Insurance Cup and a runners-up medal in the UEFA Cup.

Davis' move to Rangers was made permanent in August 2008 in a £3,000,000 deal. He aided the Gers to the "Double" in 2009, scoring a crucial winner in a late-season win over Celtic. His performances earned him a place on the short-list for the SPL's Player of the Year. The following season he improved further, helping Rangers retain their SPL crown and becoming the first Northern Irishman to lift the SPFA Player of the Year Award.

Davis became captain of both club and country in the 2011/12 season, the same year as he was short-listed for the SPFA Player of the Year.

After Rangers' financial meltdown Davis joined Southampton in July 2012. Initially it was thought he was a free agent but Rangers then blocked the move until an undisclosed fee was agreed. Davis marked his Premier League return when he scored  after coming off the bench to give the newly promoted Saints a 2-1 lead against champions, Manchester City. City however came back to win the game 3-2.

Keep up-to-date with Steve Davis at the following links:

Irish FA Website

Northern Ireland Cap Details:
09-02-2005 Canada.. H L 0-1 FR
still active

Northern Ireland Under-23 Cap Details:
27-04-2004 Serbia & Montenegro H D 0-0 FR

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 1, Lost 0.

Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:

Pictures courtesy of larne_mano2 from the ILS forum and Chopper1 from the OWC forum.

Happy 36th Birthday to Steven Davis MBE A Northern Ireland legend - Captain Fantastic & NI record cap holder (124) 🎶 You are my Davis 🎶

Posted by Northern Ireland Football Museum on Friday, 1 January 2021