Centre forward Davy Jordan joined Hull City in July 1932, signing a professional contract in September after a short trial. His move to Hull was sweetened by the fact that his elder brother Alf Jordan, another ex-Tiger, was still living in the city. His first season, 1932/33, coincided with the emergence of Londoner Bill McNaughton as a goalscoring phenomenon. City finished top of Division Three North and McNaughton scored 41 league goals in 41 leagues starts. Jordan started the one game that McNaughton missed, a pre-Chrsitmas 1-1 draw away at Crewe, and scored on his debut.
In 1933/34 the Tigers finished in the middle of the Second Division and with McNaughton’s goal tally reduced to 15, Jordan was handed the centre forward’s shirt in late February as McNaughton moved to inside left. Davy rewarded newly appointed City manager Jack Hill with seven goals in his first five games, meaning that overall Jordan had scored in all of his first six games for the Tigers first team – a club record. Jordan added a further three goals in the closing weeks of the season. At the start of 1934/35 Jordan was again selected at centre forward by Hill and he scored four goals in the opening weeks of the season, leading the line with Bill McNaughton and new signing Duncan Hutchison in support. However in November 1934 Jordan suffered a leg injury that kept him out of the side for nearly a year. When he returned to full fitness in October 1935 the Tigers were at the foot of the table and Hill was on the verge of being sacked. Jordan was briefly restored to the centre forward role in January 1936 while the club’s directors were in charge, but returning manager David Menzies looked elsewhere for his goals and Jordan never started another City match. By May 1936 City were relegated and Jordan was given a free transfer.
Born in Belfast, Jordan had already enjoyed a short career in Northern Ireland before coming to England. He started at junior club Dunmurry before joining Linfield Swifts in 1929. He spent 1930/31 season in the Glentoran second team, then signed for Ards in 1931/32 prior to his move to Hull.
In June 1936 Jordan signed for First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers, quite a move for a player who had barely played for a Second Division club in nearly two seasons. He started three First Division games for the Black Country side in his only season at Molineux, joining Crystal Palace in May 1937. In two seasons Jordan made seven league starts for the Eagles prior to commencement of World War Two.
Jordan did not restart his football career after the war and returned to Hull, where he died in the Summer of 1978.
At the end of his only season at Wolves, Jordan was selected for the Irish Free State international team, a side chosen by the Football Association of Ireland from players across the whole island. In May 1937 he was capped twice against Switzerland and France, scoring his only international goal in the second fixture.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 April 1911, Belfast
Hull City First Game: 17 December 1932, Crewe Alexandra A (Division Three North), 21 years, 254 days old
Hull City Final Game: 18 January 1936, Charlton Athletic A (Division Two), 24 years, 286 days old
Dunmurry, Linfield Swifts (1929-1930), Glentoran (1930-1931), Ards (1931-1932), Hull City (1932-1936), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1936-1937), Crystal Palace (1937-1939)
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Career: 25 apps, 15 goalsDavy Jordan