Midfielder Ian Davis came through the youth team ranks at Hull City in the late 1970s a year or two behind notable academy products Brian Marwood, Garreth Roberts and Steve McClaren. Hailing from Hessle, David played for Hull Schools and East Riding juniors in his teenage years showing his ability as a tall and skillful creative midfielder. He was bought into the City first team as an apprentice in Mike Smith’s last game in charge of the Tigers, a necessity as the club’s financial meltdown resulted in a shrinking squad. Davis scored on his debut against Halifax in March 1982, just four weeks after his seventeenth birthday, and retained his place for the rest of the season as Bobby Brown (who developed Davis while City’s youth team manager) and Chris Chilton attempted to steady the listing ship.
When Colin Appleton took over the manager’s post at City at the start of the 1982/83 season Davis was still involved in the first team scene, despite not signing his first professional contract until January 1983. As the season rolled on and City rose up the Fourth Division table Davis started four first team games in February and March 1983, but an injury curtailed his progress and kept him out of football for over a year. He returned for a May 1984 Associate Members Cup tie but was released a few weeks later by the Tigers.
His injuries meant that Davis had to drop into the non-league scene at the age of just 19, firstly with Scarborough then over the next eight years with various teams within the vicinity of the Humber Estuary. He worked at British Aerospace at Brough for many years, retiring in 2020.
Date/Place of Birth: 1 February 1965, Hull
Hull City First Game: 2 March 1982, Halifax Town H (Division Four), 17 years, 29 days old
Hull City Final Game: 2 May 1984, Sheffield United H (Associate Members’ Cup Quarter Final), 19 years, 91 days old
Hull City (1981-1984), Scarborough (1984-1985), North Ferriby United (1985-1987), Bridlington Trinity (1987-1990), Brigg Town (1990-1993), Hall Road Rangers (1993-1994)
Hull City Record
Career: 32 apps, 1 goalsIan Davis
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