717 Bobby Davison

Biography

Experienced striker Davison joined Terry Dolan’s Tigers on loan in November 1995 and spent four months attempting to spearhead a recovery in City’s foot-of-the-table misfortunes. He scored four goals, including the third of three in a win against Burnley in his last game, but the slump remained resolutely unarrested as City lost six and drew three of the 11 league games Bobby started. Relegation to the third tier beckoned that May.

Davison was born in South Shields, in his younger days he worked in a Tyneside shipyard while playing for Seaham Colliery Welfare. In July 1980 he made the jump to the professional game, joining Huddersfield Town. He lasted only a season at Leeds Road and made only two league appearances before moving along the A629 to Halifax Town. At The Shay he found his form and scored 30 goals in a season and a half. This form was enough to convince Derby County to part with £80,000 for Davison’s services in December 1982, and he rewarded The Rams with five years’ service featuring over 200 appearances and nearly 90 goals.

Now a fully established goalscorer, Bobby switched to Leeds United in November 1987 for a £350,000 fee. He scored five goals between November 1987 and May 1988 as Leeds narrowly missed out on the first ever post-season play-offs. He added a further 15 league and cup goals in 1988/89, becoming a first team regular as the former European Cup runners-up finished in mid-table. In 1989/90 Davison scored 11 times as Leeds raced to the league title and returned to the top flight, although in the latter part of the season he was replaced in the first eleven by Imre Varadi. With Leeds back in the First Divison Davison was rarely used by Howard Wilkinson as Leeds powered on to the top four fuelled by the goals of Lee Chapman and Carl Shutt. 1991/92 was similarly barren for Davison as he made only two substitute appearances across the whole season as Leeds won the league title. He had productive loan spells back at Derby (eight goals in 10 games) and at Division One rivals Sheffield United (four goals in 11 games). In the 1992 close season Davison, now 33, signed for Leicester City. A year later he made a permanent move to Sheffield United then completed his playing career at Rotherham, who loaned him to Hull City during his final season. In total Davison’s league career spanned 450 games and returned 170 goals. Decent.

Davison continued playing in the non-leagues for Halifax Town and Guiseley, who appointed him player-manager in 1998. After two years at Guiseley Bobby resigned and joined the coaching setup at Bradford City, where he remained for seven years. After a short spell on the coaching staff at Sheffield United in 2008 Davison was appointed the manager of Hungarian side Ferencvaros, largely as a result of the Blades’ partnership with the Budapest side. He lasted 18 months in that role and despite returning Ferencvaros to the Hungarian top flight, it was a time of physical threats and fans’ unrest, which culminated in Davison’s October 2009 resignation. In 2010 Davison joined the youth coaching setup at Leeds United and also assisted the England youth coaching setup. Later he joined i2i Soccer Academy, which trained overseas football prospects while they also studied for a sports management qualification at York St Johns and Northumbria Universities.

Details

Nationality: England
Date/Place of Birth: 17 July 1959, South Shields
Hull City First Game: 25 November 1995, Peterborough United H (Division Two), 36 years, 131 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 February 1996, Burnley H (Division Two), 36 years, 222 days old

Clubs

Seaham Colliery Welfare, Huddersfield Town (1980-1981), Halifax Town (1981-1982), Derby County (1982-1987), Leeds United (1987-1992), Derby County (1991, loan), Sheffield United (1992, loan), Leicester City (1992-1993), Sheffield United (1993-1994), Rotherham United (1994-1996), Hull City (1995-1996, loan), Halifax Town (1996-1997), Guiseley (1997, loan), Guiseley (1997-2000)

Hull City Record

Career: 12 apps, 4 goals

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