Goalkeeper Aidan Davison joined the Tigers on loan in November 1996 and stayed around for two months to cover for the absence with injury of Roy Carroll. City won three and drew three of those ten games as Terry Dolan’s denuded squad struggled to find a foothold on the fourth tier, though Aidan was not selected for 1-5 thumping in the FA Cup received at the hands of a Crewe Alexandra side that featured goals from future England player Danny Murphy and future Tigers Dele Adebola and Shaun Smith.
Aidan John Davison was born in Sedgefield, a market town on the southern fringe of County Durham near Darlington. He was developed in the Newcastle youth system during the mid 1980s but failed to make any impression on the first team and in 1987 he dropped into the Northern League with Teesside-based ICI works team Billingham Synthonia. Within a year his form had attracted Football League scouts and Aidan joined Notts County in March 1988. He made just one appearance for the Magpies, his senior debut, in an April 1989 3-0 defeat at Preston.
After a short loan spell Davison signed for Bury in November 1989, with a £6,000 fee changing hands. He had no first team exposure during two years at Gigg Lane and in the 1999 close season he joined Millwall. In 1991/92 season Davison was for the first time a first team regular, making 38 starts in all competitions for Bruce Rioch’s side. When Rioch resigned in and was replaced by Mick McCarthy in March 1992 Davison initially retained the number one jersey, but the following season McCarthy preferred USA-born Kasey Keller in goal and Aidan made only three starts. Davison joined Bolton Wanderers in August 1993 to reunite with Bruce Rioch and he was again first choice goalie for a season. However Irish international keeper Keith Branagan was preferred for the next three seasons and Davison was once more a perpetual understudy when he had his two month spell at Boothferry Park in December 1996 and January 1997.
Aidan joined Bradford City in March 1997, shortly after his return to Bolton from Hull, but three months later he moved again to Grimsby Town. At Blundell Park he found his feet, remaining first choice keeper for two seasons and helped the Mariners lift the Football League Trophy and win promotion via the play-off final in 1988, both matches played at Wembley Stadium. At the end of his contract in 1999 Davison chose to sign for Sheffield United where he was again an understudy keeper. By January 2000 he decided to cut his losses at Bramall Lane and joined Premier League Bradford City, initially on loan then permanently, where after a handful of appearances he became third choice behind Matt Clarke and Gary Walsh. In 2002/03 he was elevated to first choice as the Bantams drifted towards the lower reaches of the Championship. He spent 2003/04 season back at Grimsby then concluded his playing career with four seasons at Colchester United. He was first choice keeper for two years as the Essex side climbed the league pyramid under young manager Phil Parkinson. By now he was developed young goalkeepers as well as playing himself, overseeing the career of youngster Dean Gerken.
In 2008 Davison hung up his gloves having made 423 senior appearances over a 20 year period. He decided to move to Daytona Beach in Florida, USA to develop his coaching career, but in 2009 he returned to the UK to work for Phil Brown as reserve team coach at Hull City. Brown’s tenure at City soon drew to a close and in 2010 Davison returned to Florida to continue his coaching career. In July 2011 he was appointed head coach at the rather unsubtly-named FC JAX Destroyers, but when that club disbanded in 2012 he joined the IMG American soccer coaching school. He then had further spells as head coach at FC Arizona (2015-2017) and Sporting Arizona (2017-2018) and then provided goalkeeper coaching to Indian Premier League sides Pune City (2018-2019) and Hyderabad (2019-2020).
Davison was qualified to play for Northern Ireland and made his international debut against Sweden in April 1996. He won three senior international caps in all, adding further caps against Thailand in May 1997 and Germany in August 1997. He also made a single Northern Ireland B appearance in 1996.
Nationality: Northern Ireland
Date/Place of Birth: 11 May 1968, Sedgefield
Hull City First Game: 30 November 1996, Wigan Athletic H (League Division 3), 28 years, 203 days old
Hull City Final Game: 25 January 1997, Cardiff City A (League Division 3), 28 years, 259 days old
Newcastle United (1985-1987), Billingham Synthonia (1987-1988), Notts County (1988-1989), Leyton Orient (1989, loan), Bury (1989, loan), Bury (1989-1991), Chester City (1990, loan), Blackpool (1991, loan), Millwall (1991-1993), Bolton Wanderers (1993-1997), Ipswich Town (1996, loan), Hull City (1996-1997, loan), Bradford City (1997), Grimsby Town (1997-1999), Sheffield United (1999-2000), Bradford City (1999-2000, loan), Bradford City (2000-2003), Grimsby Town (2003-2004), Colchester United (2004-2008)
Hull City Record
Career: 10 apps, 0 goalsAidan Davison
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