Centre back Davies joined Hull City from Birmingham City in June 2013, and was pivotal to Steve Bruce’s squad rebuilding programme for the club’s second assault on the Premier League. Davies was central to City’s successes that season, scoring goals that propelled the Tigers to an FA Cup Final and scoring the lung-emptying second strike at Wembley that made an unlikely victory against Arsenal momentarily seem plausible. At the end of the season Curtis was wearing the captain’s armband on a regular basis and lifting numerous player of the season trophies. His second season was interrupted by injury and it was perhaps his absence that contributed to City’s lacklustre efforts and eventual relegation. Back in the Championship Davies shone once more where other Premier League stars might have shirked, and we was a regular in Steve Bruce’s Championship play-off winning side. Back in the Premier League Davies was central to City’s rampant start to the season with only 12 fit senior players and a caretaker manager, turning in man of the match performances against Leicester and Swansea. But as the season progressed, Harry Maguire emerged as a Premier League force and Marco Silva took the managerial helm, Davies’ form and opportunities waned. In the Summer of 2017 he activated a paltry £500k release clause and moved to Championship rivals Derby County, making noises as he left about his admiration of the City fans and relief in escaping the Allam inspired chaos.
Born in East London, Davies spent two teenage years at Wimbledon before joining Luton Town as a 16 year old, where he quickly broke into the first team and impressed. At the age of 20 he moved to West Bromwich Albion, then Premier League new boys, where his progression was steady rather than spectacular. He switched to Aston Villa, first on loan then permanently, in 2007/08 season but he suffered loss of form and drifted out of the first team. A 2011 move across the second city to Birmingham City rejuvenated his career and led to the form that encouraged Hull City to pay £2.2m for his signature.
Davies joined Derby County in June 2017 and immediately established himself in the Rams’ backline as they launched their umpteenth attempt to escape the clutches of the Championship. After 103 appearances for the Rams Curtis’s playing days were winding down by 2021 as his contract expired, and he increasingly became a regular presence as commentary pundit for televised Championship fixtures.
Curtis acquired a handful of under-21 caps during 2006 and 2007 and was named in new England senior boss Fabio Capello’s squad during the early part of 2008, but never received a senior cap. Talk of a rejuvenation of his England career emerged during the early part of 2016/17, but never bore fruit.
Date/Place of Birth: 15 March 1985, Leytonstone
Hull City First Game: 18 August 2013, Chelsea A (Premier League), 28 years, 156 days old
Hull City Final Game: 21 May 2017, Tottenham Hotspur H (Premier League), 32 years, 67 days old
Luton Town (2001-2005), West Bromwich Albion (2005-2008), Aston Villa (2007-2008, loan), Aston Villa (2008-2011), Leicester City (2010-2011, loan), Birmingham City (2011-2013), Hull City (2013-2017), Derby County (2017-2021)
Hull City Record
Career: 144 apps, 7 goalsCurtis Davies
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