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Steve Davis

Steven Davis (born 1 January 1985) is a Northern Irish association footballer who captains Scottish Premier League club Rangers F.C. and the Northern Ireland football team. Davis made Steve Davis full international debut in 2005 and has since been capped 51 times at senior level, scoring four goals.

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Steve Davis biography


Steven Davis (born 1 January 1985) is a Northern Irish association footballer who captains Scottish Premier League club Rangers F.C. and the Northern Ireland football team. Davis made Steve Davis full international debut in 2005 and has since been capped 51 times at senior level, scoring four goals.

Davis began Steve Davis career with Premier League side Aston Villa F.C. and made Steve Davis first appearance for the club in 2004 against Norwich City F.C.. Davis was named "Young Player of the Year", "The Fans Player of the Year" and "Player of the Year" for season 2005-06 after making 42 appearances during the season. Davis was sold to Fulham F.C. for £4million in the summer of 2007. Steve Davis fell out of favour after then manager Lawrie Sanchez left the club and was loaned to Scottish side Rangers in January 2008 for an initial six months. Steve Davis was part of the side that reached the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and that won the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final and 2008 Scottish Cup Final. The move was made permanent in the summer of 2008 for £3million. As of the end of season 2010-11, Davis has made over 160 appearances for the Glasgow club, winning three consecutive league titles in 2008-09 in Scottish football, 2009–10 in Scottish football and 2010–11 in Scottish football, two Scottish Cups and three Scottish League Cups.

Club career

Aston Villa

Davis, who was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, started Steve Davis career at St Andrews Boys Club before transferring to Aston Villa F.C. in 2002. Steve Davis was a member of the 2002 FA Youth Cup winning team that beat Everton F.C. 4–2 in the final. Steve Davis first professional appearance was on 18 September 2004, Steve Davis was a 57 minute replacement for Nolberto Solano in a Premier League match against Norwich City F.C..

By October 2005 Steve Davis was a regular for the club and missed only one game for Villa in the Aston Villa F.C. season 2005–06. Steve Davis form prompted the Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez, to state that Davis could be "another Frank Lampard". Davis made 102 appearances for Villa and scored nine times.

Fulham

In the summer of 2007 Davis followed team-mate Aaron Hughes to Fulham F.C. on 5 July 2007 to team up with international manager Lawrie Sanchez, for a fee of around £4 million. Steve Davis made Steve Davis Fulham debut against Arsenal F.C. on 12 August 2007 and made 22 appearances for Fulham before Steve Davis dream move to Rangers..

Rangers

On 31 January 2008 Davis was signed on a six-month loan deal by Rangers F.C., the club Steve Davis supported as a boy. Davis made Steve Davis Rangers debut against Panathinaikos FC in the UEFA Cup on 13 February. Steve Davis scored Steve Davis first goal, again in European competition, against Germany side SV Werder Bremen. Davis scored for Rangers in the penalty shootout against Dundee United F.C. that won Rangers the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final. Steve Davis also helped the team reach the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and won the 2008 Scottish Cup Final in May.

On 21 August 2008, Davis made Steve Davis move from Fulham permanent in a deal worth £3m, signing a four-year contract. Steve Davis made Steve Davis first appearance of the season for Rangers against Aberdeen F.C. during a 1–1 draw the day after Steve Davis permanently signed. Steve Davis scored Steve Davis first goal for Rangers, since Steve Davis move became permanent, against Motherwell F.C.. On 9 May 2009, Davis scored the only goal in the final Old Firm derby of the season to take Rangers to the top of the SPL by two points. Davis won the SPL title and Scottish Cup with Rangers in the 2008–09 season.

Davis began Steve Davis goalscoring in the 2009–10 season against St. Mirren on 27 January. Steve Davis continued Steve Davis goalscoring form against Falkirk in the next game curling a free kick into Robert Olejnik's top right hand corner. Davis's performances in January 2010 earned Steve Davis the SPL player of the month award. Davis was named SPFA Players' Player of the Year on 2 May 2010 and won the SPL and League cup each for the second time.

Davis scored Steve Davis first goal of the 2010-11 season against Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium in October 2010, when Steve Davis collected the ball 30 yards from goal before striking it into the top corner. The goal drew comparisons to former Rangers favourite Ian Durrant. In the 2011 Scottish League Cup Final against Celtic F.C. Davis opened the scoring in a match which Rangers won 2-1 after extra time. This was the third time Davis had won the Scottish League Cup. and then Hearts before playing Steve Davis 54th and final game of the season in a 5-1 win over Kilmarnock as Rangers won their 3rd consecutive SPL championship.

On July 19 2011, Davis signed a new five-year contract with Rangers. Davis was made Rangers temporary captain with the absence of formal club captain David Weir for the first part of the 2011-12 season. Davis scored Steve Davis first goal of season 2011-12 in a 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Ibrox in August. In the first old firm match of the 2011-12 season Davis provided two assists in the game as Rangers beat Celtic 4-2. After Rangers beat Dunfermline 4-0 at East End Park Rangers manager Ally McCoist praised Davis's performance by saying "It was a captain's performance from the best player on the park." For Steve Davis performances during September 2011 Davis received the SPL player of the month award.

International career

Davis made Steve Davis full international debut on 9 February 2005 in a 1–0 loss to Canada men's national soccer team, and made the assist (soccer) in Northern Ireland national football team's famous 1–0 victory over English national football team in a Football World Cup 2006 (qualification UEFA). Davis' first goal came against Wales national football team in a 3–2 defeat. Steve Davis was also part of the side who beat Spain national football team 3–2 at Windsor Park in September 2006.

On 21 May 2006 Steve Davis became Northern Ireland's youngest modern day captain against Uruguay national football team in the United States, unfortunately Steve Davis tenure as captain got off to a losing start, as the team lost 1–0.

International goals


Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Davis

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