Gordon Davies - Manchester City - Biography of his Man City career.

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Date: 23 August 1986

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      Wednesday, 03 August 1955
      Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
  • Wales
  • Manchester City
    • Club Career Dates
    • League Debut
      Saturday, 12th October 1985 in a 3-2 defeat at Watford (Aged: 30)
    • Club Career
      31 League apps (+0 as sub), 9 goals
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Gordon DAVIES - Manchester City - Biography of his Man City career.


Gordon Davies had a relatively late entrance into professional football, having given up his job as a PE teacher in March 1978 to join Fulham from his local club Merthyr Tydfil at the age of 23. After spending six years at Craven Cottage, where he was a prolific scorer with 114 goals in 247 games, he had a season with Chelsea before Manchester City manager Billy McNeill was persuaded to part with £300,000 for his signature in October 1985.


On his arrival at Maine Road his newly-promoted club was already in the First Division relegation zone only two months into the new season, with Davies' firepower up front seen as crucial if City were to avoid the drop back into the Second Division at the first time of asking. He was given his league debut in a 3-2 away defeat at Watford on October 12th 1985 and scored his first goals for the club two days later, getting a hat-trick in a 6-1 defeat of Leeds United in the Full Members Cup. He was on target again at the end of the month in a 2-1 home loss to Arsenal in the third round of the League Cup, but had to wait until early-December to get his first league goal when he got the equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Leicester City. This was followed up seven days later with a double in a 5-1 home win over Coventry City, and with results continuing to improve both the team and Gordon hit a purple patch after Christmas. With a goal in a 3-1 win at Walsall in the FA Cup third round Davies was again on the scoresheet in the next round in a 1-1 home draw with Watford, before the Blues eventually exited the competition when they went down 3-1 after a second replay. He was also in fine form in the league where he had been on the mark in three consecutive games against Tottenham Hotspur (2-0), West Bromwich Albion (2-1) and QPR (2-0) as the team climbed to eleventh in the table with six wins out of seven games.


The club had also got through to the final of the inaugural Full Members Cup at Wembley in March, going down 5-4 to Chelsea, but Gordon was forced to miss the occasion through injury and the league campaign then went rapidly downhill. Despite him scoring in three of the last four games of the season not a single league victory was achieved in the final thirteen games, the Blues eventually finishing in fifteenth place in the table with Gordon's 9 goals from his 26 appearances two behind top-scorer Mark Lillis.


With only one win in the first seven games of the following season manager Billy McNeill decided he had had enough and left the club to join Aston Villa. Although Davies had been in the side for the opening matches it was clear when Jimmy Frizzell took over that his days at the club were numbered, and after playing in a 2-1 win over Southend United in the League Cup it was decided he was surplus to requirements and he was allowed to return to Fulham in October 1986. In his twelve months at Maine Road he had scored 15 goals in 42 league and cup games, and had also earned 2 of his 16 Welsh caps while with the club.


He stayed another five years at Fulham, becoming their record scorer with a total of 159 league goals in 394 games, before having a short spell at Wrexham then moving on to Vauxhall Conference side Northwich Victoria, where he finally hung up his boots in 1993 aged 37. He later formed his own pest control company and combined this with working in corporate hospitality at his old club Fulham. (David Redshaw)


1978–1984    Fulham    247    (114)
1984–1985    Chelsea    13    (6)
1985–1986    Manchester City    31    (9)
1986–1991    Fulham    147    (45)
1991–1992    Wrexham    22    (4)