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Simon Davey
Personal information
Date of birth 1 October 1970 (1970-10-01) (age 39)
Place of birth    Swansea, Wales
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Swansea City
Carlisle United
Preston North End
Darlington (loan)
049 0(4)
105 (18)
106 (21)
011 0(0)
273 (43)   
Teams managed
2006–2009 Barnsley

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Simon Davey (born 1 October 1970 in Swansea) is a Welsh football manager and former midfielder. He is former manager of Football League Championship side Barnsley. He left by mutual consent on 29 August 2009.



In 1987, Davey made his league debut for Swansea city at the age of 16 against Torquay united and became the second youngest player ever to play for the Swans.Davey went on to make 58 appearances, scoring 5 goals in 4 years, as a midfielder.During this 4 year period he earned a Welsh Cup Winners medal and also gained European experience playing in the Cup Winners Cup against Monaco ,the french Cup winners and Panathanaikos the Greek champions.

In August 1992, he went from Swansea to Carlisle United on a free transfer. Within a few games, at the age of 22, he took over as team captain and led the club for a further 2 years and 5 months. In the 1993–94 season he played every game earning recognition amongst his fellow professionals by being selected for the PFA(Professional Footbal Association)team of the season,an award that is voted for by all the Professionall players in the Football League,he also challenged for the title of leading scorer, eventually finishing second to David Reeves with a tally of 13 and Carlisle United supporters voted one of these goals, a 35-yard free-kick against Shrewsbury Town, as their second best goal of all time. Davey went onto make 132 appearances for the club and scored a total of 23 goals. In February 1995 Davey was sold to Preston North End for £125,000. At the end of that season, Carlisle won the Division Three Championship and although Davey had already left the club he had played the minimum requirement of 26 games to qualify for a Championship medal.

At Preston, Davey earned a consecutive championship medal when Preston North End won the Divisional Title, Davey made his full home league debut in midfield alongside a youngster on loan from Manchester United who arrived to make his league debut too, David Beckham.They played 5 games together, Beckham scored his first league goal when the novice asked Davey if he could have a go at a free-kick Davey was planning to take; Davey stepped aside and let him have it. Davey went onto to score 22 times in 122 games for Preston and was named in the PFA Team of the Season in 1995. While with the club, he also made 11 loan appearances for Darlington.

Davey’s playing career was cut short at the age of 27 following a back injury while training with a medicine ball. However, Preston manager David Moyes gave him a chance at coaching with the club and within a short time Davey was in charge of Preston’s Youth Academy, later moving to the Youth Academy at Barnsley. As part of his coaching education, he gained the UEFA C Licence, the UEFA B Licence, the UEFA A Licence and the UEFA Pro Licence in 2005 as well as the Academy Managers licence and the UEFA Youth Licence.

Davey was appointed caretaker manager of Barnsley in November 2006, following Andy Ritchie's dismissal.[1] After a successful start he was given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the year,[2] and later led the club to a successful fight against relegation at the end of the 2006–07 season. He later signed a four-year contract in December 2007 after an impressive start to the following season.[3] Two months later, he led the club to a shock FA Cup win at Liverpool [4] and 3 weeks after that, led them to victory over Chelsea to take the club into the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium for the first time in 96 years, before losing to Cardiff City.Davey succesfully kept Barnsley in the Coca Cola Championship for 3 consecutive seasons. On Saturday 29 August 2009, Davey's contract was terminated by mutual consent after only 7 games of the new season.In the 7 games Barnsley FC won 2 games drew 1 and lost 4. Louise Taylor of The Guardian posted on 1st september 2009 the headline "Simon Davey was a victim of the expectations he raised at Barnsley" -Barnsley lose faith in their innovative manager!"Simon Davey was dismissed by Barnsley on Saturday, shortly after conducting a press conference following the 3-1 home defeat by Reading which left his side stuck to the foot of the Championship. It seems like no time since Davey was flavour of the month after leading Barnsley to FA Cup victories at Liverpool and at home against Chelsea in 2007-08 before finally losing to Cardiff in the semi-finals.

Back then we applauded the Welshman for his collection of every conceivable coaching badge, pointed to the fact that he was mentored by Everton's David Moyes and praised his imagination in beating Barnsley's budgetary restrictions by signing an eclectic collection of players on loans and free transfers from all corners of the globe. Even better, Oakwell once again boasted the sort of sweet passing football that had persuaded locals to make "it's just like watching Brazil" the team's anthem. Nothing lasts for ever though!!



As a a player

Swansea City

  • Welsh FA Cup winner: 1991
  • West Wales Senior Cup winner: 1987, 1990, 1991

Carlisle United

Preston North End



Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Barnsley England 22 November 2006 29 August 2009 138 45 30 63 32.61
As of 29 August 2009.


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