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Steven Davis
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Personal information
Full name Steven Davis
Date of birth 1 January 1985 (1985-01-01) (age 25)
Place of birth    Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 7
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2003–2007
2007–2008
2008
2008–
Aston Villa
Fulham
Rangers (loan)
Rangers
91 (5)
22 (0)
12 (0)
59 (8)   
National team2

2005–
Northern Ireland U21
Northern Ireland
03 (0)
39 (2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 3 March 2010.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 3 March 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Steven Davis (born 1 January 1985 in Ballymena, County Antrim) is a Northern Irish footballer who currently plays for Scottish Premier League side Rangers and the Northern Ireland national team.

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Club career

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Aston Villa

Davis started his career at Aston Villa, signing from St. Andrews boys club on 15 January 2002. He was a member of the 2002 FA Youth Cup winning team that beat Everton 4-2 in the final. His first professional appearance was on 18 September 2004, he was a 57 minute replacement for Nolberto Solano in a Premier League match against Norwich City.[1]

By October 2005 he was a regular for the club and missed only one game for Villa in the 2005/06 season. Davis was named Villa's "Young Player of the Year", "The Fans Player of the Year" and "Player of the Year" for 2005/06. His form prompted the Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez, to state that Davis could be "another Frank Lampard".[2]

Fulham

In the 2006-07 season rumours began to circulate that Davis could leave Villa. These proved to be correct, as he followed team-mate Aaron Hughes to Fulham on 5 July 2007, for a fee of around £4 million.[3] Davis made 102 appearances for Villa and scored nine times. He made his Fulham debut against Arsenal on 12 August 2007 and was a regular in the side until then manager Lawrie Sanchez's departure.

Rangers

On 31 January 2008 Davis was signed on a six-month loan deal by Rangers, the club he supported as a boy and was given the number 12 shirt.[4] Davis made his Rangers debut against Panathinaikos in the UEFA Cup on 13 February.[5] He scored his first goal, again in European competition, though this time it was against German side Werder Bremen.[6] Davis scored for Rangers in the penalty shootout against Dundee United that won Rangers the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final. He also helped the team reach the 2008 UEFA Cup Final and won the Scottish Cup in May.

On 21 August 2008, Davis made his move from Fulham permanent in a deal worth £3m, signing a four-year contract.[7] With number 12 already occupied by Lee McCulloch and 7 by Brahim Hemdani, Davis was given number 35, which he had worn in European ties during his loan spell with Rangers. He made his first appearance of the season for Rangers against Aberdeen during a 1-1 draw the next day.[8] He scored his first goal for Rangers, since his move became permanent, against Motherwell.[9] On 9 May 2009 Davis scored the only goal in the final Old Firm derby of the season.

He began his goalscoring in the 2009-10 season against St Mirren on the 27 January, he continued his goalscoring form against Falkirk in the next game curling a a free kick into Robert Olejnik's top right hand corner.

International career

He made his full international debut on 9 February 2005 in a 1-0 loss to Canada, and made the assist in Northern Ireland's famous 1-0 victory over England in a qualification match for World Cup 2006. Davis first goal came against Wales in a 3-2 defeat. He was also part of the side who beat Spain 3-2 at Windsor Park in September 2006.

On 21 May 2006 he became Northern Ireland's youngest modern day captain against Uruguay in the United States, unfortunately his 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.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 October 2005 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Wales 2-2 2-3 FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying
2 15 October 2008 Belfast, Northern Ireland  San Marino 4-0 4-0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Career statistics

As of 5 December 2009.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 2004-05 28 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
2005-06 35 4 4 2 3 2 0 0 42 8
2006-07 28 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 31 0
Total 91 5 5 2 6 2 0 0 102 9
Fulham 2007-08 22 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Total 22 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 25 0
Rangers 2007-08 12 0 4 0 1 0 9 1 26 1
2008-09 34 6 5 1 4 0 0 0 43 7
2009-10 12 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 18 0
Total 58 6 9 1 6 0 14 1 87 8
Career total 171 11 15 3 14 2 14 1 213 18

Honours

Rangers

2009
2008, 2009
2008

References

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