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Peter Davenport

Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:04 pm

As researched by Mikey (for Who Am I?)


In the couple of years (1986-1988) he was playing for United he scored 22 goals in 73 League apps (+19 as sub).Before he came to United he had a history of scoring for two seasons on the trot he was Nottingham Forests top scorer.His overall Forest record is 54 goals in 114 League apps (+4 as sub).Just his Forest and United Career adds up to 76 goals and when you consider that he played for over 17 years at various clubs including Boro,Sunderland,Stockport,St Johnstone and Southport,the 24 goals he needed to hit 100 is quite small when you break it down to 2-3 goals a season after he left United.

Here's one of the articles I found about him on the net from http://www2.mtfc.co.uk/stats/player?a=p&i=285

Peter was born in Birkenhead on 24 March 1961 and has had a successful football league career, notably with Nottingham Forest and Manchester United. Having been rejected by Everton at the age of 18, he was given the chance to enter league football at the age of 20, by Nottingham Forest. He scored 54 goals in 114 games for Forest and was signed by Manchester United in 1986. He represented England at full international level whilst at Nottingham Forest

He joined a team which had failed to capitalise on its FA Cup wins of 1983 and 1985. He scored 14 goals in the 1986/87 season, playing alongside Frank Stapleton or Norman Whiteside, and was United's leading scorer. However, the return of Mark Hughes from Barcelona meant that Davenport was pushed aside and he asked for a transfer.

Peter now describes the move which followed, to Middlesbrough, as the worst mistake in his career. The club were relegated in his first season there. He had a happier time at Sunderland, including a visit to Wembley in the 1992 FA Cup Final. Following his time at Sunderland he moved North of the Border and played for Airdire and St. Johnstone. A brief spell at Stockport County preceded his move to Southport in 1995.

He moved to Macc from Southport in February 1997 after being overlooked for the vacant managerial position at Haig Avenue. He had served as caretaker-manager following Steve Joel's departure.

Dav moved to the position of Player/Coach at the Moss Rose in August 1997 and scored his 100th League goal in the final match of the 1997/98 promotion season against Exeter.

Peter has scored 100 league goals, a tally which he would like to add to in the coming seasons with the Silkmen, although it is fair to say that time is probably not on his side! His appearances are very limited now as his major role at the club is that of Assistant Manager, having assumed that position when Gil Prescott became Director of Football at the Moss Rose.

1966 was a great year for English football. Eric was born!

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Re: Peter Davenport

Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:54 am

I remember on New Years Day 1989 - we beat Liverpool 3-1 at Old Trafford- a massive result at the time, as we had lots of young players coming through to play in the first team then, like Russell Beardsmore. The following day - the team had to go up to Ayresome Park to play Middlesbrough and we lost 1-0 to a Peter Davenport goal. Clearly Peter had one highlight in the worst move of his career. It would be unthinkable now for United to play 2 League games on successive days, even with the much larger squad that we have.

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