No not the star of Johnathan Creek, but the footballer. He didn't play much for us, only about 7 games.
Born in Manchester to Welsh parents, Davies began his football career at Manchester United, signing for the club on associate schoolboy forms in November 1976. He signed as an apprentice two years later before turning professional at the age of 17 in December 1978. After progressing through the club's youth and reserve teams, Davies was selected for the first team for the first time on 6 January 1982, being named as a substitute for a First Division match at home to Everton. However, he did not make the field that day, and had to wait another four months for his debut.
On 1 May 1982, Davies was named as the starting left winger for a home game against Southampton. Although he was heavily involved in the club's pre-season programme in 1982, including a short tour of Iceland, Davies returned to relative obscurity for the majority of the 1982–83 season, toiling away for the reserves in the Central League. However, towards the end of the season, Steve Coppell was forced into retirement by a knee injury he had picked up two years earlier, suddenly making Davies the club's first choice right winger. He played in five of United's final six games of the season, including both matches in the 1983 FA Cup Final against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Unfortunately for Davies, he then suffered a broken ankle and torn ligaments playing for the reserves in a pre-season friendly against Stamford. A six-month absence followed, and he struggled to get back into the first team. There was a glimmer of hope for Davies' career when he scored in the first leg of the Cup Winners' Cup semi-final against Juventus, after coming on as a substitute for John Gidman, but he only made three more appearances for the Manchester United first team after that. He remained on the club's books until the end of the 1984–85 season, making the odd appearance as an unused substitute, but he was eventually sold to Newcastle United for £65,000 in July 1985.
Davies' time with Newcastle United started promisingly, with the Welsh winger making 17 appearances in the first half of the 1985–86 season. However, he fell out of favour in the new year and was loaned out to Charlton Athletic in March 1986. Upon his return to Newcastle, he was given another chance to make an impression, making five appearances in the first two months of the 1986–87 season, but he was again loaned out in November 1986, this time to Carlisle United. Davies returned to Newcastle in January 1987, but only made two more appearances for the Magpies before being transferred to Swansea City in August 1987.
Davies found much more success at Swansea, playing in 84 matches in two seasons there, and even scoring eight goals. He then transferred to Bradford City for a season in June 1989. After 26 appearances and one goal for the Bantams, Davies returned to Swansea City, where he spent almost two more seasons, scoring a further four goals in 43 appearances. However, on 4 February 1992, Davies was found dead in his car near his home in South Wales, at the age of just 30. He had committed suicide.
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