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Kevin Davies

Kevin Cyril Davies (born 26 March 1977 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire) is an England Association football who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C. and the England national football team as a striker. Kevin Davies was made Bolton captain (association football) in January 2009.

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Kevin Cyril Davies (born 26 March 1977 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire) is an England Association football who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers F.C. and the England national football team as a striker. Kevin Davies was made Bolton captain (association football) in January 2009.

Davies originally made Kevin Davies name as a vital part of the Chesterfield F.C. team which reached the FA Cup Semi-finals in 1996-97 in English football. Davies is known for Kevin Davies physical playing style; Kevin Davies has committed more foul (football) than any other player in the history of the Premier League, although conversely is one of the most fouled. At the age of 33, Davies made Kevin Davies international debut for England against Montenegro national football team in a 0–0 draw on 12 October 2010, coming on as a second half substitute.

Kevin Davies is the half brother of former Chesterfield F.C. striker Jamie Jackson (footballer).

Playing career

Chesterfield

Davies played as a schoolboy with Kevin Davies boyhood club Sheffield United F.C., but was released at the age of 15. Kevin Davies was taken on trial at Chesterfield F.C. and broke into the club's first team after several months.

Generally, Davies' goalscoring form at Chesterfield was unspectacular, playing mostly wide in midfield and scoring Kevin Davies best total of 11 goals in the 1994-95 in English football promotion campaign from Division Three (via the playoffs). In Kevin Davies final season at Saltergate Kevin Davies managed a mere three goals from 34 Division Three games but made a major contribution to the Spireites' best-ever FA Cup run, including a hat-trick at Burnden Park in a 4th round tie against Bolton Wanderers F.C.. Despite Kevin Davies relative lack of goals, Kevin Davies skilful play was still attracting attention from Premier League and Division One clubs during Kevin Davies contribution to Chesterfield's FA Cup exploits, which culminated in a semi-final replay defeat against Middlesbrough F.C..

As a youngster, Davies was far from the aggressive centre-forward Kevin Davies subsequently became at Bolton. At Chesterfield, although very well-built and strong for a teenager, Kevin Davies was known for Kevin Davies skill and intelligence, and it was these qualities that attracted the attention of Southampton manager Graeme Souness.

Southampton

Davies moved to Southampton F.C. in May, 1997 and, in Kevin Davies first spell with them, scored nine league goals and impressed many, one of which was a notable solo goal against Everton F.C. at Goodison Park. Kevin Davies also headed the lone goal in a historic 1–0 win against Manchester United F.C..

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers F.C. signed Kevin Davies for £7.5 million in July 1998, ten times what Southampton had paid for Kevin Davies a year earlier and also a club record. (Chesterfield F.C. received no more money from the switch, having failed to negotiate a sell-on clause.) As part of the deal, James Beattie (footballer) went the other way. However, Davies scored just one league goal, the winner in a victory over Charlton Athletic F.C., in 21 appearances for the club. Kevin Davies scored a further goal in the FA Cup, also against Charlton Athletic, and played a UEFA Cup game that season. At the end of the campaign, Blackburn were relegated a year after finishing sixth in the league and a mere four years after Blackburn Rovers Premier League champions.

Return to Southampton

Southampton re-signed their former striker in exchange for Egil Østenstad in August 1999-00 in English football. However, just two league matches into Kevin Davies return at Southampton, Davies found himself sent off in a defeat against Liverpool F.C. after coming on as a substitute for Mark Hughes. Kevin Davies struggled to gain a first team place throughout the next four years, and was more often than not a substitute. For the 2002-03 in English football Davies went on loan to Millwall F.C. in the Football League First Division. Kevin Davies played 9 times and scored 3 goals in the league.

Bolton Wanderers

In summer 2003, Kevin Davies joined Bolton having been released by Southampton. In a season where Kevin Davies rediscovered Kevin Davies best form, Kevin Davies scored ten times and started every league game. Kevin Davies ended the season by winning the club's Player of the Year award and scored a consolation goal for Kevin Davies team in the 2004 Football League Cup Final against Middlesbrough F.C. in Cardiff.
Davies is frequently cited as being the player in the Premier League that commits the most fouls, committing more offences than any other Premier League player in for three consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2007. In the 2003–04 and 2007–08 seasons Davies was slightly better behaved, committing the second highest number of fouls per season. In Kevin Davies Bolton career Davies has committed over 1000 fouls, more than any other Premier League player in the competition's history. At the same time Davies has also featured near the top of the list of most fouled players.
During a post match interview with the BBC after a game against Arsenal F.C. in January 2009, during which Kevin Davies had been accused of deliberately trying to injure Gaël Clichy in a challenge, Kevin Davies replied that some Arsenal players tried to "con the referee". Kevin Davies added "A few of them let out a big scream, which is a bit embarrassing because it is a man's game... in my eyes that is cheating the referee... you just have to get on with the game." On 10 September 2011 Kevin Davies received Kevin Davies 100th yellow card in the Premier League for a foul on Manchester United F.C. Patrice Evra. Kevin Davies now lies second for most yellow cards in Premier League history behind Lee Bowyer who received 101 yellow cards.

On 8 November 2007, Davies scored a goal away to FC Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Germany. Davies's late effort earned Bolton a crucial away point from the 2–2 draw in the UEFA Cup group stage.

On 12 April 2008, Davies scored Kevin Davies 100th career goal in a 1–0 win over West Ham United F.C. at the Reebok Stadium, despite dislocating a finger during the match and having it placed back into its socket allowing Kevin Davies to play on.

On Saturday 3 May 2008, Kevin Davies made Kevin Davies return from a broken hand to help Bolton retain their Premier League status.

Over the summer of 2008, Hull City A.F.C. tried to sign Kevin Davies from Bolton, but the club turned down their offer. Davies then signed a new contract with Bolton which will keep Kevin Davies at the club until 2011.

On 31 January 2009, Davies became captain of Bolton Wanderers F.C. following the sale of Kevin Nolan to Newcastle United F.C.. The same day, Davies' first game as captain saw Kevin Davies score two goals in Bolton's 3–2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur F.C. as well as equalling Kevin Davies record for goals in a Premier League season.
In the following game, at home against West Ham United F.C., Kevin Davies scored Kevin Davies 50th goal for Bolton, and Kevin Davies 10th of the season.

In August 2009, Davies stated that Kevin Davies would like to stay at Bolton for the rest of Kevin Davies career. On 13 March 2010, Davies scored the first penalty of Kevin Davies career, netting the second from the spot in a 4–0 home win over Wigan Athletic F.C..

Davies set a Premier League records for the most fouls in a season in 2010, committing 120 such offences. In the 2010–11 season Kevin Davies went on to break Kevin Davies own record with 121 fouls.

International career

Davies was asked near the end of the 2009–10 season if Kevin Davies was eligible to play for Scottish national football team. Davies is, to Kevin Davies own knowledge, ineligible to represent Scotland, but further explained Kevin Davies would reject any call-up to the Scottish or Welsh teams even if it was possible.

At the age of 33, Davies was called up to the England squad for the first time in Kevin Davies career for the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game against Montenegro national football team on 12 October 2010. Kevin Davies made Kevin Davies debut as a second half substitute for Peter Crouch and received a yellow card. At 33 years and 200 days, Kevin Davies became the oldest England debutant since the 38 year old Leslie Compton in 1950.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Davies

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