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Curtis Davies

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Curtis Davies biography


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Curtis Davies made six appearances in the league during the 2003–04 season, with the away performance at QPR particularly good. The next season Davies achieved Curtis Davies first promotion as Curtis Davies appeared in 44 league games for the Hatters, scoring Curtis Davies first senior goal in the title-clinching win at Wrexham A.F.C.. Davies was named League One Player of the Year for that season, as well as winning the Luton Town Young Player of the Year award. Curtis Davies also made the League One Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year for 2004–05, alongside five of Curtis Davies teammates.

The next season Davies only managed six games, and a goal in Curtis Davies final game at home to Millwall before Curtis Davies impressive displays saw Curtis Davies signed by then-Premier League side West Bromwich Albion on 31 August 2005 for a fee of £3 million.

West Bromwich Albion

Davies had an impressive first season for West Brom, making 35 starts and scoring two goals. However, Curtis Davies was unable to stop West Brom being relegated. On 28 July 2006 Curtis Davies pledged Curtis Davies future to West Brom, by signing a new four-year deal.

In 2006-07 in English football Davies became West Brom captain on a permanent basis, having worn the armband on several occasions during the previous season. Curtis Davies received Curtis Davies first-ever red card against Middlesbrough F.C. on 17 February 2007 after receiving two yellow cards for challenges on Boro striker Mark Viduka. On 14 March, Davies broke Curtis Davies fifth metatarsal bone in the Baggies' game against Crystal Palace, ruling Curtis Davies out for the rest of the season. This made Curtis Davies unavailable for selection for the first ever game at the new Wembley Stadium, where Curtis Davies was expected to have appeared for the England Under-21s. Davies was named in the PFA Championship team of the year for 2006–07.

On 21 June, Davies had a transfer request rejected by West Brom. Davies subsequently handed in two further transfer requests, both of which were rejected. On 30 August 2007, Albion announced that they had given permission for Davies to speak to Aston Villa F.C. regarding a possible move.

Aston Villa

2007–2008

On 31 August 2007, Davies signed for Aston Villa on a season long loan, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer of 2008. Curtis Davies made Curtis Davies Villa debut in a 1–0 Football League Cup defeat to Leicester City F.C. on 27 September 2007. Curtis Davies compared Curtis Davies performance to that of a pub team player saying:

Davies made Curtis Davies Premier League debut with Villa in the 2–0 home victory against Derby County F.C. on 3 November. Curtis Davies scored on Curtis Davies first Premier League start in a 2–1 away victory at Wigan Athletic F.C. on 29 December 2007. Curtis Davies then became a regular in Aston Villa's back four at the expense of Zat Knight.

On 1 March 2008 Davies suffered a season ending ruptured achilles tendon against Arsenal F.C. in a 1–1 draw and was thought to be out for around six months. But Curtis Davies surprised doctors by making a remarkable comeback much sooner than expected. Curtis Davies played 60 minutes in a behind-closed doors friendly against Notts County at Villa's training ground, and then 62 minutes in another friendly against Reading F.C. at the Madjeski Stadium, a game that ended with a 1–1 draw.

2008–2009

Curtis Davies move to Villa was made permanent on 3 July 2008, with Davies signing a four-year contract. The fee was undisclosed but has been quoted variously at between £8–10 million.

Davies captained Aston Villa for the first time on 6 November 2008, in the 1–0 UEFA Cup win against Slavia Prague, with regular captain Martin Laursen on the substitutes' bench. Curtis Davies netted Curtis Davies first goal of the 2008–09 season in January 2009, helping Curtis Davies team to a 2–1 win against Curtis Davies former club West Bromwich Albion.

2009–2010

Davies started in the team's first game at home against Wigan Athletic in the opening day of the season. The team lost 2–0 at Villa Park in a very disappointing and unsuccessful game with goals from Hugo Rodallega and Jason Koumas. However the team's next league game was away at Anfield, Davies scored the second goal of the game with a header from a corner-kick in first half stoppage time. Davies' recurring shoulder problems prompted an operation in September 2009, forcing the player out of the side for a few months. During Curtis Davies absence, Villa brought in defenders James Collins (footballer) from West Ham United F.C. and Richard Dunne from Manchester City F.C.. Curtis Davies made Curtis Davies return to action following the operation as a second half substitute in the FA Cup match against Brighton & Hove Albion on 23 January, replacing Stephen Warnock.

After struggling to work Curtis Davies way back in to the team, media speculation began to link Davies with a loan move to Scottish Premier League side Celtic F.C.. However, Villa manager Martin O'Neill was quick to deny these rumours.

2010–2011

In August 2010, O'Neill resigned from Curtis Davies position at the club. Following this, Davies told journalists that Curtis Davies felt that O'Neill had not given Curtis Davies a fair chance during Curtis Davies spell at the club, and that Curtis Davies hoped that a new manager would give every member of the squad a clean slate.

=Leicester City loan=


On 15 October Davies joined Leicester City F.C. on a month's loan deal. On 10 November, Davies extended Curtis Davies loan at the club, seeing Curtis Davies stay at Leicester until January 2011. Curtis Davies returned to Aston Villa on 3 January 2011.

Birmingham City

On 28 January 2011, Davies signed for rivals Birmingham City F.C. on a three-and-a-half-year contract for a undisclosed fee. Curtis Davies was given the squad number 32. Curtis Davies made Curtis Davies first-team debut in a 3–1 home defeat to former club West Bromwich Albion in March, coming into the starting eleven in place of the injured Martin Jiránek. Curtis Davies first goal for the club came when Curtis Davies opened the scoring with a header from a Jordon Mutch corner on 6 August 2011 as Birmingham went on to lose 2–1 at Derby County F.C.. In Birmingham's first match in major European competition for nearly 50 years, the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League Play-off round first leg against Portuguese club C.D. Nacional, which finished goalless, Davies made a well-timed tackle from behind to prevent Mateus Galiano da Costa opening the scoring.

International career

Davies made Curtis Davies England national under-21 football team debut on 28 February 2006, against Norway national under-21 football team. Curtis Davies was named in Fabio Capello's first provisional England national football team squad. Davies initially expressed shock at the news of Curtis Davies call-up. Curtis Davies has since been named in other England squads but has yet to make Curtis Davies full debut.

Honours

Luton Town

- Football League One winner: 2004–05 in English football

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

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