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Simon Davey
Personal information
Date of birth (1970-10-01) 1 October 1970 (age 50)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Swansea City 49 (4)
1992–1995 Carlisle United 105 (18)
1995–1998 Preston North End 106 (21)
1997Darlington (loan) 11 (0)
Total 271 (43)
Teams managed
2006–2009 Barnsley
2010 Darlington
2010 Hereford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Simon Davey (born 1 October 1970 in Swansea) is a Welsh former professional footballer and football manager. He is now Head Director of a youth club in America called Southern Soccer Academy. He played for Swansea City, Carlisle United and Preston North End and had a short loan spell with Darlington, making a total of 271 appearances in the Football League. After retiring as a player, he spent eight years as a coach at Preston, before going on to manage Barnsley, Darlington and, until October 2010, Hereford United.

Playing career

In 1987, Davey made his League debut for Swansea City at the age of 16 against Torquay United and became the second youngest player ever to play for the Swans. Davey went on to make 58 appearances, scoring 5 goals in 4 years, as a midfielder. During this 4-year period he earned a Welsh Cup Winners medal and also gained European experience, playing in the Cup Winners Cup against Monaco, the French Cup winners, and Panathanaikos, the Greek champions.

In August 1992, he went from Swansea to Carlisle United on a free transfer. Within a few games, at the age of 22, he took over as team captain and led the club for a further 2 years and 5 months. In the 1993–94 season he played every game earning recognition amongst his fellow professionals by being selected for the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Team of the Season, an award voted for by all the professional players in the Football League. He also challenged for the title of leading scorer, eventually finishing second to David Reeves with a tally of 13. Carlisle United supporters voted one of these goals, a 35-yard free-kick against Shrewsbury Town, as their second best goal of all time. Davey went on to make 132 appearances for the club and scored a total of 23 goals. In February 1995 Davey was sold to Preston North End for £125,000. At the end of that season, Carlisle won the Division Three Championship and although Davey had already left the club he had played the minimum requirement of 26 games to qualify for a Championship medal.

At Preston, Davey earned a consecutive championship medal when Preston North End won the divisional title, Davey made his full home league debut in midfield alongside a youngster on loan from Manchester United who arrived to make his league debut too, David Beckham. They played 5 games together, Beckham scored his first league goal when the novice asked Davey if he could have a go at a free-kick Davey was planning to take; Davey stepped aside and let him have it. Davey went on to score 22 times in 122 games for Preston and was named in the PFA Team of the Season in 1995. While with the club, he also made 11 loan appearances for Darlington. Davey's playing career was cut short at the age of 27 following a back injury while training with a medicine ball.

Managerial career

After retiring, Preston manager David Moyes gave Davey a chance at coaching with the club and within a short time Davey was in charge of Preston's Youth Academy, later moving to the Youth Academy at Barnsley. As part of his coaching education, he gained the UEFA C Licence, the UEFA B Licence, the UEFA A Licence and the UEFA Pro Licence in 2005 as well as the Academy Managers licence and the UEFA Youth Licence.

Davey was appointed caretaker manager of Barnsley in November 2006, following Andy Ritchie's dismissal.[1] After a successful start he was given the job on a permanent basis at the end of the year,[2] and later led the club to a successful fight against relegation at the end of the 2006–07 season. He later signed a four-year contract in December 2007 after an impressive start to the following season.[3] Two months later, he led the club to a shock FA Cup win at Liverpool[4] and 3 weeks after that, led them to victory over Chelsea to take the club into the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium for the first time in 96 years, before losing to Cardiff City. Davey successfully kept Barnsley in the Championship for 3 consecutive seasons. On Saturday 29 August 2009, Davey's contract was terminated by mutual consent.

On 1 April 2010, Davey was appointed manager of League Two club Darlington, following the dismissal of Steve Staunton.[5]

On 16 June 2010, Darlington chairman Raj Singh issued a statement on the club website informing fans that Davey had quit the club for personal reasons, despite being widely tipped to take over as Hereford United manager.[6] Hereford United confirmed the appointment of Davey as the club's new manager on a two-year deal on 22 June 2010.[7]

Coaching Youth in the United States

In May 2012, Davey began to coach youth kids for a club called Southern Soccer Academy. The club is a Chelsea Affiliate and has teams in every age in both boys and girls, including an U-23 team.


As player

Swansea City

Carlisle United

Preston North End

Managerial statistics

As of 4 October 2010[8]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Barnsley 22 November 2006 29 August 2009 138 45 30 63 032.6
Darlington 1 April 2010 16 June 2010 10 3 2 5 030.0
Hereford United 16 June 2010 4 October 2010 11 1 2 8 009.1
Total 159 49 34 76 030.8


  1. ^ "Barnsley dismiss manager Ritchie". BBC Sport. 21 November 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  2. ^ "Davey appointed boss of Barnsley". BBC Sport. 31 December 2006. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  3. ^ "Barnsley boss agrees new contract". BBC Sport. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Davey celebrates 'fairytale' win". BBC Sport. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Simon Davey named as new Darlington manager". BBC Sport. 1 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
  6. ^ Wilkinson, Andrew (15 June 2010). "Simon Davey set to stun Darlington fans by quitting". The Evening Gazette. Retrieved 16 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Simon Davey confirmed as new manager of Hereford". BBC Sport. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Simon Davey's managerial career". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 January 2010.