Random Great Goals: Kevin Davies Leaves Four Everton Defenders In His Wake To Score Solo Wonder Goal, 1997 (Video)

Chris Wright

4th, September 2015

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It’s with a heavy heart that we wish Kevin Davies all the best in his retirement today after the former Chesterfield, Southampton, Blackburn, Bolton, Preston and England striker called time on his playing days at the grand old age of 38.

Davies made the announcement by posting a wonderfully poignant image on Twitter…

Davies was something of a footballing anachronism. A proper, sturdy, ham-thighed, intelligent English centre-forward who put himself about and got his shorts muddy. Not like the lily-livered wimps that populate the game these days.

If Kevin Davies dislocated a finger, he jolly well popped it back in and carried on about his business. But he could play a bit too, let’s not forget.

After starting out as a youngster at Chesterfield (following an unsuccessful trial with hometown club Sheffield United), Davies joined Southampton for the 1997/98 season, where his nine goals in 25 appearances persuaded Blackburn to fork out £8million on him the following year.

One of those nine goals proved to be incredibly uncharacteristic, even for the Kevin Davies of 1997 – a piercing run from inside his own half that saw Davies waft through a gaggle of Everton defenders on his way to scoring a sublime solo effort in a 2-0 win at Goodison…

Wow. Super Kev at his absolute peak.

Here’s wishing him the very best in his future endeavours, whatever they may prove to be.

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  1. Geraldo says:

    I was visiting Merseyside that weekend and decided to go along to that match. Being a neutral, I decided to sit with the Saints fans and joined in their gobsmacked celebrations after Davies’ superb goal.

    Pity then that he turned out to be a dirty, cynical little c*** who almost ended Tom Cleverley’s career with a disgraceful and pre-meditated tackle at the Reebok a few years ago and then attempted something similar with Ander Herrera at Deepdale in the Cup last season.

    Still a great goal though…

  2. Mitch says:

    Funny how United fans always remember that challenge that had Cleverly out for a couple of weeks but never mention Jonny Evans literally ending Stuart Holden’s career with an absolutely diabolical horror challenge.

  3. other dave says:

    @Mitch: I was just going to pop up and say the same thing but you beat me to it! As an American, I find Holden’s career to be one of those “what if” debates.

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