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Ipswich Town - Dangerman - Kelvin Davis
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Davis started his career at local club Luton, and went on to make nearly 100 appearances for the Hatters before later moving to Wimbledon for £600,000.
It was at Ipswich where he
really made a name for himself under the management of Joe Royle.
Ahead of him was a defence including the likes of Jason De Vos, but when called upon, Davis
was always there to rely on.
kept the ball out of the net by any means possible, and made one wonder save in one of those games against the Hammers at Upton Park.
I remember the return leg not only for the 2-0 defeat, but for Davis keeping out the ball with his
In that season, he
was named the Championship's Goalkeeper of the Year.
He left the club in that summer, like most of Town's best players and joined Sunderland for £1.25 million.
was widely criticised for his
performances for the Black Cats, although he
never really had a chance to prove himself.
Davis then joined Southampton in 2006 where he has rebuilt his career and is now aged 32.
is very highly rated by Saints' fans.
made himself a fans favourite due to his
brilliant form this season, and although his
contract is up in the summer, everyone at the club is hoping we stay up and that Davis
is rewarded with a new deal!
Ready To Go : Independent Sunderland AFC
Following the signings of promising Irish striker Daryl Murphy, right-back Nyron Nosworthy and striker Jonathan Stead, Davis has signed a four-year deal with the Black Cats that will see him remain at the Stadium of Light until 2009.
said today: "This is a massive move for me.
has played in the Premier League
before with Wimbledon and he
has played something near 40 games a season for the last four years.
was voted the best goalkeeper in the Championship by the PFA last season and, at 28, he
is also in his
prime age for a goalkeeper.He
has terrific ability and is experienced, so we're delighted to have Kelvin
in our squad for the Premiership."Davis began his career as an apprentice at Luton and went on to make 103 appearances for the Hatters.He had loan spells with Torquay and Hartlepool before joining Wimbledon for £600,000 in July 1999.He
took over from Neil Sullivan as the club's number one in 2001 and became a big favourite with the Dons fans in his
four years at Selhurst Park.He
then signed for Ipswich in July 2003 after totting up more than 140 league and cup games for the Londoners.
Capped by England at youth and Under-21 level, Davis
turned in a number of fine performances as Town narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premiership, producing his best save of the campaign in the final match, denying Bobby Zamora with a world class tip over in the Play-off defeat at West Ham.
...KELVIN DAVIS - THE RECORD
career with local side Luton Town, making over 100 appearances for the Hatters before moving to Wimbledon in 1999.
Davis played 146 times for the Dons before moving to Ipswich on a free transfer in 2003.
The 36-year-old was named Championship Goalkeeper of the Year as the Tractor Boys finished third in 2004/05.
After making 93 appearances for Ipswich, Davis joined Sunderland in 2005 and played 35 times as the Black Cats were relegated from the top flight.
left Wearside after just one season with the Black Cats and moved to Southampton for a reported £2m.
was twice named League One Goalkeeper of the Year as well as picking up the Championship award as the Saints gained back-to-back promotions between 2010 and 2012.
Still a Saints player, Davis
has played 279 games which puts him 28th on the all-time appearance list for Southampton.
GiveMeFootball.com - The Professional Footballers' Association
Ipswich goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has become Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy's second signing in the space of 24 hours.
said: "It's a big step for me leaving Ipswich and I needed to know the move was the right one.
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But then starting in the 60th minute, everything fell apart for the Black Cats, with a defensive mistake, and a tentative charge off the line by Sunderland goalkeeper Kelvin Davis would allow an easy Newcastle goal.
makes one of many spectacular saves he
had on the night
, the Sunderland keeper, was playing absolutely out of his
mind making brilliant save after brilliant save, while Sunderland had a few great scoring chances slip just by the post.
At one point late in the match, the Manchester United goalkeeper tried a quick re-start on a free kick just outside his
box, while a Sunderland player disputed the call, standing right over the ball, and the free kick, expectedly, rebounded off the visiting player, but ended up at the foot of another Sunderland striker, and with the center referee slow to blow the whistle, chipped the ball into the goal from 30 yards out before we knew the referee had called the play back.