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Thursday 25 Jan 2024
He captained his country 82 times…

Steven Davis, who has announced his playing days are over, had a first class career as a professional footballer.

In two spells with Rangers in Scotland’s top flight he made 389 appearances, scoring 28 goals and winning four Scottish Premier League titles and three Scottish Cups.

And in England’s Premier League he played 102 times for his first professional club, Aston Villa. He also played 25 games for Fulham - and he scored 14 goals as he made 226 appearances for Southampton.

He also played for Northern Ireland on 140 occasions and is the most capped British player in the history of the game. He captained his country 82 times.

The legendary Northern Ireland player’s final appearance for his country came in September 2022 in a UEFA Nations League match away to Greece. He provided an assist for Shayne Lavery as he scored Northern Ireland’s only goal in a 3-1 defeat.

Here are some pertinent statistics from the 39-year-old midfielder’s illustrious career:


Date of Birth: 1 January 1985

Birthplace: Ballymena, Co Antrim

Position: Central Midfielder

Height: 5’8/1.73m

Weight: 11.05/72kg


(up to and including 25.01.2024)

St Andrew’s Boys, Belfast

Aston Villa (15 January 2002, from trainee) 102 appearances, nine goals

Fulham (17 July 2007, £4 million transfer) 25 apps, 0 goals

Rangers (31 January 2008, loan) 26 apps, one goal

Rangers (21 August 2008, £3 million transfer) 186 apps, 21 goals

Southampton (6 July 2012, free) 226 apps, 14 goals

Rangers (6 Jan 2019, loan) 18 apps, 0 goals

Rangers (2 May 2019, free) 159 apps, six goals

Total career appearances: 742

Total career goals: 51

Totals at a glance:

Aston Villa 102 apps   nine goals

Fulham 25 apps 0 goals

Southampton 226 apps 14 goals

Rangers 389 apps 28 goals

Overall - 742 apps 51 goals


(with Southampton)

League Cup runner-up 2016-17 (lost 3-2 in final to Manchester United)

(with Rangers)

Scottish Premier League 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2021-22

Scottish Cup 2007-08, 2008-09, 2021-22

Scottish League Cup 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11

UEFA Cup runner-up 2007-08 (lost 2-0 to Zenit St Petersburg), 2021-22 (lost to Eintracht Frankfurt on pens)

Scottish PFA Player of the Year 2009-10

Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year 2021

February 2023 - inducted into Rangers Hall of Fame


Debut v Canada 9 Feb 2005 at Windsor Park, aged 20

First cap as captain 21 May 2006 v Uruguay

100th cap v Switzerland 9 November 2017

He captained Northern Ireland on 82 occasions

In June 2017 he was recognised for his services to football and awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Most capped international player in the UK

He scored 13 goals at full international level, putting him joint third in the all-time list of Northern Ireland scorers.

Ten of his goals were scored at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, six of them in the month of October and four of them on the 8th of that month.

Full list of the goals Steven Davis scored for Northern Ireland:

8 Oct 2005 v Wales (home) lost 2-3 (50 mins)

15 Oct 2008 v San Marino (h) won 4-0 (75 mins)

10 Aug 2011 v Faroe Islands (h) won 4-0 (66 mins)

7 Oct 2011 v Estonia (h) lost 1-2 (22 mins)

15 Oct 2013 v Israel (away) drew 1-1 (72 mins)

8 Oct 2015 v Greece (h) won 3-1 (35 and 58 mins)

13 Nov 2015 v Latvia (h) won 1-0 (55 mins)

8 Oct 2016 v San Marino (h) won 4-0 (26 mins, pen)

1 Sep 2017 v San Marino (a) won 3-0 (78 mins, pen)

11 Sep 2018 v Israel (h) won 3-0 (13 mins)

21 Mar 2019 v Estonia (h) won 2-0 (75 mins, pen)

25 Mar 2022 v Luxembourg (a) won 3-1 (83 mins)