Interview Liam Davis

Liam Davis

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Personal Details

Club:
Torquay United FC
Full Name:
Liam Lloyd Davis
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
23-11-1986
Place of birth:
Wandsworth
Position:
Left wing back / full back/ left midfield
Shirt number:
3

Career

2005-2008
Coventry City FC
2006 (on loan)
Peterborough United FC
2008-2011
Northampton Town FC
2011-2013
Oxford United FC
2013-2015
Yeovil Town FC
2016-2017
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2017
Cheltenham Town FC
2017-
Torquay United FC

Interview

Introduce yourself…

Hi, my name is Liam Davis and I’m currently at Torquay United FC and have been enjoying my football here for the past 3 seasons. We play our football in the conference premiere and recently got promoted from the conference south last season winning the league.

I’m currently in my 15th year as a professional football player and within that time I’ve managed to play in all 5 levels under the premier league so I have a wide range of experience of all different types of football.

Looking back, the time has really flown by but I still have the same hunger and desire as I did when 1st starting out in the game.

I’ve played for 7 different teams in my career and had experiences from the sport and learnt valuable skills that will stay with me throughout my life.

What are your biggest strengths?

My strengths are my athleticism and work ethic and I’m a good dribbler of the ball who reads the game well and along with my defensive mindset of never wanting to be beaten it all blends well into being the modern day full back.

How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)

The days leading up to a match I always make sure my hydration levels are good and I make sure I eat the right foods leading up to and the day of the game.

In the dressing room before the game I always do the same stretch warm up routine and when entering the pitch I always touch the surface and make a cross on my chest saying a quick prayer to GOD asking for him to keep me safe and to help me perform.

Davis you joined Coventry City as a 16-year-old trainee from Fulham’s Academy. How did you get into the youth of Coventry City ? And who helped you the most?

I was actually spotted by Coventry City at the exit trials which were held at Warwick University and I hadn’t been told yet by Fulham if I was going to be offered scholarship forms but the date of the exit trials fell before the date they were going to let us know so I thought it

would be good to have a backup plan and it turned out to be the right decision.

Before I arrived in Coventry I was liaising with the chief scout for the academy at the time a man called Trevor Gould and he would give me regular phone calls to try and sell the club to me and effectively get me down there ASAP.

At 1st, moving away from home was tough and my Mum played a big part in keeping me going and she constantly kept telling me to ‘follow your dreams of becoming a footballer’ so it helped me mentally to focus and deal with the blow of being what at the time felt so far away from home.

You made your Coventry debut on 24 September 2005, in a Football League Championship clash against Hull City FC. How important was that moment for you ?

This was a massive moment, not only in my career but in my life because for all those years playing football dreaming about playing in front of thousands of people from when I was a young child, was finally happening and it’s one of the 1st times in my life I was actually proud of what I had accomplished coming from where I had come from and this was the 1st time I started to fully believe I could have a career in the game I love.

By Coventry City, you was loaned out to Peterborough United FC. How did you experience these period?

Me and another player (Ben turner) were called into the Manager’s office and we were informed we would both be going out on loan to League 2 side Peterborough United.

I didn’t really know what to expect but I was excited at the prospect of the unknown and playing in front of fans in a real matchday environment and having 3 points at stake was going to beat playing in the reserves on a Tuesday night every time.

The late Kieth Alexander was the Manager and he took a liking to me straight away and seemed somewhat like a father figure so it helped me settle quickly but the football was totally different to what we were used to at Coventry.

The ball was in the air for large periods of the game and it was very physical and I found myself making a lot of runs but not being seen by players as they weren’t as football intelligent as we were perhaps used to in the Championship.

The comradery at Peterborough was excellent and the pressure did not seem as high as it was playing at Coventry but the guys were honest professionals and it was an eye opener – seeing footballers playing to pay the mortgage and not necessarily driving big fancy cars with some of the players even house sharing.

In June 2008 you signed for Football League One side Northampton Town FC, where you made 79 appearances during three seasons. Why did you leave Northampton Town FC ?

Playing for Northampton Town was a memorable time in my career as I met some lifelong friends and some really good people. I matured at Northampton and experiences I gained playing here would help me as my career would progress. A big highlight of my time at Northampton Town was a Carling cup 3rd round victory against Liverpool at Anfield which we won on penalties and I was fortunate enough to score at the Kop end that night in the shootout.

They had a good strength side with half a dozen internationals minus some of the big hitters like Stephen Gerard, Joe Cole and Fernando Tores but it was still an excellent achievement considering they were 69 league places above.

At the end of this season I felt like I needed a fresh challenge and I felt I wanted to somehow find my way back to Championship where I was three years before and in order to do that I needed to change something so I decided to leave which was tough for me at the time but worked out well as two seasons later I found myself playing Championship football for Yeovil Town.

Ahead of the 2016 season, you signed for Swedish Superettan side GAIS. Why did you choose for a football club in Sweden ? And did you noticed a lot of difference between the football in England and Sweden ?

I always said that at some point in my career I wanted to play abroad but never knew which country and at what point I was going to do this.

It happened to come at a time after my period with Yeovil had ended and I was left without a club but also had a groin injury that I just couldn’t shake off and it stayed with me for a number of months which meant I ended up missing the start of the new season.

When I was able to start back training it was hard to then find a team as everyone had their squads for the new season, so after speaking to my cousin (Kieron Cadogan) who was actually playing in Sweden at the time I decided to go out there for a couple of weeks just to get my fitness levels up and to get back training with some form of team again.

The two weeks went well and they invited me back on a permanent deal and everything seemed to be right for me there, I had someone I knew very well I would be able to have a full pre-season and I was getting to play in a foreign country which is something I always wanted to experience.

The football in Sweden was very different to what I was used to in England as it was very technical and had more of a patient build up with the play although the intensity was still high the aggressive nature was different to what I found in the English leagues.

The fans at GAIS were some of the most passionate fans I have played in front of and they really loved their club and when goals were scored at the home matches the whole stadium would erupt and fireworks were lit from the top of the stadium, it was something I’d never seen before at a football match.

Another thing I found was that after a win in the dressing room we would have a particular song the players and all the staff would sing and in comparison to a win back in England I found the dressing room would almost over celebrate and really enjoy the victory.

Since 2017, you played for Torquay United FC, Liam what are your personal goals for the rest of this season?

Torquay United gave me another new experience and that was playing football in the non-league and I soon found quickly that the level wasn’t too different from League 2 and also realised how big and how passionate the club and its supporters are.

This season was going well for me on a personal level until I sustained quite a serious injury in November and it has ruled me out for some months so my goals have been to get back fit and get back on the pitch before the season is over and hopefully help the team push for play off positions.

What is your ultimate dream after your football career ?

My ultimate dream after my career is finished to become successful in my new line of work and to make sure I’m enjoying what I’m doing and be able to have the same amount of passion and desire I did when playing football but I think it will definitely be in the fitness health and wellness sector.


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