Peter Davenport Signing
Peter Davenport, born Birkenhead, March 24, 1961. Peter Davenport started out his career with Nottingham Forest where he contributed 54 goals in 118 First Division appearances under City Ground boss Brian Clough before his performances earned him a transfer to Manchester United. Very much impressed by the free flowing forward, United head coach Ron Atkinson splashed out a fee of £750,000 for him at the back end of the 1985-86 season.
Although Peter Davenport struggled at first, he managed to live up to his reputation as a powerful attacker with a good nose for goals. Davenport, who was Big Ron´s last major signing at Manchester United, was brought in as a replacement for Wales international Mark Hughes and made his First Division debut for the club in a 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers at Shepherd´s Bush on the 15th of March 1986. When Alex Ferguson came down from Aberdeen to take over the head coaching reigns at Manchester United in November 1986, the striker managed to keep up his good form and he would establish a dynamic partnership with Brian McClair. After notching up 22 goals in 92 First Division games for United, he was transferred to recently promoted First Division side Middlesbrough for a transfer fee of £750,000 in November 1988. Peter Davenport: “Although I was from Birkenhead, I was a Manchester United supporter as a boy.” Peter Davenport Playing Career: Cammell Laird, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Airdrie, St Johnstone, Stockport County, Southport, Macclesfield Town, Congleton Town, Bangor City. Playing Honours: None.
Peter Davenport Quickfacts
Peter Davenport was part of the Sunderland team that reached the FA Cup Final in 1982, only to suffer a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool, whose goals were scored by Michael Thomas and Ian Rush.