Peter Davenport Profile

Peter Davenport

Pe­ter Dav­en­port, born Birken­head, Mar­ch 24, 1961. Pe­ter Dav­en­port ap­peared for a num­ber of clubs dur­ing his soc­cer ca­reer, in­clud­ing Not­ting­ham For­est, Man­chester Uni­ted, Sun­der­land, Air­drieo­ni­ans, St John­stone, Stock­port Coun­ty, and Mac­cle­s­field Town.

A strong and speedy stri­ker, Pe­ter Dav­en­port was dis­covered by scouts from Fir­st Di­vi­sion Not­ting­ham For­est whi­le play­ing for West Cheshire Lea­gue Cam­mell Laird and went on to score 54 goals in 118 Fir­st Di­vi­sion mat­ches for The Tricky Trees be­fore he joi­ned Man­chester Uni­ted for an es­tim­ated fee of £750,000 in the spring of 1986. Dav­en­port was giv­en his Di­vi­sion One de­but for Uni­ted by Ron Atkin­son in a 1-0 de­feat ag­ainst Queens Park Ran­gers at Loftus Road on the 15th of Mar­ch 1986 and re­gistered his fir­st top-flight goal for the club wi­th a pen­alty in a re­sound­ing 4-0 vic­tory over Lei­cester City at Old Traf­ford on the 26th of the fol­low­ing month. He sco­red his fir­st Di­vi­sion One goal of the 1986-87 sea­son in a 3-2 loss at ho­me to West Ham Uni­ted on the 25th of Au­gust and bag­ged one of the goals in a 5-1 trash­ing of South­ampton on ho­me soil on the 13th of Septem­ber. On the 11th of Oct­ober, he re­cor­ded a brace in a 3-1 ho­me win over Shef­field Wed­nesday and net­ted the open­ing goal in a 1-1 draw at ho­me to Cov­entry three weeks la­ter. Then, on the 6th of Nov­ember, a cer­tain Al­ex Fer­guson was ap­poin­ted as the new man­ager of Man­chester Uni­ted Foot­ball Club af­ter the sack­ing of Atkin­son. Dav­en­port kept up his scor­ing form, how­ever, as he notched him­self a brace, in­clud­ing a pen­alty, in a 3-3 draw ag­ainst Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur on the 7th of Dec­ember and hit an­oth­er double in a 3-3 draw to As­ton Vil­la at Vil­la Park the fol­low­ing week­end. He net­ted his fir­st goal of 1987 wi­th a pen­alty-kick in a 3-1 vic­tory at ho­me ag­ainst Wat­ford on the 14th of Feb­ruary and con­ver­ted from the spot ag­ain in a 1-1 draw to Chel­sea at Stam­ford Bridge sev­en days la­ter. He re­cor­ded his fourth brace of the term in a 3-2 ho­me win over Ox­ford Uni­ted on the 4th of April and sco­red the win­ner in a 1-0 suc­cess at ho­me to Liver­pool on the 20th of the same month, tak­ing his total to 14 Fir­st Di­vi­sion goals for the sea­son. Dav­en­port on­ly ma­naged to score six goals in all com­pet­i­tions for Man­chester Uni­ted in the 1987-88 cam­paign, tho­ugh, and when Welsh stri­ker Ma­rk Hug­hes re­turned to Old Traf­ford in the sum­mer of 1988 he knew his time at the club was com­ing to an end.

Af­ter scor­ing 26 goals in 106 ap­pear­ances in all com­pet­i­tions for Man­chester Uni­ted, Pe­ter Dav­en­port was ul­ti­mately sold to Di­vi­sion One new­comers Middles­brough for a trans­fer fee som­where in the re­gion of £750,000 at the front end of the 1988-89 cam­paign. The af­fable Scouser would spend two sea­sons at Ayre­some Park, ma­king 59 Foot­ball Lea­gue out­ings and net­ting sev­en goals, be­fore team­ing up wi­th re­cently pro­moted Fir­st Di­vi­sion club Sun­der­land at the end of the 1989-90 term. Fol­low­ing a three-year stay wi­th The Roker­ites, he mo­ved to Scot­tish Lea­gue Di­vi­sion One si­de Air­drieo­ni­ans on a free trans­fer in the sum­mer of 1993. Dav­en­port la­ter played for St John­stone, Stock­port Coun­ty, South­port, Mac­cle­s­field To­wn, and Congleton To­wn be­fore end­ing his foot­ball ca­reer wi­th Ban­gor City in 2004. Pe­ter Dav­en­port Play­ing Ca­reer: Cam­mell Laird, Not­ting­ham For­est, Man­chester Uni­ted, Middles­brough, Sun­der­land, Air­drieo­ni­ans, St John­stone, Stock­port Coun­ty, South­port, Mac­cle­s­field To­wn, Congleton To­wn, Ban­gor City. Play­ing Hon­ours: None.


Peter Davenport Quickfacts

Pe­ter Dav­en­port made his fir­st, and on­ly, seni­or ap­pear­ance for his na­tive Eng­land in a 2–1 friendly vic­tory ag­ainst the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land at Wemb­ley Sta­dium on the 26th of Mar­ch 1985. 


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