Peter Davenport Profile
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.