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Whatever happened to Paul Davis?

All told Paul Davis played 447 times for Arsenal and scored 37 goals.

Paul left Arsenal in 1995 and had a spell in Norway before making a final bow with five appearances for Brentford, retiring in 1995. The following season he joined Arsenal as a youth coach and stayed in that position until 2003 when he joined the PFA’s coaching team.

Amazingly he came by one of my local clubs (Kettering Town) when it was managed very briefly by Paul Gascoigne in October 2005, but when Gascoigne was sacked after a couple of months Paul left and returned to the Professional Footballer’s Association as a senior coach.

In March 2016, Paul Davis joined the FA to work with the elite coach development team. Paul has gained the FA and Pro UEFA Coaching awards, the highest coaching award in the U.K. along with his UEFA ‘A’ Licence and the FA Diploma in Football Management from Warwick University, as well as his coach educators’ awards.  He is also an ambassador for the ‘Kick It Out’ and ‘Show Racism the Red Card organisations.

Here are the anniversaries.

7 April 1900: Arsenal 5 New Brighton Tower 0. New Brighton Tower were one of the clubs created to fill a stadium (like Chelsea and Thames Association).  Crowds of 4000 or less were common in the stadium that held 80,000. See also here 

7 April 1902: Arsenal 2 Portsmouth 1.  Southern Professional Charity Cup.  Arsenal reached the semi-final but were knocked out by Tottenham.

7 April 1919: I know it’s not Arsenal but – on this day the Original Dixieland Jazz Band brought a completely new form of music to England.  So successful were they that their three month tour was extended and extended. In the end they stayed for 15 months and transformed the entire music scene in England.

7 April 1928: Tottenham 2 Arsenal 0.  A most disappointing result given that Tottenham were relegated at the end of the season.  In the remaining seven games of the season Arsenal drew six and lost one.

7 April 1934: Arsenal 3 Huddersfield Town 1.  With the league championship clearly between the last two teams of Chapman’s career, 55,930 packed Highbury to see Shaw’s team take a major step to the second consecutive league title.

7 April 1952: Arsenal reached the F.A. Cup Final by beating Chelsea 3-0 in the semi-final replay, at White Hart Lane.  Cox got two of the goals making it five cup goals in three games.

7 April 1967: First game for Pat Rice.  He could not have imagined that 50 years later he’d be parking his car below a 60,000 stadium for each home game as an honoured guest of the club.

7 April 1973: FA Cup semi-final no 12: 2-1 to Sunderland.  This and coming runners up in the league was the final serious attempt of the 1971 Double side to achieve further success.  A year on they were 10th in the league and out of the cup in the 4th round.

7 April 1979: Steve Brignall became the Arsenal player with the shortest ever career at the time.  Liverpool 3 Arsenal 0 was his only game (as a sub) and his contract was cancelled the following December.

7 April 1980: Arsenal asked Tottenham to rearrange the derby at WHL as Arsenal had five games in 12 days, including a Cup Winners Cup match against Juventus scheduled two days after this.  Tottenham declined and despite resting numerous players Arsenal won 2-1. It was also the Arsenal début for Paul Davis.  He won the League, the League Cup twice, plus the FA Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup in a 16 year career.

7 April 1994: Death of Albert Sigurður Guðmundsson, the man who played for Arsenal and later became Icelandic Minister of Finance.

7 April 2008: Having pulled out of shareholdings with Liverpool and Man U, ITV sold its 50% shareholding in Arsenal Broadband to Stan Kroenke for £22.7m

7 April 2009: Robert Pires played for Villareal against Arsenal in the Champions League quarter final.  It was a 1-1 draw.

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