City midfielder Scott Davies has had quite the career. After starting out in the youth setups at Watford, Wycombe and Reading, he made his senior debut for the Royals in a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest in August 2009, going on to make 4 appearances for the Berkshire side’s first team.
A number of loan spells followed at a variety of clubs, before Scott settled first with Crawley Town, then Oxford United and a number of non-league sides thereafter.
Having represented so many top clubs in his time, as well as the Republic of Ireland at U19 and U21 level, Davies is sure to have played with some talented players along the way, so I asked the midfield-maestro who would make the grade in his ultimate five-a-side team of players that he’s played with…
Nikki Bull – Aldershot Town FC, now retired.
He was like a colossus for us in our title winning season in 2007/08. When players went through one on one you would always feel as though the advantage was with us, which was very strange as they only had the goalie to beat! But he was phenomenal in what he did. He won us so many points that year that meant we ended up winning the league by fifteen points!
Kyle McFadzean – Crawley Town, now Burton Albion.
Arguably one of the least academic & intelligent players I’ve ever played with, but for what he lacked when off the pitch he certainly made up for it on it! Played with an imaginary cigar at times, which is why now he’s playing in the championship with Burton Albion. For a defender, he has feet like I’ve never seen before! An English Beckenbauer.
Nicky Shorey – Reading FC, now retired.
Shores was actually capped by England during his time at Reading which was quite remarkable in the fact that they were a lower league Premier League side, but it was obvious that he oozed class. Probably one of the slowest players I’ve ever seen, but he was always a few steps ahead in his mind which allowed him to make the game look simple! I used to envy him during training at times as he made it look as though he was never under pressure. With an absolute wand of a left foot.
Seamus Coleman – Ireland U21, now Everton FC.
It was quite strange when Seamus joined our Ireland Under 21 squad as he was playing for Sligo and nobody had ever heard of him! However, that didn’t take too long to change! He ended up stealing my right back spot and that was the end of me. I was a makeshift right back playing alongside Mickey Spillane, but I’m sure he preferred having Seamus there and not me! I couldn’t blame him as the energy he possessed was relentless. Up and down with trickery to match. Just shows why he’s held in such high regard now in the world of football.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Reading FC, now Everton.
Where do I start? £45 million pound later, he had to be in my team! I remember him joining us from a club in Iceland at 15 years old, and didn’t stand out at all. When people say practice makes perfect, he epitomises this. He worked on his game when people were on their way home, as he always did extra. The free kicks he scores now aren’t a fluke as it’s a result of constant repetition. I’ve never seen someone play the game at their own pace. He could play at walking pace in an end to end match! A lovely lad too who would be as humble today as he’s always been.
Scott is currently auctioning off some of the match-worn shirts he has picked up throughout his career to raise funds for the charity Sporting Chance. Sporting Chance helps professional sports people, both during their careers and after with mental health and addiction issues, something that is close to Davies’ heart. You can find all the available shirts on his Twitter feed, as well as instructions on how to place your bids.