Paul Vincent Davis (born 9 December 1961) is a former English footballer who signed for Arsenal as an apprentice in 1977 and turned professional soon after. As a talented left-footed midfielder, he made his debut in 1980 in a North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur. Within a year he was a regular in the Arsenal side, as well as a member of the England U21 team. It can be said that Davis’ main weapons were his left foot, his vision and his fierce loyalty to the Arsenal Football Club.
He won the League Cup in 1987 beating Liverpool (that was the “Liverpool never lose when Rush scores” – game) and George Graham’s two titles in 1989 and 1991. He also played in the two cup finals in 1993 and was a driving force behind the Cup Winners’ Cup triumph in 1994.
He was released in June 1995 and played five games at Brentford before hanging up his boots for good. 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.
On the 27th of October 2005, Davis was invited to become the assistant manager of Kettering Town F.C. by new manager Paul Gascoigne. After his time at Kettering, he continued to work for the Professional Footballer’s Association coaching department. Davis has studied and 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. Davis is now a senior coach/coach educator for the organisation and he is also an ambassador for the ‘Kick It Out’ and ‘Show Racism the Red Card organisations’.Back to Speakers