Some players feel like they’ve been around forever, and Curtis Davies fits into that category nicely.
The now 34-year-old defender feels like he has been around since the birth of English football, always marshalling the defence for a high-flying Championship team or a Premier League side destined for the drop.
And for Luton Town fans, they have the rare pleasure of claiming they were the first group of supporters to see the former England U-21 defender start his career at their club. Coming through the Hatters academy at the end of the 2003/04 season, Davies quickly established himself the following season as not only an indispensable defender but a player who was quickly building a reputation around the division.
For someone who was only a teenager in his first full campaign as a professional football, Davies was a hard defender for League One strikers to get the best of. His physical presence and pace made him a nuisance for forwards, and it was this combined with his good yet still raw defensive abilities that made him stand out from the rest.
In a season where Luton breezed through the division, finishing the season champions by 12 points, Davies was the standout defender for a side that only conceded 48 goals. The then 20-year-old was named in the League One PFA Team of the Season, along with five other Hatters players, and the centre-back was named the club’s Young Player of the Year.
His only full season at Luton would prove to be his last, though. On deadline day of the 2005 summer transfer, Davies was sold to Premier League side West Brom for a then club-record fee of £3 million.
Although the Baggies were relegated that season, Davies endured with the club, remaining with them for another two seasons and even being named the captain of the team in their first season back in the Championship, the youngest skipper in West Brom history.
In his 15 years of professional football, Davies has achieved a lot in his interesting career that has seen the defender play for both Aston Villa and Birmingham City, scoring in an FA Cup final for Hull City, and continuing to captain the team wherever he goes, Luton fans will remember Davies as the kid who guided their team to the Championship.
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