Bolton Legend Kevin Davies Hangs Up His Boots

  • September 04, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton legend and former captain Kevin Davies has called time on his playing career, by quite literally hanging up his boots in a photograph posted to social media.

Davies had been without a club since leaving Preston North End at the end of June and has recently increased his presence in the media, most regularly working as a pundit for BT Sport.

The 38-year-old joined Wanderers following his release from Southampton in 2003 and, having impressed during an initial trial period, went on to spend 10 years with the Trotters as they transformed from Premier League strugglers to mixing it up with some of the best teams in European football by competing in the UEFA Cup.

During his time at the Reebok Stadium, Davies became the oldest England debutant since a 38-year-old Leslie Crompton (1950) when he stepped out at Wembley Stadium for a Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro in October 2010.

Davies' time with Bolton came to a disappointing end, however, as relegation from the Premier League in 2012 and subsequent failure to seal a return at the first time of asking saw him axed by then-manager Dougie Freedman, who had already previously omitted the player from his squad, and he left the Reebok Stadium in June 2013.

In his ten years with Wanderers, Davies made a total of 407 appearances and scored 84 goals - including memorable strikes in an FA Cup quarter-final at Birmingham City and, not forgetting, away at Bayern Munich.

In an interview with bwfc.co.uk, Davies recalled some of his memories of playing for Bolton.

"It's something I've been thinking about for a few weeks now," Davies said. "I had a few offers to play on, but I didn't really feel I could have done myself justice.

"Physically, I could play on for another year, but I just didn't feel like I had the fire in my belly to carry on and that's something you can’t play without.

"I'm now busy with my media work. I'm also looking to finalise my UEFA A Licence and do a bit more coaching, both locally and professionally.

"I've always tried to look forward. I've always been one for wondering what's happening next and have never really looked back to dwell on my achievements or the teams I've played for.

"I've got a few old tapes from when I was really young, so maybe now I'll dust those off and have a watch. I'm thankful that my children got to see me play, and to go out on a high at Wembley with Preston was great.

"With all the teams I've played for have had relative success. We knew the clubs were never going to be challenging for titles, but to have 15 years in the Premier League, some great cup runs and to have played in Europe is amazing.

"I joined Bolton in my mid-20s under Sam Allardyce. It came at the right time and with Sam it was almost like meeting a girl. We were good together at the time and it just worked.

"The first season at Bolton was amazing. I worked so hard and Sam rewarded me with a contract. The six or seven years that followed were amazing. The players we had were unreal and I’ve got some wonderful memories.

"To have been the armband captain was great and that meant a lot to me. I tried to lead from the front, both on and off the pitch.

"I loved the ten years. Bolton took up a lot of my career. There were plenty of highs and a few lows, even a few tears at times, but what we built together was something special."

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