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FIRST TEAM PROFILES

KELVIN DAVIS
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  • KELVIN DAVIS
  • GOALKEEPER

UPDATED 01:17 10th June 2013

Saints debut: Derby County (A) – 6th August 2006
Former clubs: Luton Town, Torquay United (loan), Hartlepool United (loan), Ipswich Town, Sunderland

Club Captain Davis was snapped up from Sunderland in the summer of 2006 for a seven-figure fee, and the goalkeeper is now firmly engrained in the history of Southampton Football Club.

The shot-stopper began his playing career at Luton Town, where he made 91 appearances, and was also sent on loan to Torquay United and Hartlepool in 1994 and 1997 respectively. In 1999 he moved to Wimbledon, now MK Dons, where he played 131 times before securing a move to Ipswich Town in 2003. He spent two years at Portman Road, making 84 appearances before making a move into the Premier League with newly-promoted Sunderland.

Davis's season in the north east was an unhappy one, with the Black Cats ending the 2005/06 campaign by being relegated back to the Championship, leading the stopper to make the long move down to the south coast to join Saints. After a first appearance for the Club in pre-season against Bristol City in July, Davis made his league debut in the 2006/7 Championship curtain-raiser against Derby County.

Injury and illness hampered his first two years at St Mary's, but his personal fortunes changed in a season that the Club would rather forget, when Saints were relegated from the Championship. He was handed the Club's captaincy following Michael Svensson's decision to move into coaching and, whilst his tremendous form between the sticks went on to see him pick up the Player of the Season award, the team ultimately dropped out of the division.

During a troubled summer in 2009 when the Club went through administration, Davis was on the cusp of a return to the Premier League with West Ham United, but fortunately Saints' takeover went through in time to tie the shot stopper down to a new three-year contract on the south coast. 

In 2011 Kelvin surpassed 200 appearances with Saints and was an ever present in the side that earned promotion back into the Championship, as the 'keeper also set a new club record of 20 league clean sheets in one season. At the end of his first campaign back in the second tier, Kelvin was named in the divisional PFA Team of the Year for the third year in a row and the second time as a Championship player. 

In August 2012 Davis started the Club's first Premier League game in over seven years when he took his spot between the posts for the season-opening game at Manchester City. He made a total of 11 appearances across the campaign, and signed a new contract in March to keep him at the Club until the summer of 2016.