STAR TOM HAS IT DOWN TO A TEE!

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Nick Lough

AC­CRING­TON STAN­LEY star­let Tom Davies in­sists he never gave up on his dream of be­ing a pro foot­baller – two years on from com­bin­ing play­ing the beau­ti­ful game with his day job as a green­keeper at a golf course!

The 23-year-old ex-Manch­ester United trainee was of­fered a foot­ball schol­ar­ship at Northum­bria Univer­sity af­ter im­press­ing both on the pitch with Run­corn Town and in sixth form at school. He then turned out for Team Northum­bria in Step 6 of Non-League foot­ball.

“When I was young I al­ways wanted to be a pro­fes­sional foot­baller, maybe I thought I’d never get the op­por­tu­nity so I did my A-lev­els and went up to Northum­bria for uni,” he said.

“I played up there dur­ing my three years, and when I grad­u­ated I came back home and got signed by FC United of Manch­ester.

“I was still liv­ing at home, and one of my cousins was a re­cruit­ment of­fi­cer and he was just sort­ing me out with any lit­tle jobs I could do.

“I worked on the phones do­ing tele­mar­ket­ing, I worked for a lo­cal busi­ness and I even worked as a green­keeper at my lo­cal golf club!”

How­ever, af­ter star­ring for the for­mer Evo-Stik North­ern Premier cham­pi­ons, Davies was signed on an 18-month deal by Fleet­wood Town and was im­me­di­ately loaned back to the Manch­ester club un­til the end of the sea­son.

In the 2014-15 cam­paign Davies failed to make a sin­gle ap­pear­ance for the Cod Army be­fore his re­lease in the sum­mer, some­thing that deeply dis­ap­pointed the War­ring­ton­born de­fender.

“I’ve got no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have looked out of place in that Fleet­wood team, even if it was my first pro club,” he added.

“They had a lot of ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tre-halves such as Stephen Jor­dan, Mark Roberts and Nathan Pond, but that’s no ex­cuse, I do feel I would have fit­ted in given the chance.

Risk

“I had to take the risk as it was my break into League foot­ball, but I wouldn’t be where I am now with­out Fleet­wood.”

And the tal­ented young­ster has been a cru­cial fig­ure in the Stan­ley de­fence that has them within touch­ing dis­tance of the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion spots – and Davies be­lieves he and his team-mates are good enough to clinch pro­mo­tion.

“I’ve been very happy with my per­for­mances this sea­son and from the mo­ment I first spoke to John Cole­man in the sum­mer I knew this was the right place for me,” he said.

“We have a young squad and that made it easy for me to set­tle in, but they are a tal­ented bunch and even though we get touted to go down ev­ery year, this sea­son there isn’t any­one who has re­ally trou­bled us too much.

“We are more con­fi­dent than ever we can fin­ish in­side the top three.”

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