Davey, Steve

Birth Date

9th May 1948


Plymouth, Devon



Biographical Text

Steve Davey, who made 224 league appearances for Plymouth Argyle (scoring 47 times) prior to moving to Hereford and Portsmouth, briefly featured for Exeter City during the autumn of 1981 ahead of moving on to Bideford. His son Damien was a trainee at Argyle and later returned to the club as physiotherapist.  

A former apprentice with Plymouth Argyle, Steve signed a full contract in July 1966 and represented England at youth international level in 1967. He was regarded as a forward early in his career but later played full-back and in midfield.

Making his Argyle debut in November 1966, he made 224 league appearances for Argyle and scored 47 league goals before his final game in September 1974. Moving to Hereford United in August 1975, he had over a hundred league games for the Bulls (with 32 goals) before a June 1978 move to Portsmouth where he featured over ninety times in the league.  

Signing for Exeter City on a free transfer in August 1981, Steve  made his Grecians’ debut in the opening game of the season at Huddersfield Town but not before he had an emergency stint in goal in a pre-season friendly at Wimbledon after Len Bond was injured.

Now aged thirty-three and alternating between right-back and midfield, Steve appeared in fifteen of the first sixteen games of the season ahead of making his final City appearance against Chester in mid-November.

He subsequently moved to Bideford and later played for Liskeard Athletic before running a residential home for the elderly in Plymouth. His son Damien was an Argyle apprentice, an Exeter triallist and later physio at both Plymouth and Torquay.


Exeter City league games only




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