Ian Davies, with plenty of experience at a higher level, played a handful of times for Exeter City during 1984/85. Joining from Carlisle United he was at St James’ Park for just a few weeks before later playing for Bristol Rovers and Swansea City. Earlier in his career he had played for Norwich City, Newcastle United and Manchester City.Going on to play for Wales at under-21 level, he was Norwich City's youngest-ever League debutant at 17 years 29 days in April 1974. After around thirty league appearances for the Canaries, he joined Newcastle United for £150,000 in June 1979 where he played 75 league games. Reuniting with former Norwich manager John Bond at Manchester City in August 1982, he played just seven times before spells with Bury, Brentford, Cambridge United and Carlisle United. He had also enjoyed a summer season with Detroit Express whilst a Norwich player.
Signing for Exeter City in December 1984, he made his debut in a 3-2 defeat at Tranmere Rovers and played in the next four matches only one of which ended in victory.
He was soon to leave St James’ Park and signed for non-leaguers Diss Town but was back in the Football League when he joined Bristol Rovers in July 1985 ahead of moving to Swansea City where he sustained a broken leg. He later played for Gloucester City.