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An England under-20 international, Davis was signed on a three month loan from Manchester United, on the day before the 2002/2003 season kicked off. He made his debut as a substitute on that opening day, coming on six minutes from the end of the match with Barnsley. His impact was immediate - Davis winning the penalty which allowed Sam Parkin to complete his debut hat-trick.

With his ability to run with the ball, Davis quickly endeared himself to the Swindon fans, and although his loan spell was interrupted by injury, he made a total of fifteen appearances for the Town, scoring three goals. When his loan period was approaching its completion, Town manager Andy King attempted to retain his services for the rest of the season, but although Davis was keen to stay, United manager Alex Ferguson was not - preferring to recall him. Davis' last game came on November 9th 2002, when he left the pitch to a standing ovation from the fans - and a clearly emotional Davis handed over his boots to a young Town fan.

At the end of the season, King tried to resign Davis for a second loan spell, but he was again rebuffed by Alex Ferguson, who wanted to test Davis at a higher level, and he eventually signed for Watford in another loan deal. Shortly before Davis was due to make his debut for the Hornets, tragedy struck - he was killed in a car accident on the M40, travelling down from his Manchester home on his way to Vicarage Road on the opening day of the 2003/2004 season. The Watford match was postponed, and a solemn mood descended on the County Ground as the news filtered through. Ironically, in a feature in the matchday programme that day, Davis has been picked in a fan's best ever Swindon team.

Two weeks later, the Town fans had their chance to pay their respects to Davis, when his family were invited to the County Ground for the home game with Notts County. On an emotional afternoon, Jimmy's mother, Jenny, made a speech to the Town fans, and an impeccably observed minute's silence followed. The fans in the Town End continued with their own vocal tributes throughout the match, and the team responded with a 4-0 victory. It was a fitting tribute.


Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'02/'03 10 (+3) 2 - - 1 - 1 1 12 (+3) 3
TOTAL 10 (+3) 2 - - 1 - 1 1 12 (+3) 3


9 AUG 2002 IN Manchester United
9 NOV 2002 OUT Manchester United
(loan return)

full name

James Roger William Davis

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date of birth
6 February 1982


usual positions
right wing

youth career
Manchester United

senior career
Manchester United
Royal Antwerp (loan) 
Watford (loan)