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Davis, Bob - Trainer (1901-1911)
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steve

Bulletin - Feb 11, 1957

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Former Trainer Dies

Bob Davis, Celtic trainer from 1901-11, died on Saturday [9th] at his home in Crosshill. He was 84. Among his charges at Celtic Park was the famous Jimmy Quinn. Bob, a native of Drymen, was himself a keen performer on the track and competed at Powderhall.


Bob is on the right of the middle row here

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Great stuff

I've been meaning for a while to get a bit on the wiki about the trainers, especially after finding out Alec Maley was one of the first
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steve

Can't find a death notice, but his address when he died was 9 Westmoreland Street, Crosshill, Glasgow.
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steve

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 18 July 1914

"R Davis, who has been trainer to the Glasgow Celtic Club for eight years, has been appointed to the similar position with Manchester United"
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steve

Daily Record - Thursday 22 April 1915
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A son of Bob Davis, the Manchester united trainer, is playing splendidly in the Vale of Clyde attack. Davis, senior, looked after the Celtic players for a number of years.
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steve

Dundee Evening Telegraph - Friday 17 July 1914
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FORMER CELTS TRAINER FOR MANCHESTER UNITED. R. Davis, the old trainer of Celtic F.C., has been appointed to the position for Manchester United. An old pedestrian, who in his day could sprint or run good half-mile race, Davis, of Drymen, as he was known on the track, had hard luck in failing to win a Powderhall handicap. In 1899 was supported for the New Year sprint, off 14 yards, but he fell up against the hottest proposition that has ever been known in that event —D. Roberts, of Leith, off 16. He was beaten by two yards in 12 1-5 sees, by & runner who had been thrown into the handicap, and who repeated his victory two years later off 6£ yards. Davis had a lot of success at Parkhead, which he left a few years ago, being succeeded by the present trainer, Quinn. He should do well at Old Trafford
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steve

Here's Robert's family.

He's with the same family in Main Street, Shettleston in 1911, listed as a "football trainer"

Name: Robert Davis
Age: 28
Estimated birth year: abt 1873
Relationship: Head
Spouse's name : Margaret Davis
Gender: Male
Where born: Drymen, stirlingshire
Registration Number: 477
Registration district: Drymen
Civil Parish: Drymen
County: Stirlingshire
Address: Stirling Road
Occupation: General Labourer
ED: 8
Household schedule number: 43
LINE: 21
Roll: CSSCT1901_154
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert Davis 28
Margaret Davis 28
James Davis 5
Margaret Davis 3
Kethleen Davis 1
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steve

Wonder what he did from 1911-1914. Anyone know why he left Celtic?
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Dundee Courier - Monday 09 October 1911
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The Celtic Football Club are appointing a (new trainer to take the Robert Davis, who has looked after the team for a good many years past. The new man will be announced within the next few days.
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steve

Manchester Evening News - Friday 17 July 1914
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FOOTBALL. New Trainer for Manchester United.... and they appointed Mr. R. Davis as trainer. The new official, who had charge the Glasgow Celtic players for years, was recommended, amongst others, by Mr. W. Maley secretary the Celtic, Mr. Ward, of Partick
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