Norman Davidson

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Norman Davidson

Appearances: 4 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 25th October 1934

Position: Striker

Season of first appearance: 1965/66

Season of last appearance: 1965/66

Also played for: 25th Old Boys (Scotland), Chelsea (0), Inverurie Locos (Scotland), Aberdeen (Scotland) (147,79), Heart of Midlothian (Scotland) (58,29), Dundee United (Scotland) (9,3), Partick Thistle (Scotland) (10,2),St.Mirren (Scotland) (1,0) and Ramsgate Athletic

Much-travelled, 5' 7" tall Scottish centre-forward who was especially good in the air.

Norman began his career in Scottish amateur football with 25th Old Boys before being transferred to Chelsea in October 1951. After a short spell at Stamford Bridge he returned to Scotland and joined Highland League club Inverurie Locos.

In February 1955 Norman was signed by Aberdeen and he made his first team debut for the club during the 1955/56 season. He scored five goals in only nine appearances during the campaign. During the 1957/58 season Norman was picked for Scotland's Under-23 team for a match against the Netherlands at Tynecastle but had to withdraw due to injury. The game took place on 23.10.57.

He eventually played almost 150 games during a five year spell with Aberdeen and maintained a strike rate of better than a goal every other game. In 1959 he was a member of the Dons team beaten by St.Mirren in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park.

In February 1961 Norman moved on to Hearts and although never quite establishing himself as a first team regular he kept up a good strike rate, scoring 29 goals in his 58 games for the club that spanned the 1960/61-1963/64 seasons. The highlight of Norman's time at Tynecastle came on 27.10.62 when he scored the goal that won the Scottish League Cup for Hearts as they beat Kilmarnock 1-0 at Hampden. The previous year, on 18.12.61, Norman had been part of the Hearts side that had lost 3-1 to Rangers in the Final and he had the distinction of scoring Hearts' goal.

Norman's successful spell in Edinburgh ended in November 1963 when he was transferred to Dundee United but he failed to settle there and after making just a handful of appearances he moved on once again.

In February 1964 he signed for Partick Thistle but Norman struggled to make an impact there and towards the end of the 1964/65 season he moved on once more. His next port of call was St.Mirren but Norman only made one senior appearance for the club before being released in April 1965.

After a few months out of the game Norman returned to England and in September 1965 he joined Margate on a month's trial. He made his debut on 18.9.65 in a 1-1 draw with Hereford at Hartsdown. Norman displayed deft ball control and accurate passing but after making three further appearances without scoring he was released.

Norman immediately joined Ramsgate and scored for them against Margate in a Kent Floodlight Cup tie at Southwood on 1.2.66. He stayed with Rams for the start of the 1966/67 season but left the club during the campaign and returned to Scotland to play in the Highland League once more.

Whilst playing in Scotland Norman ran a fish and chip shop and he was known as 'Norrie', rather than Norman, during his career north of the border.











1965/66 (MFC)

4 (67)









     Margate relegated to Division One.