Irish football legend Eddie Davis dies aged 96
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Irish football legend Eddie Davis dies aged 96

IRISH football legend Eddie Davis, who once scored nine goals in a cup final, has died peacefully in his home in Derry at the age of 96.

According to the Derry Journal, Davis carved out a unique career which saw him make his senior debut for Distillery against his hometown club Derry City at the age of just 12.

It was the beginning of a long, successful career on both sides of the Irish Sea as he went on to play for Cork City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Limerick and Southend United.

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Davis’ time at Southend was cut short by the beginning of World War II, so he returned to his native Derry where he would become a Brandywell icon after signing for the Candystripes.

His finest moment in a Derry City short came in North West Cup Final as, remarkably, Davis scored all nine goals in 9-1 win over Coleraine.

After retiring at the age of 32, Davis went on to become a respected scout for European giants Celtic and Manchester United, who called on the Irishman as an Irish talent spotter to help re-build their squad following the tragic Munich air disaster in 1958.

Davis was also used as a scout by Middlesborough and Bradford City. He passed away at home on Argylle Street on Wednesday evening.