BOB DAVIS was recruited from the Golden Point Football Club in Ballarat ( Victoria ) in 1948 by the Geelong Cats and played 189 Games kicking 149 Goals until his retirement as a player at the end of the 1958 Season. Due to his suucess as a Player, Coach and media Personality, Davis is one of the best known Australian Football Players, and a great advertisement for our Game. The Bob Davis AFL Hall of Fame Card, together with many other of his contemparies cards are available at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Davis enjoyed a brilliant career with the Cats, with his blistering pace earning him the nick-name of the “Geelong Flyer”. He played almost exclusively as a dashing half-forward flanker, and even in his last 2 Seasons, when the author saw him play, Davis was still very quick over the ground, with the spectators in the crowd letting out a gasp, when he flashed in and out of the play. Bob Davis was part of a talented and successful Geelong Cats outfit, was a popular player at the Club, and highly respected for his skill, fairness and tenacity by supporters of the other VFL Clubs of the time.
Bob Davis had a decorated playing career which included:- Geelong Cats Best and Fairest Player Award ( Carji Greeves Medal ) in 1957, Geelong Club Captain from 1955 to 1958, Premiership Player in the successful Cats Grand Final victories of 1951 and 1952, selection in the Geelong Cats Team of the Century, appointed a Life Member of the Geelong Football Club in 1955, represented the Victorian State Team on many occasions ( being named Captain in 1958 ), selected as All Australian Captain in 1958, and was an inaugural inductee to the Australian Football League Hall of Fame in 1996.
Davis was appointed Senior Coach at the Geelong Cats in 1960 and filled the role until the end of the 1965 Season. During this time, Davis was credited with being the driving force behind the recruitment of the Legendary Graham ” Polly” Farmer to the Cats. Farmer went on to change the role and dynamics of Ruck Play, and his influence was critical in Geelongs winning Premiership Team of 1963. Davis was also appointed Coach of the Victorian State Team in 1963, and is one of the relatively few personnel who have Captained and then Coached the State side.
Bob Davis was a very popular personality in Australian Football, and made a quick transition to a successful Media role, once his Coaching career ended. He has appeared on many Australian Rules Television Football Shows over the years, however his inter-action with the all-time greats Lou Richards and Jack Dyer have become folklore. Davis still closely follows his beloved Geelong Cats, and his contribution to Australian Rules Football should never be forgotten.
( Image courtesy of geelongadvertiser.com.au ).
16 May 2011- In sad news today, the Geelong Flier and Legend, BOB DAVIS has passed away at 82 years of age.