Simon is an exciting young Welsh central midfielder who has represented
his country at Youth, B, U21 and Full International levels. He
established himself in Peterborough's first team in 1998/99 and
looked more than comfortable. Another to have risen through the
London Road ranks after following Kit Carson
to Peterborough from Norwich according to the October 1999 edition
of Four Four Two. He had been travelling from Haverfordwest
in Wales to Norwich every weekend in an attempt to make the grade
but was one of 25 youngsters to follow Carson to London Road,
Peterborough. He is a gritty performer who is not afraid to tackle
and is also capable of changing the game.
Simon made his Welsh Under 21 debut in October 1998 matches against
Denmark and Belarus. Outings against Italy and Denmark impressed
Neville Southall who drafted him into the senior squad for the
European Championship qualifier with Denmark in June 1999. A player
with a big future who won both of the Peterborough's main 'Player
of the Season' awards. Along with Matthew Etherington, he was
included in last season's PFA Division Three team of the campaign.
He attended trials at Old Trafford with Etherington in the summer
of 1999 with a figure of £1.5million being mentioned for his services.
The two played for United in a friendly against Boca Juniors but
when United failed to involve them in a friendly with Omagh Town,
the two youngsters returned to Peterborough to prepare for the
The tabloid press reported two possible transfers for Simon during
the weekend of 6th - 7th November 1999. Sunderland were supposed
to have made a £1million bid for him whilst Aston Villa had proposed
a joint £4million move for him and fellow Posh starlet Matthew
Etherington. At the end of December 1999, Teletext reported that
Spurs' bid of £1.2million for Davies and Etherington had been
accepted by Peterboro' chairman Peter Boizot in that it was the
only genuine offer received. Davies is said to be worth £700,000
and Etherington £500,000 as they step up into the Premiership.
Although neither player had broken into the Tottenham first team
by early February 2000, Simon was called up to the full Welsh
squad for the February friendly in Qatar. Davies and Etherington
made their Tottenham debuts on 9th April 2000 against Liverpool.
Simon has made 16 appearances for Spurs in the Premiership by
the end of 2000/01 and made his debut for the Welsh national side
against the Ukraine. By the end of 2001/02, he had added another
31 Premiership appearances for Spurs and added 4goals to the 2
scored the previous season. He won further Welsh caps against
Armenia, Norway, Belarus, Argentina, Czech Republic and Germany.
Simon's impressive form for Wales and Tottenham saw him awarded
the Welsh Footballer of the Year Award in October 2002. He celebrated
this on 16th October by scoring Wales' first goal in their historic
2-1 victory over Italy (Craig Bellamy
was the other scorer). This led to speculation in December 2002
that Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier would approach Spurs to
swap England striker Emile Heskey for the young Welsh wizard.
On 20th December, the Daily Express expanded this story
to claim that Manchester United and Newcastle had also watched
Davies, with the former alleged to be preparing a £9m bid.
Spanish sides Barcelona and Athletico Madrid were also reported
to have watched Davies play for Wales. This rumour continued over
Christmas 2002 and into January 2003 with Man Utd said to be preparing
a £8m bid. Speculation at the end of April 2003 suggested
a £10million bid by Chelsea for Davies during the summer
On 8th April 2005, the People speculated that Simon would
join Everton in the summer of 2005 for £2.8m. This came
true towards the end of May although the final figure was closer
On 4th December 2006, the Daily Mirror reported that Everton
were willing to offer Davies to Fulham in return for Louis Boa
Morte. Davies did indeed join Fulham during the Janaury 2007 transfer
window but for an undisclosed fee.
On 9th August 2010, Davies announced his retirement from international
football. The 30-year-old Fulham player won 58 caps for Wales,
scoring six goals. The Football Association of Wales said Davies
had decided to concentrate on club football after struggling with
a foot injury for the past 18 months. Davies had slipped down
the Wales midfield pecking order due to emergence of Aaron Ramsey,
David Edwards, Jack Collison, Joe Ledley and Andy King.
At the beginning of June 2013, Fulham announced that they would
not be renewing Simon's contract when it expired at the end of
the month. He had played 169 times for Fulham scoring 17 goals.
Davies returned to Peterborough in December 2018 as Professional Development Coach in the Academy, replacing Sam Darlow. Academy Manager Nick Sheppard was delighted with the appointment. “It’s great to have Simon on board, we all know what an incredible playing career he had, coming through the academy here and going on to play hundreds of games at the very top. Not only does he bring a wealth of playing experience but more recently, Simon has been working with our own under 13s and the U18s at Fulham. I am very much looking forward to working with Simon.”
His former colleague Matt Etherington had also returned to Peterborough as Professional Development Lead Phase Manager.
Davies said “I must admit when I put the training wear on with the Posh badge, it was a proud moment. It has all happened so quickly. I spoke to Matt at the weekend after a departure within the set-up and it is a great opportunity for me and one I am really looking forward too. Myself and Matt get on very well and hopefully we can work well together and help the youngsters at the football club. “I, alongside Matt, started my career at Peterborough United within the Academy. I enjoyed my time here, I spent a long time at the club and it is great to be back. I can’t wait to get started,