FOOTBALL: Charity exhibition coming to Pilots Row

Eddie Davis (right) pictured with the legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.
Eddie Davis (right) pictured with the legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

The late Eddie Davis passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, 27th August 2015, aged 96, leaving a fantastic collection of photographs, letters, posters etc from as early as 1920’s right through to the mid 90’s.

Eddie’s family, therefore, have decided to host an exhibition of this collection in Pilots Row Centre on Sunday April 3rd 2016.

The exhibition will open on from 2pm-6pm and continue daily from Monday 4th–Friday 8th of April from 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Admission will be free but donations if wished will go to McMillan Cancer Altnagelvin Hospital.

The collection includes old soccer photographs, personal letters, business correspondence re: transfer of players, autographs of famous players and managers, old entertainment photographs with famous stars of stage and screen, boxing pics, charity pics, beauty queens and lots, lots more.

Eddie had numerous ‘eras’ in his lifetime, from Soccer, Boxing, Showbusiness, Beauty Pageants and Charities to name but a few!

In his football period he began his career here in with Irish league club Distillery FC at 14-years-old and moving to Cork City in the old Free State league.

Eddie transferred to play in England for the then old First Division team of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Having returned home after a few seasons, Eddie again crossed the Irish sea, this time to Southend United, where he was leading goalscorer for two seasons.

With the outbreak of war unfortunately stopping his transfer to Arsenal, he returned home to play a long and distinguished career for his native Derry City.

Indeed, he still holds a goalscoring record of having bagged nine goals in a cup game against neighbouring Coleraine and, on his final game, scored the winning brace against the famous Belfast Celtic outfit at the Brandywell.

Having previously turned down the opportunity to return to England to play for Middlesborough, he didn’t finish with soccer completely and became a soccer scout.