Heís just been nominated for the European Footballer of the year, so youíre shaming yourself with your lack of footballing knowledge if youíve only just heard of him. Weíll level with you, weíd never heard of him either, so we decided to have a hunt around and see what we could find, and we think itís pulled up some interesting questions that deserve to be answered.
First of which is, how many clubs does it take to be classed as a journeyman footballer? Les, or Leslie Davies (apologies if this link to a video on how to pronounce his name is in anyway offencive, Welsh isnít our first language) has played for three different clubs (with two stints at Bangor). Weíre not suggesting Les is a journeyman, but we might not have thought to pose the question without this investigation. Thanks Les.
Les has scored 76 careers goals as a semi professional forward, including an impressive 46 in 117 appearances for Bangor during his latest stint at the club. Just think how many goals heíd have got had he gone full time? He also has European competition experience having been recently knocked out of the Europa League qualifying campaign, but that doesnít really put him in the same drawer as the Messiís, Ronaldoís and Grant Holts of this world. Accept it actually puts him head and shoulders (in goals last season terms) above some of the other strikers on the 32 man short list including one Fernando Torres. So the second question, Torres has been pretty garbage to most eyes for a while now, but still makes the list by warrent of bagging a European Championship golden boot. Do the extra opportunities Torres is afforded as a striker for Spain and Chelsea make him a better or more deserving winner than Davies? Couldnít we all have scored that many goals in the Spain team this summer? Thanks Les.
Finding hard evidence of how good Les is is tricky at best. It seems that Bangor have been reticent in there recording of his goals. A quick check of YouTube isnít going to show you much on this enigma, in fact we could only find one goal and it appears to have been scored by a Kevin Davies look a like thatís let himself go.
Maybe Wikipedia will provide more information on this gentle giant from the valleys? No. There are only two paragraphs, one of which was added today. I think given the appropriate inclination we could all get a Wiki page in our own name with more information.
So we canít find much out about him, there are no odds available on the overall winner of the competition (although it would be safe to assume Lesís are long) so it all seems like a bit of a joke. A a bit Eddie the Eagle, or Eddie the Eel. But Les should be proud to join the Eddies. They provide a contrast to the perfection of regular sportsmen and women that help us relate global stars more readily to ourselves, the fact that watching football can be as entertaining live at the lower leagues as it is watching the superstars on the telly is a worthy point to be making, and thatís a positive thing. Thanks Les .
You might think otherwise of course, or you might know the lad personally. What ever your thoughts, get your comments below the line and let us know.