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Luton – The Legends Series – Sandy Davie

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For the latest in our ongoing series covering those who have achieved legendary status among the support, we feature another former Luton figure who became a fans favourite.

Following on from those already covered – John Moore, David Preece, Mal Donaghy, Brian Lewis, Bruce Rioch, Fred Jardine, Brian Horton, Kevin Nicholls, Tony Read, Steve Foster, Mike Keen, Ian Buxton, Lars Elstrup, Peter Anderson, Graham French, Alan West, David Moss, Terry Branston, John Aston, Paul Futcher, John Ryan, Syd Owen, Marvin Johnson, Malcolm MacDonald, Bob Hatton, Steve Buckley,Chris Coyne, Ron Baynham, John Still, Jack Bannister, Ricky Hill, Chris Nicholl, Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Don Givens, Gordon Turner, Brian Stein, Jesse Pye, Raddy Antic, Joe Payne, Max Dougan, Alan Slough, Ray Whittaker, Dave Pacey, Milija Aleksic and Ron Davies

In the latest in our ongoing series, the focus on one of our former players falls on Sandy Davie.

Now I make no apologies for a goalkeeper having been chosen again, after all, previously in this series, I may have remarked, once or twice, that it was the position I filled, at school, until the lure of a paid paper round derailed those ambitions.

Sandy Davie, born in Dundee, spent a huge slice of career with Dundee United before moving to Kenilworth Road in October 1968 for a fee of around £8000.

While at Luton Town he made an immediate impression keeping 11 clean sheets in 27 appearances.

However, an injury ended his season prematurely at Easter, the victim of a challenge involving a Southport forward.

Returning, following his injury, the following season, Sandy attracted the attention of several clubs, including Southampton, whom he joined for a fee of £12000, a small profit for the Hatters.

But, whilst at the Dell, Sandy found appearances hard to come by, courtesy of Eric Martin being the first choice keeper, in fact he was to make just the solitary start against Manchester United, in a game Southampton were to lose.

Soon after, in 1972, Sandy returned to his home town club, Dundee United, before emigratng to New Zealand for whom he played for at international level.

Looking at the statistics, during his time with Luton Town, Sandy made 58 League appearances but his skills, between the posts, endeared him to the Hatters support.

Sandy Davie – Mini Fact File

Name – Alexander Grimmond Davie

Date of Birth – 10-June-1945

Place of Birth – Dundee, Scotland

Height – 6 feet 0 inches

Position – Goalkeeper

Youth Career – Butterburn YC

Playing Career – Dundee United, Dallas Tornado (loan), Luton Town, Southampton, Dundee United, North Shore United, Mount Wellington, Napier City Rovers,

International Career – Scotland U23, New Zealand

If you feel able to share any of your thoughts or memories on the Hatters career of Sandy Davie, please feel free to do so in the comment facility beneath this article.

If you can think of anyone who deserves nominating for coverage in this ongoing series, please drop their name into the comment facility beneath this article.

My thanks go to those who have already nominated faces from the past, they will all be covered, in time.

Next up in the series will be – John O’Rourke as suggested by Dave Jones.


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  • Chris winter says:

    Great keeper following on from Tony read loved watching him. Also mh can I suggest Gordon Riddick a forgotten gem.

  • Ken says:

    Remember Sandy being a Fantastic shot stopper but liable to put his shoulder out when coming off the line. Great bloke

  • Murray Day says:

    You have forgotten that Sandie scored for the Town. Can’t remember against whom but it was an away match I think up North.

  • Terry Page says:

    I was a friend of Sandy Davey when he was at Luton Town, always will remember him, I used to drive him about, if I remember he didn’t have a driving licence in those days, he is only a few months older than myself, in our late ish 70’s now, just lost contact when he went to Southampton, if anyone is in contact with him would you say hi for me. Terry with the green Rover. Thanks, have a great season you Hatters !

  • Terry Page says:

    Thanks Mad Hatter for info on Sandy’s whereabouts, I was aware of his life down under in NZ and read the mistaken identity story while he was playing golf, a bit of a shock for him and his wife. Hope the Hatters can keep a foothold in the Premiership this season and get themselves established, good luck

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