Peter Davey

Reserve Games: 6
Reserve Goals: 0
Guernsey No. 39 (1972).

Peter Davey played reserve grade football for Carlton in 1972. Davey was recruited from Golden Square. Played over 300 games with Golden Square from 1968 to 1986. A reliable backman Peter took over as coach when the club was left coachless and did a great job with a very depleted side in 1981, and captained the team again in 1982. Davey also played representative football for the Bendigo FL in clashes with rival Country Football Leagues. He was a four time premiership footballer with the "Bulldogs" in 1972, 1975, 1976 and 1979.

Peter Davey is a life member of the BFNL and Golden Square FNC and was inducted into the BFNL Hall of Fame in 2010. He played 303 games and 17 interleague games. Peter was a teacher and principal around Bendigo for more than 40 years including 18 years at White Hills Primary School before retiring in 2010. He was then employed by the Department of Education Office in Bendigo for two years working with and supporting principals in the regional schools.

The Bacchus Marsh FNC announced that Peter Davey has accepted the position of Senior Coach for seasons 2019/2020. A Bendigo boy, Peter began his Coaching career with Woden Football Club, located in Canberra. Winning a Premiership in 2015. Peter and his Family returned to Victoria in 2017, that season he was appointed Coach of the Banyule Football Club, in the Northern Football League. Again winning another Premiership in 2017. A genuine passion and a great deal of enthusiasm towards coaching, leadership,and promoting a healthy and inclusive sporting community and treat all with extremely high professionalism and respect Peter is the perfect fit to take the Cobras forward in 2019.

He did not manage a Senior game for Carlton.

Charger: a key member of four Square premiership sides.
Peter 'Charger' Davey was a key figure in defence during Golden Square's dominant Bendigo Football League period in the Seventies. His four premiership successes attest to that and additionally he was also a vital component of Bendigo's inter-league campaigns. He first wore the blue and gold jumper of the Square when he played for the Bulldog under-15s and went on to wear it with pride for more than 20 seasons. Charger did not retire until the end of the 1986 season. After playing right through the junior ranks, Davey made his senior debut in 1968 against Echuca. That was the start of a career which led Charger to become universally recognized as one of the BFL's premier dashing defenders. Davey was an important player for the Square in the club's golden era with his speed out of the backline helping to set up innumerable scoring opportunities. At every opportunity he would tuck the ball under his arm and go for a dash upfield. Then Charger would unleash one of his trademark, booming left footers and a Square score would almost inevitably follow. AFTER a couple of seasons at Wade Street, Charger journeyed out to Tooborac in the Heathcote League and coached them to a preliminary final. He then returned to Golden Square for the 1971 season. The Dogs were runners-up that year to a powerful Eaglehawk combination, before Davey enjoyed the first of his four BFL grand final successes in 1972. Under coach Bill Bonney a youthful Square side surprised everyone with their victory over South Bendigo to set the decade up for the Wade Street club. Square triumphed 14.12 96 to the Bloods 11.9 75. Davey had tried his luck with Carlton earlier that season and played six games in the Blues' reserves before heading home to the BFL. Apart from a stint as playing coach with Loddon Valley F.L. clubs Serpentine in 1973 and Calivil in 1974, Charger played out the rest of his career in defence for Golden Square. His return in 1975 saw Charger savour the sweet taste of premiership glory for the second time. That season marked the start of five, consecutive grand final appearances for Peter Davey and his Bulldog team for three flags and two runners-up finishes --- the second-places, both times, to Sandhurst. A great clubman Charger was called upon to coach the seniors in trying circumstances in 1981. The incumbent coach Daryl Salmon had resigned unexpectedly. Despite all the challenges presented to Davey and his players, the side missed out on the finals that turbulent season by less than a percentage point. He remained as a player until his retirement five seasons later. Contemporaries of Charger liken his dashing style of play to North Melbourne key defender David Dench. At every opportunity, both players liked to carry the ball with team-lifting runs out of the backline. Additionally, Charger was rarely beaten in a one-on-one marking contest and his left-footers consistently covered prodigious distances. His class and style of play saw him represent Bendigo 17 times. In these inter-league campaigns, Charger and Robert 'Ninga' O'Connell made up one of the classiest and most challenging key defence combinations for other leagues to crack.

In a BFL era of great and commanding full-forwards, Charger Davey proved one of their biggest headaches. It was also an ea when few spearheads were inclined to chase, so Davey was extremely damaging. His nickname attests to the fact that many times an afternoon in those BFL matches back in the day, crowds would revel in the sight of Davey 'charging' out of the Square backline. Thinking back about how seldom key backmen figure high up in end-of-season vote tallies, I pondered over some of the best local defenders I've seen. And by that I mean men who have played on the very last line of defence. Shane Rodda of the Square, Keith Cleeve of Sandhurst and Gisborne's Eddie Barake sprung to mind. Add Deon Marks of South Bendigo to that list, along with Ron Cawthan of Castlemaine and the Dragons' Chris Greene, and there's a group of some very, very good BFL players.

I'm a Geelong supporter and now that he's retired I said to a family member the other day: Matthew Scarlet rarely featured in the top few in our vote counts. A Team of the Century full-back he might be, but Scarlett hardly ever finished in the leading two or three among the Cats' Top Ten at club vote count night. What do you consider Scarlo will be best remembered for? Yep, that's right. The little, mid-MCG toe poke in the dying seconds of the 2009 grand final. Not for shutting down the Lions' Alastair Lynch or Big, Bad Bustling Barry of the Swans, or restricting Matthew Lloyd to two or three goals. Not even for constantly spotting up Mackie, 'Boris' Enright or Josh Hunt with on-the-chest footpasses. No, he'll forever be remembered for slippering the ball off the deck into the hands of Gazza Ablett junior. Ablett's long kick into the forward line was knocked down. Travis Varcoe gathered and fired out a pinpoint handball to Paul Chapman. Chappy steadied and then slotted the grand final sealer over his shoulder. Who started the move? Why, Scarlo, of course. He'd zoned off his St Kilda opponent and come racing down the ground. Now back to Charger. Peter Davey is a Square 300-gamer and along with fellow key defender Shane Rodda had been voted in as a life member of the club in 1983. Three years later, Charger actually played his 300th game for the Dogs. That was the afternoon when he ran out against North Bendigo during the 1986 season. He was inducted into the Bendigo Football and Netball League Hall of Fame at the end of October, 2010. With thanks to the Hall of Fame selection committee, chairman Andrew Jakubans and its executive officer, Darren Lewis. - Richard Jones.

1972 Golden Square Football Club Premiership Team.

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