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STAFF NEWS | Aidan Davison signs as goalkeeping coach

Former Northern Irish international reunites with former manager Phil Parkinson

25 June 2022

Wrexham AFC are delighted to announce the signing of Aidan Davison as goalkeeping coach following Lee Butler’s retirement.

Former Northern Irish international Davison, 54, arrives having most recently been coaching in the USA and reunites with Phil Parkinson – the manager under whom he won promotion with Colchester United in 2006.

Davison was a regular under Parkinson at Colchester, helping them to defy the odds and finish second in League One to earn promotion to the Championship.

Born in County Durham, Davison was a Newcastle United youth graduate and after a series of free transfers and loan moves at various clubs he joined Millwall and then Bolton Wanderers.

He earned three Northern Ireland caps and played in the Premier League with both Bolton and Bradford City.

In between, he also enjoyed a play-off and Football League Trophy double with Grimsby Town in 1998 – in a season in which the third-placed Mariners had finished just two points ahead of seventh-placed Wrexham in Division Two.

Parkinson signed Davison for Colchester in 2004, where he remained for four years. He served as player-coach in his final year with the U’s, retiring from playing due to injury in 2008.

As a coach, he has been Hull City’s reserve-team manager, coached extensively in America – including a successful stint as Sporting AZ FC’s head coach – and served as goalkeeping coach under Phil Brown at Indian Super League teams Pune City and Hyderabad.

Upon signing him for Wrexham AFC, Phil Parkinson said: “We’re sad to see Lee go and we wish him all the best but we look forward to welcoming Aidan into the club.

“He’s someone I’ve known for a long time and he brings vast experience not just into the goalkeeping department but into the club as a whole.”

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