First posted on Facebook, June 25th, 2016
Happy Birthday to Callum Davidson who will turn 40 today. Callum made his debut in Scotland’s first game after the 1998 World Cup, as would Barry Ferguson and Neil McCann; all three would be second half substitutes against Lithuania in Vilnius in the opening Euro 2000 qualifier. Callum would start in Scotland’s next seven games and indeed play a big part in their campaign. However, the Czech Republic would win the group at a canter with maximum points with Scotland second; 12 points behind them.
Scotland got through to the play offs against England and would lose the first leg 2-0 at Hampden. Davidson would play in the second game where a Don Hutchison goal gave Scotland a memorable but forlorn win.
Davidson’s first twelve caps would come as a Blackburn player and his next five as a Leicester City player, however he would only feature under Berti Vogts fleetingly due to injury, gaining cap number 17 in October, 2002 against Canada at Easter Road.
Callum would eventually make his way back from the International wilderness in his time with Preston North End with George Burley playing him in two games of the 2010 Euro Qualifiers. Scotland would lose the first game in Oslo 4 -0 to Norway but would beat Macedonia 2-1 at Hampden in Callum’s last game with Scott Brown and James McFadden scoring.
Happy Birthday Callum.