DOB: 10 June 1983
From: Palmerston/Port Adelaide/Port Melbourne, Selection 3, 2003 Rookie Draft
Number: 36 2004-2013
Rising Star nomination - Round 1, 2004 vs Hawthorn
Rising Star runner-up - 2004
Best and Fairest - 2009
Australian International Rules player - 2005, 2006
Mark of the Year nomination - Round 12, 2008
Life Member - 2014
The first cousin to Gavin Wanganeen was clearly from good football stock, with his father having won many awards at Port Lincoln. Invited by North Melbourne to join Port Melbourne after a season with Port Adelaide, he was unable to attend draft camp in 2003 for family reasons and ended up being passed over by every other club.
After playing 11 games for Port and winning the Fothergill-Round Medal for best Under 23 player he did enough to impress the Demons who picked him in the rookie draft.
Once drafted he was ineligible to play seniors, so a Melbourne coterie group stumped up $10,000 for the cash-strapped club to promote him to the senior list in time for Round 1, but it was worth the investment as he made an immediate impact.
After playing every match of the season to that point, Davey missed four weeks after suffering a torn hamstring against the Western Bulldogs in round 16. He signed a two year contract extension at the end of that year.
After a week of speculation about him leaving the club it was announced on Wednesday, September 30 2009 that Davey had signed a four year contract extension which would meant he would play out his career at Melbourne.
Davey was elevated to the leadership group for the 2010 season, after playing every game of the season Davey suffered a broken fibula during the round 20 loss to Hawthorn and missed the remained of the season.
A disappointing 2011 campaign was marred by a persistent knee injury which slowed him throughout the start of the year, eventually causing him to miss ten weeks. Returning for three games at the end of the season he missed the finish to the year when suspended for striking while playing against Richmond in Round 22.
Davey's 2012 was another one to forget. Early in the season he was embroiled in a media frenzy when an AFL employee mistakenly named him as having accused Mark Neeld of racist treatment of indigenous players. The allegations were untrue but his season never recovered, dropped and then injured when recalled. He was working his way back into the side for the third time when he suffered stress fractures in his foot while playing for Casey which kept him out for the rest of the year.
Before the 2013 season Davey played for the Indigenous All-Stars team in their annual match against Richmond, but he again had a disappointing year despite kicking 15 goals. After starting as a substitute six times in 2013 Davey announced his retirement before Round 22 and played his final match a week later.
After his AFL retirement Davey was named the vice-captain of an Indigenous All-Stars team which toured Ireland and then signed for the Richmond VFL team for 2014. He also appeared in a game for West Preston Lakeside that year, and in 2015 played a one-off game for Kilcunda Bass Panthers along with ex-teammates Liam Jurrah and Aaron Davey.
Davey's brother Alwyn played for Essendon from 2007.
|Round 4, 2005||Striking||Reprimand|
|Round 6, 2007||Charging||Reprimand|
|Round 14, 2007||Striking||2 matches|
|Round 1, 2011||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 22, 2011||Striking||1 match|
"Dees dangle captain carrot to Davey" - The Age 01/10/2009
"Stalwart Davey to hang up the boots" - melbournefc.com.au 20/08/2013
"Aaron Davey debuts for West Preston Lakeside" - Preston Leader 25/05/2014
"New life members announced" - melbournefc.com.au 05/02/2015
"Liam Jurrah and Friend on th Prowl with Kildunda Bass Panthers" - The Age 13/06/2015