Davids makes playing comeback

Edgar Davids made a return to action in Barnet's victory over Northampton in England's League Two.

Story highlights

  • Edgar Davids makes his comeback for League Two side Barnet
  • Dutchman had not played professional football since October 2010
  • Davids was appointed as joint Head Coach of the club just over a week ago
  • His first start coincided with Barnet's first league win of the season

Edgar Davids made a successful return to playing action after a two-year absence by leading minnows Barnet to its first league win of the season.

Barnet, which plays in League Two in England, had failed to win any of its previous 12 league games and was beaten 4-1 in Davids' first match in charge last weekend.

The 39-year-old was appointed as joint Head Coach of the strugglers last week alongside Mark Robson, who arrived at Underhill at the start of the season.

'Pitbull' Davids joins Barnet

And after installing himself as captain and picking up his trademark booking, Davids helped Barnet to an impressive 4-0 win over Northampton Town.

PFA chairman: Serbia should be banned
PFA chairman: Serbia should be banned


    PFA chairman: Serbia should be banned


PFA chairman: Serbia should be banned 01:15

Davids, who had been coaching street soccer in London, had not played competitively since appearing for Crystal Palace back in October 2010.

But his presence boosted a Barnet side, which started the night rooted to the foot of the league table and contemplating a fight against relegation.

The Dutchman, who has won league titles in Italy and the Netherlands, also lifted the Champions League trophy during his earlier days with Ajax.

Nicknamed 'Pitbull' it was the tenacious nature of Davids' play which endeared him to the public and helped him win 74 international caps for the Netherlands between 1994 and 2005.

While Davids has been used to gracing the San Siro and Camp Nou, he was forced to encounter the infamous Underhill slope for the very first time.

But even that failed to stop him as he lasted the full 90 minutes in what was a perfect return to professional football.

      Football Focus

    • French football great bids adieu

      After 20 years, more than 300 goals and a host of major honors, Thierry Henry has called time on his glittering football career.
    • Mario's 'Queen' tweet tops 2014 list

      He might be struggling to score goals for Liverpool, but Mario Balotelli's cheeky tweet about the British monarch hit the spot during the World Cup.
    • bpr south african soccor senzo meyiwa death _00000402.jpg

      Loss of a South African 'icon'

      Football world mourns South African captain Senzo Meyiwa who was shot and killed during a botched robbery in a township near Johannesburg.
    • German alleged jihadist Kreshnik B (R) listens to his lawyer Mutlu Guenal (L) as he arrives at the higher regional court in Frankfurt. His face is pixelated for legal reasons.

      From Jewish football to ISIS suspect

      Once part of Germany's largest Jewish sports club, now he's the first ISIS suspect to stand trial in a country left shocked by his alleged radicalization.
    • Where has 'Super' Mario gone?

      One goal in eight matches for new club Liverpool, and dumped by the Italian national team -- Mario Balotelli has yet to shine on his English return.
    • Ched Evans smiles during the Wales training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier against England on March 25, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.

      Should rapist return to work?

      Should a convicted rapist, who has served their time in prison, be allowed to resume their old job? What if that job was as a high-profile football player?
    • Teen, 15, makes Euro history

      Norwegian 15-year-old Martin Odegaard is the youngest player ever to feature in a European Championships qualifying match.