Full name:David Willis
Date of Birth:
Place of Birth:Newcastle, England

Playing career:

1980-1981Newcastle United00
1981-1982Newcastle United00
1982-1983Newcastle United00
Alnwick Town
1984-1985Bedlington Terriers
1985-1986Bedlington Terriers
1986-1987Whitley Bay
1987-1988Whitley Bay
1988-1989Whitley Bay
1990Winnipeg Fury122
1990-1991Dunston Federation
1991-1992Dunston Federation
1992-1993Dunston Federation
1993-1994Dunston Federation


Dave attended Benfield School in Newcastle, England. He played centre-forward for the England Boys team.

He then joined Burnley on Schoolboy forms. In May 1981 he signed as an apprentice professional for Newcastle United. Newcastle United had to pay a four-figure fee to get his release from Burnley.

Played mostly for Newcastle Juniors in the Northern Intermediate League. Given a free transfer by Newcastle United manager Arthur Cox in May 1983.

Then played for Alnwick Town and Bedlington Terriers. While playing for Bedlington Terriers it was reported in December 1984 that Sunderland wanted him to play for Sunderland Reserves. In October 1985 it was said that Nottingham Forest was showing an interest in him.

In March 1987 he suffered a bad neck injury and was told not to play for a year.

Signed for Whitley Bay in January 1987. Played for Whitley Bay in the Drybroughs Northern League.

Had a trial with Football League Third Division club Port Vale in November 1987. Was 22 years at the time. Bolton Wanderers were also said to be showing an interest.

Port Vale decided not to sign Dave when he failed the medical examination, as he had been struggling with a knee injury.

Said to have scored 18 goals in 25 games for Spennymoor in the 1989-1990 season.

In July 1990 Dave joined Canadian Soccer League club Winnipeg Fury. He arrived from Newcastle on Saturday 30 July, and made his debut for the Fury against Kitchener Spirit the next day.

Scored two goals in 12 regular season games for Winnipeg Fury.

Joined Northern League Second Division club Dunston Federation in October 1990, after his spell in Canada. Fractured his cheekbone in March 1993 and missed the rest of the 1992-1993 season.