The Geordie star flying Sir Bobby Robson's flag for Championship heroes

Ipswich Town's Leif Davis and Janoi Donacien celebrate promotion to the Premier League
Ipswich Town's Leif Davis and Janoi Donacien celebrate promotion to the Premier League -Credit:Joe Toth/REX/Shutterstock

If the rise and rise of Luton Town into the Premier League a year ago was the stuff of fairytale then it has been repeated by Ipswich Town soaring skywards after back to back promotions from a launchpad in League One. Sunderland have been overtaken and left choking on their exhaust fumes.

Sir Bobby Robson, their greatest ever manager, would be as proud as a peacock at the Tractor Boys making it after 22 years of hurt. Well there is a Geordie lad carrying Bobby's flag at Ipswich and looking forward to visiting St James Park next season not through a lucky FA Cup draw but in his own right as a pukka PL star.

Believe it or not this is the THIRD promotion into football's elite league for Leif Davis and he is only 24. He did it at Leeds United and Bournemouth.

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Davis, born in Newcastle, played 44 times at left-back for Ipswich in the season just ended producing a staggering 21 assists and two goals and inevitably attracting the attention of big clubs hoping to cash in if the Blues failed to make the Evel Knievel jump into the big time. Amongst them West Ham and...Newcastle United!

Leif attended the same Astley High School in Seaton Delaval as Sunderland's Rob Hindmarch and Ray Kennedy who achieved fame with Arsenal, Liverpool and England. He spend most of his junior football with Cramlington Juniors finishing off his last season with Wallsend Boys Club as well as playing a few Saturday games for Kennedy's former club New Hartley Juniors.

At 16 Davis went to Morecambe before joining Leeds United where he was part of their promotion squad 2019-20 and made his Premier League debut for them as a sub against Man City. Sent out on loan to Scott Parker's Bournemouth he made a dozen appearances in their promotion charge before joining Ipswich for £1m. Cheap at the price I would suggest!

Our Geordie boy finished off a momentous promotion at Ipswich by being named in the Championship Team Of The Year. Welcome to the big time Leif. We look forward to seeing you at SJP.