Neil Davis

09 Sep 2015

September 9th, 2015 marks 30 years since Neil Davis, a past coach of Northern Suburbs, was killed in an attempted coup in the streets of Bangkok. As his camera lay on the ground it filmed his own death.   The life of Neil Davis was immortalised in the television special ‘Frontline’ and the book ‘One Crowded Hour’.    The name of the book comes from a saying by T.O. Mordaunt (1730-1809), which Neil Davis used as a motto for life “One crowded hour of glorious life is worth a lifetime without a name”.

Neil was the Club’s coach during its first two years, before leaving to pursue a career in photographic journalism in South East Asia in 1964.  Nicknamed “Tiny” his coaching expertise was a major factor in the club achieving its first interclub premiership in 1963/64.

A quote from the book states  “I trained one of the six amateur teams and chose the unfashionable Northern Suburbs team.  They were mainly boys from the other side of the tracks and I liked to work with them because they had a high competitive spirit and were able to absorb the important elements of my theories on training and running”.