Almanac Books: Born to Play – The Barry Davis Story by Ken Davis



Born to Play: The Barry Davis Story 
by Ken Davis
KenPiesse Football & Cricket Books
ISBN: 9780992522896


Few footballers were as scrupulously fair or as sporting as the iconic Barry Davis, now in his mid-70s and still as passionate about sports as he ever was.


He is ‘gobsmacked’ that his brother Ken has written his full-length biography, a delightful trip down nostalgia lane for any Essendon and North Melbourne fan.


When he was helping to sort through his Mum’s possessions on her passing years ago, he was amazed that most of her cupboard space was taken by scrapbooks, detailing every game, every clipping, every photograph ever taken of him in his celebrated 15 years as one of the champions of the VFL.


‘Why would you bother?’ he said.


His younger brother Ken said: ‘I’ll take those’ and it has formed the basis of a nostalgic re-visit into the life and times of footy in the ‘60s and ‘70s.




This tribute by Barry’s brother Ken comes 60 years after Davis first walked into Windy Hill beginning one of the most illustrious careers of all.


A member of both the Essendon and North Melbourne’s Teams of the Century, Davis was player, team-man, captain, coach, motivator, mentor and family man… he was truly Born to Play.


‘Barry Davis is the most complete footballer I have ever seen,’ –JACK CLARKE


To celebrate the forthcoming release of  Born to Play: The Barry Davis Story,  in a limited edition hardback, you have the opportunity to purchase the book by contacting Ken Piesse at [email protected] for the special offer of $50 post free.


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