Player-manager scores free-kick in FA Cup upset and ‘celebrates with himself’

National League South side Slough Town’s player-manager Scott Davies scored an incredible free-kick against League Two’s Grimsby Town on Sunday in the FA Cup.

Davies, 35, has been at Slough as a player since 2019 and was named as manager in 2022 after taking the caretaker role for the previous week. And Davies’ faith in himself to start was vindicated as he scored a brilliant opening goal of the game.

The former Reading youngster and Republic of Ireland U21 international whipped home a gorgeous free-kick from 25 yards out to send the home fans behind the goal into raptures and put the Rebels ahead against their Football League opposition.

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Davies then wheeled away in celebration as he turned to run towards the dugout with his arms outstretched. And his celebration saw fans take to social media joking that he was off to celebrate with himself, one comment read: “Ran over to celebrate with the manager. Then realised he's the manager.”

A second comment said: “That is class”, a third added: “Absolute banger.” While a fourth wrote: “Class goal! Give me replays and scenes like this over the Champions League.”

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Davies’ goal wasn’t to be the memorable winner that Slough fans were dreaming of as Danny Rose equalised for Grimsby with 15 minutes to go. However, Slough were able to force a replay and head to Blundell Park on Tuesday, November, 14.

Slough have enjoyed their FA Cup run amid a disappointing start to the season in the sixth-tier, as Davies’ side find themselves in the relegation zone – three points off safety although they have two games in hand on Eastbourne Borough above them.

The FA Cup 2nd round was drawn on Sunday,and the winner of the replay will travel to 2nd in League One Oxford United on the weekend of December, 2.

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