Calum Davenport joined
Norwich on loan from Tottenham Hotspur on 13th September 2005.
The 22 year old central defender joined the Canaries for three
months after failing to break into the Spurs first team. He began
his career at Coventry, debuting at the age of 18, and winning
England Under-21 caps. He made 84 appearances for the Sky Blues
before Tottenham paid an undisclosed fee for him in the autumn
of 2004. He spent parts of last season on loan to West Ham and
Southampton. He made his debut in the 2-1 defeat at Watford on
the 13th September.
Calum returned to White Hart Lane in mid-December but with Norwich
manager Nigel Worthington keen to bring him back to Carrow Road
either permanently or on another loan. On 1st January 2006, Calum
was linked in The People with a £800,000 switch to
Reading. On 17th January 2006, he was linked with a £1million
move to Sheffield United. The League Paper then reported
on 19th March 2006 that Davenport and Coventry's Gary McSheffrey
topped Reading's transfer targets if they were to win promotion
to the Premiership. On 9th April 2006, the News of the World
suggested that Davenport was a target for Celtic manager Gordon
Strachan who had worked with him at Coventry.
On 31st May 2006, Spurs announced that they would be seeking
to sell Davenport, and it is expected that they would seek a fee
of around £1million for him. Both the News of the World
and The People reported that Watford manager Adrian
Boothroyd would be seeking to bring Davenport to Vicarage
Road for the Hornets' Premiership campaign.
On 16th June 2006, the Star and the Express both reported that
Wolves and Birmingham were locked in a transfer tug-of-war over
Spurs £1.5m-rated centre-back Calum Davenport although the
Daily Mail speculated two days previously that Celtic and Charlton
were also competing with Birmingham for Davenport. On 30th June
2006, The Sun reported that West Brom had made a £1.3m
bid for Davenport. The same paper speculated in December 2006
that Davenport would be a makeweight in the transfer to West Brom
defender Curtis Davis to Spurs for £5m. The Guardian
speculated on 5th January 2007 that Davenport and teammate Wayne
Routledge would be offered to Watford in return for highly rated
On 18th January2007, Calum signed for West Ham United who were
spending their new Icelandic owners' money in an attempt to avoid
relegation. Other Janaury 2007 signings include Luis Boa Morte
(Fulham), Nigel Quashie (West Brom), Lucas Neill (Blackburn) and
Matthew Upson (Birmingham)
Reports in July/August 2007 suggested that Davenport might be
rejoining City either on loan or as a permanent transfer with
the Canaries needing another central defender for the new season.
The 24-year-old is likely to be on the sidelines at Upton Park
this season, where manager Alan Curbishley has half a dozen central
defenders to choose from. He was linked on 12th August 2007 with
a switch to Ipswich by the Sunday People but any move to
East Anglia was dismissed by his agent two days later.
Davenport joined Watford on 18 January on loan from West Ham
United with view to a permanent deal. He had made just 6 appearances
for the Hammers since signing for them from Tottenham exactly
one year previously. Davenport made his debut for the Hornets
on 19 January in a 1-1 draw at home to Charlton but was stretchered
off after fracturing a bone in his neck when teammate Darius Henderson
landed on him. His injury meant that the loan was cancelled.
Returning to fitness, Calum was linked in January 2009 with a
£3million transfer to Gary Megson's
Bolton. On 2nd February 2009, just before the end of the transfer
deadline day, Davenport signed on loan for Sunderland until the
end of the 2008/9 season becoming manager Ricky Sbragia's second
signing during the transfer window. He follows Tal Ben Haim's
loan switch from Manchester City. Davenport had made just eight
appearances forWest Ham during 2008/9 and 14 in total during his
two years at the club.
In the early hours of 22 August 2009, Davenport and his mother
were stabbed at her home in Kempston. Davenport was stabbed in
the legs, lost 50% of the blood from his body] and underwent emergency
surgery for injuries described as serious. Two men were arrested
the same day. At Bedford Magistrates Court, on 24th August 2009,
25 year-old Worrell Whitehurst, the boyfriend of Davenport's sister,
was remanded in custody charged with grievous bodily harm with
intent in connection with the attack on Davenport, and with assault
occasioning actual bodily harm to his mother. Due to the nature
of the injury, Davenport's career is believed to be under threat
On 28th October 2009, Davenport was charged with assault on his
sister, Cara Davenport, in the same incident in which he was stabbed.
In January 2010, West Ham suspended Davenport's wages until completion
of the court case alleging breach of contract on his part when
he was involved in the assault in August 2009. On 25th January,
Davenport pleaded not guilty to the charge at Luton Crown Court
and the case was adjourned until 2nd August 2010 at the same court.
On 17th March 2010, his contract with the Hammers was terminated
by mutual consent.
In July 2010 Davenport was cleared of trying to attack his pregnant
sister during the incident while a man was jailed for six years
for a knife attack on the footballer.
On 5th August 2010, it was reported that Davenport was training
with Notts Forest. "We're giving Calum the opportunity
to train with us while giving ourselves the chance to look at
him," said Forest boss Billy Davies. He then joined Leeds
On 3rd September 2010, Davenport signed for Wootton Blue Cross
of the United Counties League in a bid to regain fitness before
returning to the professional ranks.