Davies hopes Wembley will see Ayatollah
ARRON Davies is aiming to be the first player to do ‘the Ayatollah’ at the new Wembley Stadium, writes Terry Phillips.
Bluebirds’ fan Davies, who is from Llantwit Major, is on a mission to help Yeovil Town step up into the Cola-Cola Championship.
And tomorrow, Davies and his Yeovil team-mates, including Rhondda-born Nathan Jones, take on Blackpool in the League One play-off final.
Jones, 22, is ecstatic to hear his beloved Cardiff City have been tracking his progress – and would love nothing better than to play for Yeovil at Ninian Park next season.
“I’m a massive Cardiff City fan and it’s a dream of mine to one day play for Cardiff City,” said Davies.
“Right now I am a Yeovil Town player and under contract through next season, but who knows what could happen in the future.
“First, though, it would be fantastic to earn promotion and that would mean playing against Cardiff at Ninian Park next season. That really would be something.”
Davies openly displayed his love for Cardiff after scoring two goals for Yeovil in their play-off semi-final win against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
“My dad and my mates were all in the stand and when I ran towards them after the second goal, they were going berserk and doing the Ayatollah,” said Davies.
“I couldn’t help but copy them – and you can be sure I’ll be doing it again at Wembley if I get the chance.”
Davies watched Cardiff City as a schoolboy, going to Ninian Park with his dad, Mike, and was even on the club’s books between the ages of 10 and 13-years-old.
His favourite players were Nathan Blake and Phil Stant.
“Cardiff wanted to sign me as a schoolboy and that was incredibly tempting, I so wanted to play for my team,” said Davies.
“But back then Cardiff weren’t an Academy club as they are now. Southampton were able to offer a young player so much more and that’s who I signed for.”
Davies was a young player at Southampton when Dave Jones was manager and, later, he played for Barnsley on loan when Peter Ridsdale was chairman of the Yorkshire club.
Both admire the Yeovil sharpshooter – and they have followed his progress closely.
Davies, though, is intent on scoring the goals which beat Blackpool at Wembley and take Yeovil to the Championship.
“Running out at Ninian Park next season – I can see it now,” said Davies.
“It’s been an outstanding season for Yeovil.
“At the start of the season we were among the favourites to go down and yet here we are on the verge of stepping up into the Championship.”