10 Australians who made an impact in Malaysia

Australians have a long history of contributing to the Malaysian football scene. In a tribute to Australia Day this week, we at FourFourTwo are revisiting our look at the Aussies who left a mark, including some who now call Malaysia home permanently…

The line of Australians who contribute to Malaysian football is showing few signs of slowing down.

Aussie-born defender Matthew Davies has already captained Pahang and represented Malaysia at senior level and may well add his name to this list in future years, if he continues his current rate of improvement and influence.

As he strives to achieve just that, we present our collection of the Australians who have graced Malaysian football and made the biggest impact to date.

Alan Davidson (Pahang)

Arguably the biggest name on this list, the defender spent four seasons calling the Darul Makmur Stadium home.

A well-respected figure back home after more than a decade with the Australian national team, Davidson was once under the tutelage of Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, the manager who helped to mould Roy Keane.

Davidson's arrival at Pahang in 1992 sparked an immediate change of fortunes as the Elephants won the league and Malaysia Cup double that year.

He made over 100 appearances for the club, winning five medals – two league titles (1992 & 1995), one Malaysia Cup (1992) and two Charity Shields (1992 & 1993). Pahang also finished as runners-up in the 1994 and 1995 Malaysia Cup.

Davidson moved back to Australia for the 1996-97 season and retired at Melbourne Knights the following campaign. The Australian Football Association Hall of Fame member was voted into Australia’s All-time XI in 2012.

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