IH Manchester Football Academy is delighted to announce the arrival of David Raven onto their full-time coaching team.
David has enjoyed a 14-year career as a professional footballer representing clubs in England and Scotland. As well as playing in the English Premiership, the Scottish Premiership, League 1 and League 2, David has competed in Europe and in cup finals, winning the Scottish Cup final in 2015 with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
He started out as a centre back playing youth football for Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Liverpool in 2004, where on the advice of first team coaches, he first started playing full-back, a position he made his own when he moved to Carlisle in League One in 2006. Following stints at Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere he was signed by Terry Butcher at Inverness. At “Caley” David finished runner up in the Scottish League Cup in 2014 before winning silverware 2015, a year in which they also came 3rd in the Scottish Premiership.
In his time with the club he also started his coaching journey, gaining his UEFA B in 2015 and his A licence in 2017 and training the clubs youth teams. Moving south in 2017, David played at Wrexham and continues to turn out for Warrington Town in the Northern Premier, and as well as coaching with IHM, he has coached at Wrexham and Everton.
As a coach, David works to ensure players have the belief, desire to win and self-discipline needed to represent themselves and their team with distinction on the pitch. David will assist Head Coach Chris at IHM Football Academy Ellesmere College.