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Edgar Davids wants to start a trend by wearing the number 1 jersey
The Barnet player/manager has always enjoyed standing out from the crowd.

Davids playing for Barnet. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

ALWAYS KNOWN FOR being a bit different with his distinctive dreads and glasses, Barnet player/manager Edgar Davids has decided to take the number 1 jersey this season.

The legendary Dutch midfielder, now 40, wore the number traditionally reserved for the first choice goalkeeper during the Bees’ last two pre-season friendlies and confirmed to the Barnet Times that he plans to keep hold of it.

Yes, that is my number for the season,” he said. “I am going to start this trend.”

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Graham Stack is also on the books at the club, who were relegated to the Conference Premier last season, and he will don 29 instead.

While it’s rarely seen in England, Davids certainly isn’t the first do so.

Former AEK Athens Pantelis Kafes was famous for it in recent years but back the 70s and 80s, Argentina numbered their players in alphabetical order (with the exception of Diego Maradona who got to keep 10) – meaning Ossie Ardiles was assigned it at the 1982 World Cup.

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Ossie Ardiles (left) wearing No1 against Brazil at the 1982 World Cup. Credit: Peter Robinson/EMPICS Sport

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