Continuing our where are they now series, today we look at the life and career of former Liverpool defender David Raven and find out where they are now.
David Raven started his youth career at Tranmere Rovers before taking the short trip across the Wirral to join up with Liverpool, a player who was comfortable and either right back or centre back made his Reds debut in a League cup game against Tottenham Hotspur in 2004 and was part of the team who lost to Burnley in the FA Cup a couple of months later where Djimi Traore scored a famous own goal.
Raven spent the 2005/06 season on loan back at his home town club Tranmere Rovers, playing 11 games, the next season saw him leave Anfield on a permanent basis joining Carlisle United on a free transfer.
“I had come to terms with the fact it wasn’t going to happen,” he says. “I needed to play. It had gone on a few months where I was training with the reserves so I cancelled my contract with a year left on it.planetfootball
It was at Carlisle where David Raven would really establish himself as a pro in the game, staying 4 years and playing over 150 games, spells with Shrewsbury & Tranmere Rovers again followed before he moved to Scotland to play under Terry Butcher at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
“I would go as far as saying Inverness was the best place I’ve been as a footballer, in terms of what I experienced and what I achieved up there. I came to the peak of my career up there.
It is easy to see why he did consider it the peak of his career, playing over 100 times and scored a Scottish Cup semi final winner against Celtic, unfortunately for Raven he did miss the final through injury.
He left Inverness in 2018 and spent the last of that season playing non league football with Wrexham & Warrington Town.
Where is he now ?
During the end of his playing career David Raven concentrated on his coaching badges and has put those coaching badges to good use, he is the current coach of Ellesmere College academy.
You can also follow him on Twitter @davidraven131