Pahang’s Socceroo connection revealed

The son of Tok Gajah Australian legend Alan Davidson, Jason, is performing well in the World Cup

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Legions of Pahang supporters now have a new reason to give their backing to Australia’s youthful World Cup squad as first choice left back Jason Davidson is the son of celebrated M-League legend, Alan Davidson.

Jason has been a revelation with Dutch Eredivisie side Heracles Almelo, clocking up 34 appearances and scoring two goals this season. The 22-year-old grew up in Kuantan, Pahang, during his famous father’s stint with Tok Gajah.

Davidson senior is a well-respected figure in Malaysia, remembered for his exploits in leading Pahang to a historic M-League Championship and Malaysia Cup double. He was also named in greatest-ever Socceroo XI in 2012 alongside some of Australia's finest footballing exports; Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Mark Schwarzer, Craig Moore and Tim Cahill.

However, the former Australian international never made it to the World Cup during his playing career with over 79 caps for his country, and Jason revealed a Davidson household joke.

“My father never made it to a World Cup though and it's an in-house joke to have something over him, because he had a great career,” he told

Besides thatit is also worth noting that former Pahang striker Ante Milicic is also among the coaching personnel under head coach Ange Postecoglou.

The Socceroos' World Cup journey was cut short last night after losing narrowly to the impressive Netherlands 3-2.