Dan Gosling

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Dan Gosling
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Gosling playing for Everton
Personal information
Full name Daniel Gosling[1]
Date of birth (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Brixham, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2003 Brixham United
2003–2006 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle 22 (2)
2008–2010 Everton 22 (4)
2010–2014 Newcastle United 24 (1)
2013–2014 Blackpool (loan) 14 (2)
2014– Bournemouth 0 (0)
National team
2007 England U17 5 (0)
2007–2008 England U18 2 (0)
2008–2009 England U19 8 (1)
2009–2011 England U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 05:54, 6 September 2011 (UTC)

Daniel "Dan" Gosling (born 1 February 1990) is an English footballer who plays for Bournemouth as a centre midfielder, right midfielder or right fullback. Gosling is a versatile player, having operated as a box-to-box midfielder on several occasions and occasionally deputised at right back to accommodate substitutions. His previous clubs are Newcastle United, Plymouth Argyle and Everton.


Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Born in Brixham, Devon, Gosling was spotted by Plymouth Argyle scouts when he was playing in the under-12 side of hometown club Brixham United.[2] On 9 December 2006, at age 16 years and 310 days, he made his professional debut against Hull City, coming on as a first-half substitute for injured Captain Paul Wotton and became the fourth youngest debutant. His full debut came on New Year's Day 2007, against Southampton at Home Park. He proved his versatility in a solid performance, by moving from right-midfield to right-back after an early injury to defender Mathias Kouo-Doumbé.

Gosling established himself as a regular in the reserve team, and his impressive performances were noticed by manager Ian Holloway. At the beginning of March 2007 he trained for a week with Premiership club Chelsea[3] along with team-mates Luke Summerfield and Scott Sinclair. That same year he was named The Herald's Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2007.[4]


In January 2008, Gosling signed a two and a half-year contract for Premier League team Everton from Plymouth, days after Everton's Lukas Jutkiewicz was loaned to the Pilgrims.[5] His first-team debut came in a 1–0 away victory against Middlesbrough in December 2008,[6] and his first goal for the club came two days later in a 3–0 victory over Sunderland at Goodison Park.[7] After the match, he was given a standing ovation by his own teammates in the dressing room.[8]

In February 2009, Gosling came on as a substitute and scored the only goal in the FA Cup fourth round replay at Goodison Park against crosstown rivals Liverpool in the 118th minute.[9] An error by live broadcasters ITV during the match meant the goal was missed by millions of TV viewers,[10] including Gosling's mother Hilary.[11] The goal scored against Liverpool was voted Everton's 'Goal of the Season' by the fans of the club. He went on to play in the 2009 FA Cup Final, coming on as a second half substitute.

In the 2009–10 season, Gosling was mostly on the bench for league games, but was in the starting eleven for most of the League Cup and Europa League matches. In March 2010, he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament after a collision with Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, and was ruled out of playing for nine months.[12]

Contract negotiations and exit[edit]

Negotiations for a contract extension began in May 2009. Gosling declared "there's no other club I'd rather be at",[13] however no extension was agreed and his contract with Everton expired on 30 June 2010.[14] During contract negotiations Gosling was represented by David Hodgson, a solicitor and former professional football player.

On 6 July 2010, the Daily Mirror reported that the PFCC tribunal's decision allowed Gosling to leave Everton under the Bosman ruling with no compensation being paid by the club who sign the player.[15] The Daily Mail reported that the player earned £8,000 per week and had rejected a verbal offer of a £15,000 a week contract from Everton.[16] Everton were required to submit a contract with better terms than the existing contract to Gosling before the 30 May deadline to enable the club to receive compensation from any English club interested in signing Gosling. The compensation amount has been reported as being as high as £4million.

The PFCC tribunal based their decision on Everton's contract offer being verbally arranged and not in writing: had the contract been in writing the Merseyside club would have been entitled to compensation should Gosling have moved to another English club (but not to a non-English club) as he is under 24 years of age. The tribunal's decision also meant that Gosling's previous club Plymouth Argyle would receive no monetary amount despite a sell-on clause in Gosling's Everton contract.[17] As the playing contract expired Everton and Plymouth are also no longer entitled to solidarity contributions despite the player being registered with the clubs before he turned 23.[18] During the season Plymouth went into administration.

Newcastle United[edit]

On 22 July 2010, Gosling signed for Newcastle United[19] He made only one appearance in his first season for the club, because of a continuing problem with his knee, resulting in surgery in February 2011. From then on, he only made substitute appearances due to the prominent pairing of Cheick Tioté and Yohan Cabaye. Following Cabaye's departure in January 2014, he began to be used more regularly until the end of the season. His only goal for the club came in a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on 19 November 2011, which ended the Magpies' unbeaten start to the 2011–12 season.

Blackpool (loan)[edit]

On 4 October 2013, Gosling signed a three-month loan deal with Blackpool.[20] He returned in January 2014, having made 14 appearances.[21]


On 16 May 2014, Gosling agreed a four-year deal with Bournemouth. [22]

International career[edit]

Gosling earned himself a call-up to the England Under-17s squad for the UEFA European U17 Championship Qualifying Round in Bosnia at the end of March 2007 after displaying good form for the Pilgrims,[23] and was also included in the England U17 squad for the 2007 European Championships in Belgium.[24] England finished twenty-third in that tournament, qualifying for the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup, with Gosling also making the tournament squad.[25][26] He was promoted to the under-19 squad for the 2008 European Championships.

In the summer of 2009, Gosling was called up for the final squad to participate in the U19 European Championship and started in every game. He scored a goal against Ukraine in the group stage match to give England the lead but Ukraine equalised to draw 2–2.[27] England ended the tournament as runners-up to Ukraine.[28]

Gosling was called up to the England U21 squad for the first time as a replacement for injured clubmate Jack Rodwell. He was named as a substitute in Stuart Pearce's 18-man squad for the double qualifier against Portugal on 14 November and Lithuania three days later.[29][30] He made his debut in the match when he came on as an extra time substitute for Fabian Delph against Portugal.[31][32]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014.
Club Division Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Plymouth Argyle Championship 2006–07 12 2 2 0 0 0 - - 14 2
2007–08 10 0 0 0 0 0 - - 10 0
Everton Premier League 2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 11 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 17 3
2009–10 11 2 0 0 2 1 7 0 20 3
Newcastle United Premier League 2010–11 1 0 0 0 0 0 - - 1 0
2011–12 12 1 2 0 2 0 - - 16 1
2012–13 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 9 0
2013–14 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Blackpool (loan) Championship 2013–14 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
Total 82 9 10 1 7 1 12 0 111 11



Personal life[edit]

Gosling was charged with misconduct under Rule E8(b) of the FA's regulations, which relates to players betting on football matches, and on 10 March 2014, Gosling admitted "multiple breaches", requesting a personal hearing to answer his case.[33]


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  6. ^ McNulty, Phil (26 December 2008). "Middlesbrough 0–1 Everton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
  7. ^ McNulty, Phil (28 December 2008). "Everton 3–0 Sunderland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
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  9. ^ McNulty, Phil (4 February 2009). "Everton 1–0 Liverpool (aet)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  10. ^ Scott, Matt (5 February 2009). "ITV apologises after cameras miss only goal in Merseyside derby". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 9 February 2009. 
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  12. ^ "Gosling out for nine months". Premier League. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Gosling set for new deal". Sky Sports. 27 May 2009. 
  14. ^ Hunter, Andy (7 July 2010). "Dan Gosling's free agent move leaves Everton seething". London: Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Everton lose England U21 starlet for nothing after admin error". Daily Mirror. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
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  18. ^ "SOLIDARITY MECHANISM". FIFA. p. 38. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
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  20. ^ "Gosling Completes Loan Move" Blackpool Official Website. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  21. ^ "Loan Pair Back On Tyneside" (Press release). Newcastle United. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
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  27. ^ Gosling nets for England
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  29. ^ "England's starting eleven v Portugal". The Football Association. 14 November 2009. 
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  31. ^ "Everton FC's Dan Gosling caps perfect week with his first England Under-21 call-up". Liverpool Echo. 11 November 2009. 
  32. ^ "Former coach praises star Gosling". BBC Sport. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  33. ^ "Dan Gosling: Newcastle midfielder admits to FA betting charge". BBC Sport. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 

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