Danny Allsopp

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Danny Allsopp
Daniel Allsopp in Feb 09.jpg
Allsopp as a Melbourne Victory player in 2009
Personal information
Full name Daniel Lee Allsopp
Date of birth (1978-08-10) 10 August 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker / Centre Forward
Youth career
1991–1993 Knox City
1994 Monbulk
1995 Croydon City Arrows
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 South Melbourne 20 (2)
1997–1998 Carlton SC 15 (3)
1998 Port Melbourne Sharks 14 (9)
1998–2000 Manchester City 30 (4)
1999 Notts County (loan) 3 (1)
1999 Wrexham FC (loan) 3 (4)
2000 Bristol Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2000–2003 Notts County 102 (39)
2003–2005 Hull City 64 (22)
2005–2009 Melbourne Victory 89 (36)
2009–2010 Al-Rayyan 12 (6)
2010 D.C. United 23 (5)
2011–2012 Melbourne Victory 29 (6)
2013 Croydon City Arrows 15 (11)
Total 420 (143)
National team
1994–1995 Australia U-17 11 (10)
1996–1997 Australia U-20 6 (7)
1997–2000 Australia U-23 8 (8)
2007–2009 Australia 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 November 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 September 2009

Daniel Lee "Danny" Allsopp (born 10 August 1978) is a former Australian football (soccer) player who played as a striker. He last played for Croydon City Arrows. He is a full international for the Australia national football team, and is well known for being Melbourne Victory's second highest, and the A-League's seventh highest all-time goalscorer, behind Archie Thompson, Shane Smeltz, Besart Berisha, Sergio van Dijk, Mark Bridge and Carlos Hernandez.

Club career[edit]

Allsopp started his professional football career with Croydon City F.C. in the Victorian Premier League competition, having been selected from the Victorian Institute of Sport in 1999

Allsopp then moved to England to trial for Second Division club Manchester City, and after scoring in City's first friendly match against Newquay as well as some reserve team matches, he was signed for the club for the 1998–99 season. Allsopp's four goals in 25 games saw Manchester City promoted to the First Division, but he struggled to find a regular place in the team as the team in the 1999–2000 season, and was loaned out to Notts County.

He was loaned to Wrexham in early 2000, and scored four goals in just three league matches by end of the 1999–2000 season. The following season he went on loan to Bristol Rovers, where he failed to score a goal in his four league appearances. Allsopp returned on loan to Notts County, and scored four goals in three matches before being bought for £300,000 by the club. In a three-season career, he scored 50 goals in 111 appearances (in all matches) before signing with Hull City for 2003–04. The move provided more success for Allsopp, as he scored 15 goals in his first season and seven in 2004–05 as a regular in the line-up.

Allsopp negotiated an early release from Hull, and decided to return to Australia to play for new club Melbourne Victory under Ernie Merrick, who had coached Allsopp during his time at the VIS.[1] Despite making 20 starts in the 2005–06 season, Allsopp was not nearly as prolific as at his previous clubs, and only managed three goals for the year. The season featured Allsopp's 250th match in all league competitions.[2]

The 2006–07 season saw a remarkable turnaround in Allsopp's scoring record at Melbourne. He finished the season as the league Golden Boot winner as highest scorer in the home and away fixtures. His tally of 11 made him the first A-League player to score a double figure tally and was one goal more than second place, teammate Archie Thompson. His 35 shots on target was also the equal highest with Newcastle Jets midfielder Nick Carle.

During the 2009–10 A-League season it was confirmed that Allsopp had signed with Qatari side, Al-Rayyan Sports Club, for an undisclosed fee.[3] He had less than a year left on his contract with Victory.

On 22 September 2009, Allsopp made his debut for Al-Rayyan against Al-Kharatiyat, providing an assist for Amara Diane's goal.

Allsopp joined Major League Soccer club D.C. United on 18 January 2010.[4] Allsopp and D.C. United mutually agreed to terminate his contract after just one season with the club.[5] On 24 December 2010 Allsopp rejoined with his team mates at the Melbourne Victory, in a contract that will keep him there until the end of the 2012–13 season.[6]

On 18 October 2012 he announced his retirement from professional football.[7]

In 2013, Allsopp will return to play for his boyhood club, Croydon City Arrows.

International career[edit]

In 1995 he made his name in the under-17 World Championship, where he was tied top scorer with five goals, including one in Australia's 3–1 loss to eventual runners-up Brazil. His performance opened the door for his entrance into the Australian National Soccer League, signing with South Melbourne. He stayed with the club until 1997, having scored two goals in his 20 appearances.

Allsopp represented Australia again, this time at under-20 level in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship in Malaysia, with Australia making it through to the second round before being knocked out by Japan.[8] On his return he was signed for Carlton SC, but was loaned out to VPL club Port Melbourne Sharks.

Meanwhile, Allsopp had become a regular member of Australia's under-23 national team (the "Olyroos") in 1999,[9] and played three matches for one goal in 2000,[10] but was not selected in the squad for the 2000 Summer Olympics.[11]

Allsopp finally earned his first call-up to the Australia senior squad for a friendly match against Uruguay on June 2007 and came on as a 78th minute substitute in the 2–1 defeat by the South Americans. On 23 May he got his second international appearance for Australia when he came on as a substitute for James Troisi in a friendly against Ghana.[12]

National coach Pim Verbeek described Allsopp's performance against Indonesia in February 2009 as "absolutely hopeless",[13] although he later added that "in the last games (for Melbourne) I have seen they were very good, so maybe it was because of Indonesia or the trip".[13]

Personal life[edit]

Allsopp was born in Melbourne, Victoria and is married with two sons.[citation needed]

Career club statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 7 May 2010)

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
South Melbourne 1995–1996 3 0 - - - - 3 0
1995–1996 17 2 - - - - 17 2
Total 20 2 - - - - 20 2
Carlton SC 1997–1998 15 3 - - - - 15 3
Port Melbourne Sharks 1997–1998 14 9 - - - - 14 9
Manchester City 1998–1999 25 4 4 2 - - 29 6
1999–2000 4 0 4 0 - - 8 0
2000–2001 1 0 - - - - 1 0
Total 30 4 8 2 - - 38 6
Notts County (loan) 1999–2000 3 1 - - - - 3 1
Wrexham FC (loan) 1998–1999 3 4 - - - - 3 4
Bristol Rovers (loan) 2000–2001 6 0 - - - - 6 0
Notts County 2000–2001 29 13 4 0 - - 33 13
2001–2002 43 19 7 9 - - 50 28
2002–2003 33 10 3 2 - - 36 12
Total 102 39 13 11 - - 115 50
Hull City 2003–2004 36 15 1 - - - 37 15
2004–2005 28 7 2 0 - - 30 7
Total 64 22 3 0 - - 67 22
Melbourne Victory 2005–06 20 3 3 2 - - 23 5
2006–07 23 12 4 2 - - 27 14
2007–08 18 7 1 0 - - 19 7
2008–09 24 13 4 3 6 3 34 19
2009–10 4 1 - - - - 4 1
Total 89 36 12 7 6 3 107 46
Al-Rayyan 2009–2010 12 6 3 2 - - 15 8
D.C. United 2010 22 5 6 4 - - 28 9
Melbourne Victory 2010–11 9 5 - - - - 9 5
Total 389 136 45 26 6 3 438 165

Honours[edit]

With Melbourne Victory:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Victory sign Hull's Allsopp". 8 March 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2006. 
  2. ^ "Danny's 250 milestone". 21 September 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2006. 
  3. ^ "Allsopp joins Qatar's Al-Rayyan". 8 September 2009. Retrieved 8 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "D.C. United Signs Australian Striker". The Washington Post. 
  5. ^ http://www.dcunited.com/press-release/2010/11/dc-united-and-danny-allsopp-part-ways
  6. ^ "Allsopp back for more". Melbourne Victory. Retrieved 24 December 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/news-display/Danny-Allsopp-announces-retirement/50647
  8. ^ "World Youth Cup (U-20) 1997 (Malaysia, June 16-July 5)". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 16 January 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2006. 
  9. ^ "Olyroos 1999 Matches". Retrieved 7 May 2006. 
  10. ^ "Olyroos 2000 Matches". Retrieved 7 May 2006. 
  11. ^ "Squad for 2000 Olympic Games". Retrieved 7 May 2006. 
  12. ^ "Qantas Socceroos squad named for Uruguay". Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 22 May 2007. 
  13. ^ a b Verbeek unleashes on 'hopeless' Socceroos pair

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Alex Brosque, Bobby Despotovski,
Archie Thompson, Stewart Petrie
Hyundai A-League Golden Boot
2006/07
Succeeded by
Joel Griffiths