Danny Graham (footballer)

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Danny Graham
Danny Graham.JPG
Graham in 2010
Personal information
Full name Daniel Anthony William Graham[1]
Date of birth (1985-08-12) 12 August 1985 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Youth career
000?–2003 Chester-le-Street Town
2003–2004 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Middlesbrough 15 (1)
2004 Darlington (loan) 9 (2)
2005–2006 Derby County (loan) 14 (0)
2006 Leeds United (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Blackpool (loan) 4 (1)
2007 Carlisle United (loan) 11 (7)
2007–2009 Carlisle United 89 (29)
2009–2011 Watford 91 (38)
2011–2013 Swansea City 54 (15)
2013– Sunderland 13 (0)
2013–2014 Hull City (loan) 18 (1)
2014 Middlesbrough (loan) 18 (6)
National team
2005 England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:29, 1 July 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel Anthony William "Danny" Graham (born 12 August 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for Sunderland as a striker.

Graham started his professional career at Middlesbrough in 2003, making his debut for the club in a Premier League match against Manchester United the following year. He later represented England at under-20 level. During his four years at Middlesbrough, Graham made just one first team start. He was loaned out to clubs in all three divisions of the Football League, before joining his final loan club Carlisle United on a two-year deal in 2007.

At the end of his contract, he joined Championship side Watford, who were subsequently ordered to pay compensation. Graham was Watford's top-scorer in both of his seasons at Vicarage Road, as well as Watford F.C. Player of the Season and the Championship's overall top scorer in 2010–11. In July 2011, Graham transferred to newly promoted Premier League team Swansea City for £3.5 million, where in his first season he was their top goalscorer with 12 league goals. He made a £5 million move to Sunderland in January 2013.

Club career[edit]

Middlesbrough[edit]

Born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear,[1] Graham attended Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, and represented the Gateshead Schools FA team.[3] He started his career at Chester-le-Street Town, in the Northern League, before joining Middlesbrough on a permanent transfer in 2003. In the 2003–04 season he spent time on loan at Division Three side Darlington, where he scored two goals in nine league appearances. He made his Middlesbrough debut on 3 October 2004, as a late substitute in a 1–1 Premier League draw against Manchester United. He scored his first goal for the club three weeks later, against Coventry City in the League Cup,[4] and scored his first Premier League goal on 27 February 2005 against Charlton Athletic.[5] The following season, Graham was loaned to Derby County and Leeds United, but did not score a league goal for either club. Despite having played for Middlesbrough in both the Premier League and UEFA Cup, Graham was unable to secure a place in the starting lineup; his only league start for the club came in a 1–0 defeat to Fulham at the end of the 2005–06 season.

In July 2006, Middlesbrough confirmed they were willing to let the once-hot prospect leave the club. Graham subsequently went on loan to Blackpool at the start of the 2006–07 season, scoring once in the league against Bristol City.[6]

At the end of 2006, Graham moved to Carlisle United on loan.[7] He returned to Middlesbrough on 5 February 2007, after playing only two games due to a leg injury,[8] but returned to Brunton Park after recovering to complete a three-month loan.[9] The final match of his loan was against Bristol City, where he scored Carlisle's only goal in a 3–1 defeat. During two loan spells at Carlisle, he scored 7 league goals in 11 games.

Graham was released by Middlesbrough on 10 May 2007,[10] and signed a two-year deal with Carlisle United on 6 June 2007.[11]

Carlisle United[edit]

Graham started the 2007–08 season in good form, and was the division's top goalscorer from August until October, including one against his former loan-club Leeds United. However after his goal on 13 October 2007, Graham did not score again until 2 February 2008. He made his 100th career appearance playing for Carlisle United against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on 3 March 2008, scoring the winning goal in a 1–0 victory, in a game broadcast live on Sky Sports.[12]

Graham also started the 2008–09 season in goalscoring form, netting 13 goals between August and December.

Watford[edit]

Danny Graham (yellow shirt) playing for Watford against Crystal Palace

After several failed attempts by Carlisle to renew Graham's contract he joined Watford on a two-year contract on 2 July 2009. A tribunal later decided that Watford should pay an initial £200,000 in compensation to Carlisle, which eventually rose to £350,000. Graham scored several goals for Watford in pre-season, and scored on his competitive debut for the club in a 1–1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at Vicarage Road.[13] On 5 April 2010 Graham scored from 25 yards out to give Watford the lead in their 1–1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.[14] Graham finished the season as Watford's top scorer, with 14 league goals.[15]

On 15 January 2011 against Derby County, Graham equalled the Watford record for the most goals scored in consecutive games, finding the net for the seventh successive match.[16] Graham sustained his good goal-scoring form, finishing as Championship top-scorer for the 2010–11 season, with 24 goals in the league.[17] He was named in the 2011 PFA Championship Team of the Year,[18] and was also voted Watford F.C. Player of the Season.[19]

Watford received and rejected a £2.5 million bid from Queens Park Rangers for Graham's services in May 2011.[17] On 4 June 2011, the club accepted a £3.5 million bid from Swansea City.[20]

Swansea City[edit]

Graham playing for Swansea City in 2011

On 7 June 2011, Graham completed his £3.5 million move to newly promoted Premier League side Swansea City.[21] He scored his first unofficial goal on 6 August 2011, in a pre-season friendly against La Liga side Real Betis at the Liberty Stadium.[22] He scored his first competitive goal on 2 October 2011 in a 2–0 win at home to Stoke City.[23] The following week, Graham scored his second goal for Swansea in a 3–1 defeat to Norwich City.[24] Graham scored his third goal on 22 October, in a 2–2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.[25] On 29 October, he scored his fourth goal in as many games in a 3–1 win against Bolton Wanderers, having also scored an own goal earlier on in the game.[26] Graham scored his fifth goal on 10 December against Fulham in the 90th minute after coming on as a substitute for Leroy Lita.[27] His sixth goal of the season came on 27 December 2011 in the 14th minute against Queens Park Rangers. His seventh goal of the season came on 15 January 2012 in the 70th minute against Arsenal, which turned out to be a winner.[28] Graham also scored the winner for Swansea in a 2–1 away win at West Brom in snowy conditions on 5 February 2012. On 11 February 2012, he scored two goals against Norwich City in a 3–2 defeat, the first a curling effort and the second a penalty. He scored Swansea's fourth in a 4–4 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on 28 April and then scored the winner, his twelfth and final goal of the season, in the 86th minute, on 13 May against Liverpool to lift the Swans to 11th place in the Premier League. Graham started the 2012–13 season by scoring against West Ham in Swansea's first home match of the season. But shortly afterwards he found himself starting games on the bench due to the emergence of Spanish striker Michu. In late December an injury to Michu gave Graham a chance to impress and he scored his first goal in 4 months in a 2–1 victory at Fulham. Graham continued to hit the back of the net from then on with goals in the next three consecutive games including a last minute goal in a 2–0 victory away at Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final. Even with these good performances, his playing minutes continued to decrease as Michu flourished as Swansea's single striker, leading to transfer speculation from other Premier League clubs.

Sunderland[edit]

Graham signed for Sunderland on 31 January 2013 for £5 million on a three-and-a-half-year contract.[29] He made his debut on 2 February, coming on as a substitute in the 79th minute to replace Stéphane Sessègnon in a 2–1 defeat away to Reading.[30] Despite playing 11 games for Sunderland in his first half season at the club, Graham was unable to score his first goal for Sunderland and loaned out to Hull City the following season.

Hull City (loan)[edit]

Graham joined Hull City on a season-long loan from Sunderland on 19 July 2013.[31] He made his debut on the first day of the 2013–14 season in a 2–0 loss away at Chelsea.[32] Graham scored his first goal for Hull on 9 December 2013 in a 1–1 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.[33] The goal was his first goal in 30 games. [34]

Middlesbrough (loan)[edit]

On transfer deadline day, 31 January 2014, Graham's loan at Hull was terminated and he moved on loan for the rest of the season to Middlesbrough.[35] He made his debut against Doncaster in a 0–0 draw, coming on for Curtis Main.[36] Graham scored both goals in a 2–0 home win against Ipswich Town on 8 March 2014.[37]

International career[edit]

Graham was capped once by England at under-20 level, starting a 2–0 victory against Russia on 4 February 2005.[38]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 8 March 2014
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2003–04 Darlington (loan) Division Three 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2 3 0
2004–05 Middlesbrough Premier League 11 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 17 2 0 0
2005–06 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Derby County (loan) Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
Leeds United (loan) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2006–07 Middlesbrough Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Blackpool (loan) League One 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0
Carlisle United (loan) 11 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 7 0 0
2007–08 Carlisle United 47 15 2 0 2 1 2 1 53 17 1 0
2008–09 44 15 3 1 1 0 1 0 49 16 3 0
Carlisle United total 102 37 5 1 3 1 3 1 113 40 4 0
2009–10 Watford Championship 46 14 1 0 2 0 0 0 49 14 4 0
2010–11 45 24 2 1 2 2 0 0 49 27 4 0
Watford total 91 38 3 1 4 2 0 0 98 41 8 0
2011–12 Swansea City Premier League 36 12 2 2 1 0 0 0 39 14 0 0
2012–13 18 3 2 1 3 3 0 0 23 7 0 0
Swansea City total 54 15 4 3 4 3 0 0 62 21 0 0
2012–13 Sunderland Premier League 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
2013–14 Hull City (loan) 18 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 20 1 1 0
2013–14 Middlesbrough (loan) Championship 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 6 0 0
Sunderland total 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
Total 339 100 15 5 14 7 5 1 361 111 17 0

References[edit]

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