Danny Griffin

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Danny Griffin
Personal information
Full name Daniel Joseph Griffin
Date of birth (1977-08-10) 10 August 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1994 St Andrew's Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–2000 St. Johnstone 124 (4)
2000–2004 Dundee United 77 (4)
2004–2005 Stockport County 35 (1)
2005–2006 Aberdeen 10 (0)
2006–2008 Dundee 31 (0)
2008–2009 Ross County 0 (0)
2009–2010 Livingston 37 (2)
2010–2011 Arbroath 18 (0)
National team
1996–2004 Northern Ireland 29 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 August 2006

Daniel Joseph "Danny" Griffin (born 10 August 1977 in Belfast) is a retired Northern Irish footballer. He was primarily a defender, but could also play in midfield. He is a youth coach with his first professional club, St. Johnstone.

Career[edit]

At age 15, he joined St. Johnstone. He made his professional debut two years later. It was while he was with the McDiarmid Park club that Griffin made his international debut against Germany in a 1–1 draw on 29 May 1996 in Belfast and scored his first international goal in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland three years, to the day, later.

In the following months, English club Derby County offered St. Johnstone £1,000,000 for their 18-year-old centre-back. Griffin was beginning to develop a good relationship with St. Johnstone and he felt there was much more he could learn from Paul Sturrock,[1] so he turned down the move.[1] In 1996, Griffin scored an own goal, the only goal of the game, in the Scottish Challenge Cup Final loss to Stranraer.[2]

After seven years in Perth, Griffin followed manager Paul Sturrock to Tayside rivals Dundee United, for whom he would eventually become captain. Following injury problems, Griffin lost his regular place and joined English side Stockport County in 2004 as a free agent. After being released by Stockport, in December 2005 he signed for Aberdeen. Just four months later, however, he was informed that the club would not renew his contract at the end of the season.[3]

In June 2006, Griffin became one of new Dundee manager Alex Rae's first signings, agreeing a two-year contract.[4] On 8 January 2007 he left the club by mutual consent and joined Ross County a week later.[5] Griffin was released by Ross County after suffering more injuries.[6] He then joined Livingston in January 2009.[6] After winning the third division championship with Livingston, Griffin joined Arbroath in June 2010 on a one-year deal[7] where he won the third division title for a second successive season.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Griffin is married to Kirsty, with whom he has a daughter, Olivia, and a son, Jamie. He also attended Elmwood College to study HND Sports Coaching with development. [3]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 May 1999 Dublin, Republic of Ireland  Republic of Ireland 1–0 1–0 Friendly match

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Lg Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Johnstone 1996–97 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 1
1997–98 13 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 14 1
1998–99 19 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 26 1
1999–00 30 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 34 2
Total 63 3 6 0 7 2 2 0 82 5
Dundee United 2000–01 18 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
2001–02 29 2 2 0 3 1 0 0 34 3
2002–03 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2003–04 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
Total 76 4 6 0 4 1 0 0 86 5
Stockport County 2003–04 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 1
2004–05 16 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 21 1
2005–06 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 35 1 3 1 0 0 3 0 41 2
Aberdeen 2005–06 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 10 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Dundee 2006–07 24 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 27 0
2007–08 7 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 10 0
Total 31 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 37 0
Ross County 2008–09 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Career total 221 8 19 1 13 3 7 0 260 12

Honours[edit]

St. Johnstone
1996–97
1998–99
Livingston
2009–10
Arbroath
2010–11

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