Danny Parslow

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Danny Parslow
Danny Parslow 1.jpg
Parslow after playing for York City in the 2009 FA Trophy Final
Personal information
Full name Daniel James Parslow[1]
Date of birth (1985-09-11) 11 September 1985 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Hengoed, Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
York City
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2005 Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Cardiff City 0 (0)
2006– York City 260 (3)
National team
2002 Wales U17 1 (0)
2003 Wales U19 3 (0)
2004 Wales U21 4 (0)
2007–? Wales Semi-Pro 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:04, 23 November 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel James "Danny" Parslow (born 11 September 1985) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays for York City as a defender.

Parslow started his career with Cardiff City in their youth system, before signing a professional contract in 2005. He signed for Conference National club York City a year later after being released by Cardiff. He did not establish himself in the team in his first season, but played in their play-off semi-final defeat by Morecambe. He became a regular starter during the 2007–08 season under the management of Colin Walker, and during the following season assumed the captaincy from Mark Greaves. In this season, he was named Clubman of the Year and led the team to the 2009 FA Trophy Final, in which York were beaten 2–0 by Stevenage Borough.

He was replaced as captain by Michael Ingham during the 2009–10 season, and was an unused substitute in York's 3–1 defeat by Oxford United in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final, before going on to win his second Clubman of the Year award the following season. Parslow was a member of the York team that won the 2012 FA Trophy Final and 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final in the 2011–12 season, with victory in the latter seeing the club promoted to League Two after eight years out of the Football League. He missed only one match in the 2012–13 season, in which he won the Clubman of the Year award for an unprecedented third time.

Club career[edit]

Cardiff City[edit]

Born in Hengoed, Caerphilly,[3] Parslow started his career with Cardiff City's youth system in 1998.[4] Having progressed through the club's centre of excellence he earned a three-year scholarship in May 2002,[3] which would turn into a one-year professional contract on its conclusion.[5] He made an appearance for Cardiff in a 1–0 defeat by Bangor City in the FAW Premier Cup on 25 January 2005 and was included in the first team squad for the 2005–06 season.[6][7] Parslow went on trial with League One side Swansea City in March 2006,[8] before returning to Cardiff the following month after nothing materialised.[9] After making no appearances he was released by Cardiff on 22 May 2006.[10][11]

York City[edit]

Parslow was signed by Conference National team York City on 18 August 2006 following a successful trial.[10] He made his debut as a 68th minute substitute for James Dudgeon in York's 3–0 away defeat by Crawley Town on 9 September 2006.[12][13] At different points during the 2006–07 season Parslow lost his place in the team to David McGurk, Jason Goodliffe and János Kovács, but started York's last seven fixtures, including both legs of the 2–1 aggregate defeat by Morecambe in the play-off semi-final.[12][14] Having finished the 2006–07 season with 26 appearances for York,[12] the club exercised their option to extend his contract for the 2007–08 season in May 2007.[15]

Parslow missed the start of the 2007–08 season with an ankle injury, making his first appearance in York's third game, a 1–1 draw away at Exeter City on 20 August 2007.[16][17] He went nearly three months without starting a game when being named in the starting XI as part of a three-man central defence for York's 2–1 win away at Weymouth on 24 November 2007 in Colin Walker's first game as caretaker manager.[17][18] He established himself in the team under Walker, starting all of York's remaining games in the 2007–08 season.[19] Parslow scored his first career goal with the only goal in a 1–0 win over Rushden & Diamonds in the fourth round of the FA Trophy on 23 February 2008, which came from a diving header eight yards out in the 16th minute.[20] He made 40 appearances and scored two goals in the 2007–08 season,[17] before York exercised their option for Parslow's contract to be extended for the 2008–09 season in April 2008.[21]

Parslow (left) receiving the Billy Fenton Memorial Trophy after being named as York City's Clubman of the Year for the 2008–09 season

He signed a new contract with York in September 2008 that contracted him to the club until the summer of 2010.[22][23] He took over the captaincy when club captain Mark Greaves and vice-captain McGurk were out of the team, starting on 27 January 2009 for a 1–1 draw away to Altrincham.[24][25][26] Having "led by example" after attaining the captaincy, he was named as York's Clubman of the Year for the 2008–09 season, being presented the award before their penultimate home game against Eastbourne Borough on 18 April 2009.[27][28] He started in the 2009 FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium on 9 May 2009, which York lost 2–0 to Stevenage Borough.[29] Ahead of the Trophy final he was rested for the final league game away at Lewes on 26 April 2009; this was the only match he missed in the 2008–09 season, which he finished with 57 appearances.[30][31]

Parslow and McGurk were appointed as club captains for the 2009–10 season,[32] although Parslow would continue to wear the armband in matches.[33] He signed a new contract with York in January 2010 to tie him to the club until the summer of 2012.[34][35] He played in the team as a centre-back and right-back before losing his place to Ben Purkiss after picking up a foot injury in York's 2–1 away at Forest Green Rovers on 6 March 2010,[36][37][38] with the captain's armband being handed to Michael Ingham.[39] He made his return in York's 1–0 away defeat by Stevenage in the last league game of the 2009–10 season on 24 April 2010,[37] but was dropped to the bench for the play-off semi-final 1–0 victory at home to Luton Town.[40] Parslow appeared as an 89th minute substitute in the second leg 1–0 win, with the tie ending 2–0 on aggregate.[37] However, he was an unused substitute for the 3–1 defeat by Oxford United at Wembley in the 2010 Conference Premier play-off Final.[41] He made 41 appearances for York in the 2009–10 season.[37]

Parslow had been playing mostly at right-back in the 2010–11 season before losing his place to Liam Darville in January 2011,[42] but retained his place in the team by playing at centre-back in York's 4–0 victory over league leaders AFC Wimbledon on 1 February 2011 with McGurk suspended.[43] Parslow scored his only goal of the 2010–11 season in this game after scoring the opening goal with a header from a free kick taken by Ashley Chambers.[43][44] Having played at right-back the following game,[45] he returned to playing at centre-back after McGurk's injury in York's 0–0 draw away at Altrincham on 22 February 2011.[46] Parslow formed a central defensive partnership with Chris Smith, and manager Gary Mills praised him by calling him "outstanding".[47] He had played in all of York's games in the 2010–11 season before suffering a head injury following a clash of heads with Matthew Barnes-Homer in a 1–0 home win against Luton on 19 April 2011,[44][48] which led to him missing the remainder of the campaign.[49] Following the end of the 2010–11 season, during which he made 47 appearances and scored one goal, he was named York's Clubman of the Year for a second time[44][50]

Parslow after playing for York City in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final

Parslow started the 2011–12 season out of the team, with McGurk and Smith preferred in central defence.[51] He appeared twice at right-back in the first two months of the season when Lanre Oyebanjo was absent, before falling behind Jon Challinor and Jamal Fyfield for a place in defence.[52][53][54][55][56] Parslow was used mostly as a substitute from then before a run starting in central defence in late December 2011, before losing his place after the signing of Chris Doig in February 2012.[52][57][58] He was restored to the starting line-up in early March 2012 due to other defenders being unavailable, before Doig once again took his place in the team.[52][59][60] He returned to the starting line-up in early April 2012 due to Smith's absence and started 10 of York's last 11 fixtures of the season.[52][61] Parslow won the 2012 FA Trophy Final with York at Wembley on 12 May 2012, in which the side beat Newport County 2–0.[52] Eight days later he played in the 2–1 victory over Luton in the 2012 Conference Premier play-off Final at Wembley,[52] seeing the club return to the Football League after an eight-year absence with promotion to League Two.[62] He completed the 2011–12 season with 38 appearances for York,[52] after which he signed a new one-year contract with an option to extend in June 2012.[63]

Parslow started York's first competitive fixture since promotion away at League One Doncaster Rovers in the first round of the League Cup in the opening game of the 2012–13 season on 11 August 2012, which the side lost 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1–1 draw after extra time.[64] He then played in York's first League Two fixture, a 3–1 home defeat by Wycombe Wanderers on 18 August 2012.[65] His only goal of the 2012–13 season was the opener in York's first victory of the season, a 3–1 away win at Barnet on 25 August 2012, with a 20 yard volley into the bottom left corner.[64][66] Parslow played at right-back, left-back and defensive midfield throughout the season, and played in the latter position in the end of season run-in to form part of a midfield trio also including Tom Platt and Adam Reed that helped York avoid relegation.[67][68] He became the first York player to be named Clubman of the Year on three occasions, having been presented the award before York's final home game of the season against Southend United on 20 April 2013.[69] Parslow missed only one game for York in the 2012–13 season, making 50 appearances and scoring one goal, and signed a new two-year contract with the club in May 2013.[64][70]

International career[edit]

Parslow was capped once by Wales at under-17 level,[71] appearing as a second half substitute in a 1–0 defeat by Germany on 13 February 2002.[72] He made his under-19 debut after starting a 2–1 defeat by Portugal on 22 September 2003.[73][74] He played two more games for the under-19s to finish his career at that level with three caps.[73] Parslow later represented the under-21 team and made his debut in a 0–0 draw with Latvia in August 2004.[75] He was part of the team that lost 2–0 against England on 8 October 2004 at Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park.[76][77] Parslow was capped four times by Wales at under-21 level.[78] He was named in the Wales Semi-Pro team for the Four Nations Tournament on 4 May 2007.[14] He captained the team during their 2–1 defeat by England C in February 2008.[79]

Style of play[edit]

Parslow primarily plays as a centre-back, and has stated he is most comfortable playing this position.[80] A utility player, his intelligence and commitment allow him to play a number of positions, including right-back, left-back and defensive midfield.[67][80][81]

Personal life[edit]

Parslow is due to get married during the summer of 2014.[70]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 November 2013.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
York City 2006–07[12] Conference National 24 0 0 0 2[a] 0 26 0
2007–08[17] Conference Premier 31 1 0 0 9[b] 1 40 2
2008–09[31] Conference Premier 45 0 2 0 10[c] 0 57 0
2009–10[37] Conference Premier 33 0 3 0 5[d] 0 41 0
2010–11[44] Conference Premier 42 1 4 0 1[e] 0 47 1
2011–12[52] Conference Premier 27 0 1 0 10[f] 0 38 0
2012–13[64] League Two 45 1 2 0 1 0 2[g] 0 50 1
2013–14[82] League Two 13 0 2 0 0 0 1[g] 0 16 0
Career total 260 3 14 0 1 0 40 1 315 4
  1. ^ Appearances in Conference National play-offs
  2. ^ Seven appearances and one goal in FA Trophy, two appearances in Conference League Cup
  3. ^ Two appearances in Conference League Cup, eight in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Four appearances in FA Trophy, one in Conference Premier play-offs
  5. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy
  6. ^ Seven appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs
  7. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

York City

Individual

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