Danny Simpson

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Danny Simpson
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Peter Simpson
Date of birth (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Eccles, England[1]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 17
Youth career
2003–2006 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Manchester United 3 (0)
2006 Royal Antwerp (loan) 14 (0)
2006 Royal Antwerp (loan) 16 (1)
2007 Sunderland (loan) 14 (0)
2008 Ipswich Town (loan) 8 (0)
2008–2009 Blackburn Rovers (loan) 12 (0)
2009–2010 Newcastle United (loan) 20 (1)
2010–2013 Newcastle United 103 (0)
2013–2014 Queens Park Rangers 33 (0)
2014– Leicester City 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:54, 1 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel Peter "Danny" Simpson (born 4 January 1987) is an English footballer who plays as a right back for Leicester City. A product of the Manchester United academy, Simpson has also played on loan for Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Blackburn Rovers in England and Royal Antwerp in Belgium. He was on loan at Newcastle for six months before signing for them on a permanent basis in January 2010. After four years with Newcastle, he joined QPR on a free transfer in June 2013.

Career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Born in Eccles, Greater Manchester, Simpson played for Parkwyddn J.F.C. in Eccles as a youth before being picked up by Manchester United. He is a product of the Manchester United youth system, having come up through the ranks into the reserve squad in 2005.

Simpson made his debut against South African team Kaizer Chiefs on 18 July 2006, which the Reds won 1–0.[3] Manager Alex Ferguson claimed that Simpson looked "anything but a player making his first start for Manchester United".

Royal Antwerp[edit]

In early January 2006, he was sent on loan, along with three other United youths, to the Belgian second division club Royal Antwerp for the remainder of the season, to gain match experience.[4] Simpson also spent the first half of the 2006/07 season at Antwerp before returning to United in January 2007.[5]

Sunderland[edit]

On 25 January 2007, he joined Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season.[6] The loan move saw him link up with fellow Manchester United player Jonny Evans. He won the Championship title with Sunderland that season.

Return to Manchester United[edit]

Simpson returned to United at the start of the 2007/08 season and signed a new contract with the club in September 2007 that would keep him at the club until 2010.[7] He made his first competitive appearance for United on 26 September 2007 in the 2–0 League Cup loss to Coventry City,[8] and soon after made his Premier League debut on 6 October 2007 against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford, coming on as a 30th-minute substitute for the injured John O'Shea. He set up the fourth goal with a well flighted cross for Wayne Rooney. The match ended with a 4–0 win to United.[9] His European debut came on 23 October 2007, when he came on as an 80th-minute substitute for Ryan Giggs against Dynamo Kyiv.[10] His first European start was in the reverse fixture against Dynamo Kyiv on 7 November 2007; United won the game 4–0.[11]

Ipswich Town[edit]

On 21 March 2008, Simpson signed a loan deal with Ipswich Town. With Gary Neville on the verge of returning to the Manchester United first team, United manager Alex Ferguson decided it was best for Simpson to get as much first team football as possible, something that would be quite hard to come by at Old Trafford with both Gary Neville and Wes Brown ahead of Simpson in the pecking order.[12]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 4 August 2008, Simpson signed for Blackburn Rovers on a season-long loan deal.[13][14] Simpson made his Blackburn debut on 27 August 2008, playing in Rovers' 4–1 win over Grimsby Town in the League Cup Second Round.[15] His Premier League debut for Blackburn Rovers came almost three weeks later, on 13 September 2008, in a 4–0 defeat at home to Arsenal.[16]

Danny Simpson playing for Newcastle in September 2009

With the exception of Blackburn's League Cup Fifth Round defeat by Manchester United, which he was forced to miss because of a clause in his loan agreement, Simpson was ever-present for Blackburn during their League Cup and FA Cup campaigns. He also played in 11 out of the 14 league matches for which he was eligible prior to Christmas 2008, although he was named on the bench for the other three. After Christmas, Simpson only played in one further league match, another 4–0 defeat to Arsenal,[17] and in early May 2009, with his first team opportunities limited at Blackburn, the loan agreement was terminated early and he returned to train with Manchester United.[18]

Newcastle United[edit]

On 14 August 2009, Simpson joined Newcastle United on loan until January 2010,[19] making his debut in a 1–0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at St. James' Park. He scored his first goal for Newcastle against Peterborough United on 7 November 2009.

Following the completion of the loan deal, Newcastle made a bid to keep Simpson on a permanent basis. An undisclosed fee, reported as being in the region of £750,000,[20] was agreed between Newcastle and Manchester United and Simpson signed a three-and-a-half-year contract on 20 January 2010.[21]

He played a solid part in Newcastle's promotion to the Premier League, winning his second Championship title in the process, while forming a right flank partnership with January signing Wayne Routledge. Towards the end of the season, he "played through the pain" with what he considered a small ankle injury. He only realised the full extent of the ankle injury at the end of the season, and he had an operation to correct it. He was out for three months, including the first month or so of Newcastle's season.[22] Simpson returned to action from his injury lay off, playing two reserve games in October. He made his first start of the new season in Newcastle's 2–1 victory over West Ham United, replacing James Perch at right back. Simpson kept his right back spot with consistently strong performances, forming a strong partnership with Joey Barton on the right flank.

On 20 September 2011, Simpson scored a curler in Newcastle's 4–3 win over Championship side Nottingham Forest in the third round of the League Cup.

On 10 December 2011, Simpson started alongside James Perch at center back in place of the injured Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini for Newcastle's 4–2 defeat at Norwich City. He had played at right back for the beginning of the season.

On 4 January 2012, Simpson started for Newcastle during their 3–0 win against Manchester United, and produced a fantastic saving clearance off the line against his old club on his 25th Birthday.

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

After his contract with Newcastle expired at the end of the 2012–13 season, Simpson signed a three-year deal with Queens Park Rangers on 27 June 2013.[23] He scored his first goal for QPR in a League Cup tie against Exeter City on 6 August 2013.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Simpson was born to English and Jamaican parents.[25] Simpson has a daughter called Skye, born three months prematurely in mid-2011. Danny lives in Ponteland, Northumberland. Danny Simpson was in the tabloid headlines on 16 November 2012, as a result of his link to Tulisa Contostavlos while claims his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Ward was three months pregnant.

In April 2011, Simpson was caught doing 48 mph in a 30 mph zone in his Audi R8, hence adding four points to his driving licence, which already had nine points on it. Facing a ban, Simpson appealed on the basis that a ban would cause him exceptional hardship.[26]

On 3 February 2013, Simpson was found lying in the street around the area of The Rice Flamebar and Grill in Manchester City Centre. He was unconscious with blood coming from his mouth.[27]

As reported by The Sun newspaper, Danny collapsed after being hit following an argument whilst queuing for food. An ambulance was called and Simpson was taken to hospital and treated for concussion.[27]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other[28] Total
Club Season Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United 2005–06 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006–07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007–08 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
Royal Antwerp (loan) 2005–06 Belgian Second Division 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2006–07 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1
Total 30 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 1
Sunderland (loan) 2006–07 Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2007–08 Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Blackburn Rovers (loan) 2008–09 Premier League 12 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 20 0
Newcastle United (loan) 2009–10 Championship 20 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 1
Newcastle United 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2010–11 Premier League 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2011–12 35 0 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 40 1
2012–13 19 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 25 0
Total 123 1 4 0 4 1 6 0 0 0 137 2
Queens Park Rangers 2013–14 Championship 33 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 39 1
Total 33 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 39 1
Leicester City 2014–15 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 220 2 11 0 10 2 9 0 3 0 257 4

Stats accurate as of 17:40, 5 May 2013.[29]

Honours[edit]

Sunderland
Newcastle United

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Player statistics | Danny Simpson". BBC News. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kaizer Chiefs 0–1 Man Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 18 July 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Marshall, Adam (7 January 2006). "Another United loanee". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  5. ^ Bartram, Steve (18 August 2006). "Youngsters join Antwerp". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Sunderland sign Simpson on loan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 January 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Man Utd hand new deal to Simpson". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 5 September 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  8. ^ "Man Utd 0–2 Coventry". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 26 September 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  9. ^ Sinnott, John (6 October 2007). "Man Utd 4–0 Wigan". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  10. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (23 October 2007). "Dynamo Kiev 2–4 Man Utd". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  11. ^ McNulty, Phil (7 November 2007). "Man Utd 4–0 Dynamo Kiev". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  12. ^ Bostock, Adam (21 March 2008). "Simpson out as Nev nears return". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 21 March 2008. 
  13. ^ Bartram, Steve (4 September 2008). "Simmo joins Rovers on loan". ManUtd.com (Manchester United). Retrieved 4 September 2008. 
  14. ^ "Blackburn sign Man Utd's Simpson". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 4 August 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 
  15. ^ "Blackburn 4–1 Grimsby". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 August 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  16. ^ Lyon, Sam (13 September 2008). "Blackburn 0–4 Arsenal". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  17. ^ Hughes, Ian (14 March 2009). "Arsenal 4–0 Blackburn". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  18. ^ Burton, Chris (8 May 2009). "Home form gives Sam hope". Sky Sports (BSkyB). Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  19. ^ "Simpson makes Magpies loan switch". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 14 August 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  20. ^ Jacob, Gary; Barrett, Tony; Caulkin, George (21 January 2010). "Everton keen on loan move for Arsenal's Philippe Senderos". The Times (London: Times Newspapers). Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  21. ^ "Newcastle sign Manchester United defender Danny Simpson". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 20 January 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  22. ^ Mark Douglas (24 June 2010). "Danny Simpson reveals his full injury blow". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  23. ^ "Exclusive: Simpson Signs". qpr.co.uk (Queens Park Rangers FC). 27 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  24. ^ "Exeter 0-2 QPR". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  25. ^ About Danny Simpson – Official Danny Simpson
  26. ^ Cooper, Rob (20 October 2011). "'I can't afford a chauffeur' claims £10k-per-week Premiership footballer as he tries to dodge driving ban". Daily Mail (London). 
  27. ^ a b Tom Wilkinson, Press Association (4 February 2013). "Newcastle defender Danny Simpson knocked out in Manchester street fight | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  28. ^ Includes appearances in the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and Football League play-offs
  29. ^ "Danny Simpson Career Stats". Soccerbase. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

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