Danny Woodards

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Danny Woodards
Personal information
Full name Daniel Mark Woodards[1]
Date of birth (1983-10-08) 8 October 1983 (age 30)[1]
Place of birth Forest Gate, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
000?–2003 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Chelsea 0 (0)
2005–2007 Exeter City 49 (0)
2007–2009 Crewe Alexandra 84 (0)
2009–2011 Milton Keynes Dons 66 (1)
2011–2014 Bristol Rovers 76 (5)
National team
2005 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:11, 7 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel Mark "Danny" Woodards (born 8 October 1983) is an English footballer who currently is a Free Agent following his release by Bristol Rovers. He plays as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Forest Gate, Greater London, Woodards began his career as a trainee with Chelsea, playing 70 times plus 10 substitute appearances (scoring 8 goals) for the reserve team in the period 2000/1 to 2004/5, but was released during the summer of 2005 without making an appearance for the club.

Exeter City[edit]

After spending a short time on trial with League Two side Wycombe Wanderers, he signed on non-contract terms for English Conference side Exeter City on 29 October 2005. Woodards was able to impress former Exeter City manager Alex Inglethorpe enough to secure a contract through the 2006–07 season.

During his time with Exeter, Woodards proved himself to be a versatile and talented player. Able to play both as a right-back and right-sided winger, he quickly established himself as Exeter's first choice right-back.

Crewe Alexandra and MK Dons[edit]

After rejecting a series of new contracts from Exeter during the 2006–07 season, Woodards when on trial with League One side Yeovil Town during the January transfer window. Glovers manager Russell Slade was reportedly interested in signing the English defender, but it was Dario Gradi of fellow League One side Crewe Alexandra who managed to sign Woodards for a fee of £30,000 and a 20% sell-on clause. He signed a two-year deal at MK Dons after his contract expired.[2] On 20 May 2011 he was released by Milton Keynes Dons, after turning down a new contract. His only goal for MK Dons came in a 2-1 win at Walsall on 7 August 2010.[3]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

Woodards signed for Bristol Rovers on 26 August 2011 on a one-year deal, making his debut in the League Cup 2nd Round away to Leyton Orient. He made his league debut in a 4–1 defeat at Crawley Town on 3 September, scoring his first goal against AFC Totton in the FA Cup. Woodards 'signalled interest' in signing a contract extension at Bristol Rovers on 12 June 2012, an extra year being added to his previous one-year deal.[4]

Personal Life[edit]

Danny is the older brother of Liam Woodards, who was stabbed to death during a brawl at Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ James Chard (2009-06-08). "Dons waste no time in replacing Regan". MK Citizen. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Walsall 1 - 2 MK Dons". BBC. 7 August 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.bristolrovers.co.uk/page/LatestNews/0,,10328~2809455,00.html

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