Darius Charles

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Darius Charles
Darius Charles York City v. Ebbsfleet United 14-11-09.png
Charles playing for Ebbsfleet United in 2009
Personal information
Full name Wesley Darius Donald Charles[1]
Date of birth (1987-12-10) 10 December 1987 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Ealing, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Stevenage
Number 9
Youth career
Drayton Manor
0000–2004 Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Brentford 37 (1)
2006 Thurrock (loan) 1 (0)
2006 Yeading (loan) 6 (0)
2006 Staines Town (loan) 2 (0)
2007 Crawley Town (loan) 6 (0)
2007 Sutton United (loan) 7 (0)
2008 Ebbsfleet United (loan) 9 (0)
2008–2009 Ebbsfleet United (loan) 21 (0)
2009–2010 Ebbsfleet United 55 (0)
2010– Stevenage 132 (13)
National team
2009 England C 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:25, 16 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Wesley Darius Donald Charles (born 10 December 1987), known as Darius Charles, is an English professional footballer who plays for Stevenage as a defender.

Charles started his career after progressing through the Brentford youth system and he made his first team debut in 2005. He was loaned out by Brentford on seven occasions and he joined the last of these, Ebbsfleet United, permanently in 2009 in a historic transfer. Six months later, a proposed transfer to York City fell through, after he decided against moving to the city. He spent another season with Ebbsfleet before signing for Stevenage in 2010.

Club career[edit]

Brentford[edit]

Charles played for Drayton Manor while at school before coming through the youth system at Brentford.[1][3] He made his first team debut as a left midfielder in a 2–1 victory over Hull City on 7 May 2005; the final day of the 2004–05 season.[4][5] He made his first appearance of the 2005–06 season in the Football League Trophy against Oxford United, which finished as a 1–1 draw after extra time and a 4–3 defeat in a penalty shoot-out, while Charles played as a left back.[6][7] His first league appearance of the season came as an 88th minute substitute in a 1–1 draw with Chesterfield on 10 December 2005.[6] He went on to play as a 32nd minute substitute in a 3–3 draw with Bradford City on 2 January 2006, which proved to be his final appearance of the season for Brentford, which he finished with three appearances.[6] He was loaned out to Conference South team Thurrock on 3 February 2006,[8] where he made one appearance, in a 1–0 defeat to Weston-super-Mare.[9] He was subsequently sent out to Yeading on a work experience deal on 16 March 2006,[10] and he made his debut in a 2–1 defeat to Eastbourne Borough, before finishing the loan spell with six appearances.[9] Charles signed a professional contract with Brentford on 27 June 2006.[1]

After having made nine appearances for Brentford during the 2006–07 season, he signed for Staines Town of the Isthmian League Premier Division on a one-month loan on 16 October 2006.[11] He made two appearances for Staines before returning to Brentford in November 2006.[12] He joined Conference National team Crawley Town on loan on 9 February 2007 until the end of April.[13] He made his debut a day later after coming on as a 72nd minute substitute in a 2–2 draw with St Albans City.[14][15] He finished the loan spell with six appearances.[14] He played for Brentford on five further occasions, which included scoring the winning goal in the 89th minute of a 4–3 victory over Port Vale, and he finished the season with 19 Brentford appearances.[15] Brentford took up their option for his contract to be extended for another season in May 2007,[16] before he signed a new two-year contract with the option of another year with the club in June.[17] He signed for Sutton United of the Conference South on an initial three-month loan on 2 August 2007.[18] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Basingstoke Town.[19] He was recalled by Brentford in September 2007,[20] after making seven appearances for Sutton.[19] He made his first appearance for Brentford of the 2007–08 season in a 2–0 victory over Chester City on 22 September 2007.[21]

Ebbsfleet United[edit]

He joined Conference Premier team Ebbsfleet United on loan until the end of the season on 21 March 2008,[22] having made 18 appearances for Brentford up to that point in the 2007–08 season.[21] Charles made his Ebbsfleet debut the following day as a 78th minute substitute in a 3–1 defeat to Stevenage Borough.[21][23] He started in the following match, a 2–1 victory over Cambridge United, and he finished the loan spell with nine appearances.[23] He made one more appearance for Brentford in 2007–08, in a 1–0 away defeat to Stockport County on 3 May 2008, finishing the season with 19 appearances for the club.[21]

Charles re-signed for Ebbsfleet after joining on loan for the 2008–09 season on 21 June.[24] He fouled Simon Brown to concede a penalty kick against Wrexham on 13 September 2008, which was scored by Brown, as Ebbsfleet lost 3–2.[25] He was sent off for a second bookable offence late into a 1–0 defeat to Histon on 6 October 2008.[26] After his Brentford contract was cancelled he moved to Ebbsfleet permanently on 29 January 2009, after the owners of Ebbsfleet, MyFootballClub, ratified a compensation fee of £25,000, making this the first transfer in football history to be decided by a group of members.[27][28] He finished the season with 44 appearances and was named Ebbsfleet's Player of the Year.[29][30]

Charles playing for Ebbsfleet United in 2009

Conference Premier rivals York City made a £10,000 bid for Charles in June, which was subsequently rejected, with MyFootballClub members voting against the offer with over a 98% majority.[31] Following this, York manager Martin Foyle said it was unlikely they would increase their offer for Charles.[32] Ebbsfleet later agreed to sell Charles and striker Michael Gash for a combined fee of £80,000 to an unnamed club,[33] which was revealed to be York and he was reported to have signed on 29 June 2009.[34] However, the deal eventually fell through after Charles decided against joining the club as he did not want to relocate to York.[35] Shortly after Ebbsfleet received an enquiry about him from an unnamed League Two club, although nothing came of this interest.[36] He later became Ebbsfleet captain and was sent off for dissent in a 1–0 defeat to Tamworth on 21 November 2009.[37] He made 42 appearances for Ebbsfleet during the 2009–10 as they were relegated to the Conference South.[38]

Stevenage[edit]

Charles turned down a new contract with Ebbsfleet to sign for newly promoted League Two team Stevenage on a two-year contract for a compensation fee on 18 May 2010.[39] He made his Stevenage debut in the club's 3–1 home victory against Stockport, playing 78 minutes of the match.[40] The following week, he started against Aldershot Town, but was taken off after 38 minutes after struggling with injury.[40][41] Charles returned to the starting eleven on 18 September 2010, starting in a 0–0 draw against Torquay United, Stevenage's first clean sheet of the season.[40][42] He scored his first goal for the club in Stevenage's 1–1 draw with Milton Keynes Dons in an FA Cup first round replay on November 2010.[40] Charles' goal came in the fifth minute of stoppage time, taking the game to extra time and then to a penalty shoot-out, which Stevenage won 7–6.[43] Charles received a straight red card for a professional foul on John Johnson in Stevenage's 1–0 home loss to Northampton Town on 11 December 2010, just ten minutes after coming on as a substitute.[44] He scored his second goal for Stevenage in the club's fourth round FA Cup tie against Championship side Reading, cutting inside and curling the ball past the outstretched arm of Adam Federici to restore parity in a game that Stevenage went on to lose 2–1.[40][45] Charles scored his first league goal of the 2010–11 season with a shot from 12 yards in Stevenage's 2–1 home win against Bradford City on 2 April 2011.[40][46] He provided the assist for Joel Byrom's goal after flicking a right-wing cross in Stevenage's 2–0 play-off victory over Accrington Stanley, a game in which he also hit the crossbar with a strike from 30 yards out.[47] Charles started upfront for Stevenage in the 2011 Football League Two play-off Final, played at Old Trafford on 28 May 2011.[48] Charles' pass through to John Mousinho resulted in the only goal of the game, as a 1–0 victory over Torquay United meant Stevenage were promoted to League One.[48][49] He played 33 games for Stevenage during the 2010–11 season, scoring four goals.[40]

After starting in both of Stevenage's opening fixtures of the 2011–12 campaign,[50] Charles signed a contract extension on 11 August 2011, keeping him contracted to the club until 2013.[51] Two days later, Charles scored his first goal of the season with a close range header in a 1–1 draw away at Chesterfield.[50][52] Charles' appearances were sporadic throughout the remainder of 2011, with the player suffering from a knee injury.[53][54] He made his first start in nearly two months in Stevenage's 1–0 away victory against Reading at the Madejski Stadium in the FA Cup on 7 January 2012, with Charles scoring the winning goal in the first-half with a finish from the edge of the area.[50][55] Charles' season ended prematurely after he suffered a hamstring injury in Stevenage's 1–1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on 31 March 2012,[56] with the injury ruling him out of action for up to six weeks.[57] He made 34 appearances during the campaign, scoring five times.[50]

Ahead of the 2012–13 season, Charles signed a new two-year contract with the club.[58] He started in the club's first game of the campaign, a 3–1 home win over AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup, playing the whole game at left-back.[59] He scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against Shrewsbury Town on 1 September 2012, after cutting in from the wing to strike into the top corner to restore parity in the match.[60] It turned out to be his only goal of the season as Charles played most of the season at left-back, making 41 appearances during the campaign.[61] With a year remaining on his current deal, Charles' contract was extended for a further year in June 2013, keeping him contracted to the club until the summer of 2015.[62] He made a goalscoring start to the 2013–14 campaign, scoring after pouncing on a loose ball in a 4–3 home defeat to Oldham Athletic on the opening day of the season.[63][64]

International career[edit]

Charles was named in the England C team, who represent England at non-League level, in May 2009, for the final of the 2007–09 International Challenge Trophy against Belgium.[65] He started the match to make his debut for England and they were defeated 1–0.[66] He was called up to the team for a friendly against the Poland Olympic team in November,[67] and he started the game as England won 2–1.[68]

Style of play[edit]

Charles' preferred position is centre back,[32] although he can also play as a left back, left midfielder or centre forward.[5][7]

Personal life[edit]

Charles was born in Ealing, London.[1] His footballing hero when growing up was Ronaldo, and this was because he could "change any game with one bit of genius".[69] He supports Manchester United, and states that the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was the best match he has ever watched.[69] Charles' ex-partner was pregnant as of July 2009.[70]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 November 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Brentford 2004–05[4] League One 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2005–06[6] League One 2 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 3 0
2006–07[15] League One 17 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 1
2007–08[21] League Two 17 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
Total 37 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 42 1
Thurrock (loan) 2005–06[9] Conference South 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Yeading (loan) 2005–06[9] Conference South 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Staines Town (loan) 2006–07[12] Isthmian League Premier Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Crawley Town (loan) 2006–07[14] Conference National 6 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Sutton United (loan) 2007–08[19] Conference South 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Ebbsfleet United (loan) 2007–08[23] Conference Premier 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2008–09[29] Conference Premier 21 0 3 0 1[b] 0 25 0
Ebbsfleet United 2008–09[29] Conference Premier 15 0 0 0 4[c] 0 19 0
2009–10[38] Conference Premier 40 0 1 0 1[c] 0 42 0
Total 85 0 4 0 6 0 95 0
Stevenage 2010–11[40] League Two 28 2 2 2 0 0 3[d] 0 33 4
2011–12[50] League One 28 4 4 1 1 0 1[a] 0 34 5
2012–13[61] League One 37 1 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 41 1
2013–14[63] League One 22 4 2 1 2 0 0 0 26 5
2014–15[71] League Two 17 2 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 20 2
Total 132 13 10 4 6 0 6 0 154 17
Career total 276 14 16 4 8 0 13 0 313 18
  1. ^ a b c d Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in Conference League Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs

Honours[edit]

Stevenage

Individual

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