Neil Danns

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Neil Danns
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Danns playing for Leicester City
Personal information
Full name Neil Alexander Danns[1]
Date of birth (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 18
Youth career
000?–2000 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Blackburn Rovers 3 (0)
2003 Blackpool (loan) 12 (2)
2004 Hartlepool United (loan) 11 (1)
2004 Colchester United (loan) 10 (3)
2004–2006 Colchester United 63 (16)
2006–2008 Birmingham City 31 (3)
2008–2011 Crystal Palace 103 (18)
2011–2014 Leicester City 30 (5)
2012–2013 Bristol City (loan) 9 (2)
2013 Huddersfield Town (loan) 17 (2)
2013 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 13 (4)
2014 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 20 (2)
2014- Bolton Wanderers 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:00, 30 August 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Neil Alexander Danns (born 23 November 1982) is an English association footballer currently playing for Bolton Wanderers as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Danns began his football career at The FA's School of Excellence in Lilleshall and signed as a trainee for Blackburn Rovers, aged 16. After productive loan spells with Blackpool, Hartlepool United and Colchester United, he joined the latter on a permanent basis in December 2004.[2] It was after moving south to Colchester that he started to make a name for himself. While at Layer Road, Danns contributed greatly to the club's promotion to the Championship in 2006 and earned himself a move to Birmingham City.

Birmingham City[edit]

On 19 June 2006, Danns completed a £500,000 move to Birmingham City. Despite admitting that he "had a great time" at Colchester, he emphasised that "when a club the size of Birmingham come in for you, it's hard to say no".[3] Danns made his competitive debut for Birmingham – against Colchester – on 5 August, and was a regular selection in the team that won promotion to the Premier League that season.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Danns signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Crystal Palace on 22 January 2008 for a fee of £600,000, rising to £850,000 conditional on the club's promotion to the Premier League.[4] After initially having a tough time with recurring injuries at Palace, Danns managed to establish himself in the Eagles' line-up in his second season at the club.

Leicester City[edit]

On 27 June 2011, Danns joined Leicester City on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal. He had rejected an offer from Scottish Premier League club Rangers. Danns scored his first goal for Leicester on 23 August in a 4–2 away win against Bury in the League Cup. He scored his first league goal for the club against Blackpool in a 2–0 home win.[5] Towards the start of the 2012–13 season, Danns was given squad number 8.

Bristol City (loan)[edit]

On 14 November 2012, Danns joined Bristol City on a month's loan.[6]

Huddersfield Town (loan)[edit]

On 8 January 2013, Danns joined Huddersfield Town until the end of the season.[7] He made his début in the 1–1 draw against his former club Birmingham City at the John Smith's Stadium on 12 January. On 16 March, he scored his first goal for the club in the West Yorkshire derby against Leeds United where Town won 2–1 in the end.

Bolton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

On 26 September 2013 he joined Bolton Wanderers on a three month loan deal, linking up with Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman, who coached him at Crystal Palace, and former team-mates Matt Mills and Jermaine Beckford.[8] He scored his first goal for Bolton Wanderers against Birmingham City

He made his first Wanderers appearance in the goalless draw against old club Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on 1 October 2013, starting in a midfield consisting of Darren Pratley, Jay Spearing, Medo Kamara and Liam Feeney.[9]

Five days later on 5 October he recorded his first goal for the club against another of his former employers Birmingham City as Bolton ran out 2–1 winners at St Andrew's to claim their first league victory of the season.[10]

On 3 January 2014, Danns re-joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season.[11]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

In April, it was announced[12] that Danns had signed a deal to make the move permanent, upon the expiry of his contract at Leicester. Danns made his third debut for Bolton in their 3-0 loss to Watford[13] on the opening day of the season and scored twice against Bury in the Capital One Cup first round in a 3-2 win after extra time.[14]

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Danns took a video editing and production course at the London Academy of Media, Film and TV. He intended to release his first single, entitled "Survive", in March 2010.[15] His music interests and career were featured in BBC Sport's The Football League Show on 20 February 2010, in which he revealed his father was in an act that reached the qualifying stages of the Eurovision Song Contest.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 16 August 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2002–03[17] Premier League 2 0 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 6 0
2003–04[18] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Blackburn Rovers total 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 7 0
Blackpool (loan) 2003–04[18] Division Two 12 2 2 0 1[b] 0 15 2
Hartlepool United (loan) 2003–04[18] Division Two 11 1 11 1
Colchester United (loan) 2004–05[19] League One 10 3 2 1 1[b] 0 13 4
Colchester United 2004–05[19] League One 22 8 1 0 23 8
2005–06[20] League One 41 8 5 5 1 0 4[b] 3 51 16
Colchester United total 73 19 6 5 3 1 5 3 87 28
Birmingham City 2006–07[21] Championship 29 3 3 0 3 0 35 3
2007–08[22] Premier League 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Birmingham City total 31 3 3 0 5 0 39 3
Crystal Palace 2007–08[22] Championship 4 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09[23] Championship 20 2 3 1 0 0 23 3
2009–10[24] Championship 42 8 5 1 2 0 49 9
2010–11[25] Championship 37 7 1 1 0 0 38 8
Crystal Palace total 103 17 9 3 2 0 0 0 114 20
Leicester City 2011–12[26] Championship 29 5 5 0 3 1 37 6
2012–13[27] Championship 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2013–14[28] Championship 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Leicester City total 30 5 5 0 7 1 42 6
Bristol City (loan) 2012–13[27] Championship 9 2 0 0 9 2
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2012–13[27] Championship 17 2 1 0 18 2
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2013–14[28] Championship 33 6 2 0 35 6
Bolton Wanderers 2014–15[29] Championship 2 0 0 0 1 2 3 2
Bolton Wanderers total 35 6 2 0 1 2 38 8
Career total 324 57 27 8 22 4 7 3 380 72
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Blackburn Rovers

Colchester United

Birmingham City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2009–10. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84596-474-0. 
  2. ^ "U's swoop for Danns". Evening Gazette (Colchester). 24 December 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Danns completes Birmingham move". BBC Sport. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Profiles: Neil Danns". Crystal Palace F.C. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Leicester City agree deal for midfielder Neil Danns". BBC Sport. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Leicester City's Neil Danns joins Bristol City on loan". BBC Sport. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Huddersfield Town sign Neil Danns from Leicester City on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bolton Wanderers sign Leicester City man on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blackpool 0 Bolton 0". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Birmingham 1 Bolton 2". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Neil Danns: Bolton loan return for Leicester midfielder". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Danns Agrees Bolton Deal". 
  13. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28646423
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28652568
  15. ^ Cawley, Richard (22 January 2010). "Exclusive: Palace midfielder poised to release first music single". South London Press. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  16. ^ BBC One Programmes – The Football League Show BBC, 20 February 2010
  17. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c "Games played by Neil Danns in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Games played by Neil Danns in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Neil Danns in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  27. ^ a b c "Games played by Neil Danns in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Neil Danns in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  30. ^ Gaunt, Ken (23 May 2001). "Young Gunners keep their Cup". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  31. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2006). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2006–07. Mainstream. p. 480. ISBN 1845961110. 

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