Chris Dagnall

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Chris Dagnall
Personal information
Full name Christopher Dagnall
Date of birth (1986-04-15) 15 April 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Crewe Alexandra
Youth career
Tranmere Rovers[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Tranmere Rovers 40 (7)
2006 Rochdale (loan) 21 (4)
2006–2010 Rochdale 140 (54)
2010–2012 Scunthorpe United 60 (9)
2012–2014 Barnsley 53 (6)
2012 Bradford City (loan) 7 (1)
2013–2014 Coventry City (loan) 6 (1)
2013–2015 Leyton Orient 60 (18)
2015 Kerala Blasters 13 (6)
2015–2016 Hibernian 11 (0)
2016– Crewe Alexandra 33 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:48, 21 March 2017 (UTC).

Christopher "Chris" Dagnall (born 15 April 1986) is an English footballer who is a striker and currently plays for League Two club Crewe Alexandra after signing in July 2016.

He began his career at Tranmere Rovers, where he debuted age 17 in 2003. In January 2006 he was loaned to Rochdale, where he moved permanently in the summer. He scored 60 goals across all competitions for the Dale, leaving for Scunthorpe United in 2010 after helping them achieve promotion to League One. In January 2012, he signed for Barnsley, where he struggled and was loaned to Bradford City and Coventry City. He spent 18 months scoring more frequently at Leyton Orient, before moving in 2015 to Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League, leaving after one season to join Hibernian.

Career[edit]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

Dagnall was born in Liverpool and played for Tranmere Rovers from the age of 13 as a trainee. On 13 September 2003, at the age of 17, he was included in a matchday squad for the first time by manager Ray Mathias, coming on as a late substitute for Ryan Taylor in a goalless Second Division match against Peterborough United at Prenton Park, and had a 20-yard shot saved by their goalkeeper Mark Tyler.[2] He went on to make 10 league appearances and one League Cup appearance, and scored his first career goal by equalising in a 3–1 away defeat to Luton Town on 6 October.[3] Tranmere narrowly missed out on the play-offs, finishing in eighth place.

He started the next season on 10 August 2004 by scoring his first Prenton Park goal in a 2–1 home win against Hartlepool United, where he was shown a second yellow card and was sent off for jumping into the crowd.[4] He began to score more frequently finishing the season with six goals, with Tranmere winning every game in which he scored.[5] Tranmere finished the season in third place, however they lost to Hartlepool in the play-offs.

He made several appearances at the start of the following season including his FA Cup debut which was a 2–1 loss away to future club Bradford City. On 13 January 2006 he went on loan to Rochdale of League Two, originally on a temporary basis.[6] He spent the rest of the season at Spotland and scored three goals in 21 appearances, including a last-minute equaliser for a 1–1 draw at Rushden & Diamonds on 15 April.[7][8]

Rochdale[edit]

In July 2006, Rochdale made the move permanent for an initial fee of £25,000, with manager Steve Parkin seeing Dagnall as a replacement for top scorer Grant Holt, who had signed for Nottingham Forest for £300,000.[9] He made his second debut for Rochdale in a 1–0 loss at home to Walsall, coming on as a late substitute.[10] He scored regularly for Rochdale including braces against Boston United, Wrexham and Peterborough.[11] He scored his first hat-trick in a 5–0 win at Spotland against Macclesfield Town on 21 April 2007.[12] He ended the season with 17 league goals, finishing joint fourth top scorer in the league.[13]

In the following season he received an injury after playing just eight games, which led to a lengthy lay-off. He did not play from September 2007 until March 2008, where he marked his return with a hat-trick in a 4–1 win against Rotherham United in his first game back.[14] In May he scored in three consecutive games which included a draw at home to Shrewsbury, and in both play-off semi-final legs against Darlington, losing the first game and winning the second a week later. The tie went to penalties which Rochdale won 5–4.[15] However Rochdale lost 3–2 in the final at Wembley to Stockport County.[16] He finished the season with nine league goals, despite only playing 17 games.

His first goal of the 2008–09 season came in a 3–1 home win against Barnet.[17] On 21 October 2008 he scored his third career hat-trick in a 6–1 home win against Chester.[18] On 3 March 2009 Dagnall received the second red card of his career, coming in a 2–1 away defeat to Barnet.[19] He finished the season with 10 goals, helping Rochdale to another play-off semi-final, where they were beaten by Gillingham.[20]

Dagnall scored six goals in the first 10 league games at the start of the 2009–10 season, including a brace against Torquay United on 12 September 2009.[21] On 27 March 2010 he scored another hat-trick, this time in a 4–1 win against Grimsby Town.[22] On 17 April 2010 Rochdale beat Northampton Town 1–0 at home to secure their first promotion for 41 years.[23] He finished the season with 20 goals, his highest ever total.[24]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

On 2 June 2010, Dagnall joined Championship side Scunthorpe United on a free transfer, signing an initial three-year deal.[25] He made his debut on 7 August in a 2–1 win against Reading at the Madjeski Stadium.[26] His first Scunthorpe goals came in the League Cup second round as he scored two goals in a 4–2 win against Sheffield Wednesday on 24 August.[27] His first league goals came two weeks later as he again scored twice, this time in a 4–0 away win against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.[28] His three other goals in his first season with Scunthorpe came in wins against Preston, Burnley and Nottingham Forest.[29] Scunthorpe were relegated at the end of the season, finishing bottom of the Championship.

He stayed with Scunthorpe as they started the season in League One, and scored his first goal of the season in a 2–0 League Cup away win against Accrington Stanley on 9 August 2011.[30] He followed this up with a goal against Oldham Athletic a week later.[31] In the next round of the League Cup, he scored against Premier League side Newcastle United, as his team lost 2–1 after extra time at Glanford Park.[32] In October he scored in back-to-back games in the space of four days, in a 2–2 draw against Huddersfield and a 4–2 win against former club Tranmere.[33][34] His final game was a 2–1 away win against Hartlepool on 2 January 2012.[35]

Barnsley[edit]

On 6 January 2012, Dagnall signed for Championship club Barnsley for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year contract. He had formerly played under their manager Keith Hill and his assistant David Flitcroft at Rochdale, with Hill saying: "He's definitely value for money and the type of player that fits in perfectly to what we're trying to achieve at this club"[36] He made his debut on eight days later in a 2–1 away win against Leicester City.[37] He made nine appearances before going out on loan to League Two side Bradford City on 16 March.[38]

On 16 March, Dagnall joined Bradford City on loan until the end of the season.[39] He made his debut the following day against Aldershot Town.[40] Bradford manager Phil Parkinson said: "I'm really pleased to get him on board. He's a good signing for us."[38] On 24 March he made his 300th career appearance in a 2–2 draw against Gillingham at Valley Parade.[41] On 27 March he scored his first goal for Bradford in a home game against Crawley Town, he was also named man of the match.[42]

He scored his first goals for Barnsley when he netted twice in a League Cup tie against former side Rochdale on 12 August 2012.[43] On 12 January 2013, he scored his first league goals for Barnsley, both of them in a 2–0 win against Leeds United.[44]

On 28 November 2013, Dagnall signed for Coventry City on an emergency loan until 5 January 2014.[45] He made his Sky Blues debut two days later away to Milton Keynes Dons, equalising as they came from behind to win 3–1.[46] He was released from his contract at Barnsley, alongside defender Scott Wiseman, on 10 January 2014.[47]

Leyton Orient[edit]

Six days after his release, Dagnall signed for Leyton Orient on an 18-month contract.[48] On his debut for the Londoners at Crewe Alexandra on 18 January, he came on as a substitute for Robbie Simpson at half-time and scored twice in Orient's 2–1 win, which took them to the top of League One.[49] His six goals helped them to the play-offs, where on 13 May, again as a substitute, he scored in a semi-final win over Peterborough (2–1, 3–2 aggregate).[50] 12 days later, in the final at Wembley Stadium, he came on in the 76th minute in place of Kevin Lisbie, and had his attempt saved by Adam Collin as the O's lost the penalty shootout.[51]

On 2 September 2014, Dagnall scored twice in a 3–2 win over Peterborough in the first round of the Football League Trophy.[52] He was sent off on 29 November in a 3–1 loss at former team Bradford, receiving a straight red card for a foul on Billy Knott.[53] With 11 goals, he was the team's top scorer that season, which ended in relegation to League Two.[54]

Kerala Blasters[edit]

Rejecting an offer to extend his contract, Dagnall left Orient to join Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters on 10 June 2015, saying "I've enjoyed my 18 months with the club and the fans were very welcoming, but this will be a new challenge for me."[54] He replaced Iain Hume, who had signed a new contract with Atlético de Kolkata.

He made his debut on 6 October, as his new team began the season with a 3–1 win over NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, being replaced by compatriot Sanchez Watt at half time.[55] A week later, he scored his first goal, an 83rd-minute consolation in a 2–1 loss at Atlético de Kolkata.[56] On 15 November, he scored twice in a 4–1 win at NorthEast United, his first coming after 29 seconds making it the quickest in the league's history; he set up the previous record holder, 48 seconds by Mohammed Rafi against FC Pune City.[57]

Hibernian[edit]

On 23 December 2015, Dagnall joined Scottish Championship team Hibernian on a short-term deal until the end of the 2015–16 season.[58][59] He made his debut on 9 January in a Scottish Cup fourth round 2–0 win against Raith Rovers.[60] Dagnall was an unused substitute as Hibernian won the 2016 Scottish Cup Final.[61]

Crewe Alexandra[edit]

On 5 July 2016, Dagnall joined League Two club Crewe Alexandra on a two-year deal,[62] making his debut in the season's opener at Stevenage and scoring his first Crewe goal in a 3-3 draw against Hartlepool on 16 August.[63]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 22:56, 21 March 2017 (UTC)[64]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tranmere Rovers 2003–04 Division Two 10 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 1
2004–05 League One 24 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 25 6
2005–06 League One 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Tranmere Rovers Total 40 7 1 0 1 0 2 0 44 7
Rochdale 2005–06 League Two 21 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 3
2006–07 League Two 37 17 2 0 1 0 2 1 42 18
2007–08 League Two 17 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 9
2008–09 League Two 41 8 1 1 1 0 2 1 45 10
2009–10 League Two 45 20 2 0 1 0 1 0 49 20
Rochdale Total 161 57 5 1 5 0 5 2 176 60
Scunthorpe United 2010–11 Championship 37 5 1 0 3 2 0 0 41 7
2011–12 League One 23 4 2 0 2 2 0 0 27 6
Scunthorpe United Total 60 9 3 0 5 4 0 0 68 13
Barnsley 2011–12 Championship 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2012–13 Championship 36 5 4 3 2 2 0 0 42 10
2013–14 Championship 8 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 10 1
Bradford City (loan) 2011–12 League Two 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Coventry City (loan) 2013–14 League One 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Barnsley Total 53 6 4 3 4 2 0 0 61 11
Leyton Orient 2013–14 League One 22 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 7
2014–15 League One 38 11 1 0 1 0 2 2 42 13
Leyton Orient Total 60 18 1 0 1 0 2 2 64 20
Kerala Blasters 2015 Indian Super League 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5
Hibernian 2015–16 Scottish Championship 11 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
Crewe Alexandra 2016–17 League Two 33 9 1 0 2 2 1 1 37 12
Career totals 435 113 18 4 19 8 10 5 491 130
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances (including substitutes) and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Hibernian

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