Damian Batt

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Damian Batt
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Personal information
Full name Damian Alexander Nathaniel Batt[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-16) 16 September 1984 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Welwyn Garden City, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2001–2004 Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Redbridge 1 (0)
2004–2006 Barnet 37 (1)
2006–2007 St Albans City 22 (2)
2007–2008 Stevenage Borough 10 (0)
2007St Albans City (loan) 8 (1)
2008Woking (loan) 13 (1)
2008 Fisher Athletic 7 (1)
2008–2009 Grays Athletic 10 (0)
2009–2013 Oxford United 158 (3)
2013–2014 Eastleigh 15 (0)
2014–2015 Dagenham & Redbridge 28 (0)
Total 309 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Damian Alexander Nathaniel Batt (born 16 September 1984) is an English footballer who most recently played for Dagenham & Redbridge.

Career[edit]

Batt was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.[1] He started his career in the youth system at Norwich City, even though his signature was sought by many London clubs.[2] He scored Norwich's first goal in the 2-1 FA Youth Cup victory over the previous season's champions Aston Villa in December 2002.[2] He accompanied the first team during the 2003 pre-season tour to the Netherlands and prior to the signing of Marc Edworthy, was acting as second choice right back behind Keith Briggs.[2] In January 2004, it was announced that he would not be offered a new professional deal by the Canaries after 8 years at the club.[2] In September 2004, he signed for Barnet, making his debut in a 3–1 win over Stevenage Borough in the Football League Trophy.[2] Barnet won the Conference title in his first season with the club, gaining promotion to Football League Two.[2] In May 2005, he signed a new one-year contract with the club after making nineteen appearances in the previous campaign, scoring once in the 7–1 rout against Farnborough Town.[3] He failed to secure a regular starting place for the club in the Football League and Barnet announced in May 2006 that he would not be retained.[2]

He subsequently signed for newly promoted Conference National side St Albans City on a non-contract basis in August 2006.[2][4] His debut came in September, a 2–1 win over Oxford United.[5] He impressed for St Albans and was signed by Stevenage Borough on a free transfer in January 2007.[2] In September 2007, after a couple of bad injuries including a broken ankle he re-joined his former club St Albans on loan for three months.[2] In February 2008 upon his return to Stevenage, he was loaned out again to fellow Conference National side Woking, where he stayed until the end of the season.[2]

In the summer of 2008, Batt decided to leave the club.[6] His stay at the south London club was only brief and he signed for Conference Premier side Grays Athletic on a non-contract basis in October 2008.[7] He impressed during his short spell with the club and despite the offer of a new contract, he signed for fellow Conference Premier side Oxford United in January 2009.[7][8] He played a major part in the club's success featuring in the 2010 Conference National play-off Final win over York City at Wembley Stadium, gaining promotion to League Two.[2] In the summer of 2010, he signed a two-year contract extension on a deal until 2013.[9] The following season, he was included in the League Two PFA Team of the Year after making thirty appearances.[10] In May 2013, he decided to leave Oxford United, making 180 appearances and scoring three times.[2]

In July 2013, he joined Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps FC.[11] However, after a 6-month stay and longer contracts talks a long term move failed to materialise and in September 2013 he announced that he retired from professional football, which he described as "the hardest decision of my life", in order to pursue his business interests.[12] Later on in the month he signed for part-time Conference South side Eastleigh, despite several offers from other clubs.[13] He found his opportunities limited at the club making only twelve starts and departed Eastleigh in January 2014.[14]

In June 2014, he came out of retirement and returned to full-time football with League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge penning a two-year contract.[15] Dagenham released Batt from his contract on 20 April 2015.[16]

Personal life[edit]

His younger brother Shaun is also a professional footballer who has played in the Football League most notably for Peterborough United, Millwall and Leyton Orient.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 April 2015.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Redbridge 2004–05[18] Conference South 1 0 1 0
Barnet 2004–05[19] Conference National 15 1 0 0 4[a] 0 19 1
2005–06[20] League Two 22 0 1 0 2 0 2[b] 0 27 0
Total 37 1 1 0 2 0 6 0 46 1
St Albans City 2006–07[5] Conference National 22 2 0 0 1[c] 0 23 2
Stevenage Borough 2006–07[21] Conference National 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2007–08[22] Conference Premier 2 0 0 0 2[d] 0 4 0
Total 10 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
St Albans City (loan) 2007–08[22] Conference South 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Woking (loan) 2007–08[23] Conference Premier 13 1 3[e] 0 16 1
Fisher Athletic 2008–09[24] Conference South 7 1 1 0 8 1
Grays Athletic 2008–09[7] Conference Premier 10 0 2[f] 0 12 0
Oxford United 2008–09[25] Conference Premier 16 0 16 0
2009–10[26] Conference Premier 37 1 3 0 5[g] 0 45 1
2010–11[27] League Two 28 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 0
2011–12[28] League Two 40 1 1 0 1 0 2[b] 0 44 1
2012–13[29] League Two 37 1 3 0 2 0 3[b] 0 45 1
Total 158 3 8 0 4 0 10 0 180 3
Eastleigh 2013–14[30] Conference South 15 0 1 0 4[c] 0 20 0
Dagenham & Redbridge 2014–15[31] League Two 28 0 2 0 1 0 1[b] 0 32 0
Career total 309 9 13 0 7 0 29 0 358 9
  1. ^ Two appearances in Football League Trophy, two in FA Trophy
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  4. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, one in Conference League Cup
  5. ^ One appearance in Conference League Cup, two in Surrey Senior Cup
  6. ^ One appearance in FA Trophy, one in Essex Senior Cup
  7. ^ Two appearances in FA Trophy, three in Conference Premier play-offs

Honours[edit]

Barnet

Oxford United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2006). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2006–07. Mainstream Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 9781845961114.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Damian Batt - Flown From the Nest". Flown From the Nest. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Batt Signs on". Barnet-Mad. 21 May 2005. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "St Albans secure signing of Batt". BBC Sport. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Games played by Damian Batt in 2006/2007". St Albans City F.C. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Damian Batt - Boro Guide". Boro Guide. Archived from the original on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Games played by Damian Batt in 2008/2009 for Grays". Grays Athletic F.C. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Oxford sign Grays defender Batt". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Defender Damian Batt signs new deal at Oxford United". BBC Sport. 24 July 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Oxford's Damian Batt in League Two team of the year". BBC Sport. 18 April 2011.
  11. ^ "English defender Damian Batt trialing with Vancouver Whitecaps, hopes to add fullback depth". Major League Soccer. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Former Oxford United defender Batt retires". Oxford Mail. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Eastleigh Sign Damian Batt". Eastleigh F.C. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Batt and Rose Depart Spitfires". Non League Pitchero. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Daggers Add To Backline". Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Damian Batt: Dagenham release defender by mutual consent". BBC Sport. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  17. ^ Swann, Alan (15 June 2010). "Batt out to complete famous family double". Peterborough Today. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
  18. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2004/2005 for Redbridge". SoccerFactsUK. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2004/2005". Barnet-Mad. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  22. ^ a b "Games played by Damian Batt in 2007/2008". Boro Guide. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2007/2008 for Woking". Woking F.C. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2008/2009". Aylesbury United F.C. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  25. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2009/2010 for Oxford". Barnet-Mad. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  27. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  29. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  30. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2013/2014". Eastleigh F.C. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  31. ^ "Games played by Damian Batt in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 August 2014.

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