Dan Sweeney (footballer)

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Dan Sweeney
Personal information
Full name Daniel Liam Sweeney[1]
Date of birth (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Hednesford Town
(on loan from Barnet)
Youth career
0000–2012 AFC Wimbledon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 AFC Wimbledon 0 (0)
2013–2015 Kingstonian 102 (10)
2015 Dulwich Hamlet 10 (6)
2015–2016 Maidstone United 44 (3)
2017– Barnet 34 (1)
2017Hampton & Richmond Borough (loan) 4 (0)
2018–Hednesford Town (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2016 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:54, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2016

Daniel Liam Sweeney (born 25 April 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or centre-back for Hednesford Town on loan from Barnet.

Club career[edit]

AFC Wimbledon[edit]

In July 2012, Sweeney was one of five academy prospects to be invited to train with the first team and play for the development squad after the club pulled out of the Suburban League.[3]

It is often claimed that Sweeney made a single appearance for the first team in February 2013, although this has proved untrue with Peter Sweeney instead featuring against Wycombe Wanderers.[4]

Kingstonian[edit]

In March 2013, Sweeney joined tenants Kingstonian following his release from AFC Wimbledon.[5] On 4 March, he made his debut in a 2–1 London Senior Cup victory over Hanwell Town.[6] On 6 April, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 Isthmian Premier Division defeat to Whitehawk.[7]

In October 2013, Sweeney was offered a trial with Championship side Ipswich Town and spent a week training with the club.[8] He made a single appearance for the Reserve team.[9]

On 15 June 2014, Sweeney signed a one-year contract to remain at Kingsmeadow.[10] Despite being offered a contract ahead of the 2015–16 season, Sweeney rejected the offer and played for the K's on non-contract terms.[11]

On 6 October 2015, he made his final appearance from the bench in the Alan Turvey Trophy in a 2–2 draw with Hendon. Taking the K's second penalty, Sweeney hit the crossbar but saw his side win 3–1 on penalties.[12]

Dulwich Hamlet[edit]

On 9 October 2015, Sweeney joined Isthmian Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet following a seven-day approach.[11] On 10 October, he assisted and scored on his debut in a 4–1 victory at Farnborough.[13] He also scored in the subsequent five fixtures, claiming the Man of the Match award on two occasions.[14][15]

On 21 November, Sweeney recorded his second assist for the club in a 3–2 win at Bognor Regis Town.[16] After his early goalscoring form, Sweeney attracted the attention of a number of Football League clubs.[17] His final appearance came in a 1–0 defeat to Needham Market on 5 December.[18]

Maidstone United[edit]

On 12 December 2015, Sweeney completed a move to National League South side Maidstone United.[19] On 19 December, he made his debut in a 1–0 defeat at Hayes & Yeading United.[20] He scored his first goal for the club four games later, opening the scoring inside three minutes in a 2–0 win against Bath City.[21]

On 27 February 2016, he received the first dismissal of his career with a second yellow card during a 2–1 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville.[22]

After finishing third in the league with 77 points, Maidstone earned a place in the play-offs. Sweeney featured in both legs of the semi-final 3–0 aggregate victory over Truro City, and came off the bench in the 87th minute of the play-off final at Ebbsfleet United. With the game tied at 2–2 after 120 minutes, Sweeney converted his team's fifth and final penalty to seal promotion to the National League.[23]

On 8 April, the club announced Sweeney had agreed to sign a new deal ahead of the 2016–17 season.[24]

Making 15 consecutive league appearances at the start of the season, Sweeney scored his first National League goal in a 4–2 victory over Solihull Moors on 1 October.[25] On 17 December, he made his final appearance for the club in a 2–1 defeat to North Ferriby United.[26]

Barnet[edit]

On 22 December 2016, it was announced Sweeney would join League Two club Barnet for an undisclosed fee.[27] Joining up with the squad for training immediately, he officially joined on 1 January.[28] He made his English Football League debut the following day as a substitute against Plymouth Argyle.[29] Sweeney played only four times for the Bees between January and October and was loaned out to Hampton & Richmond Borough on 13 October 2017.[30] Following his return from loan, Sweeney worked his way back into the team, and began playing in a centre-back role following the appointment of Graham Westley in January 2018. After Martin Allen took over two months later, Sweeney was made captain.[31]

On 5 October 2018, Sweeney was loaned out to Hednesford Town for a month.[32]

International career[edit]

In June 2016, Sweeney was called up to the England C squad after initially being placed on a contingency list.[33] On 5 June, he made his only appearance for the national team in a 4–3 International Challenge Trophy defeat to Slovakia U21s. Sweeney came off the bench in the 70th minute to replace Elliott Whitehouse.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Sweeney's brother Ryan (born 1997) was also in the academy at AFC Wimbledon.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 September 2018.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
AFC Wimbledon 2012–13[36] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kingstonian 2012–13[5] Isthmian Premier Division 6 2 0 0 0 0 4[a] 0 10 2
2013–14[5] 42 5 1 0 3 0 4[b] 1 50 6
2014–15[5] 42 2 1 0 4 0 1[c] 0 48 2
2015–16[5] 12 1 2 0 2 1 0 0 16 2
Total 102 10 4 0 9 1 9 1 124 12
Dulwich Hamlet 2015–16[17] Isthmian Premier Division 10 6 0 0 0 0 2[d] 0 12 6
Maidstone United 2015–16[37] National League South 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 1
2016–17[37] National League 23 2 2 0 0 0 2[e] 0 27 2
Total 44 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 48 3
Barnet 2016–17[38] League Two 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2017–18 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
2018–19 National League 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Total 34 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
Hampton & Richmond Borough (loan) 2017–18 National League South 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Career total 190 20 6 0 9 1 13 1 219 22
  1. ^ Four appearances in the London Senior Cup.
  2. ^ One appearance in the FA Trophy, one appearance in the London Senior Cup and two appearances and one goal in the Surrey Senior Cup.
  3. ^ One appearance in the FA Trophy.
  4. ^ Two appearances in the FA Trophy.
  5. ^ Two appearances in the FA Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.efl.com/siteassets/efl-documents/efl-released-and-retained-list---2016-17.pdf.
  2. ^ a b "Dan Sweeney". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  3. ^ AFCWimbledon_user. "Club announcement". www.afcwimbledon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  4. ^ "AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers, 12 January 2013". 11v11.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Daniel Sweeney – First Team – Kingstonian FC". www.kingstonian.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  6. ^ "Kingstonian 2 vs. 1 Hanwell Town – 4 March 2013 – First Team – Kingstonian FC". www.kingstonian.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  7. ^ "Kingstonian 2 vs. 3 Whitehawk – 6 April 2013 – First Team – Kingstonian FC". www.kingstonian.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  8. ^ "Kingstonian Confirm Sweeney Trial – Ipswich Town News". TWTD.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  9. ^ "Pride of Anglia – Ipswich Town Football Club". www.prideofanglia.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  10. ^ "Daniel Sweeney – News – Kingstonian FC". www.kingstonian.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  11. ^ a b "Daniel Sweeney leaves the K's – News – Kingstonian FC". www.kingstonian.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  12. ^ "Hendon 2 vs. 2 Kingstonian – 6 October 2015 – First Team – Kingstonian FC". www.kingstonian.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  13. ^ "Farnborough 1 vs. 4 Dulwich Hamlet – 10 October 2015 – First XI – Dulwich Hamlet Football Club". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  14. ^ "Dulwich Hamlet 1 vs. 2 Metropolitan Police – 13 October 2015 – First XI – Dulwich Hamlet Football Club". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  15. ^ "Hampton & Richmond Borough 2 vs. 1 Dulwich Hamlet – 20 October 2015 – First XI – Dulwich Hamlet Football Club". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  16. ^ "Bognor Regis Town 2 vs. 3 Dulwich Hamlet – 21 November 2015 – First XI – Dulwich Hamlet Football Club". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  17. ^ a b "Dan Sweeney – First XI – Dulwich Hamlet Football Club". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  18. ^ "Dulwich Hamlet 0 vs. 1 Needham Market – 5 December 2015 – First XI – Dulwich Hamlet Football Club". www.pitchero.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  19. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Sweeney signs for the Stones". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  20. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Hayes & Yeading 1–0 Maidstone United". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  21. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Bath City 0–2 Maidstone United". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  22. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Havant & Waterlooville 2–1 Maidstone United". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  23. ^ "Ebbsfleet United 2 Maidstone United 2 match report (aet, Stones win 4–3 on penalties)". Kent Online. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  24. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Sweeney stays for next season". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  25. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Maidstone United 2–4 Solihull Moors". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  26. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Maidstone United 1–2 North Ferriby United". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  27. ^ "Bees agree Sweeney deal". Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  28. ^ "Dan Sweeney: Barnet to sign Maidstone United midfielder for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  29. ^ Barnet 1 – 0 Plymouth Argyle
  30. ^ Loan | Dan Sweeney joins Hampton & Richmond Borough
  31. ^ News | Further update from Martin Allen
  32. ^ Striker Arrives On Loan, hednesfordtownfc.com, 5 October 2018
  33. ^ "Maidstone United FC » Sweeney gets England C call up". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  34. ^ Association, The Football. "England C edged out 4–3 by Slovakia Under-21s in ICT thriller". www.thefa.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  35. ^ A rise through the ranks
  36. ^ "AFC Wimbledon | Player Profile | Dan Sweeney". www.wimbledonheritage.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  37. ^ a b "Maidstone United FC » Fixtures and results". www.maidstoneunited.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-24.
  38. ^ "Dan Sweeney | Football Stats | Maidstone United | Age 22 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24.

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