Daniel Nardiello

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Daniel Nardiello
Personal information
Full name Daniel Antony Nardiello[1]
Date of birth (1982-10-22) 22 October 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Number 18
Youth career
1998–1999 Wolverhampton Wanderers
1999–2000 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2005 Manchester United 0 (0)
2003 Swansea City (loan) 4 (0)
2004 Barnsley (loan) 16 (7)
2004–2005 Barnsley (loan) 28 (7)
2005–2007 Barnsley 67 (16)
2007–2008 Queens Park Rangers 8 (0)
2008 Barnsley (loan) 11 (1)
2008–2010 Blackpool 7 (0)
2009 Hartlepool United (loan) 12 (3)
2009 Bury (loan) 6 (4)
2010 Oldham Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2010–2012 Exeter City 66 (19)
2012–2014 Rotherham United 45 (24)
2013–2014 Bury (loan) 11 (5)
2014– Bury 41 (15)
National team
2007 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:46, 4 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:22, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Daniel Antony Nardiello (born 22 October 1982) is an English-born Welsh footballer who currently plays as a forward for Bury. Nardiello is the son of former Wales international Donato Nardiello and cousin of Reis Ashraf and Michael Nardiello.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United, loans at Swansea City and Barnsley[edit]

Born in Coventry, West Midlands, Nardiello was a product of the Academy of Wolverhampton Wanderers, but signed trainee terms for Manchester United in 1999.[2] They were ordered by the Football League Appeals Committee to pay £200,000 as compensation. He progressed quickly through the clubs Under-17 and Under-19 teams,[3] turning professional on 22 October 1999. He made his debut for them on 5 November 2001 in a 4–0 Worthington Cup defeat to Arsenal.[2][4] In the 2002–03 season, he played in a UEFA Champions League match against Maccabi Haifa.[5][6]

After scoring twelve goals for Manchester United reserves, he was sent on a one month loan to Swansea City on 24 October 2003[7] where he scored one goal in a Football League Trophy defeat to Southend United.[8]

Nardiello spent the second half of the 2003–04 season on loan to Barnsley. He made his debut for the Tykes on 27 January 2004, scoring two goals as they beat Blackpool 3–0 at home.[9] He scored seven goals in 16 games during his loan spell at the club before returning to Old Trafford.[4] Having become a firm favourite with the Barnsley fans, he returned again to Oakwell on a season long loan for the 2004–05 season. Dogged with injuries, Nardiello still managed to play in 30 games, scoring seven goals.


In July 2005, Nardiello signed a two-year permanent contract with Barnsley after being released by Manchester United.[4][10] He scored two vital goals in Barnsley's League One play-off games. The first was the winning goal against Huddersfield Town in the second leg of the play off semi finals on 15 May 2006[11] and the second was the goal that fired Barnsley into a penalty shootout at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff against the club where he had previously been on loan, Swansea City, which Barnsley won 4–3 on 27 May 2006.[12]

Queens Park Rangers, back at Barnsley on loan[edit]

In June 2007, Nardiello turned down a new contract at Barnsley, and shunned interest from Norwich City to sign a two-year contract with fellow Championship side Queens Park Rangers,[13] in a move that was criticised by Barnsley's then chairman Gordon Shepherd.[14]

In January 2008, Nardiello returned to Barnsley on loan, the club he left in the summer of 2007. He signed a loan deal with Barnsley until the end of the 2007–08 season.[10] After scoring just one goal in thirteen appearances he returned to QPR in May 2008.[15]


Back at Loftus Road, Nardiello was linked with a move in July 2008 to fellow Championship side Blackpool, after struggling to make an impact at QPR.[16] It was believed that QPR offered the player, team mate Zesh Rehman on loan, as well as £250,000 in return for highly-sought after Blackpool defender Kaspars Gorkss.[17] The move was completed on 30 July when Nardiello signed a two-year contract with the Seasiders.[18]

After being injured shortly after coming on in a pre-season friendly at Tranmere Rovers, Nardiello made his league debut for the club on 13 September, when he came on as a second-half substitute as Blackpool beat his former club Barnsley 1–0 at Bloomfield Road.[19] He finally made his full debut for the Seasiders on 9 January 2009, again after recovering from injury, in their 1–0 FA Cup defeat to Conference National club Torquay United.[20][21]

Loan move to Hartlepool United[edit]

After missing most of the Seasiders' campaign through injury, on 29 January 2009 he joined League One club Hartlepool United on loan until the end of the season.[22] Despite scoring three goals in eight starts he returned to his parent club at the end of the loan period.

Back at Blackpool and Bury loan move[edit]

Nardiello scored his first goal for the Seasiders in a 2–1 win over Crewe Alexandra in the first round of the 2009–10 League Cup on 11 August 2009.[23] Four days later he made his first league appearance for Blackpool since 16 September 2008, as a second-half substitute in a 1–1 draw with Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road.

He then underwent an operation to cure a hip problem[24] and did not play first team football again until he joined League Two side Bury on 13 November on loan until 19 December.[25] He scored on his debut the following day in a 3–3 draw with Notts County at Gigg Lane. He was denied a second goal when his shot stuck in a puddle, inches from the goal line, enabling County goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel to retrieve the ball.[26] He scored again in his second game, a 1–1 draw with Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow on 21 November. His third goal came in his fifth match on 5 December, a 2–0 home win over Barnet. After scoring four goals in six league games, Nardiello was recalled by Blackpool on 14 December to cover for injuries.

Return to Blackpool and Oldham Athletic loan move[edit]

On his return to Blackpool, Nardiello was an unused substitute a number of games, before making his second league appearance of the season on 9 January 2010 as a 77th-minute substitute in a 1–1 draw with Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium. He made a late substitute appearance in the 2–2 home draw with Queens Park Rangers on 16 January, then three days later Nardiello made his first league start for Blackpool – over 17 months after he signed for the club – in the 1–2 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

On 4 March, he joined League One side Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the season.[27] Two days later, he made his debut in the 1–1 draw with Exeter City at St James Park. Three days later, on his home debut at Boundary Park against Leyton Orient, Nardiello tore his hamstring early in the second half and was stretchered off the pitch.

Nardiello was allowed to leave Blackpool at the end of the 2009–10 season.[28]

Exeter City[edit]

On 5 July 2010, it was announced that Nardiello had signed for League One side Exeter City. He scored his first league goal for the club on 21 August 2010 at St James Park against Bristol Rovers. He scored a last minute winner against arch rivals Plymouth Argyle, which was the first meeting between the sides in over 10 years, in a Football League Trophy match on 9 November. Nardiello signed a new contract at Exeter City in June 2011.

Rotherham United[edit]

On 10 May 2012, Nardiello joined Rotherham United on a two-year deal. His first goal for the club was on his league debut, a penalty in the 4th minute, in a 3–0 opening day victory over Burton Albion. He helped fire The Millers to promotion by scoring 18 goals in 36 matches, becoming the club's top scorer, as they finished second.

Despite being the club's top scorer last season he started the new season on the bench behind Kieran Agard, Alex Revell and new loan signing Matt Tubbs. He did however score on his first appearance of the season scoring the equalizer in a 2–2 draw with Shrewsbury Town after being on the pitch for only 3 minutes but he also got sent off in the fifth minute of stoppage time. On his first start of the season against Oldham Athletic on 14 September he scored a hat-trick, the first of his professional career, in a 3–2 win.

Return to Bury[edit]

On 15 November 2013, he re-joined League Two side Bury on loan until January 2014.[29] He scored his first goal in his return on 26 November 2013 with the only goal in a 1–0 win over Hartlepool. On 29 January 2014, Nardiello chose to stay on at Bury, signing an 18-month contract.



Rotherham United
  • League Two: promotion 2012–13 (Runners Up)

International career[edit]

Because of his mixed heritage, Nardiello could have played international football for Wales, England, or Italy. He said this himself, as the Rotherham club programme copied an extract from Wikipedia saying he could have also played for Puerto Rico and USA, but he said it was just the three stated prior to this[citation needed]. He played at under-15 and under-16 levels for England.[3] However, in the end he decided to follow his father, Donato, who played twice for Wales in the early 1980s.[5] He made his first appearance for Wales in a friendly against New Zealand on 26 May 2007.[30] coming on as a 65th minute substitute for Robert Earnshaw.[31]


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