|Full name||Danis Mahmut Mehmet Salman|
|Date of birth||12 March 1960|
|Place of birth||Famagusta, Cyprus|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Queens Park Rangers|
|1992||→ Peterborough United (loan)||1||(0)|
|1992–1993||Torquay United Youth (player-manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Danis Mahmut Mehmet Salman (Turkish: Danış Salman; born 12 March 1960), sometimes known as Danny Salman, is a Turkish Cypriot-born English former professional football defender and coach, best remembered for his time in the Football League with Brentford. He made over 380 appearances for the Bees, is the club's youngest-ever league debutant and was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame. He also played for Millwall, Plymouth Argyle and Torquay United.
Born in Famagusta, Cyprus, Salman was brought up in England from the age of two. He spent the early part of his career with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers, coming under the wing of John Docherty at the latter club.
New Brentford manager John Docherty brought Salman to the Division Four club on schoolboy forms in September 1975. Beginning life at Griffin Park in the club's youth team, Salman was handed an unexpected senior debut in a match versus Watford on 15 November 1975, having never even trained with the first team. At 15 years, 248 days old, he became Brentford's youngest ever debutant. Salman later revealed that he only found out he was playing the day before the match, when a reporter from The Sun arrived at his house and told him the news. He made five further appearances during the 1975–76 season and 22 in the following campaign, scoring his first senior goal. Salman's debutant record was beaten by Paul Walker in August 1976, but Salman remains the Bees' youngest-ever league debutant. Salman signed his first professional contract in 1977, worth £55 a week. Adept at right back or centre back, he broke into the team during the 1977–78 season, making 37 appearances on the way to the Bees securing automatic promotion to Division Three with a fourth-place finish.
Salman was a first-team regular until the 1982–83 season, when injuries restricted him to just a single appearance. Potential moves away from Griffin Park fell through, with Salman failing trials with Stoke City and Millwall in 1982. He re-established himself in the team during the 1984–85 season, making 58 appearances and following up with another 45 during the following season. At only age 26, Salman was rewarded with a testimonial versus Tottenham Hotspur in May 1986, which brought him £5,552. The match brought down the curtain on an 11-year career at Griffin Park, during which Salman made 381 appearances and scored eight goals. A return to Brentford during the reign of Steve Perryman was mooted, but fell through after Perryman's departure in August 1990. In recognition of his performances for the club, Salman was inducted into the Brentford Hall of Fame in November 2014.
Salman moved up to Division Two to sign for Millwall in August 1986 for a £20,000 fee, which was settled by a tribunal. He made 36 appearances and scored two goals during a forgettable debut season, in which the Lions finished in the bottom half of the table. Everything came right during the 1987–88 season, making 42 appearances as the Lions won the Division Two title. Receiving the club's Player of the Year award capped Salman's season. His appearances tailed off in Division One and he departed in March 1990, having made 112 appearances and scored five goals during his time at The Den.
Salman dropped back down to Division Two to sign for Peter Shilton's Plymouth Argyle on 20 March 1990 for a £50,000 fee. He made 11 appearances in what remained of the 1989–90 season, before establishing himself in the team in a poor 1990–91 season for the club. He remained with the club until the end of the 1991–92 season and departed having made 84 appearances and scored five goals for the Pilgrims.
Peterborough United (loan)
While still a player, Salman had a spell managing the Torquay United youth team during the 1992–93 season, combining his role with that of the club's Youth Development Officer. He became the Gulls' Commercial Manager in 1993.
Since retiring from football, Salman has lived in Plymouth. Salman works for the Press Association and focuses on covering Plymouth Argyle's matches. He writes a column in the Plymouth Herald.
As a player
As an individual
- Brentford Supporters' Player of the Year: 1984–85
- Brentford Players' Player of the Year: 1984–85
- Brentford Hall of Fame
- Millwall Player of the Year: 1987–88
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Plymouth Argyle||1989–90||Second Division||11||0||—||—||—||11||0|
|Peterborough United (loan)||1991–92||Third Division||1||0||—||—||—||1||0|
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