Danny Dichio

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Danny Dichio
Danny Dichio photo by Djuradj Vujcic.jpg
Dichio in 2012
Personal information
Full name Daniele Salvatore Ernest Dichio[1]
Date of birth (1974-10-19) 19 October 1974 (age 45)[1]
Place of birth Notting Hill, London, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
1991–1993 Queens Park Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1997 Queens Park Rangers 75 (20)
1993Welling United (loan) 3 (8)
1994Barnet (loan) 9 (2)
1997–1998 Sampdoria 2 (2)
1997Lecce (loan) 10 (2)
1998–2001 Sunderland 76 (17)
2001West Bromwich Albion (loan) 3 (4)
2001–2004 West Bromwich Albion 63 (16)
2003Derby County (loan) 6 (1)
2004Millwall (loan) 5 (5)
2004–2005 Millwall 41 (12)
2005–2007 Preston North End 63 (9)
2007–2009 Toronto FC 59 (14)
Total 415 (112)
National team
1995 England U21 1 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Toronto FC (assistant)
2010– Toronto FC III
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Daniele Salvatore Ernest Dichio (born 19 October 1974) is an English retired professional footballer. He last played for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer as a forward, and is now the head coach of the Toronto FC Academy U19 team, as well as an analyst for Sportsnet and Fox Soccer News.

Dichio had the honour of scoring the first goal in Toronto FC history against the Chicago Fire on 12 May 2007. Later in that same game he became the first player in club history to be red-carded.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Hammersmith, London,[1] to an English mother and an Italian father,[2][3] Dichio began his career at Queens Park Rangers, joining as an apprentice in June 1991 and turning professional in May 1993.[4] The sale of Les Ferdinand to Newcastle United in the summer of 1995 provided Dichio with the opportunity to break into QPR's first team in the 1995–96 Premier League season. He scored on his league debut for QPR against Aston Villa, and forged a strike partnership with Kevin Gallen throughout the remainder of the season. Prior to his QPR debut, he played on loan at Barnet and Welling United. Dichio moved to Italy's Serie A with Sampdoria in the close season of 1996, and soon after had a loan spell at Lecce. He returned to England to join Sunderland in January 1998, helping them win promotion to the Premiership as Division One champions with 105 points in his first full season (1998–99), and finish seventh in the Premiership in the next two seasons.

While at Sunderland, Dichio went on loan to West Bromwich Albion at the start of the 2001–02 season. The spell was a successful one, with Dichio scoring on his debut away at Sheffield Wednesday on 25 August 2001 and again on his home debut in a 1–0 win against Gillingham two days later. He joined the Midlands side permanently in November 2001 in a £1.25 million deal,[5] and helped them to achieve promotion. In Albion's first Premiership campaign the following season, Dichio was their joint top scorer in the league (with Scott Dobie), though with just five Premiership goals, not enough to prevent relegation. He finished as top scorer overall by virtue of his FA Cup hat-trick against Bradford City. The following season saw Dichio move himself and his family up to the Midlands, having previously commuted from London.[6] Despite settling in the area, however, he failed to regain a starting place in the team and in October 2003, he joined Derby on loan,[7] scoring once against Ipswich Town.[8] He then had another loan spell, this time at Millwall,[9] whom he later joined on a permanent deal.[10]

Dichio was unable to play in the 2004 FA Cup final for Millwall, due to suspension.[11] He scored 10 goals in 27 starts for Millwall in the 2004–05 season. In the summer of 2005, he moved to Preston North End,[12] but did not score in the league in his first season.

In the summer of 2006, he was the subject of a bid from Brighton. Although a fee was agreed, Dichio chose to stay at Preston and fight for his place.[13] On 14 October 2006, he scored his first league goal for Preston in a 4–1 win over Sunderland. Dichio, despite a difficult start to his Preston career, won over the fans at Deepdale causing many to be greatly upset as the news broke that his move to Toronto was to be finalised.

Toronto FC[edit]

In April 2007, Dichio was released from his contract to let him join the newly created MLS club Toronto FC.[14]

Over the next three seasons, Dichio made 59 league appearances for Toronto in the MLS, Canadian Championship and CONCACAF Champions League games. He scored 14 goals, including the club's first ever goal and the club's last goal of its inaugural season. He managed five goals in five shots on target to start the 2008 Major League Soccer season. That same year, Dichio also cemented his association with the Thornhill Soccer Club, a non-profit club that organises soccer leagues for age groups 4 and up, including adult leagues. On 18 March 2009, he announced his intention retire after the 2009 Major League Soccer season and to continue living in Toronto while also pursuing coaching opportunities.[15] However, on 9 September 2009, Dichio officially announced his retirement with six games remaining on Toronto FC's season schedule. His new role with the team will be as Toronto FC Team Ambassador, participating in local community appearances, and Academy Coach, where he will "assist coaches on all three Toronto FC teams while beginning to learn about the nuances of MLS".[16] He remains much beloved of Toronto fans, who sing a song in his honour in the 24th minute of each game, commemorating his inaugural goal for the franchise (scored at 23:13 on 12 May 2007 vs. Chicago Fire).[17]

He became a permanent resident of Canada in April 2009. In mid-2009, he began working with the Toronto FC Academy.

Managerial career[edit]

Following the firing of head coach Preki in September 2010, Nick Dasovic was named interim head coach, and Dichio became an assistant coach. With new management put in place during the off season-Aron Winter as head coach and Bob de Klerk as assistant-Dichio moved within the club and was named head coach of the TFC Academy U-18 team. Dichio replaced former coach Jason Bent, who was with the Academy for three years before being promoted as Winter's second assistant.[18]

Dichio is also the Technical Director for Thornhill Soccer Club.[19][20]


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2007). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2007–08. Mainstream Publishing. p. 109. ISBN 978-1-84596-246-3.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Danny Dichio". September 2009.
  4. ^ Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. p. 66. ISBN 1-85983-474-4.
  5. ^ "West Brom bag Dichio". BBC Sport. 30 November 2001. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  6. ^ "Settled Dichio feeling positive". BBC Sport. 12 September 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  7. ^ "Dichio joins Rams". BBC Sport. 16 October 2003. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Derby 2–2 Ipswich". BBC. 8 November 2003. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  9. ^ "Millwall snap up Dichio". BBC Sport. 13 January 2004. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  10. ^ "Dichio set for Millwall move". BBC Sport. 11 February 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2007.
  11. ^ "Dichio to miss FA Cup final". BBC Sport. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  12. ^ "Preston complete move for Dichio". BBC Sport. 7 July 2005. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  13. ^ "Dichio rejects move to Brighton". BBC Sport. 5 July 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  14. ^ "Dichio leaves Preston for Toronto". BBC Sport. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
  15. ^ "One final kick for Dichio and it's time for a new life". Toronto Sun. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2009.
  16. ^ "Toronto FC Announces Retirement of Danny Dichio". Toronto FC press release. 9 September 2009. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  17. ^ "Danny's song has TFC fans a little out of synch". Toronto Star. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  18. ^ Wileman, Luke (23 February 2011). "TFC Trio To Face New Challenges". Toronto FC. Toronto.
  19. ^ "Danny Dichio". September 2009.
  20. ^ Girard, Daniel (23 June 2009). "TFC's Dichio helps out the kids". The Star. Toronto.

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