Danny Galbraith

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Danny Galbraith
Personal information
Full name Daniel William Galbraith[1]
Date of birth (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Galashiels, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
York City
Number 37
Youth career
2004–2006 Heart of Midlothian
2006–2008 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Manchester United 0 (0)
2009–2013 Hibernian 52 (1)
2013–2014 Limerick 35 (2)
2014–2015 Gillingham 7 (0)
2015– York City 9 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:44, 13 February 2016 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Daniel William "Danny" Galbraith (born 19 August 1990) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a winger for League Two club York City. Galbraith was a youth player with Heart of Midlothian and then signed for Manchester United, but injury problems prevented him from progressing into their first team. He signed for Hibernian in 2009, but left in January 2013. A month later, he signed for Irish club Limerick. Galbraith signed for Gillingham in December 2014.

Club career[edit]

Manchester United[edit]

Galbraith was born in Galashiels, Selkirkshire.[3] He started his career at Heart of Midlothian, before signing for Manchester United for an initial fee believed to be £50,000 on his sixteenth birthday,[3] when he was old enough to be permitted to sign for the club. In his first season at the club, Galbraith was part of the side that reached the FA Youth Cup final playing a key role on the left side of midfield where they lost on penalties to Liverpool. In the previous 2 legged semi-final against Arsenal Galbraith played in front of a record attendance of 38,187 at the Emirates Stadium and set up the winning goal for Danny Welbeck in the return leg at Old Trafford.[4] He featured for the reserves at the end of his first season but his progress was stalled by a series of injuries, however, and he never made an appearance for the Manchester United first team.[3] He had suffered ankle, knee and groin problems, the last of which prevented him from playing for ten months.[5]


After being given a free transfer by United in 2009, Galbraith signed for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian on a two-year contract.[4] He made his senior debut in a 2–1 win against St. Mirren at the start of the 2009–10 season, coming on as a substitute for Paul Hanlon.[3] Galbraith set up the winning goal in that match by sending in a cross that Abdessalam Benjelloun headed into the net.[3]

Galbraith scored his first goal in senior football on 27 January 2010, firing a low shot past Artur Boruc late on at Celtic Park to give Hibernian a 2–1 league win against Celtic.[6] Galbraith described the goal as a "moment to remember", and made the recuperation from the injuries he suffered in previous years worthwhile.[5] Despite this dramatic contribution, surprisingly Galbraith made only two further appearances that season, both as a substitute.[7] Manager John Hughes commented that he would not play youngsters until he felt that they were ready.[7]

Galbraith agreed a new contract with Hibernian in February 2011.[8] After John Hughes admission that he would not play youngsters until he felt they were ready Galbraith featured regularly under new manager Colin Calderwood before the latter was sacked in November 2012.[9] BBC Scotland reported in September 2012 that Galbraith had been ordered not to train with the Hibernian first team squad, the club clarified that this was being done to aid his recovery from a hip operation, however the real reason was believed to have been due to a fallout between the player and manager Pat Fenlon. This strange situation made all the more confusing with the club being forced to clarify that Galbraith had not been subject to any disciplinary process. Galbraith is widely regarded as a model professional.[10] Galbraith left Hibs via mutual consent in January 2013.[11]


Galbraith signed a two-year deal with League of Ireland club Limerick on 18 February 2013.[12] He went on to make 40 appearances in just over a year before leaving the club in June 2014 after rejecting a new contract with other clubs in the UK said to be interested.[13] On his departure manager Stuart Taylor, now Aston Villa U21 coach, commented that Galbraith was a "top professional" and "role model" who was "first on the training field and last off it" as well as being a "a great example" for the younger players to learn from.[14] [15] He subsequently went on trial at Scottish Premier League club Hamilton Academical where he impressed but rejected the offer of a contract with his preference to try and find a club in England.[16]


Galbraith signed a contract with League One club Gillingham until the end of the season in December 2014.[17] After being signed by former England manager Peter Taylor Galbraith's opportunities were limited following his departure and subsequent appointment of new manager Justin Edinburgh. Galbraith did however play in the first three games of new manager Edinburgh's reign which resulted in three victories over Sheffield United, Peterborough United and Milton Keynes Dons taking the club out of the relegation zone and towards mid-table where they would finish the season. He also scored a memorable goal for the club in the semi-final of the Kent Senior Cup, scoring from 25 yards.[18]

York City[edit]

Galbraith signed for League Two team York City on 27 November 2015.[19] Galbraith netted his first goal for the club at Bootham Crescent against Stevenage FC on the 30th January 2016, scoring a driven right-footed finish in the 93rd minute to secure a 2-1 win.[20]

International career[edit]

Galbraith was called up to the Scotland national under-15 team while still a schoolboy at Hearts. He then played for Scotland at under-16 level in the Victory Shield.[21] Galbraith represented Scotland at under-17 level while at Manchester United where his injuries at that time, suffered whilst on international duty, severely set back his career.[22] He was added to the Scotland national under-21 football team in February 2011 while at Hibernian.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 February 2016.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian 2009–10[23] Scottish Premier League 14 1 2 0 1 0 17 1
2010–11[24] Scottish Premier League 22 0 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 26 0
2011–12[25] Scottish Premier League 16 0 1 0 3 0 20 0
2012–13[26] Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 52 1 4 0 5 0 2 0 63 1
Limerick 2013[2] League of Ireland Premier Division 27 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 29 0
2014[2] League of Ireland Premier Division 8 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 2
Total 35 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 37 2
Gillingham 2014–15[27] League One 7 0 0 0 7 0
York City 2015–16[28] League Two 9 1 9 1
Career total 103 4 4 0 7 0 2 0 116 4
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League


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  2. ^ a b c d "D. Galbraith". Soccerway. Global Sports Media. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hardie, David (18 August 2009). "Young gun Galbraith raring to go after perfect cameo for Hibs". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Marshall, Alan (7 July 2009). "Danny Galbraith: I'll put injury hell behind me to become a Hibs star". Daily Record (Glasgow). Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Hardie, David (28 January 2010). "Hibs kid's relief at hammering home the winner against Celtic". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Murray, Keir (27 January 2010). "Celtic 1–2 Hibernian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Hardie, David (29 May 2010). "John Hughes will resist calls to use Hibs kids until they are ready". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Danny Galbraith wins new Hibs contract". BBC Sport. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  9. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (6 November 2011). "Calderwood sacked as Hibs manager". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Danny Galbraith's Hibs future unclear as reports claim he's been banished from training
  11. ^ "Transfer Window Summary". Hibernian F.C. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Danny Galbraith Signs". Limerick F.C. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  13. ^ Limerick FC Confirm Galbraith’s Departure
  14. ^ Danny Galbraith leaves Limerick FC
  15. ^ Blow for Limerick as Danny Galbraith leaves
  16. ^ Hamilton boss Alex Neil admits trialist Danny Galbraith impressed
  17. ^ Danny Galbraith: Gillingham sign ex-Hibs winger on short-term deal, BBC Sport.
  18. ^ Danny Galbraith Goal v Margate
  19. ^ "Galbraith Signs City Deal". York City F.C. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  20. ^ York vs Stevenage
  21. ^ "Spence And Brookes Star For England Under-16s". West Ham United F.C. 28 November 2005. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. 
  22. ^ a b Strachan, Colleen (8 February 2011). "Galbraith hoping it's third time lucky with Scotland". The Scotsman (Edinburgh). Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Daniel Galbraith in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Daniel Galbraith in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Daniel Galbraith in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Daniel Galbraith in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Daniel Galbraith in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 November 2015. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Daniel Galbraith in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 

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