Danny Guthrie

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Danny Guthrie
Danny Guthrie v Ipswich.jpg
Guthrie playing for Newcastle United in 2010
Personal information
Full name Danny Sean Guthrie[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Shrewsbury, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
2000–2002 Manchester United
2002–2005 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Liverpool 3 (0)
2007 Southampton (loan) 10 (0)
2007–2008 Bolton Wanderers (loan) 25 (0)
2008–2012 Newcastle United 92 (7)
2012–2015 Reading 62 (5)
2015 Fulham (loan) 6 (0)
2015–2017 Blackburn Rovers 40 (1)
National team
2002–2003 England U16 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:15, 7 May 2017 (UTC).

Danny Sean Guthrie (born 18 April 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Blackburn Rovers, he will be a free agent when his contact ends 30 June. He has represented the England under-16s at international level.

Early life[edit]

Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire,[2] Guthrie attended Thomas Telford School from the age of 11 until he was 16 while he was also a part of the Manchester United youth academy. He was a member of a very successful football squad at his school, winning many County Cups and reaching the semi-finals in the English School's National Football Tournament. Guthrie then left Shropshire to live on Merseyside at the age of 16 to further his footballing career at Liverpool.

Club career[edit]


Guthrie's first appearance with the Liverpool senior team came during the summer of 2006 in a pre-season friendly at Wrexham, where he played as a left midfielder. He made his competitive first-team debut in a Football League Cup third round tie against Reading on 25 October 2006, coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for Mohamed Sissoko in a 4–3 victory at Anfield. On 29 November, he made his Premier League debut in a goalless home draw against Portsmouth, filling in for the last six minutes in place of Jermaine Pennant. He started his first match for Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League against Galatasaray on 5 December, a 3–2 away defeat for Liverpool.

Southampton (loan)[edit]

On 2 March 2007, Guthrie signed for Southampton on an emergency loan deal until the end of the month[3][4] which was subsequently extended to the end of the season.

Bolton Wanderers (loan)[edit]

Guthrie spent the 2007–08 season with Bolton Wanderers, who at the start of the season were managed by former Liverpool player and coach Sammy Lee.[5] Lee left the club by mutual consent in October, and there was speculation that Guthrie would not stay at Bolton for the rest of his loan spell. However, Gary Megson showed faith in Guthrie when he took over and he played intermittently. He scored on his Bolton debut against Fulham in the League Cup,[6] his first professional goal. He was also in the starting XI for the Bolton team that drew 2–2 with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena during the UEFA Cup. Megson further showed faith in Guthrie by starting him in the line up in Megson's second league match, a victory at home to Manchester United. Guthrie completed the season with 25 Premier League appearances before returning to Liverpool.

Newcastle United[edit]

Guthrie signed for Newcastle on 11 July 2008 for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £2.5 million, on a four-year contract. His new manager, Kevin Keegan, compared him to former Newcastle favourites Rob Lee and Paul Bracewell.[7] Guthrie made his debut for Newcastle in a pre-season game against Hartlepool United, where he came on at half time and managed to score one goal and create another. He added to this on 6 August by scoring against PSV Eindhoven at St James' Park on his home debut. On 17 August, Guthrie made his competitive debut alongside fellow debutants Jonás Gutiérrez and Fabricio Coloccini in a 1–1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford. On 13 September, Guthrie received a late red card, being sent off in a home loss to Hull City following a cynical hack at Craig Fagan, who was later revealed to have broken his leg.[8] Guthrie scored his first Premier League goal for Newcastle on 14 December as part of a 3–0 away win against Portsmouth. His second goal came on 26 December from the penalty spot as part of a 2–1 away loss to Wigan Athletic.

During the 2008–09 season, Guthrie featured regularly and formed a midfield partnership with Nicky Butt, an opportunity granted to him after starter Joey Barton sustained an injury. For his performances during the season, he gained praise from the media and fans alike, becoming a surprise favourite with the Toon Army as a result.[citation needed]

Guthrie became a more regular starter during the 2009–10 season as Newcastle, relegated from the Premiership, were participating in the Football League Championship. He scored three goals in three games, netting in the 4–3 League Cup win over Huddersfield Town and then scoring the only goal in a 1–0 win over Leicester City, then in the 2–2 draw against West Bromwich Albion. Guthrie scored two goals and was voted man of the match in a 6–1 win over Barnsley. He had his best season with Newcastle during the year in the Championship, scoring five goals from 43 games and having his team's highest number of assists, with 13.[9]

After promotion back to the Premier League for the 2010–11 season, Guthrie took part in Newcastle's pre-season fixtures, playing in the 2–2 draw with PSV on the left wing, and in central midfield alongside Joey Barton in a 2–1 defeat to Rangers. He missed the opening fixtures of the Premier League season against Manchester United, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackpool with a knee injury . He returned to contention in October after making a string of reserve team games. He returned to play against Wigan in a 2–2 draw, playing on the right wing. He was dropped for the next game, however, after an unimpressive display.[10] Throughout the season, Guthrie was largely an out-of-favour player with Newcastle after the signing of Cheick Tioté in August 2010. The consistent form of Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan also kept the 24-year-old on the bench throughout much of the season, where he only registered one assist.

A knee injury suffered in pre-season kept Guthrie out of the first few months of the 2011–12 Premier League season and made his return in the 4–3 League Cup defeat to Blackburn Rovers, scoring a long-range goal in the process. Due to an injury to Tioté, Guthrie started against Stoke City and Everton. On 21 January 2012, he scored a superb long-range goal against Fulham at Craven Cottage to give Newcastle a 1–0 lead, a game they would eventually go on to lose 5–2.[11]

Guthrie was released by Newcastle on 1 June 2012.[12] Shortly thereafter, his £40,000 wedding was marred by violence, and police were twice called out to the stately home where it was hosted.[13]


On 29 June 2012, Guthrie signed a three-year contract at newly promoted Premier League club Reading on a free transfer.[14] He scored his first goal for Reading in only his second game, away at Chelsea, after goalkeeper Petr Čech spilled his free kick into the net.[15]

In October, it was reported by local and national newspapers that Guthrie and Reading manager Brian McDermott had fallen out after he was dropped from the team for the 3–3 draw with Fulham.[16] The claims were denied by both the player and manager.[17] On 11 December, McDermott revealed that Guthrie had refused to travel with the team for the away game against Sunderland, as his "head was not in the right place".[18] He was fined two weeks wages and the following day issued a full apology stating that he had "loved his time at the club" and would do everything in his power to regain a first-team spot.[19] McDermott later stated that he was happy to draw a line under the recent events and that Guthrie still had a future at the club.[20][21]

Guthrie began the 2013–14 season in good form, scoring twice against Birmingham City and earning a Championship Player of the Month nomination,[22] although he eventually lost out to Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick.[23] He attributed his upturn in form to the new style of football implemented by McDermott's replacement Nigel Adkins.[24]

Guthrie was released by Reading on 21 May 2015.[25]

Fulham (loan)[edit]

On 26 March 2015, having dropped down the pecking order at Reading, Guthrie joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season.[26]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Guthrie signed a two-year deal with Blackburn Rovers following a successful trial on 5 August 2015.[27] He made his debut six days later in a 1–2 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the League Cup as a 65th-minute replacement for Corry Evans.[28] He scored his first goal for Blackburn in a 3-1 win over Brentford on 7 May 2017, after which despite the result Blackburn were relegated.[29]

International career[edit]

At international level, Guthrie represented the England under-16 national team.[30][31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 28 December 2014.[32]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2006–07 Premier League 3 0 0 0 3 0 1[a] 0 7 0
Southampton (loan) 2006–07 Championship 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2007–08 Premier League 25 0 1 0 2 1 7[b] 0 35 1
Newcastle United 2008–09 24 2 2 0 1 0 27 2
2009–10 Championship 38 4 3 0 2 1 43 5
2010–11 Premier League 14 0 0 0 1 0 15 0
2011–12 16 1 1 0 2 1 19 2
Total 92 7 6 0 6 2 104 9
Reading 2012–13 Premier League 21 1 3 0 1 0 25 1
2013–14 Championship 32 4 1 0 0 0 33 4
2014–15 5 0 0 0 1 0 6 0
Total 58 5 4 0 2 0 64 5
Career total 188 12 11 0 13 3 10 0 222 15
  1. ^ Appearance in the Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Cup


Newcastle United


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  2. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0. 
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  5. ^ "Guthrie seals loan move to Bolton". BBC News. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 21 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Fulham 1–2 Bolton (aet)". BBC. 26 September 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2009. 
  7. ^ nufc.co.uk. "Daniel Compared To Former Favourites". Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tigers increase Toon trauma". Sky Sports. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "NUFC 2009–10 Season Assists Stats". nufc.co.uk. 2 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Guthrie over Magpies injury worry". BBC News. 22 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Fulham 5–2 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 21 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Magpies Announce Retained List". Newcastle United. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Battle of Allerton Castle". Daily Mail Online. 11 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Danny Guthrie joining Royals". Reading FC. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  15. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (22 August 2012). "Chelsea 4–2 Reading". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  16. ^ Rumsby, Ben (29 October 2012). "Brian McDermott denies bust-up with Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie". The Independent. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Ryder, Lee (30 October 2012). "Ex-Toon midfielder Danny Guthrie denies bust-up". Reading Chronicle. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Brian on Guthrie". Reading FC. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Guthrie tells Reading FC he's sorry and he loves the club". Reading Post. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Update:Danny's apology". Reading FC. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  21. ^ "Reading rebel Danny Guthrie forgiven for refusing to play, says boss Brian McDermott". Sky Sports. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Player of the Month nominations". The Football League. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  23. ^ "McGoldrick named Player of the Month". The Football League. Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  24. ^ "Danny Guthrie feels revitalised under Nigel Adkins". BBC Sport. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Contract Update". Reading FC. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  26. ^ "Guthrie seals Craven Cottage loan". Reading F.C. 26 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "Danny seals Rovers deal". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 5 August 2015. 
  28. ^ "Blackburn 1–2 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  29. ^ "Brentford 1-3 Blackburn". BBC. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
  30. ^ Ryder, Lee (20 January 2012). "Danny Guthrie just focused on 40-point mark". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  31. ^ "Danny Guthrie". The Football Association. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  32. ^ Danny Guthrie at Soccerbase

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