Danny Hay

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Danny Hay
Personal information
Full name Daniel John Hay
Date of birth (1975-05-15) 15 May 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Waitakere City
Central United
1997–1999 Perth Glory 48 (2)
1998–1999 Green Bay-Titirangi United
1999–2002 Leeds United 4 (0)
2002–2003 Walsall 45 (0)
2003–2006 New Zealand Knights 16 (1)
2006 Perth Glory 4 (0)
2007–2009 Waitakere United 36 (5)
National team
1996–2007 New Zealand 31 (2)
Teams managed
2015– New Zealand U-17
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 April 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:47, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Daniel "Danny" Hay (born 15 May 1975) is a New Zealand footballer who has represented New Zealand as a centre back and captained Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football Championship.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

He started the 2006–2007 season as inaugural captain for the Auckland-based New Zealand Knights, but left the club in December following a falling out with management, before playing out the season with Perth Glory.[1]

He appeared in the English Premier League and in the UEFA Champions League, playing for Leeds United.[1] However, he failed to reach his full potential in England due to constant injuries. In England he is probably most remembered for playing in Barcelona's 4–0 thrashing of Leeds despite them going on to reach the semi-final. He also he came on as a substitute for Jonathan Woodgate against Liverpool in a memorable 4–3 victory for Leeds in November 2000.[2]

In New Zealand he played for Green Bay-Titirangi United, Waitakere United and Central United. He also played for Walsall in England.[1]

International career[edit]

Hay appeared for the New Zealand national football team, the All Whites.[3] His first goal for his country came against Fiji in the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup in a 1–0 win.[4] In 2006, Hay was awarded the captaincy of the All Whites.

In 2007, he retired from international football to pursue a teaching career at Sacred Heart College in Auckland which also involves him training the First XI and youth development teams.

Managerial career[edit]

Hay was appointed as coach of the New Zealand under-17 national team in April 2015. He was manager of the U17s at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup where they lost to Brazil in the round of 16 having qualified from a group featuring Syria, Paraguay and finishing second-place in to France.

In February 2017, his team won the 2017 OFC U-17 Championship with a 7–0 win over New Caledonia in the final and qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[5]


Hay, then a teacher and coach at Sacred Heart College, Auckland, courted controversy in June 2012 by criticising All White coach Ricki Herbert's tactics following a defeat in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup to the Solomon Islands. Hay was quoted as saying "It's a little bit scary that you've got one person dictating all the ideas and there's nothing fresh coming through. He's got tactically lazy and to play three at the back in Honiara was horrific in those conditions, with the type of players we had available to us."[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Australian Players Database". OzFootball. Retrieved 3 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "Four-midable Viduka stuns Liverpool". BBC Sport. 4 November 2000. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "A-International Appearances – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "A-International Scorers – Overall". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Archived from the original on 13 February 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "NCL 0–7 NZL | Oceania Football Confederation". Oceania Football Confederation. 25 February 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  6. ^ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/7091624/Herberts-zero-accountability-worries-Danny-Hay

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Gavin Wilkinson
Perth Glory Most Glorious Player Award
Succeeded by
Danny Hay, Scott Miller