Danny Racchi

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Danny Racchi
Danny Racchi.jpg
Racchi playing for Bury in 2008
Personal information
Full name Daniel Craig Racchi[1]
Date of birth (1987-11-22) 22 November 1987 (age 29)[1]
Place of birth Elland, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
0000–2007 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 6 (0)
2008–2010 Bury 43 (0)
2010 Wrexham 0 (0)
2010–2011 York City 17 (1)
2011–2013 Kilmarnock 35 (3)
2013 Valur 8 (2)
2015 Hyde 3 (1)
2015 FC Halifax Town 4 (0)
2015 Tamworth 5 (2)
2016 Torquay United 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:43, 16 May 2016 (UTC).

Daniel Craig "Danny" Racchi (born 22 November 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender or a midfielder and is unattached.

Racchi started his career with Huddersfield Town in their youth system, signing a professional contract with the club in 2006. He made his first-team debut in 2007, and having made six appearances he was released by Huddersfield in 2008. He was signed by Bury and played for them in the League Two play-offs in his first season. After being released in 2010, Racchi joined Conference Premier side Wrexham on non-contract terms, but after failing to make an appearance joined divisional rivals York City. He spent the remainder of the 2010–11 season with York, and after being released in 2011 signed for Kilmarnock of the Scottish Premier League.

Career[edit]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Born in Elland, West Yorkshire, Racchi joined the Huddersfield Town youth system at the age of eight and signed a professional contract on 1 July 2006.[1][2] He continued to train with the Academy before getting his first call-up to the first team for Huddersfield's game against Port Vale on 31 March 2007, in which he replaced John McAliskey as a substitute with 10 minutes remaining.[3][4]

On 15 May 2007, he signed a new one-year contract with Huddersfield.[5] Although he had yet to make his first start for Huddersfield, manager Andy Ritchie said at the time that he and some of the other academy players such as Lucas Akins and Mitchell Bailey still had a good future at the club. After three appearances during the 2007–08 season, he was released from the club in May 2008 by new manager Stan Ternent.

Bury[edit]

On 28 July, he signed for League Two side Bury.[6] In his first season at the club, Racchi made 24 appearances in all competitions mainly as back up to on-loan winger Elliott Bennett, helping the club reach the play-offs.[7][8] At the end of the 2009–10 season, he was released by the club.[9]

Wrexham[edit]

He joined Conference Premier club Wrexham on trial and appeared in their pre-season friendly matches against Crewe Alexandra and Stoke City, hoping to win a contract for the coming season.[10][11] On 16 August, he signed with the Welsh club on a non-contract basis.[12]

York City[edit]

Racchi playing for York City in 2010

He had a trial with fellow Conference Premier team York City in September 2010 and played for the reserve team in a 1–1 draw against Chesterfield.[13] He eventually signed on a one-month contract on 18 September and made his debut that day after starting in a 2–0 victory over Hayes & Yeading United before being substituted in the 52nd minute.[14][15] Racchi's contract was extended on 19 October by new manager Gary Mills, who said "I have been impressed with his enthusiasm and qualities".[16] His first goal for the club came with the opener in a 2–0 victory at Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round on 23 October.[17] He scored his first league goal with the opener from a 25 yard free kick in a 4–0 victory at Rushden & Diamonds on 20 November.[18][19] He left the club on 17 December after his contract expired, although Mills said he wanted to re-sign him once the January transfer window opened.[20] Racchi accepted a contract with York that would last until the end of the 2010–11 season on 27 December, which was signed on 1 January 2011.[21][22] After requesting a transfer he was released from his contact with immediate effect on 7 April, having been unable to hold down a regular place in the team.[23]

Kilmarnock[edit]

Following a trial, he was offered a two-year contract by Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock in May.[24] He signed for them on 21 June 2011.[25]

Racchi made his debut for Kilmarnock on 10 September in a 3–2 victory home to Dunfermline Athletic, coming on as a second-half substitute.[26] He scored his first goal for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 defeat to Celtic at Celtic Park on 24 December, after coming on as a substitute.[27] Racchi then started nine days later on 2 January 2012 and scored an 89th-minute winner against St Mirren with the game finishing 2–1 to Kilmarnock.[28] After the match, Rachhi says: "It has been a little bit frustrating and there’s definitely more to come from me. I can provide goals for Killie but you need to be on the pitch to do that."[29] In April, Racchi continues to be in and out in the first team, but he would score the opening game before making an assist, in a 4-3 win over Inverness CT.[30] In his first season at Kilmarnock, Racchi made nineteen appearance and scored three times.

His second season started for Racchi when made three appearance, mostly coming on as a substitute. Racchi scored his first goal of the season on 15 September 2012, in a 2-1 loss against Hibernian.[31] Following this, Racchi began making assists in two matches. Despite described as a star player in the 2012-13 season by Manager Kenny Shiels,[32] his first team opportunities was limited furthermore, as he soon sustained a knee injury during a match against Aberdeen in a 3-1 loss.[33] He made his return in late-November, in a 2-1 loss against St Johnstone.[34] Afterwards, Racchi expressed happiness to be back on the pitch, though sitting out made him feel miserable.[35] However, he was absent again after suffering a serious illness.[36]

Towards the end of the 2012-13 season, Racchi was fined four weeks wages following a bitter Twitter row with the Ayrshire club and as the result, Racchi was released by the club early.[37] After being released, Racchi took the board of the Scottish Professional Football League in a preliminary hearing over contractual dispute after [38]

Valur[edit]

After being released by Kilmarnock, Racchi moved to Iceland, joining Icelandic club Valur for the second half of the season in the 2013 Úrvalsdeild.[39] Racchi made his debut two days later, where Valur lost 3-1 against Fylkir and Racchi played 90 minutes.[40] Racchi next appearance came on 29 July 2013, where he scored twice in a 6-4 victory over Keflavík.[41] Since then, Racchi became the first team regular, though he made eight appearance this season, though he began to have discipline issue. It started when he received a second yellow card in a 2-2 draw against Þór Akureyri on 25 August 2013.[42] After meeting with the Discipline and Complaints Committee, Racchi would miss the match towards the end of the season.[43]

Ahead of the 2014 Úrvalsdeild season, Racchi was linked with a move back to Scotland, with a proposed move to Scottish Championship side Dundee.[44] The move never happened and Racchi returned to Valur.

Return into non-League football[edit]

On 7 January 2015, Racchi returned to England to sign for Conference North club Hyde.[45] He went on trial with his former club Wrexham for pre-season training, in the hope of winning a contract for the 2015/16 season.[46]

On 31 August 2015, Racchi signed for his hometown team, National League club FC Halifax Town.[47] Racchi, who grew up as a supporter of Halifax and used to be a ballboy at The Shay,[citation needed] made his debut in a 3–1 home win over Barrow.[48] He signed for National League North club Tamworth in October 2015.[49] He scored twice from five appearances,[48] but was released by Tamworth on 1 December 2015 because of the long commute to the club.[50][51]

On 1 February 2016, Racchi signed for National League team Torquay United on a contract until the end of the season, after impressing on trial.[52] Despite helping Torquay avoid relegation, he was released by the club in May 2016.[53]

Personal life[edit]

Racchi is of Italian heritage.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 April 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
Huddersfield Town 2006–07[54] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2007–08[55] League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Bury 2008–09[7] League Two 21 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 24 0
2009–10[56] League Two 22 0 1 0 1 0 2[b] 1 26 1
Total 43 0 2 0 1 0 4 1 50 1
York City 2010–11[17] Conference Premier 17 1 5 1 1[c] 0 23 2
Kilmarnock 2011–12[57] Scottish Premier League 19 2 3 0 1 0 23 2
2012–13[58] Scottish Premier League 16 1 1 0 1 0 18 1
Total 35 3 4 0 2 0 41 3
Valur 2013[48] Úrvalsdeild 8 2 8 2
Hyde 2014–15[48] Conference North 3 1 1[c] 0 4 1
FC Halifax Town 2015–16[48] National League 4 0 4 0
Tamworth 2015–16[48] National League North 5 2 0 0 5 2
Torquay United 2015–16[48] National League 14 0 3[c] 0 17 0
Career total 135 9 11 1 3 0 9 1 158 11
  1. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, one in League Two play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in FA Trophy

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