Darren Hare

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Darren Hare
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-04-02) 2 April 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Canterbury, England
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Hastings United
Youth career
1982–1983 Dover
1982–1983 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Dover Athletic
1984 Gravesend & Northfleet
1984–1986 Dover Athletic
1986 Ashford Town
1986 Thanet United 3 (0)
1986–1988 Ashford Town
1988 Canterbury City 8 (3)
1988–1989 Dover Athletic
1989–? Hastings Town
c.1994 Canterbury City
1996–? Folkestone Invicta
1997–1998 Canterbury City
2005 Herne Bay
2005 Sittingbourne
2005–? Herne Bay
Teams managed
? Canterbury City
1996 Folkestone Invicta
2004 Gillingham (caretaker)
2014 Gillingham (co-caretaker)
2016– Hastings United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darren Hare (born 2 April 1967)[1] is an English former footballer turned coach, currently working as the first team manager at Hastings United.

Born in Canterbury, he began his career playing for the youth teams of Dover and Gillingham and went on to play for a number of Kent-based non-league teams, including Canterbury City, Herne Bay and Sittingbourne. He also managed Canterbury and Folkestone Invicta, and worked as Youth Development Officer for the Kent County Football Association.[1][2]

Hare later became Head of Youth Development for Gillingham.[1] In December 2004 he served as acting manager after the resignation of both Andy Hessenthaler and caretaker manager John Gorman.[3] The following year he left Priestfield Stadium to become Head of Education and Welfare in the academy system at Crystal Palace,[4][5] and made a brief playing comeback at the age of 38.[6]

In 2007, he joined Dover Athletic as assistant to Hessenthaler, the club's new manager, who is also his brother-in-law.[2][4] When Hessenthaler began his second period as manager at Gillingham in May 2010, Hare also returned to Priestfield, as youth team manager.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hare is married to Alison, a nurse, and has three children, Josh, Chloe and James. Josh is a footballer who played professionally for Gillingham.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c "Darren Hare". Official Margate F.C. history website. Archived from the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "Hess drafts in Hare for Whites". yourcanterbury.co.uk. KOS Media. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Cardiff 3–1 Gillingham". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 December 2004. Retrieved 24 December 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Gills youth boss could leave club". BBC Sport. BBC. 21 June 2005. Retrieved 24 December 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Hare Looking To Spot New Stars". Crystal Palace FC. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "August News Archive". Southern Football League. 27 August 2005. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Hare takes charge of youth". Gillingham FC. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Tucker, Craig (21 July 2014). "Gills youngster Josh Hare ready to challenge experienced Matt Fish for right-back slot". Kent Online. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Cawdell, Luke (17 July 2012). "Gillingham youth boss Darren Hare believes third year scholars Jake Hessenthaler and Josh Hare have it all to prove". Kent Online. Retrieved 20 January 2015.