Darren Potter

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Darren Potter
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Personal information
Full name Darren Michael Potter
Date of birth (1984-12-21) 21 December 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Tranmere Rovers
Youth career
Everton
Blackburn Rovers
Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Liverpool 2 (0)
2006Southampton (loan) 10 (0)
2006Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan) 40 (0)
2007–2009 Wolverhampton Wanderers 56 (0)
2009Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 17 (2)
2009–2011 Sheffield Wednesday 96 (8)
2011–2017 Milton Keynes Dons 228 (9)
2017–2019 Rotherham United 17 (0)
2019– Tranmere Rovers 0 (0)
National team
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:47, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

Darren Michael Potter (born 21 December 1984) is a professional footballer who plays for Tranmere Rovers as a midfielder.

He is a former Liverpool schoolboy captain who hails from the Scotland Road area of the city[1] and is a full Irish international.

Club career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Potter is a central midfielder who is a product of the Liverpool Academy. He started out at Everton before transferring to Blackburn Rovers and then, Liverpool. He made his senior debut for the Reds on 10 August 2004 as a substitute for Steve Finnan in a UEFA Champions League qualifier against Grazer AK, playing the last five minutes, and the whole of the return leg at home. In total, he made 10 appearances in the 2004–05 season, mostly in cup competitions. He featured in Liverpool's run to the 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, coming on as a substitute in the round of 16 home tie against Bayer Leverkusen.[2]

The following season, he was involved in pre-season friendlies and the Champions League qualifying rounds but did not feature in the Premier League. Instead, he saw league action on loan at Championship side Southampton, during the second half of the season. He joined Southampton on loan in January 2006, making a total of 12 appearances, remaining with the club until the end of the season.[3]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

He returned to Anfield in the summer but was swiftly loaned out again, this time to another Championship club, Wolves, for the 2006–07 season. After impressing, the move was made permanent in a £250,000 three-and-a-half-year deal during the January 2007 transfer window. Potter scored his first and only Wolves goal in the FA Cup against Oldham Athletic on 16 January 2007.[4]

His second season with Wolves was less successful though, and manager Mick McCarthy offered him the option of going on the transfer list during the January transfer window to seek more playing time at a new club.[5] Potter rejected the offer and remained at Molineux for the rest of the season, however the club transfer-listed him at its conclusion.[6] After finding no takers for him during the Summer transfer window, he was taken off the transfer list and told to fight for his place.[7]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

He failed to appear for his parent club during the first half of the 2008–09 season, and joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan in January 2009, remaining there until the end of the season. Potter scored for the Owls 16 minutes into his debut against Charlton with a 30-yard drive into the bottom corner.[8] He also hit the bar from a free kick in the 4–1 win.

He signed for Sheffield Wednesday in a permanent deal on 10 July 2009 for an undisclosed fee.[9] Potter scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season on 22 August in a 4–0 thumping of newly promoted Scunthorpe United. His next goal was to be much later on in the season with a left-footed curler in the bottom corner against Blackpool at Hillsborough on 9 February. Potter added to his tally for the season with a volley against Wednesday's fierce rivals Sheffield United in the Steel City Derby on 19 April. Potter left Hillsborough on 23 June 2011 by mutual consent.[citation needed]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

On 23 June 2011, Potter signed a one-year contract for Milton Keynes Dons. On 21 February 2014, Potter signed a new two-year contract extension.[10]

On 24 April 2017, after 6 seasons, 266 appearances and 12 goals, Milton Keynes Dons announced that Potter would be leaving the club at the end of the 2016–17 season.[11]

Rotherham United[edit]

On 14 June 2017, Potter signed a two-year contract with Rotherham United.[12][13] In December 2017 he suffered an achilles injury which required two operations, and which kept him out of action until the final match of the 2018–19 season.[14] He was released at the end of the 2018–19 when his contract expired.[15]

Tranmere Rovers[edit]

On 28 June 2019, Potter signed a one-year contract with Tranmere Rovers.[16]

International[edit]

Potter has been capped multiple times for Republic of Ireland youth teams – appearing at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship[17] – and later made his debut for Ireland's senior team in a friendly against Ecuador in Giants Stadium, New York on 23 May 2007.[18]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2004–05[19] Premier League 2 0 1 0 4 0 3[a] 0 10 0
2005–06[20] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 6[a] 0 7 0
Total 2 0 1 0 5 0 9 0 17 0
Southampton (loan) 2005–06[20] Championship 10 0 2 0 0 0 12 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2006–07[21] Championship 38 0 3 1 1 0 2[b] 0 44 1
2007–08[22] Championship 18 0 3 0 2 0 23 0
2008–09[23] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 56 0 8 1 3 0 2 0 67 1
Sheffield Wednesday (loan) 2008–09[23] Championship 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2
Sheffield Wednesday 2009–10[24] Championship 46 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 49 3
2010–11[25] League One 33 3 2 1 2 0 3[c] 0 40 4
Total 96 8 3 1 4 0 3 0 106 9
Milton Keynes Dons 2011–12[26] League One 40 2 3 1 3 0 3[d] 0 49 3
2012–13[27] League One 46 4 6 1 3 0 0 0 55 5
2013–14[28] League One 29 0 3 0 3 0 1[c] 0 37 0
2014–15[29] League One 40 2 4 0 2 0 1[c] 0 47 2
2015–16[30] Championship 37 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 38 1
2016–17[31] League One 37 1 3 0 0 0 1[e] 0 41 1
Total 229 9 18 3 10 0 6 0 267 12
Rotherham United 2017–18[32] League One 16 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 18 0
2018–19[33] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 17 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
Career totals 410 17 31 5 23 0 20 0 484 22
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Champions League
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy, 2 appearances in League One play-offs
  5. ^ Appearance in the EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Liverpool

Milton Keynes Dons

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ Potter hoping to become Reds' new wing wizard Archived 21 September 2014 at Archive.today Mark Platt 26 July 2005. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Liverpool 3–1 Bayer Leverkusen". BBC Sport. 22 February 2005. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  3. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 434. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6.
  4. ^ "Oldham 0–2 Wolves". BBC. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Potter rejected chance to leave". BBC Sport. 26 February 2008.
  6. ^ "Wolves have end-of-term clear-out". BBC Sport. 9 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Stearman call makes it a record". Express & Star. 3 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Owls sign Wolves' Potter on loan". BBC Sport. 15 January 2009.
  9. ^ "Owls Swoop For Potter". wolves.co.uk. 10 July 2009. Archived from the original on 12 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Potter pens new deal". Milton Keynes Dons FC. 21 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Darren Potter: MK Dons midfielder to leave after six seasons at club". BBC Sport. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Millers complete deal for Darren Potter". Rotherham United F.C. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Rotherham sign Darren Potter from MK Dons on a two-year deal". BBC Sport. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Rotherham United ponder new deal for Darren Potter". Rotherham Advertiser. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Rotherham United: Jon Taylor & Ryan Williams among five players in talks with Millers". BBC Sport. 15 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Potter agrees to join Rovers". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  17. ^ FIFA World Youth Championship 2003 Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  18. ^ "Under 21 – 2005/2006 Squad Profile". FAI. 20 March 2006. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  19. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  20. ^ a b "Games played by Darren Potter in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  21. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  22. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  23. ^ a b "Games played by Darren Potter in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  24. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  26. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  27. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  28. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  29. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  30. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  31. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  32. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  33. ^ "Games played by Darren Potter in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  34. ^ Gandini, Luca (2 June 2016). "European Champions' Club Cup/UEFA Champions League winning squads". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  35. ^ "Darren Potter: MK Dons midfielder to leave after six seasons at club". BBC Sport. 24 April 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  36. ^ "Arsenal striker Robin van Persie named PFA Player of the Year". BBC Sport. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  37. ^ a b "Darren Potter scores awards hat-trick". Milton Keynes Citizen. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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