Darren Pratley

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Darren Pratley
Darren Pratley.jpg
Darren Pratley playing for Swansea City
Personal information
Full name Darren Antony Pratley[1]
Date of birth (1985-04-22) 22 April 1985 (age 33)[1]
Place of birth Barking, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Charlton Athletic
Number 15
Youth career
000?–2002 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Fulham 1 (0)
2005Brentford (loan) 16 (1)
2005–2006Brentford (loan) 34 (4)
2006–2011 Swansea City 177 (26)
2011–2018 Bolton Wanderers 178 (12)
2018– Charlton Athletic 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:10, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Darren Antony Pratley (born 22 April 1985) is an English footballer who plays for Charlton Athletic as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Darren Pratley playing for Swansea in 2010

Fulham[edit]

Starting his career at Fulham after signing from local rivals Arsenal, Pratley signed his first professional contract with the club in 2002.[2] Pratley made his debut in a League Cup match at Wigan Athletic on 23 September 2003, coming on as a substitute for Andrejs Stolcers. He made his league debut against Charlton Athletic on 8 November 2003, again as a substitute, this time for Barry Hayles. These turned out to be the only two matches he would play for Fulham. At the end of the 2003–04 season, Pratley signed a two-year contract with the club, which will keep him until 2006.[3]

Having spent the latter parts of the 2004–05 season on loan at Brentford,[4][5] on 30 August 2005 Pratley moved back to the Bees until January 2006 on a loan period that was subsequently extended until the end of the 2005–06 season.[6][7][8] However, on 8 June 2006, he was sold by Fulham to Swansea City for a fee of £100,000.

Swansea City[edit]

On 7 November 2009, Pratley scored a brace against their arch-rivals Cardiff City. Pratley had not scored for 26 matches since the previous season's corresponding fixture at the Liberty Stadium but he proved Swansea's hero on the hour to seal the win.[9] Pratley went on to score a further three times before the end of 2009, against Sheffield Wednesday (twice) and Reading. He started off the 2010–11 season well, however a string of poor performances saw him dropped by manager Brendan Rodgers. Pratley came back into the team performing well and getting vital goals against Reading, Crystal Palace a double against Bristol City and the third goal in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg against Nottingham Forest which he scored from the halfway-line into an empty goal. On 9 June 2011, it was confirmed that Pratley would leave Swansea City having rejected a new contract.[10]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Pratley signed for Bolton Wanderers on 1 July 2011 on a four-year deal.[11] He made his debut when coming on as a substitute for Nigel Reo-Coker in Bolton's match at Queens Park Rangers on 13 August and scored his first goal for the club in their 2–1 victory over his former club Swansea City in the FA Cup on 28 January 2012. He scored his first Premier League goal in the match against Queens Park Rangers at the Reebok Stadium on 10 March in Bolton's 2–1 win. On 3 August 2013, the first day of the 2013–14 season, Pratley scored the equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Burnley. He then also scored in a 1–1 draw with Reading a week later. On 1 July 2015, Pratley signed a new-three-year contract that will keep him at Bolton Wanderers until the summer of 2018.[12]

A few weeks later Pratley was appointed as the new club captain of Bolton, replacing Matt Mills who had departed earlier that summer for Nottingham Forest.[13] He played the first match of the 2016–17 season, picking up an injury that ruled him out for seven months. When he was due to return in January, a further setback ruled him out for the rest of the season.[14] Pratley managed to return earlier than expected and started in Bolton's 4–2 win over Fleetwood Town on 11 March.[15] He was released by Bolton at the end of the 2017–18 season.[16]

Charlton Athletic[edit]

On 17 July, Pratley signed a two-year deal with Charlton Athletic.[17]

International career[edit]

On 16 January 2009, Pratley was called up to the Jamaican squad by coach John Barnes to face Nigeria on 11 February 2009. Pratley qualifies for Jamaica through his grandparents but is yet to represent the Reggae Boyz after pulling out of the squad for the Nigeria friendly through injury after he broke his shoulder in a 4–1 win over Preston North End, although he did return earlier than expected from his injury.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 January 2019[18][19]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup EFL Trophy Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup EFL Trophy Total
Fulham 2003–04 Premier League 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Fulham total 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Brentford (loan) 2004–05 League One 16 1 0 0 16 1
2005–06 34 4 4 0 0 0 38 4
Brentford total 50 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 54 5
Swansea City 2006–07 League One 28 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 32 2
2007–08 42 5 3 1 0 0 45 6
2008–09 Championship 37 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 39 4
2009–10 36 7 1 0 0 0 37 7
2010–11 34 9 2 1 3 1 0 0 39 11
Swansea City total 177 26 9 2 5 2 0 0 191 30
Bolton Wanderers 2011–12 Premier League 25 1 4 1 3 0 0 0 32 2
2012–13 Championship 31 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 35 2
2013–14 20 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 23 2
2014–15 22 4 2 0 3 1 0 0 27 5
2015–16 36 1 3 0 0 0 39 1
2016–17 League One 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2017–18 Championship 32 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 35 2
Bolton Wanderers total 178 12 14 1 11 1 0 0 203 14
Charlton Athletic 2018–19 League One 19 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 22 3
Charlton Athletic total 19 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 22 3
Career total 425 45 29 3 17 3 2 1 473 52

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Academy star turns pro". Fulham Official Website. 25 April 2002. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  3. ^ "New Deal for Pratley". Fulham Official Website. 13 May 2004. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | Pratley in Loan Switch". world.brentfordfc.co.uk. 21 February 2005. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  5. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | PRATLEY STAYS". world.brentfordfc.co.uk. 23 March 2005. Archived from the original on 21 February 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Pratley joins Bees". Fulham Official Website. 22 February 2005. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Pratley deal extended". Fulham Official Website. 23 March 2005. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Pratley joins Bees". Fulham Official Website. 30 August 2005. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Swansea 3–2 Cardiff" BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Darren Pratley to leave Swansea City for 'fresh challenge'". BBC Sport.
  11. ^ "Bolton Wanderers   – General – Wanderers Snap-Up Pratley". 4 July 2011. Archived from the original on 4 July 2011.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  12. ^ "Bolton: Ben Amos & Gary Madine sign as Darren Pratley stays". BBC Sport. 1 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Darren Pratley appointed club captain". Bolton Wanderers FC. 14 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Darren Pratley: Bolton captain set to miss rest of season after surgery". BBC Sport. 18 January 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  15. ^ Iles, Marc (11 March 2017). "Le Fondre double against Fleetwood Town puts Bolton Wanderers back into automatic promotion hunt". The Bolton News. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Bolton Wanderers: Darren Pratley released as David Wheater has contract extended". BBC Sport. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Experienced midfielder Darren Pratley joins Charlton". Charlton Athletic Official Site. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  18. ^ "England – D. Pratley – Profile with news, career statistics and history – Soccerway". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  19. ^ "First team profiles Darren Pratley". Swansea City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 3 December 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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