Neil Danns

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Neil Danns
Danns vs Leicester.png
Danns playing for Leicester City
Personal information
Full name Neil Alexander Danns[1]
Date of birth (1982-11-23) 23 November 1982 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bury
Number 31
Youth career
0000–2000 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Blackburn Rovers 3 (0)
2003Blackpool (loan) 12 (2)
2004Hartlepool United (loan) 11 (1)
2004Colchester United (loan) 10 (3)
2004–2006 Colchester United 63 (16)
2006–2008 Birmingham City 31 (3)
2008–2011 Crystal Palace 103 (18)
2011–2014 Leicester City 30 (5)
2012–2013Bristol City (loan) 9 (2)
2013Huddersfield Town (loan) 17 (2)
2013–2014Bolton Wanderers (loan) 33 (6)
2014–2016 Bolton Wanderers 73 (3)
2016– Bury 43 (7)
2017Blackpool (loan) 13 (2)
National team
2015– Guyana 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:01, 11 July 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:02, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Neil Alexander Danns (born 23 November 1982) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for League Two club Bury. He also plays for the Guyana national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Danns began his football career at The FA's School of Excellence in Lilleshall and signed as a trainee for Blackburn Rovers, aged 16. After productive loan spells with Blackpool, Hartlepool United and Colchester United, he joined the latter on a permanent basis in December 2004.[2] It was after moving south to Colchester that he started to make a name for himself. While at Layer Road, Danns contributed greatly to the club's promotion to the Championship in 2006 and earned himself a move to Birmingham City.

Birmingham City[edit]

On 19 June 2006, Danns completed a £500,000 move to Birmingham City. Despite admitting that he "had a great time" at Colchester, he emphasised that "when a club the size of Birmingham come in for you, it's hard to say no".[3] Danns made his competitive debut for Birmingham – against Colchester – on 5 August, and was a regular selection in the team that won promotion to the Premier League that season.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Danns signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Crystal Palace on 22 January 2008 for a fee of £600,000, rising to £850,000 conditional on the club's promotion to the Premier League.[4] After initially having a tough time with recurring injuries at Palace, Danns managed to establish himself in the Eagles' line-up in his second season at the club.

Leicester City[edit]

On 27 June 2011, Danns joined Leicester City on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal. He had rejected an offer from Scottish Premier League club Rangers. Danns scored his first goal for Leicester on 23 August in a 4–2 away win against Bury in the League Cup. He scored his first league goal for the club against Blackpool in a 2–0 home win.[5] Towards the start of the 2012–13 season, Danns was given squad number 8.

Bristol City (loan)[edit]

On 14 November 2012, Danns joined Bristol City on a month's loan.[6]

Huddersfield Town (loan)[edit]

On 8 January 2013, Danns joined Huddersfield Town until the end of the season.[7] He made his début in a 1–1 draw with his former club Birmingham City at the John Smith's Stadium on 12 January. On 16 March, he scored his first goal for the club in the West Yorkshire derby against Leeds United, in which Town won 2–1.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Danns (furthest left) playing for Bolton Wanderers against Chelsea in the League Cup in 2014

On 26 September 2013, Danns joined Bolton Wanderers on a three-month loan deal, linking up with Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman, who coached him at Crystal Palace, and former teammates Matt Mills and Jermaine Beckford.[8]

He made his first Wanderers appearance in the goalless draw against old club Blackpool at Bloomfield Road on 1 October 2013, starting in a midfield consisting of Darren Pratley, Jay Spearing, Medo Kamara and Liam Feeney.[9] Five days later, he recorded his first goal for the club against another of his former employers, Birmingham City, as Bolton ran out 2–1 winners at St Andrew's to claim their first league victory of the season.[10] On 3 January 2014, Danns re-joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season.[11]

In April, Danns had signed a deal to make the move permanent when his Leicester contract expired.[12] He made his third debut for Bolton in their 3–0 loss to Watford on the opening day of the season[13] and scored twice against Bury in the League Cup first round in a 3–2 win after extra time.[14]

Danns left Bolton when his contract expired at the end of June 2016.[15]

Bury[edit]

Danns signed for Bury on 21 July 2016.[16] He scored on his debut in a 2–0 win over Charlton Athletic on 6 August.[17]

He spent the second half of the 2016–17 season on loan to League Two club Blackpool.[18] He played regularly,[19] and was a member of the team that beat Exeter City in the play-off final to gain promotion to League One.[20]

Back at Bury for 2017–18, Danns scored 5 goals from 25 league appearances as his team were relegated to League Two. He signed a one-year contract extension at the end of the season.[21][22]

International career[edit]

Danns was called up by Guyana for friendlies against Grenada and Saint Lucia in March 2015. He qualifies for the team via his grandfather.[23] He made his debut against Grenada on 29 March, setting up both goals in a 2–0 victory.

Personal life[edit]

In 2010, Danns took a video editing and production course at the London Academy of Media, Film and TV. He intended to release his first single, entitled "Survive", in March 2010,[24] but never did.[25] His music interests and career were featured in BBC Sport's The Football League Show on 20 February 2010.[26] His father, also named Neil, was a backing singer on the UK's entry in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest as well as a European title-winning skateboarder.[25][27]

Career statistics[edit]

Danns in Leicester colours
As of end of 2017–18 season
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
Blackburn Rovers 2002–03[28] Premier League 2 0 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 6 0
2003–04[29] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 7 0
Blackpool (loan) 2003–04[29] Second Division 12 2 2 0 1[b] 0 15 2
Hartlepool United (loan) 2003–04[29] Second Division 11 1 11 1
Colchester United 2004–05[30] League One 32 11 1 0 2 1 1[b] 0 36 12
2005–06[31] League One 41 8 5 5 1 0 4[b] 3 51 16
Total 73 19 6 5 3 1 5 3 87 28
Birmingham City 2006–07[32] Championship 29 3 3 0 3 0 35 3
2007–08[33] Premier League 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
Total 31 3 3 0 5 0 39 3
Crystal Palace 2007–08[33] Championship 4 0 0 0 4 0
2008–09[34] Championship 20 2 3 1 0 0 23 3
2009–10[35] Championship 42 8 5 1 2 0 49 9
2010–11[36][37] Championship 37 8 1 1 0 0 38 9
Total 103 18 9 3 2 0 0 0 114 21
Leicester City 2011–12[38] Championship 29 5 5 0 3 1 37 6
2012–13[39] Championship 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
2013–14[40] Championship 0 0 2 0 2 0
Total 30 5 5 0 7 1 42 6
Bristol City (loan) 2012–13[39] Championship 9 2 0 0 9 2
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2012–13[39] Championship 17 2 1 0 18 2
Bolton Wanderers (loan) 2013–14[40] Championship 33 6 2 0 35 6
Bolton Wanderers 2014–15[41] Championship 41 1 3 0 3 2 47 3
2015–16[42] Championship 32 2 1 0 1 0 34 2
Total 106 9 6 0 4 2 116 11
Bury 2016–17[19] League One 18 2 2 0 0 0 1[c] 0 21 2
2017–18[21] League One 25 5 1 0 0 0 2[c] 0 28 5
2018–19[43] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 43 7 3 0 0 0 3 0 49 7
Blackpool (loan) 2016–17[19] League Two 13 2 3[d] 0 16 2
Career total 451 70 34 8 25 4 13 3 523 85
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
  2. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in EFL League Two play-offs

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Guyana's goal tally first.[44]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 June 2015 Providence Stadium, Providence, Guyana  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2–2 4–4 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 4–4
3. 22 March 2016 Providence Stadium, Providence, Guyana  Anguilla 4–0 7–0 2017 Caribbean Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Blackburn Rovers

Colchester United

Birmingham City

Individual

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Danns completes Birmingham move". BBC Sport. 20 June 2006. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
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  8. ^ "Bolton Wanderers sign Leicester City man on loan". BBC Sport. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blackpool 0 Bolton Wanderers 0". BBC Sport. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Birmingham City 1 Bolton Wanderers 2". BBC Sport. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
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  12. ^ "Danns agrees Bolton deal". Leicester City F.C. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  13. ^ "Watford 3–0 Bolton Wanderers". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Bolton Wanderers 3–2 Bury (aet)". BBC Sport. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  15. ^ "Bolton Wanderers confirm player departures". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  16. ^ "Neil Danns: Bury sign former Bolton Wanderers midfielder". BBC Sport. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bury 2–0 Charlton Athletic". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
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  42. ^ "Games played by Neil Danns in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
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