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Dann pictured in February 2013
|Full name||Scott Dann|
|Date of birth||14 February 1987|
|Place of birth||Liverpool, England|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2005||→ Køge BK (loan)||2||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Redditch United (loan)||11||(1)|
|2006||→ Hednesford Town (loan)||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:00, 24 May 2015 (UTC).
Scott Dann (born 14 February 1987) is an English professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Crystal Palace. He began his Football League career with Walsall, before moving on to Coventry City and then to Birmingham City in 2009. After Birmingham's relegation from the Premier League, Dann joined Blackburn in August 2011 and was the club's captain.
Dann joined Walsall in 2003 as a junior after impressing on trial at the Bescot Stadium, signing a professional contract with the Saddlers the following year. He moved up the ranks at Walsall to become a regular in the reserve team throughout 2004–05 and was allowed to join Danish side Køge BK on loan towards the end of the campaign.
Dann then joined Conference North side Redditch United on loan in October 2005 initially until the end of the season, but he was recalled in January 2006. He then Joined Redditch's league rivals Hednesford Town on loan following injuries to their regular centre backs Richard Teesdale and Ian Wright. He played in three games for the Pitmen, against Hucknall Town, Stafford Rangers and Lancaster City, before injury put an end to his loan spell at Keys Park. He returned to Walsall and was put on a short-term contract for the 2006–07 season, where he earned his place in the starting line-up with a number of excellent performances at the back. His season was ended in March 2007 after picking up a metatarsal injury in the game against Milton Keynes Dons.
As reward for his outstanding season for the Saddlers, who were promoted as League Two Champions, Dann was given a three-year contract to commit him to the club and to ward off interest from a number of clubs higher up in the league.
His form in League One was equally as impressive as the previous season, so it was little surprise that in January 2008 Dann joined Coventry City for an undisclosed fee, suggested in the media to be "in excess of £1,000,000". His impressive form for the Saddlers continued in the Championship for the Sky Blues alongside former Walsall team-mate Daniel Fox, who had also moved to the Ricoh Arena. He helped the club narrowly avoid relegation. The England set-up had seen enough in Dann and Fox to decide they were ready to make the step up to international level, with both players making their U-21 debuts in March 2008 against Poland at Molineux.
Dann signed for Birmingham City on 12 June 2009 for an undisclosed fee, described as a "club record fee for a defender"; local press reports suggested the fee to be in the region of £3.5 million, with a possible increase to £4m, with performance-based add-ons. Surgery during the summer and then a pulled thigh muscle meant Dann was not fully match fit when an injury to Franck Queudrue gave him the chance to make his Premier League debut on 19 September at Hull City. Birmingham won 1–0, and Dann played well and retained his place in the starting eleven.
At Christmas 2009, The Times' Patrick Barclay described Dann and defensive partner Roger Johnson as "certainties" for his team of the season so far. His first goal for Birmingham came against Derby County in the FA Cup on 13 February 2010, during a run of 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, including a club record 12 unbeaten in the top flight. A calf injury sustained in training caused him to miss the last three games of the season as the club finished in ninth place, their best for more than 50 years.
Dann scored the opening goal as Birmingham beat a Hong Kong XI 3–2 in an invitation match branded the Xtep Cup, part of the club's 2010 pre-season tour of the Far East, and his first Premier League goal, a header from a Sebastian Larsson cross, on the opening weekend of the 2010–11 season as Birmingham drew 2–2 away at Sunderland. Following surgery on a hamstring damaged in the League Cup semi-final in January 2011, Dann was ruled out for the remainder of the season. The club were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season.
On 31 August 2011, the last day of the transfer window, Blackburn Rovers signed Dann on a four-year deal for an officially undisclosed fee, reported by BBC Sport as £6m. Dann said that manager Steve Kean, with whom he had worked at Coventry, was "a big factor" in his decision to join the Ewood Park club. He was given squad number 16. On 11 September, he made his debut in a 1–1 draw with Fulham at Craven Cottage, starting alongside Christopher Samba and completing the full 90 minutes as Rovers earned their first point of the season. During the 2–1 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion in December, Dann scored his first goal for Rovers, but also suffered a ruptured testicle, an injury which was expected to keep him out for six weeks. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Dann made a total of 28 appearances in all competitions and also suffered relegation for the third time in his career as Rovers finished in 19th place in the Premier League.
On 31 January 2014, Dann signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Premier League club Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee. He made his debut on 8 February in a 3–1 home win against West Bromwich Albion.
- As of match played 24 May 2015
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Birmingham City||2009–10||Premier League||30||0||4||1||1||0||—||35||1|
|Blackburn Rovers||2011–12||Premier League||27||1||0||0||1||0||—||28||1|
|Crystal Palace||2013–14||Premier League||14||1||—||—||—||14||1|
- Appearance in the Football League Trophy
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Due to injury, he had to wait his turn. But when Dann was pressed into action at Hull City despite not being fit or really up to speed – he played a debut blinder and the rest is history.
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- Profile at Coventry City F.C. website
- Profile at Walsall F.C. website
- Scott Dann career statistics at Soccerbase