Stuart Dallas

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Stuart Dallas
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Personal information
Full name Stuart Alan Dallas[1]
Date of birth (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Cookstown, Northern Ireland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 15
Youth career
Cookstown Youth
2007–2010 Coagh United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Crusaders 67 (24)
2012–2015 Brentford 63 (7)
2013 Northampton Town (loan) 12 (3)
2015– Leeds United 66 (7)
National team
2010 Northern Ireland Junior 3 (1)
2011–2012 Northern Ireland U21 2 (0)
2010 Northern Ireland U23 1 (0)
2011– Northern Ireland 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:12, 5 February 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:33 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Stuart Alan Dallas (born 19 April 1991) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder as a Winger for Championship club Leeds United and the Northern Ireland national team.

He began his career in his homeland with Crusaders. He plays both as a right and left winger.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Dallas attended Cookstown Primary School and Cookstown High School during his education, winning the U14 and U15 Coleraine and District League titles with the high school in 2004 and 2005.[3] He later played for local side Coagh United as an amateur.[4]

Crusaders[edit]

After a fine 2009–10 season for Coagh United, Dallas signed for Crusaders in the summer of 2010, training once a week and earning £70 a week.[5] He made his debut against Donegal Celtic on 7 August 2010.[6] He scored his first goals against Coleraine on 21 August,[7] and his first goal at Seaview proved to be the winning goal in a 5–4 victory over Glenavon.[8] He continued his good form with a goal against Linfield at Seaview, to help the Crues beat the Blues at home for the first time in 11 years.[9] In his first year at Crusaders, Dallas received six prizes at the Annual Player of the Year awards ceremony. He was chosen as both the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season.[10] Dallas made 38 appearances and scored 16 goals during the 2010–11 season.[11]

Dallas made two appearances in Crusaders' Europa League second qualifying round matches against Premier League side Fulham early in the 2011–12 season, starting both games as Crusaders lost 7–1 on aggregate. Dallas' final goal for Crusaders was the winning goal against Portadown on 2 January 2012,[12] and his final match was the 2012 Setanta Sports Cup final victory over Derry City, in which he scored in the penalty shootout.[13] Dallas made 47 appearances and scored 10 goals during the 2011–12 season.[11] He departed the club in the summer of 2012, after making 85 appearances and scoring 26 goals during his two seasons with Crusaders.[11]

Brentford[edit]

On 12 April 2012 it was announced that Dallas signed a pre-contract with League One side Brentford Managed by Uwe Rosler and he joined the club that summer.[14][15] He made his debut for the Bees (the first professional appearance of his career) in a 1–0 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Crawley Town on 9 October, coming off the bench after 75 minutes to replace Scott Barron.[16] His first start came in a 4–2 FA Cup replay win at home to Bradford City on 18 December.[17] He made 11 appearances over the course of the 2012–13 season and scored no goals.[18] Dallas' first three appearances of the 2013–14 season came in cup competitions and he set up two goals in a 5–3 Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over AFC Wimbledon on 3 September 2013.

Northampton Town (loan)[edit]

Dallas signed on a month's loan for League Two side Northampton Town on 5 October 2013 and went straight into the squad for the Cobblers' match that day against AFC Wimbledon. After replacing Chris Hackett in the 57th minute, he scored Northampton's second goal in a 2–0 victory.[19] He bagged his second Northampton goal in his third match for the club, following up fellow Brentford loanee Luke Norris' opener in a 3–2 defeat to Rochdale on 22 October.[20] On 5 November, Dallas' loan was extended until 1 January 2014.[21] He scored the only goal of the game against Accrington Stanley on 30 November.[22] An injury suffered to Brentford's on-loan Cardiff City winger Kadeem Harris meant that Dallas was recalled early from his loan on 23 December.[23][24] He made 12 appearances for Northampton and scored three goals.[25] Of his time at Northampton, Dallas said "on a personal note my loan spell was OK. I was playing every week. It was a good experience but results did not go our way and it was hard, when you are at the bottom everything seems to go against you".[26] He also remarked that the training was less intense than he was used to at Brentford.[26]

Return to Brentford[edit]

Stuart Dallas, Cardiff, December 2014.jpg

Dallas signed a new two-year contract at Brentford on 13 November, which would have kept him at Griffin Park until the end of the 2015/16 season.[27] Dallas found his minutes on the pitch limited during the early months of 2014, but he broke into the starting lineup in April, starting in six of the Bees' final seven games of the season.[28] Dallas scored his first Brentford goal with what turned out to be a consolation in a 4–1 defeat to Colchester United on 26 April.[29] He made it two in two games when he scored the opener in a 2–0 win over Stevenage on the final day.[30] Dallas made 21 appearances and scored two goals in a season in which Brentford secured automatic promotion to the Championship.[25][31]

On 26 June 2014, Dallas signed a one-year extension to his existing contract, potentially keeping him at Griffin Park until the summer of 2017.[32] He opened his goalscoring account for the 2014–15 season on his second appearance of the campaign, scoring two goals in the opening ten minutes of an incredible League Cup first round shootout victory over Dagenham & Redbridge, which finished 6–6 after extra time.[33] He also converted Brentford's first penalty in the shootout.[34] Dallas scored his first league goal of the season on 19 August 2014, bagging the winner in a 2–1 victory over Blackpool.[35] A quad injury suffered in a 3–0 defeat to Norwich City on 16 September ended Dallas' fine start to the 2014–15 season.[36] He made his comeback from injury on 1 November against Derby County, replacing Jon Toral after 66 minutes.[37] With the score at 1–1, he scored his fourth goal of the season with a dramatic 93rd-minute winner.[37] In the following game, Dallas was pressed into service as an emergency right back for the final 25 minutes of a 3–1 win over Nottingham Forest, having replaced the injured Moses Odubajo.[38] He later deputised on the opposite flank for the suspended Jake Bidwell in February 2015.[39]

Dallas netted his sixth goal of the season with the only goal of the game versus Rotherham United on 10 January 2015,[40] a performance which established him in the starting lineup.[41] After nearly four months without a goal, Dallas scored twice in the Bees' 4–1 win in over bitter rivals Fulham at Craven Cottage on 3 April.[42] His second strike later won the club's Goal of the Season award.[43] He failed to score again during the season, which ended in defeat to Middlesbrough in the playoff semi-finals.[44] Dallas made 44 appearances and scored eight goals during the 2014–15 season.[44]

On 31 July 2015, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Brentford had accepted a bid for Dallas of over £1m from fellow Championship side Leeds United.[45] On 1 August 2015, new Brentford Head Coach Marinus Dijkhuizen revealed that Dallas didn't want to sign a new contract at Brentford with a year remaining of his current contract and that he was likely to leave the club.[46]

Leeds United[edit]

2015/15 season[edit]

On 4 August 2015, Dallas joined Leeds United on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee,[47][48] believed to be in the region of £1.3 million.[49] On 8 August 2015, Dallas made his debut for Leeds in the Football League Championship in a 1–1 draw against Burnley on the opening day of the season. [50] Dallas scored his first goal for the club with a powerfully struck effort against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 17 December 2015. [51]

On 19 March 2016, Dallas scored his second goal for Leeds in the 4–1 loss to Huddersfield Town. Dallas scored two magnificent long range goals to gain a brace against Birmingham City on 12 April to earn Leeds a 2–1 win.[52] On 23 April 2016, Dallas scored the equaliser in a 2–2 draw against Hull City[53]

On 30 April 2016, at the clubs annual Player Of The Year Awards, Dallas was named 'The Players Player Of The Year' for the 2015–16 season.[54] Playing 49 times for Leeds in his first season made him the top appearance maker for Leeds during the 2015–16 season.[55]

2016/17[edit]

Dallas had a mixed start to the 2016/17 season, as he missed the majority of pre-season training due to participating in Euro 2016 with Northern Ireland. Dallas then had an injury hit start to the season Dallas also missed 5 weeks of the season after suffering a calf strain.[56] He returned to action from injury on 26 November in a 2–1 victory against Rotherham United.[57]

On 9 January 2017, Dallas scored his first goal of the season in Leeds' 2–1 FA Cup win against Cambridge United.[58] On 1 February, Dallas scored first league goal of the season and his 2nd goal in all competitions in Leeds' 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.[59]

International career[edit]

Due to his form for Crusaders early in the 2010–11 season, Dallas (along with team-mates Chris Keenan, Martin Donnelly and Jordan Owens) received a call-up to the Northern Ireland U23 squad for a International Challenge Trophy match versus Portugal U23 on 12 October 2010. He played the full 90 minutes of the 2–0 defeat.[60] At the end of the 2010–11 season, along with team mates Colin Coates and Jordan Owens, Dallas received a call-up to the full Northern Ireland squad for 2011 Nations Cup games against Republic of Ireland and Wales.[61] He made his debut against the Welsh in Dublin, coming on in the 63rd minute for Craig Cathcart.[62] Early in the 2011/12 season, Dallas received a call into the U21 side for a 2013 UEFA European U21 Championship qualification match against Denmark on 6 September 2011. He played 65 minutes of the 3–0 defeat, before being substituted for future Brentford teammate Will Grigg.[63]

A run of starts for Brentford since January 2015 saw Dallas called up for matches versus Scotland and Finland in late March 2015.[41][64] He won his first full international cap in nearly four years versus Scotland on 25 March, playing the full 90 minutes of a 1–0 defeat.[65] On 31 May 2015, Dallas combined with Will Grigg to score his first ever international goal in a 1–1 draw with Qatar in Crewe.[66]

On October 8th 2015, Northern Ireland qualified for Euro 2016 in France, beating Greece 3–1. It was the first time in 30 years that Northern Ireland had qualified for a major tournament, with Dallas helping play a crucial role in qualifying.

On 18 May 2016, Dallas was selected as part of the provisional 27-man squad to represent Northern Ireland in the UEFA Euro 2016 competition.[67] On 28 May 2016, Dallas was named in the final 23 man Euro 2016 squad for Northern Ireland.[68]

On 12 June 2016, Dallas came on as a half time substitute for Paddy McNair in Northern Ireland's 1–0 loss in their opening UEFA Euro 2016 game against Poland.[69] On 16 June, Dallas started in the historic 2–0 Euro 2016 victory against Ukraine, with Dallas gaining an assist for Niall McGinn's goal, which proved crucial in helping them qualify for the knockout round of 16 of the competition.[70]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Crusaders

Brentford

As an individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 18 February 2017.
Club Season League FA Cup /
Irish Cup
League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crusaders 2010–11[11] IFA Premiership 35 16 0 0 3 0 0 0 38 16
2011–12[11] 32 8 4 0 4 2 2 0 5[a] 0 47 10
Total 67 24 4 0 7 2 2 0 5 0 85 26
Brentford 2012–13[18] League One 7 0 3 0 0 0 1[b] 0 11 0
2013–14[25] 18 1 0 0 2 0 1[b] 0 21 1
2014–15[44] Championship 38 6 1 0 2 2 2[c] 0 44 8
Total 63 7 4 0 4 2 4 0 76 9
Northampton Town (loan) 2013–14[25] League Two 12 3 12 3
Leeds United 2015–16 Championship 43 5 3 0 1 0 49 5
2016–17 Championship 23 2 2 1 2 0 27 3
Total 66 7 5 1 3 0 76 8
Career totals 208 41 13 1 14 4 2 0 9 0 249 46
  1. ^ Appearances in Setanta Sports Cup.
  2. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy.
  3. ^ Appearances in Football League play-offs.

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