They Played for Both Clubs: Huddersfield Town

Neil Danns - midfield dynamo - Matthew Lewis

Chris takes a look at the career of Bolton Wanderers on-loan midfielder Neil Danns.

Neil Danns was born in November 1982 in Liverpool.

He began his career at The FA's School of Excellence in Lilleshall, before joining Blackburn Rovers, aged 16. He would only make three first team appearances for the club, instead being farmed out on loan to various lower leagues clubs including Blackpool, Hartlepool United and Colchester United.

At the start of the 2004/05 season he signed for Colchester on a permanent basis, and began to fulfill some of the early promise that he had shown whilst at Lilleshall. He was a key member of the side who gained promotion to the Championship in 2006, making 41 appearances, scoring eight times. That summer he found himself the subject of much transfer speculation, eventually moving to Championship outfit Birmingham City for £500,000 in June 2006.

He would only manage slightly over a season at Birmingham, despite being a regular in the team that won promotion to the Premier League. He made 29 appearances, scoring three goals. The following year would see his game time reduced, before Christmas he only made two appearances before leaving the club for Crystal Palace for £600,000, rising to £850,000 should Palace be promoted to the Premier League.

His first season at Selhurst Park yielded a mere four appearances, as he was often struggling with injury. He returned to fitness and form in 2008/09 with twenty games and two goals. It was here that his paths first crossed with future Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman, who had been youth team coach at the club before being appointed assistant manager by Paul Hart and later George Burley.

Danns' contract with Palace expired at the end of the 2010/11 season, and he left the club to join big-spending Leicester City. He had made a total of 114 appearances for the Eagles, scoring 20 goals. He rejected a move to Glasgow Rangers in order to sign for Leicester.

He was a regular in the first team at Leicester in his first season at the club, making 37 appearances and scoring six times, however in the midst of his second season at the club he was sent out on loan to strugglers Bristol City. He would go on to make 9 appearances for Bristol City, scoring twice. Upon his return to Leicester, he was again sent out on loan to Huddersfield Town until the end of the season, where he played alongside future Bolton teammate Jermaine Beckford.

Danns would go on to make 18 appearances and score twice on his loan spell in Yorkshire before returning to Leicester City at the end of the season.

In September 2013 he joined Bolton Wanderers on a three month loan deal, linking up with Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman, and former team-mates Matt Mills and Beckford. He scored his first goal for Bolton Wanderers against Birmingham City, as Bolton ran out 2-1 winners at St Andrew's to claim our first league victory of the season.

Bolton manager Freedman has spoken well of Danns' time at the club, often indicating that he might look to make the deal permanent in the January transfer window.

Neil is active on Twitter, and you can find him @Dannzy1

Club statistics

Club

Season

League

FA Cup

League Cup

Other

Total

Division

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Apps

Goals

Blackburn Rovers

2002-03

Premier League

2

0

1

0

2

0

1[a]

0

6

0

2003-04[13]

Premier League

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Blackburn Rovers total

3

0

1

0

2

0

1

0

7

0

Blackpool (loan)

2003-04

Division Two

12

2

-

2

0

1[b]

0

15

2

Hartlepool United (loan)

2003-04

Division Two

11

1

-

-

-

11

1

Colchester United (loan)

2004-05

League One

10

3

-

2

1

1[b]

0

13

4

Colchester United

2004-05

League One

22

8

1

0

-

-

23

8

2005-06

League One

41

8

5

5

1

0

4[b]

3

51

16

Colchester United total

73

19

6

5

3

1

5

3

87

28

Birmingham City

2006-07

Championship

29

3

3

0

3

0

-

35

3

2007-08

Premier League

2

0

0

0

2

0

-

4

0

Birmingham City total

31

3

3

0

5

0

-

39

3

Crystal Palace

2007-08

Championship

4

0

-

-

0

0

4

0

2008-09

Championship

20

2

3

1

0

0

-

23

3

2009-10

Championship

42

8

5

1

2

0

-

49

9

2010-11

Championship

37

7

1

1

0

0

-

38

8

Crystal Palace total

103

17

9

3

2

0

0

0

114

20

Leicester City

2011-12

Championship

29

5

5

0

3

1

-

37

6

2012-13

Championship

1

0

0

0

2

0

-

3

0

2013-14

Championship

0

0

0

0

2

0

-

2

0

Leicester City total

30

5

5

0

7

1

-

42

6

Bristol City (loan)

2012-13

Championship

9

2

0

0

-

-

9

2

Huddersfield Town (loan)

2012-13

Championship

17

2

1

0

-

-

18

2

Bolton Wanderers (loan)

2013-14

Championship

5

1

0

0

-

-

5

1

Career total

294

52

25

8

21

2

7

3

347

65

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