Danny Graham (footballer)


Danny Graham (footballer)
Danny Graham
The head and upper torso of a young man, wearing a black and red top. The logo on his top is coloured green, black and yellow, and reads "WATFORD"
Graham in 2010
Personal information
Full name Daniel Anthony William Graham
Date of birth 12 August 1985 (1985-08-12) (age 26)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Swansea City
Number 10
Youth career
Chester-le-Street Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Middlesbrough 15 (1)
2004 Darlington (loan) 9 (2)
2005–2006 Derby County (loan) 14 (0)
2006 Leeds United (loan) 3 (0)
2006 Blackpool (loan) 4 (1)
2007 Carlisle United (loan) 11 (7)
2007–2009 Carlisle United 89 (29)
2009–2011 Watford 91 (38)
2011– Swansea City 11 (4)
National team
2004–2005 England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 October 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 February 2011

Daniel Anthony William "Danny" Graham (born 12 August 1985) is an English footballer who plays for Premier League side Swansea City as a striker. He started his professional career at Middlesbrough in 2003, making his debut for the club in a Premier League match against Manchester United the following year. He later represented England at under-20 level.

During his four years at Middlesbrough, Graham made just one first team start. He was loaned out to clubs in all three divisions of the Football League, before joining his final loan club Carlisle United on a two-year deal in 2007. At the end of his contract, he joined Championship side Watford, who were subsequently ordered to pay compensation. Graham was Watford's top-scorer in both of his seasons at Vicarage Road, as well as Watford F.C. Player of the Season and the Championship's overall top scorer in 2010–11. In July 2011, Graham transferred to newly-promoted Swansea City for £3.5 million.

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Club career

Early career

Graham attended Heworth Grange Comprehensive School, and represented the Gateshead Schools FA team.[1] He started his career at Chester-le-Street Town, in the Northern League, before joining Middlesbrough on a permanent transfer in 2003. In the 2003–04 season he spent time on loan at Division Three side Darlington, where he made scored two goals in nine league appearances. He made his Middlesbrough debut on 3 October 2004, as a late substitute in a 1–1 Premier League draw against Manchester United. He scored his first goal for the club three weeks later, against Coventry City in the League Cup,[2] and scored his first Premier League goal on 27 February 2005 against Charlton Athletic.[3]

Despite having played for Middlesbrough in both the Premier League and UEFA Cup, Graham was unable to secure a place in the starting lineup; his only league start for the club came in a 1–0 defeat to Fulham at the end of the 2005–06 season.[4] In July 2006, Middlesbrough confirmed they were willing to let the once-hot prospect leave the club.

Loan spells

The following season, Graham was loaned to Derby County and Leeds United, but did not score a league goal for either club. Graham subsequently went on loan to Blackpool at the start of the 2006–07 season, scoring once in the league against Bristol City.[4][5]

At the end of 2006, Graham moved to Carlisle United on loan.[6] He returned to Middlesbrough on 5 February 2007, after playing only two games due to a leg injury,[7] but returned to Brunton Park after recovering to complete a three-month loan.[8] The final match of his loan was against Bristol City, where he scored Carlisle's only goal in a 3–1 defeat. During two loan spells at Carlisle, he scored 7 league goals in 11 games.[4]

Graham was released by Middlesbrough on 10 May 2007,[9] and signed a two-year deal with Carlisle United on 6 June 2007.[10]

Carlisle United

Graham started the 2007–08 season in good form, and was the division's top goalscorer from August until October, including one against his former loan-club Leeds United. However after his goal on 13 October 2007, Graham did not score again until 2 February 2008. He made his 100th career appearance playing for Carlisle United against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on 3 March 2008, scoring the winning goal in a 1–0 victory, in a game broadcast live on Sky Sports.[11]

Graham also started the 2008–09 season in goalscoring form, netting 13 goals between August and December. He was linked with a £250,000 move to either Preston or Huddersfield, but these rumours ultimately came to nothing.

Watford

Danny Graham (yellow shirt) playing for Watford

After several failed attempts by Carlisle to renew Graham's contract he joined Watford on a two-year contract on 2 July 2009. A tribunal later decided that Watford should pay an initial £200,000 in compensation to Carlisle, which eventually rose to £350,000. Graham scored several goals for Watford in pre-season, and scored on his competitive debut for the club in a 1–1 draw with Doncaster Rovers at Vicarage Road.[12] On 5 April 2010 Graham scored from 25 yards out to give Watford the lead in their 1–1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.[13] Graham finished the season as Watford's top scorer, with 14 league goals.[14]

On 15 January 2011 against Derby County, Graham equalled the Watford record for the most goals scored in consecutive games, finding the net for the seventh successive match.[15] Graham sustained his good goal-scoring form, finishing as Championship top-scorer for the 2010–11 season, with 24 goals in the league.[16] He was named in the 2011 PFA Championship Team of the Year,[17] and was also voted Watford F.C. Player of the Season.[18]

Watford received and rejected a £2.5 million bid from Queens Park Rangers for Graham's services in May 2011.[16] On 4 June 2011, the club accepted a £3.5 million bid from Swansea City.[19]

Swansea City

Graham (left), playing for Swansea against Arsenal

On 7 June 2011, Graham completed his £3.5 million move to newly-promoted Premier League side Swansea City.[20] Graham scored for Swansea on 6 August 2011 in a pre-season friendly between Swansea and La Liga side Real Betis at the Liberty Stadium. He scored his first competitive goal for Swansea on 2 October 2011 in a 2–0 win at home to Stoke City.[21] The following week, Graham scored his second goal for Swansea in a 3-1 defeat to Norwich City. Graham scored his third goal for Swansea in a 2-2 draw with Wolves on 22 October. On 29 October Graham scored his fourth goal in as many games in a 3-1 win against Bolton, having also scored an own goal earlier on in the game.

Career statistics

As of 29 October 2011[4]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2003–04 Darlington (loan) Division Three 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2 3 0
2004–05 Middlesbrough Premier League 11 1 2 0 2 1 2 0 17 2 0 0
2005–06 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
Derby County (loan) Championship 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0
Leeds United (loan) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2006–07 Middlesbrough Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Blackpool (loan) League One 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0
Carlisle United (loan) 11 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 7 0 0
2007–08 Carlisle United 47 15 2 0 2 1 2 1 53 17 1 0
2008–09 44 15 3 1 1 0 1 0 49 16 3 0
2009–10 Watford Championship 46 14 1 0 2 0 0 0 49 14 4 0
2010–11 45 24 2 1 2 2 0 0 49 27 4 0
2011–12 Swansea City Premier League 11 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 11 4 0 0
Total 249 84 11 2 10 4 5 1 273 91 16 0

References

  1. ^ Gateshead Schools Football Association. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Middlesbrough 3–0 Coventry". BBC. 27 October 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_cup/3947069.stm. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Middlesbrough 2–2 Charlton". BBC. 27 February 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4279671.stm. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Statistics". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/players/player.sd?player_id=38086&season_id=135. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Bristol City 2–4 Blackpool". BBC. 19 August 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/4786321.stm. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Carlisle bring in Boro striker". Mark Buckingham (Sky Sports). 31 December 2006. http://home.skysports.com/transferarticle.aspx?hlid=438560. Retrieved 21 January 2007. 
  7. ^ "Boro's Graham ends Carlisle spell". BBC Sport. 5 February 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/carlisle_united/6333131.stm. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  8. ^ "Graham to continue Carlisle loan". BBC Sport. 23 February 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/carlisle_united/6333131.stm. Retrieved 23 February 2007. 
  9. ^ "Boro let striker Christie leave". BBC Sport. 10 May 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/m/middlesbrough/6642133.stm. Retrieved 10 May 2007. 
  10. ^ "Carlisle win race to sign Graham". BBC Sport. 6 June 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/c/carlisle_united/6673013.stm. Retrieved 6 June 2007. 
  11. ^ "Nottm Forest 0–1 Carlisle". BBC Sport. 3 March 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_2/7260430.stm. Retrieved 3 March 2008. 
  12. ^ "Watford 1–1 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 8 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8186514.stm. Retrieved 30 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "Watford 1–1 West Brom". BBC Sport. BBC. 5 April 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8595507.stm. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Goalscorers 2009/10". Watford Football Club. http://www.watfordfc.com/page/Goalscorers/0,,10400~200910400,00.html. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  15. ^ "Hot-shot striker scores for seventh straight match as Derby well beaten". http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/8793731.Great_Graham_into_record_books_as_Watford_make_it_a_magnificent_seven/?ref=eb. 
  16. ^ a b "Watford reject bids for Danny Graham and Will Buckley". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 May 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13468214.stm. Retrieved 20 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Spurs' Gareth Bale wins PFA player of the year award". BBC Sport. 18 April 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/13110874.stm. Retrieved 18 April 2011. 
  18. ^ Matthews, Anthony (30 April 2011). "Danny Graham is Player of the Season". Watford Observer. Newsquest. http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/sport/9001895.Danny_Graham_is_Player_of_the_Season/. Retrieved 9 May 2011. 
  19. ^ "Hornets accept Graham bid". Sky Sports. Sky Sports. 4 June 2011. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11731_6965890,00.html. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  20. ^ "Official:Graham signs for Swans". Watford Football Club. 7 June 2011. http://www.watfordfc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10400~2372903,00.html. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  21. ^ "Swansea 2 - 0 Stoke". BBC Sport. 2 October 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/15051279.stm. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 

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