Danny Collins

Danny Collins
Danny Collins
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Collins playing for Stoke City
Personal information
Full name Daniel Lewis Collins
Date of birth 6 August 1980 (1980-08-06) (age 31)
Place of birth Chester, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Playing position Centre back / Left back
Club information
Current club Ipswich Town
(on loan from Stoke City)
Number 25
Youth career
1994 Mold Alexandra
1995 Buckley Town
1996–2000 Chester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Chester City 71 (4)
2002–2003 Vauxhall Motors (loan) 18 (2)
2004–2009 Sunderland 149 (3)
2009– Stoke City 50 (0)
2011– Ipswich Town (loan) 11 (2)
National team
2003–2004 England C 6 (0)
2005– Wales 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:30, 19 November 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:31, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Daniel Lewis "Danny" Collins (born 6 August 1980) is a Welsh footballer currently playing for Ipswich Town on loan from Stoke City. Collins also plays for the Wales national football team as a defender.

Collins started his career in the Welsh leagues with Mold Alexandra and Buckley Town before joining Chester City in 1996. His first two seasons at Chester saw him make 20 appearances, during the 2002–03 season he went on loan to non-league side Vauxhall Motors. Following his return to Chester, Collins became a regular in the side and produced some fine performances which attracted the attention of Sunderland who brought him for £140,000.

Collins spent five years in the North East making over 150 appearances and earning two promotions to the Premier League during that time. In August 2009 Collins joined Stoke City for £2.75 Million and plays at Left Back for the potters. He was also been capped for England C on six occasions before being called up to the Welsh national side.

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Club career

Early career

He began his career in the Cymru Alliance with local sides Mold Alexandra and Buckley Town. After having trials with Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers, he signed for Chester City in December 2001, who were playing in the Conference. Before turning professional, Collins played cricket for Wales Minor Counties during the football close season.[2] In the 1999 season, he played two matches, taking two wickets at an average of 37.50 and scoring 14 runs at an average of 7.00.[3]

Chester City

Collins made his debut for Chester in a 3–1 defeat against Northwich Victoria on boxing day 2001.[4] In just under three years he made over 70 appearances for Chester. It was after a successful spell on loan at Vauxhall Motors that his career started to take off, having been converted from an unconvincing forward into a composed central defender. His time at Vauxhalls included helping them surprisingly knock Queens Park Rangers out of the FA Cup in November 2002. The following season saw Collins miss just one game as Chester won the Football Conference title and returned to the Football League after a four-year absence. Although Chester had a mixed start to the 2004–05 season, Collins continued to impress and a stoppage time goal against Macclesfield Town gave Chester their first win of the season on 4 September 2004.

Sunderland

A month later he joined Sunderland for £140,000[5] amid interest from other clubs including Sheffield United whose manager Neil Warnock hit out at the way Chester handled his transfer to Sunderland.[6] He ended the 2004–05 season with another championship medal and full Welsh caps to his name, he was initially used as a backup player to defenders Gary Breen, Steven Caldwell and George McCartney, in his first season at the club, but still managed to make 14 appearances. Following promotion to the Premier League for the 2005–06 season, Sunderland signed several additional players and Collins found himself out of the first team squad early in the season. He later worked his way into the side but Sunderland endured a nightmare campaign and were comfortably relegated amassing just 15 points.[7]

Collins started the 2006–07 season as first choice defender at Sunderland, but was dropped four games into the season after being booed by a section of the crowd following a mistake in the previous game against Plymouth Argyle. Collins later regained his place following the arrival of manager Roy Keane and won another championship medal come the end of the season. On 15 December Collins scored a late last minute goal against Aston Villa which would have led to the Black Cats victory but referee Steve Bennett denied the goal for a foul on Scott Carson, the foul was not apparent and the goal should have stood. Manager Roy Keane was very angry at the decision and said that Bennett had cheated Sunderland and went as far as to say "the players deserve better."[8]

On 5 April 2008, Collins scored Sunderland's first goal in their 3–1 over Fulham at Craven Cottage despite again having a goal disallowed earlier in the game. Collins has gone on to firmly establish himself as a first team regular at Sunderland, starting 32 games in the 2007–08 season. On 30 January 2009, Collins was rewarded with a new two-and-a-half year contract by Sunderland, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2010–11 season.[9] He won the Fans' Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009.

Stoke City

On 29 August it was reported that Sunderland had accepted a bid from Stoke City for Collins despite this he was an unused substitute when the two sides played each other the next day[10] As expected he signed for Stoke City on the 1 September 2009 for £2.75 Million rising to £3.5 Million.[11] Collins made his Stoke debut in a 2–1 defeat at home to Chelsea[12] in the following match against Bolton Wanderers Stoke were leading up until the 88th minute when Collins fouled Sam Ricketts in the penalty area costing Stoke three points.[13] Collins struggled to establish himself at left back during the 2009–10 season often rotating with Danny Higginbotham.[14]

Collins begun the 2010–11 season in good form and has stated that he needs to keep performing well if he is to hold his left back position."There is a lot of competition here now in every area on the pitch, so the lads who are playing at the moment, like myself, know we have to keep performing. If we don't then there are options there for the manager to change things"[15] However he again struggled and was dropped back to the bench with Higginbotham and Marc Wilson being preferred at left back.[16]

Collins was left out Stoke's 25-man Premier League squad by manager Tony Pulis for the 2011–12 season.[17] Collins joined Ipswich Town on a 93 day loan deal from Stoke City on 9 September 2011.[18] He scored his first and second goals for Ipswich in a 3-2 away defeat to Nottingham Forest on 19 November 2011.[19]

International career

Despite being born in England, Collins has represented Wales at international level.[20][21] He made his debut on 9 February 2005 during a 2–0 win over Hungary in the first match of John Toshack's second spell as Wales' manager.[22] His last cap came on 22 August 2007 during a 1–0 friendly win over Bulgaria. Two months after the match, Collins withdrew from the Wales squad to face Germany and Slovakia in the qualifying round of UEFA Euro 2008.[23] Having previously fallen out with Toshack over being left on the bench during a friendly match with Paraguay in March 2006,[24] Collins had not been called into the Wales squad since 2007.[20] Following the resignation of Toshack and the appointment of Brian Flynn as Wales caretaker manager, Collins was selected in the Wales squad for the Euro 2012 qualifying matches in October 2010.

Career statistics

Club

Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chester City 2001–02 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2002–03 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
2003–04 41 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 44 3
2004–05 12 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 1
Total 71 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 77 4
Vauxhall Motors (loan) 2002–03 18 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
Total 18 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 2
Sunderland 2004–05 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
2005–06 23 1 2 0 2 0 27 1
2006–07 38 0 1 0 1 0 40 0
2007–08 36 1 1 0 0 0 37 1
2008–09 35 1 3 0 3 0 41 1
2009–10 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 149 3 8 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 163 3
Stoke City 2009–10 25 0 5 0 0 0 30 0
2010–11 25 0 2 0 0 0 27 0
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 50 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 58 0
Ipswich Town (loan) 2011–12 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 289 9 22 0 7 0 1 0 3 0 322 9

Footnotes

A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Premier League, The Football League and Football Conference.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League play-offs, Football League Trophy and FA Trophy.

International

As of June 2011[25]

Wales national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 4 0
2007 3 0
2010 2 0
2011 3 0
Total 12 0

Honours

Club

Chester City
Sunderland
Stoke City

Individual

  • North East player of the Year: 2009

References

  1. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Danny Collins". Premier League. http://www.premierleague.com/page/PlayerProfile/0,,12306~23180,00.html. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Cricinfo – Players and Officials – Daniel Collins
  3. ^ Minor Counties Cricket Association
  4. ^ "Northwich v Chester". BBC Sport. http://www.soccerbase.com/results3.sd?gameid=313378. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Black Cats sign Collins". BBC Sport. 11 October 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/3734758.stm. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Blades boss critical of Chester". BBC Sport. 13 October 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/3740968.stm. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Bevan, Chris (6 March 2006). "What went wrong for Sunderland?". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/4778608.stm. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  8. ^ Harlow, Phil (15 December 2007). "Sunderland 1–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7134148.stm. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Collins agrees new deal". safc.com. http://www.safc.com/articles/article.php?page_id=16747. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Collins closes in on Stoke switch". BBC Sport. 29 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/8226541.stm. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "Collins Deal Continues Spending Spree". Stoke City FC. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~1784014,00.html. Retrieved 31 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Stoke 1 – 2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 12 September 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8245879.stm. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  13. ^ McNulty, Phil (19 September 2009). "Bolton 1 – 1 Stoke". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8256795.stm. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  14. ^ "Danny Collins to fight for place in Stoke City team". BBC Sport. 18 March 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/8574254.stm. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "'We Can End United's Run' – Collins". stokecityfc.com. Stoke City F.C.. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~2192041,00.html. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Wilkinson's Return". stokecityfc.com. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~2334729,00.html. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Collins left out of Pulis's 25-man squad". thisisstaffordshire.co.uk. http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Stoke-City-Collins-left-Pulis-s-25-man-squad/story-13259448-detail/story.html. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  18. ^ "Collins Completes Loan Move To Ipswich". stokecityfc.com. Stoke City F.C.. http://www.stokecityfc.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10310~2446086,00.html. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  19. ^ "Nottingham Forest 3 Ipswich 2: Tudgay the hero as Forest snatch the points at the death". London: Daily Mail. 19 November 2011. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2063622/Nottingham-Forest-3-Ipswich-2-Tudgay-hero-Forest-snatch-points-death.html. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  20. ^ a b "Collins hoping for Wales return". BBC Sport. 2009-10-30. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/8333149.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  21. ^ "Stoke snap up Danny Collins". The Daily Mirror. 2009-09-01. http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Stoke-snap-up-Danny-Collins-from-Sunderland-article140327.html. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  22. ^ "Wales 2–0 Hungary". BBC Sport. 2005-02-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/4241751.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  23. ^ "Collins defends Wales withdrawal". BBC Sport. 2007-09-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/league_of_wales/6975930.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  24. ^ "Collins makes peace with Toshack". BBC Sport. 2007-01-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6303003.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  25. ^ "Collins, Danny". National Football Teams. http://www.national-football-teams.com/v2/player.php?id=10375. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 

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