Seaborne, Danny

Birth Date

5th March 1987


Barnstaple, Devon



Biographical Text

Danny Seaborne, a promotion-winning captain, had two spells at Exeter City. Coming through the youth ranks he played nearly a hundred games prior to joining Southampton in 2010. Then, after playing for several clubs in England and Scotland, Danny returned to appear in a small number of games in 2017/18. He later spent a short time at Derry City before retiring.  

Danny, from North Devon, became a trainee on leaving school in 2003. Signing a full professional contract in May 2005 he had already made his Exeter City debut in a Conference Cup tie at Aldershot Town in February 2005. Danny was then loaned in turn to Clyst Rovers, Tiverton Town and Taunton Town before making his Football Conference debut against Dagenham & Redbridge in April 2006.

Danny made spasmodic appearances in 2006/07, either side of a loan to Dorchester Town, and didn’t really establish himself until November 2007 after which he soon assumed the captaincy and featured in 24 league games - and all three play-offs - as City beat Cambridge at Wembley to return to the Football League.  Danny scored Exeter’s first Football League goal at Darlington on the opening day of the 2008/09 season and, as City mounted an ultimately successful promotion challenge, he was to play 33 league games but none beyond the end of March. The following season after just five months as a League One regular, and seen as a rising talent, Danny was transferred to Southampton in January 2010 for a fee of £275,000 plus £100,000 after 20 first team games and a further £100,000 in the event of promotion within three seasons. 

By the time he left Exeter Danny had played 96 games in all competitions scoring five goals. He immediately became a Saints regular playing 16 times in the remainder of the 2009/10 season and a further 24 league appearances when the club won promotion to the Championship in 2011. Then, after making four Championship appearances, Danny was left with life-threatening injuries after being attacked outside a Southampton nightclub in September 2011. Danny made a remarkable recovery and was playing again in August 2012 but, after a few months, moved to Charlton Athletic on loan followed by a similar stint at Bournemouth. Danny was to leave Southampton in July 2013 and, after a few months at Yeovil, was to spend a season-and-a-half at Coventry City. Leaving the Sky Blues in summer 2014 Danny had three years in Scotland firstly with Partick Thistle and then Hamilton Academical.   

It was in December 2017, a few months after leaving Hamilton, that Danny returned to St James Park recommencing his City career against Forest Green in the FA Cup on 12 December 2017. He was to play one more FA Cup game, and five league matches, but was not re-engaged at the end of the season.  Danny then joined League of Ireland Derry City signing a contract until the end of the 2018 season. After a few games at the Brandywell Danny retired from playing. He has since had business interests in property and tourism.


Exeter City

League 91 (plus 3 play-offs) ; Cups 9 (103)


League 5



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