Potter, Danny

Birth Date

18th March 1979


Ipswich, Suffolk



Biographical Text

Former Chelsea trainee Danny Potter spent two seasons as Exeter City’s second-choice goalkeeper between 1998 and 2000. He later had a long career in non-league football before briefly returning to the Football League with Torquay United.  

Danny started his career as a trainee at Chelsea in 1996 before moving on to Colchester United in October 1997. Without playing a first-team game whilst at Layer Road, the nineteen-year-old Danny agreed terms with Exeter City in August 1998.

Employed as back-up to Ashley Bayes, Danny made just five end-of-season appearances during his first campaign starting with the game at Shrewsbury Town on 17 April 1999.

With Stuart Naylor as first-choice, and with Jason Matthews also on the books, it was a similar story for Danny in 1999/2000 as again he made just five league appearances during the second- half of the season. 

Released in May 2000 Danny dropped into non-league with Chelmsford City, Weymouth and Farnborough before coming to prominence with an up-and-coming Canvey Island between 2003 and 2006. Then, after a brief spell at Stevenage, Danny’s career peaked with a three-year stay at Cambridge United when the club twice finished as runners-up in the Conference whilst failing both times in the play-off final; Danny appearing against Exeter City in 2008 but missing the following year because of injury.  

Ten years after leaving St James’ Park, Danny returned to Devon in May 2010 to sign for Torquay United where, playing in League Two once again, he appeared nine times as second-choice ‘keeper. In a long predominantly non-league career this gave Danny the distinction of playing all of his nineteen Football League games for two Devon clubs.

After a season at Plainmoor, Danny returned to the Conference with Newport County before appearing for Staines Town, Eastbourne Borough and Leiston prior to, after a three-year break, making a brief final return for Leiston in 2016.  .

Danny later coached with AFC Sudbury and was part of the back-up team when the club won promotion from Isthmian League North in 2023.


Exeter City

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