Coles, Danny

Birth Date

31st October 1981

Birthplace

Bristol

Occupation

Defender

Biographical Text

Danny Coles, who made around 180 league and cup appearances for Bristol City, joined the Grecians from Bristol Rovers. Staying for three seasons Danny played over 120 times before moving to Forest Green Rovers. He later worked as a football agent. 

Danny commenced his career at Bristol City as a trainee in 1998 and, after making his debut in April 2000, went on to make around 150 league appearances for the club. Still only twenty-three Danny left Ashton Gate in July 2005 to join Hull City for £200,000 where, in just over two years, Danny played little more than thirty first-team games following a serious knee injury. After a loan at Hartlepool, Danny moved to Bristol Rovers on a similar basis prior to signing permanently in January 2008.

Once again a knee injury hampered Danny’s progress but, after hardly playing at all in 2008/09, he recovered to complete a century of league games for Rovers. After appearing regularly in 2010/11 a deal was struck in June 2011 with League One Exeter City in purchasing the remainder of Danny’s contract. 

Making his Grecians’ debut as a substitute in the opening game at Stevenage, Danny became a regular in the side until his season came to an end in March 2012 when sustaining a fractured spine in a freak training accident. Danny made a full recovery and, becoming club captain, appeared 48 times in all competitions in 2012/13.

Danny played a further 39 times in competitive matches during 2013/14 before - in June 2014 - being fined two weeks’ wages, stripped of the captaincy and transfer-listed after making offensive comments on Twitter. Within weeks he had left the club, signing for Forest Green Rovers in August 2014.

Now playing outside of the Football League for the first time, Danny had a single season with the Gloucestershire club which also saw him take on coaching responsibilities. With his string of knee injuries taking a toll Danny retired in August 2015 and later worked as a football agent.   

Appearances

Exeter City

League 114; Cups 9 (123)

Goals

League 8

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