Colin Daniel

Colin Daniel
Personal information
Full name Colin Alan Daniel
Date of birth (1988-02-15) 15 February 1988
Place of birth Eastwood, England[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Eastwood Town 79 (8)
2007–2009 Crewe Alexandra 14 (1)
2008Grays Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2008Leek Town (loan) 8 (3)
2008Halifax Town (loan) 8 (5)
2009Macclesfield Town (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2012 Macclesfield Town 117 (13)
2012–2014 Mansfield Town 69 (7)
2014–2016 Port Vale 48 (6)
2016Mansfield Town (loan) 9 (2)
2016– Blackpool 6 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 5 September 2016 (UTC).

Colin Alan Daniel (born 15 February 1988) is an English footballer who plays for League Two club Blackpool. Daniel is a left-sided midfielder, he can also play as a winger, full-back, wing-back, or forward.

He began his career with non-league Eastwood Town, before winning a move to Crewe Alexandra in July 2007. From Crewe he was loaned out to Grays Athletic, Leek Town, Halifax Town, and Macclesfield Town, before he joined Macclesfield Town on a permanent basis in May 2009. He spent three years with Macclesfield, before moving on to Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee in August 2012. He helped Mansfield to win the Conference Premier title in 2012–13. He signed with Port Vale in June 2014, before returning to Mansfield on loan in February 2016. He joined Blackpool in June 2016.

Playing career

Crewe Alexandra

Crewe Alexandra manager Dario Gradi signed Daniel from Northern Premier League side Eastwood Town for a "five-figure sum" in July 2007.[2] He made his debut for the "Railwaymen" on 15 December, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute for Nicky Maynard in a 3–0 defeat to Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.[3] In January 2008 Daniel signed for Conference Premier club Grays Athletic on a one-month loan.[4] He made his debut for the "Blues" coming on from the bench in the 1–1 FA Trophy Third Round match against York City at Bootham Crescent on 12 January. He made three appearances for Grays before returning to Crewe on 1 February.[5] He joined Northern Premier League side Leek Town on loan in March 2008.[6]

He joined newly formed club Halifax Town on loan in the Northern Premier League Division One North in October 2008.[7] He scored a hat-trick for Halifax against Clitheroe.[8] He returned to Crewe and scored his first goal in the Football League on 24 January in a 5–1 defeat to Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium.[9]

Macclesfield Town

Daniel joined Keith Alexander's Macclesfield Town on loan on 24 March for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. He played eight League Two games, and after being released by Crewe in May 2009 he signed a one-year contract with Macclesfield.[10][11]

He made 41 appearances in the 2009–10 campaign and signed a new two-year deal with the club in April 2010.[12] He scored ten goals in 49 games in the 2010–11 season.

Daniel underwent hernia surgery in August 2011, after manager Gary Simpson admitted that "we feel best to sort out now rather than risk it getting much worse".[13] Despite injury problems restricting him to just five appearances at the start of the 2011–12 season, he signed a new one-year contract extension in October to keep him at the club until summer 2013.[14] On 7 January, he scored in a 2–2 draw with Premier League side Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup at Moss Rose.[15]

Mansfield Town

Daniel was signed by Conference Premier side Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee in August 2012.[16] He ended the 2012–13 campaign with five goals in 43 appearances as Paul Cox's "Stags" won promotion into the Football League as champions of the Conference.

He scored three goals in 32 matches in the 2013–14 season, including the only goal of the game with Bristol Rovers to relegate Rovers out of the Football League on 3 May.[17] This goal ensured him of a warm welcome at Bristol City, despite him never playing for the club.[18] Nottingham Post reporter Sarah Clapson described Daniel, who played at left wing-back in a 3–5–2 formation, as "a bit inconsistent" during the campaign despite showing good potential.[19]

Port Vale

Daniel signed a two-year contract with League One club Port Vale in June 2014.[20] Daniel said that "as soon as Micky Adams called me I couldn't say no because Port Vale are a big club."[21] In October, new boss Rob Page told Daniel he was not a part of his first team plans and suggested he go out on loan, but Daniel remained at Vale Park and on 1 November he came off the bench to score the winning goal away at Colchester United.[22] He remained in and around the first team, featuring 30 times throughout the 2014–15 season despite missing February with an ankle injury.[23]

He started the 2015–16 campaign on the bench, but put himself in the frame for a place in the starting line up after coming off the bench to score at Fleetwood Town on 26 September.[24] However, by February he was behind Byron Moore, Matty Kennedy and Sam Kelly in the pecking order, and manager Rob Page allowed him to leave the club on loan.[25] On 23 February, he returned to former club Mansfield on loan until the end of the season after being signed by manager Adam Murray, who was a teammate during Daniel's previous spell at the club.[26] He was released by Port Vale upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.[27]


In June 2016, Daniel joined League Two side Blackpool on a one-year contract with the option of a further year.[28] Manager Gary Bowyer stated: "He offers pace, energy and creativity out wide and will be a great asset to have in the team."[29] He opened his account with the club on his ninth appearance, scoring two goals to help secure a 3–0 win over Yeovil Town at Huish Park on 13 September.[30]

Style of play

A left-sided midfielder, he can also play as a winger, full-back, wing-back, or forward. In June 2014, Daniel stated that "I'm a quick player. I like to defend and retain the ball."[21]


As of 5 September 2016.
Club Season Division League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Grays Athletic (loan)2007–08[31]Conference Premier1000000010
Crewe Alexandra2007–08[31]League One1000000010
2008–09[32]League One131300000161
Total 141300000171
Macclesfield Town2008–09[32]League Two8000000080
2009–10[33]League Two38310101[lower-alpha 1]0413
2010–11[34]League Two43831112[lower-alpha 1]04910
2011–12[35]League Two362510000413
Total 1251392213013916
Mansfield Town2012–13[36]Conference Premier415200000435
2013–14[37]League Two28231001[lower-alpha 1]0323
Total 697510010758
Mansfield Town (loan)2015–16[38]League Two9200000092
Port Vale2014–15[39]League One284101000304
2015–16[38]League One20220102[lower-alpha 1]0252
Total 486302020556
Blackpool2016–17[40]League Two6200020193
Career total[lower-alpha 2] 27231203617030436
  1. 1 2 3 4 Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.
  2. Statistics for Eastwood Town, Leek Town and F.C. Halifax Town not known.


with Mansfield Town


  1. Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 489. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
  2. "Crewe nip in for defender Daniel". BBC Sport. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  3. "Hartlepool 3–0 Crewe". BBC Sport. 15 December 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. "Grays recruit Crewe winger Daniel". BBC Sport. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  5. "Defensive loan duo back at Grays". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
  6. "Crewe sign striker Jones on loan". BBC Sport. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  7. "Harrogate Railway v FC Halifax Town: Town bring in duo". Halifax Courier. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  8. "Curzon Ashton v FC Halifax Town: Loan star Daniel makes his mark". Halifax Courier. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  9. "Northampton 5–1 Crewe". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  10. "Daniel returns to Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  11. "Daniel returns to Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  12. "Daniel and Sinclair agree new contracts at Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  13. "Macclesfield's Colin Daniel to undergo hernia surgery". BBC Sport. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  14. "Colin Daniel signs new Macclesfield Town contract". BBC Sport. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  15. Beaven, Chris (7 January 2012). "Macclesfield 2 – 2 Bolton". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  16. "Colin Daniel joins Mansfield Town from Macclesfield". BBC Sport. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  17. Chapman, Caroline (3 May 2014). "Bristol Rovers 0 – 1 Mansfield". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  18. "Bristol City fans turn Colin Daniel into a hero". Bristol Evening Post. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  19. "Vale new boy Colin Daniel has plenty of potential". The Sentinel. 7 June 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  20. "Port Vale sign Colin Daniel from League Two Mansfield". BBC Sport. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  21. 1 2 "Port Vale braced for busy summer after landing Colin Daniel from Mansfield". The Sentinel. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  22. "Colin Daniel: Port Vale midfielder decided to fight for place in team". BBC Sport. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  23. "Colin Daniel close to Vale return". The Sentinel. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  24. Baggaley, Mike (28 September 2015). "Colin Daniel hoping for Vale role". The Sentinel. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  25. Baggaley, Mike (22 February 2016). "Port Vale: Colin Daniel poised to join Mansfield Town". The Sentinel. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  26. "Colin Daniel: Port Vale winger joins Mansfield for remainder of season". BBC Sport. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  27. Baggaley, Mike (13 May 2016). "Port Vale reveal retained list as nine players are released". The Sentinel. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  28. "Blackpool: Kyle Vassell and Colin Daniel join League Two side". BBC Sport. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  29. "Midfielder Daniel is Blackpool's second signing of the day". Blackpool Gazette. 16 June 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  30. "Yeovil Town 0-3 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  31. 1 2 "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  32. 1 2 "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  33. "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  34. "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  35. "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  36. "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
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  38. 1 2 "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  39. "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  40. "Games played by Colin Daniel in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
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