Dan Sweeney (footballer)

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Dan Sweeney
Personal information
Full name Daniel Liam Sweeney [1]
Date of birth (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 27) [2]
Place of birth Kingston upon Thames, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) [2]
Position(s) Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Number 4
Youth career
0000–2012 AFC Wimbledon
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2012–2013 AFC Wimbledon 0 (0)
2013–2015 Kingstonian 102 (10)
2015 Dulwich Hamlet 10 (6)
2015–2016 Maidstone United 44 (3)
2017–2020 Barnet 83 (1)
2017Hampton & Richmond Borough (loan) 4 (0)
2020– Forest Green Rovers 24 (0)
National team
2016 England C 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 19:45, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2016

Daniel Liam Sweeney (born 25 April 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or centre-back for Forest Green Rovers.

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Club career

AFC Wimbledon

In July 2012, Sweeney was one of five academy prospects to be invited to train with the first team and play for the development squad after the club pulled out of the Suburban League. [3]

It is often claimed that Sweeney made a single appearance for the first team in February 2013, although this has proved untrue with Peter Sweeney instead featuring against Wycombe Wanderers. [4]

Kingstonian

In March 2013, Sweeney joined tenants Kingstonian following his release from AFC Wimbledon. [5] On 4 March, he made his debut in a 2–1 London Senior Cup victory over Hanwell Town. [6] On 6 April, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 Isthmian Premier Division defeat to Whitehawk. [7]

In October 2013, Sweeney was offered a trial with Championship side Ipswich Town and spent a week training with the club. [8] He made a single appearance for the Reserve team. [9]

On 15 June 2014, Sweeney signed a one-year contract to remain at Kingsmeadow. [10] Despite being offered a contract ahead of the 2015–16 season, Sweeney rejected the offer and played for the K's on non-contract terms. [11]

On 6 October 2015, he made his final appearance from the bench in the Alan Turvey Trophy in a 2–2 draw with Hendon. Taking the K's second penalty, Sweeney hit the crossbar but saw his side win 3–1 on penalties. [12]

Dulwich Hamlet

On 9 October 2015, Sweeney joined Isthmian Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet following a seven-day approach. [11] On 10 October, he assisted and scored on his debut in a 4–1 victory at Farnborough. [13] He also scored in the subsequent five fixtures, claiming the Man of the Match award on two occasions. [14] [15]

On 21 November, Sweeney recorded his second assist for the club in a 3–2 win at Bognor Regis Town. [16] After his early goalscoring form, Sweeney attracted the attention of a number of Football League clubs. [17] His final appearance came in a 1–0 defeat to Needham Market on 5 December. [18]

Maidstone United

On 12 December 2015, Sweeney completed a move to National League South side Maidstone United. [19] On 19 December, he made his debut in a 1–0 defeat at Hayes & Yeading United. [20] He scored his first goal for the club four games later, opening the scoring inside three minutes in a 2–0 win against Bath City. [21]

On 27 February 2016, he received the first dismissal of his career with a second yellow card during a 2–1 defeat at Havant & Waterlooville. [22]

After finishing third in the league with 77 points, Maidstone earned a place in the play-offs. Sweeney featured in both legs of the semi-final 3–0 aggregate victory over Truro City, and came off the bench in the 87th minute of the play-off final at Ebbsfleet United. With the game tied at 2–2 after 120 minutes, Sweeney converted his team's fifth and final penalty to seal promotion to the National League. [23]

On 8 April, the club announced Sweeney had agreed to sign a new deal ahead of the 2016–17 season. [24]

Making 15 consecutive league appearances at the start of the season, Sweeney scored his first National League goal in a 4–2 victory over Solihull Moors on 1 October. [25] On 17 December, he made his final appearance for the club in a 2–1 defeat to North Ferriby United. [26]

Barnet

On 22 December 2016, it was announced Sweeney would join League Two club Barnet for an undisclosed fee. [27] Joining up with the squad for training immediately, he officially joined on 1 January. [28] He made his English Football League debut the following day as a substitute against Plymouth Argyle. [29] Sweeney played only four times for the Bees between January and October and was loaned out to Hampton & Richmond Borough on 13 October 2017. [30] Following his return from loan, Sweeney worked his way back into the team, and began playing in a centre-back role following the appointment of Graham Westley in January 2018. After Martin Allen took over two months later, Sweeney was made captain. [31] He won the player of the season award for 2017–18, a feat he repeated the following season. [32] [33] Sweeney left Barnet following the expiration of his contract in June 2020. [34]

Forest Green Rovers

Sweeney signed for League Two club Forest Green Rovers on 1 July 2020 on a two-year deal. [35]

International career

In June 2016, Sweeney was called up to the England C squad after initially being placed on a contingency list. [36] On 5 June, he made his only appearance for the national team in a 4–3 International Challenge Trophy defeat to Slovakia U21s. Sweeney came off the bench in the 70th minute to replace Elliott Whitehouse. [37]

Personal life

Sweeney's brother Ryan (born 1997) was also in the academy at AFC Wimbledon. [38]

Career statistics

As of match played 16 February 2021.
ClubSeasonLeague FA Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
AFC Wimbledon 2012–13 [39] League Two 0000000000
Kingstonian 2012–13 [5] Isthmian Premier Division 6200004 [lower-alpha 1] 0102
2013–14 [5] 42510304 [lower-alpha 2] 1506
2014–15 [5] 42210401 [lower-alpha 3] 0482
2015–16 [5] 121202100162
Total1021040919112412
Dulwich Hamlet 2015–16 [17] Isthmian Premier Division 10600002 [lower-alpha 4] 0126
Maidstone United 2015–16 [40] National League South 211000000211
2016–17 [40] National League 23220002 [lower-alpha 5] 0272
Total443200020483
Barnet 2016–17 [41] League Two4000000040
2017–18 210000000210
2018–19 National League41170005 [lower-alpha 6] 0531
2019–20 17020003 [lower-alpha 7] 0220
Total8319000801001
Hampton & Richmond Borough (loan) 2017–18 National League South4010000050
Forest Green Rovers 2020–21 [42] League Two21010103 [lower-alpha 8] 0260
Career total2602016010124131122
  1. Four appearances in the London Senior Cup.
  2. One appearance in the FA Trophy, one appearance in the London Senior Cup and two appearances and one goal in the Surrey Senior Cup.
  3. One appearance in the FA Trophy.
  4. Two appearances in the FA Trophy.
  5. Two appearances in the FA Trophy.
  6. Five appearances in the FA Trophy.
  7. Three appearances in the FA Trophy.
  8. Appearances in the Football League Trophy

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