Danny Granville

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Danny Granville
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Personal information
Full nameDanny Patrick Granville
Date of birth (1975-01-19) 19 January 1975 (age 46)
Place of birth Islington, London, England
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1993–1996 Cambridge United
Senior career*
1993–1997 Cambridge United 99 (7)
1997–1998 Chelsea 18 (0)
1998–1999 Leeds United 9 (0)
1999Manchester City (loan) 11 (1)
1999–2001 Manchester City 59 (2)
2001Norwich City (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2007 Crystal Palace 122 (9)
2007–2008 Colchester United 19 (0)
2008–2009 Leyton Orient 12 (0)
2009–2013 Hemel Hempstead 42 (3)
National team
1997 England U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 13:30, 8 March 2009 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:30, 8 March 2009 (UTC)

Daniel Patrick Granville (born 19 January 1975) is an English former footballer who last played for Hemel Hempstead Town in the Southern League Premier Division, having signed for them in October 2009. He played as a left back.


Club career

Cambridge United

Granville began his career with Cambridge United, playing 99 games and attracting a number of top clubs.


Granville moved to Chelsea in 1997 for a fee of £300,000, but lost his place in the Chelsea side when Graeme Le Saux was re-signed from Blackburn Rovers. Arguably the highlight of his career occurred during his time at Chelsea, playing in the winning side in the 1998 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup triumph over VfB Stuttgart. It was earlier in that campaign that Granville scored his only Chelsea goal, against Slovan Bratislava. [1]

Leeds United

He was signed by Leeds United in the summer of 1998 for £1,600,000.

Manchester City

Following a successful loan spell at Manchester City in November 1999 Granville moved again, joining City permanently for £1,000,000. He helped the club gain promotion to the Premier League, another highlight of his career. Towards the end of time at Manchester City, he was pushed onto the bench and spent a month on loan at Norwich City, a successful spell after which Norwich asked for his signature. He opted to return to City to help the club retain their Premier League status.

Crystal Palace

In December 2001 Granville signed for Crystal Palace and played regularly in the first team. Danny was an integral part of the play-off-winning team of 2003–04, scoring three goals and recording many assists. Granville made 138 appearances for Crystal Palace.

Colchester United

Granville signed with Colchester United at the start of the 2007–08 season and was given the number 2 shirt. He was released by the club at the end of the season.

Leyton Orient

After being released from Colchester, Granville signed for Leyton Orient on 4 June 2008. His stay lasted less than a year as, after only 15 first team appearances and one goal (against Bradford in the FA Cup [2] ) he was released by Orient manager Geraint Williams on 4 May 2009. Williams had also been the manager at Colchester when the Essex club released Granville the previous year.

Hemel Hempstead Town

Granville signed for Hemel Hempstead Town in October 2009 after being released by Leyton Orient.

International career

Granville represented England at under-21 level.

Post football

After retiring as a player, Granville worked as a coach with Arsenal's academy and coached in school football. [3]


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  1. Moore, Glenn (18 September 1997). "Granville seals Chelsea success". The Independent . Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  2. "Bradford 1–2 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 5 December 2009.
  3. "Danny Granville Discusses Palace, Promotion and Life Now as a School Teacher". cpfc.co.uk. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 3 November 2018.