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Danny Crow

Danny Crow
Norwich Career: 2002-2005 (4 appearances)
Current Club: Newport County (Conference)
Date of Birth: 26/01/1986 (Great Yarmouth)
Nationality: English

Biography

Striker Daniel Crow was in the Norwich City Under 15 squad that won the Northern Ireland Milk Cup in August 2001. At the time he attended Caister High School. He joined the Canaries aged eight. Coach Adrian Boothroyd had suggested that Crow and teammate Ryan Jarvis "could well become future foils for the first team".

In the summer of 2003, Academy Director Sammy Morgan commented "He is a good goalscorer, he's getting stronger all the time and hopefully he'll get a chance for regular reserve team football this season."

Danny won the Academy Player of the Year award for 2003/4. His form at the beginning of the following season saw both Yeovil and Boston enquire about taking him on loan. It also impressed the Norwich management who offered him his first professional contract until the end of the season. In November 2004, Danny was linked with loan moves to both Cambridge United and Colchester United.

Due to an injury crisis, Danny was called up to the Norwich first team for the trip to Middlesboro on 28th December 2004 and made his debut coming on as a second-half substitute.

On 15th February 2005, Danny was loaned to Northampton Town for one month, and made his debut for the Magpies that evening as a substitute in a 0-0 draw with Notts County. "Everything has happened so quickly. One minute I'm on my way to sign the month's loan agreement and the next thing I know I'm on my way to the game after being told that I was the bench" explained Crow

Crow returned to Carrow Road in April cutting short his loan due to injury. In May 2005, Norwich surprisingly decided not to offer him a new contract - which many Norwich fans thought was a mistake on City's behalf. Danny joined Mark Wright's Peterborough for pre-season training and singed a two year contract with them on 8th July 2005.

In March 2006, football magazine Four Four Two listed Crow just outside their top 50 player performing in the Football League - describing him as a tidy striker at League Two level.

At the end of May 2006, it was speculated that Crow's former coach Adrian Boothroyd would seek to bring Crow to Vicarage Road where Boothroyd manages newly promoted Watford.

During January 2007, it was reported that Crow and teammate Aaron McLean were scouted by City boss Peter Grant as a replacement for the injured Rob Earnshaw

Falling out of favour with Peterbrough's new manager Darren Ferguson, Danny was placed on the transfer list in May 2007. He was loaned to Notts County on 8th October 2007 with view to a permanent transfer in January.However during his first game for County he suffered a broken 5th metatarsal and he has returned to London Road

On 15th February, Danny re-signed for Notts County on loan and scored the only goal of the game on his "second debut" at Chester.

In May 2008, following Peterborough's promotion to League One, Crow was told that he was no longer requied at London Road. Crow told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I've always been happy at Peterborough and I'm disappointed I didn't play a major part in them getting promotion." The 22-year-old said he would take his time finding a new club. "Peterborough have told me they want me to go and I think they want me out of the door as quickly as possible. "But I've got to think about myself and my family, it's not easy just to move away. The season's just finished and I'm already getting told to go here and there. All I want to do it relax and talk about things with my agent and family and then whatever arises does."

On the 1st September 2008, Crow had his contract terminated at Peterborough by mutual consent. Although he had been linked with a move to Lincoln City, he opened talks with Cambridge United and signed for the Conference side on 10th September 2008.

On 4th January 2010, former Cambridge United chairman George Rolls, now at the helm of Weymouth, admitted he had made a cash offer for Crow. Rolls would not comment on how much Weymouth had bid for the striker, but the rumoured four-figure offer was turned down by United

In May 2010, Danny was linked with a move to Conference rivals Luton Town but was also offered a two year deal by Cambridge and was believed to be interesting both Colchester and Leyton Orient. Crow said on 14th May 2010: "All the speculation that I've signed for Luton isn't true. That's not the case yet and I'm just weighing up my options because I've been talking to a few clubs. " However his switch to Luton became reality a week later

Crow was released by Luton at the end of May 2012. He joined Newport County on a one year contract on 19th June 2012. “I’m thrilled,” said Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh.. “Danny is a great age and has a lot to offer. We’ve beaten off a lot of other clubs to secure his signature and he will be a great addition to our forward line. It’s no secret that we were missing a goalscorer in our squad last season and Danny has got that in him.

Danny helped Newport back into the Football League playing in their Conference play-off victory over Wrexham on 6th May 2013. He had scored 3 goals in 28 appearances for County during 2012/13.


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