Danny Coles
Danny Coles
Rovers apps (gls)1:102 (3)
Date of birth:31 October 1981
Place of birth:Bristol
Height:6 ft 1 in
Date joined:8 January 2008
Joined from:Hull City
Date left:11 June 2011
1 League appearances and goals only.

Danny Coles is a central defender who joined Rovers initially on loan from Hull City on 1 November 2007, before signing permanently on 8 January 2008. Although he is a defender, he played a couple of games for Rovers as an emergency central midfielder due to players being injured and suspended.

The 2008-09 season was marred by injuries, fistly in a pre-season friendly against ADO Den Haag which saw him out until 16 September, and again in a 2-1 victory over Leyton Orient on 11 October when he suffered ligament damage, leaving him on the sidelines until the end of the season. He west a first team regular for the next two seasons, but was allowed to leave on a free transfer in 2011 following the club's relegation to League Two in an effort to trim the wage bill, when he moved to Exeter City.

Coles is a native of Bristol, who was a Bristol City player as a youngster. While with the club was charged with being drunk and disorderly in a pub in Newport, Shropshire during a pre-season visit to the area during 2005.


Danny began his footballing career as a Bristol City player, with whom he was named Young Player of the Year in the 2002-03 season. He went on to make 148 league appearances for the Robins, scoring six goals. In July 2005 he was signed by Hull City for a fee of £200,000, but after suffering an injury early in his spell at the KC Stadium he struggled to get back in the first team. In October 2007 he joined Hartlepool United on loan for a month, where he played three league games. The following month he joined Rovers, initially on a three-month loan, but in January he made the switch permanent after having played 31 league games for the Tigers.

Following his release from Rovers in 2011 he made a bright start at his new club, Exeter City, playing in 36 games in all competition and scoring twice up to 10 March. The season took a sour twist however when he was involved in a training ground collision with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, fracturing two vertebrae and forcing him to wear a back brace for over a month.

Career statsEdit

1999–00Bristol City 10
2000–01Bristol City 20
2001–02Bristol City 230
2002–03Bristol City 392
2003–04Bristol City 452
2004–05Bristol City 381
2005–06Hull City 90
2006–07Hull City 210
2007–08Hull City 10
2007–08Hartlepool United (loan)30
2007–08Bristol Rovers (loan)70
2007–08Bristol Rovers 171
2008–09Bristol Rovers 51
2009–10Bristol Rovers 361
2010–11Bristol Rovers 370
2011–12Exeter City 312
2012–13Exeter City 464

Record against RoversEdit

Danny has played against Rovers four times in competitive fixtures, an LDV Vans Trophy match at Ashton Gate, a League One fixture with Hartlepool United and two League Two games with Exeter City. The first two of those games ended in defeat for the Pirates, but he was on the losing side for both of the encounters with Exeter.

9 January 2002Bristol CityAshton Gate3–0 to City
12 October 2007Hartlepool UnitedVictoria Park1–0 to Hartlepool
29 September 2012Exeter CitySt James' Park2–1 to Rovers3 other ex-Rovers players in Exeter squad
6 March 2013Exeter CityMemorial Stadium2–0 to Rovers3 other ex-Rovers players in Exeter squad

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