Danny Ward (Welsh footballer)

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Danny Ward
Danny Ward 2014 (cropped).jpg
Ward warming up for Liverpool in 2014.
Personal information
Full name Daniel Ward[1]
Date of birth (1993-06-22) 22 June 1993 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Wrexham, Wales
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[2]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Liverpool
Number 52
Youth career
2007–2011 Wrexham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Wrexham 0 (0)
2011 Tamworth (loan) 1 (0)
2012– Liverpool 2 (0)
2015 Morecambe (loan) 5 (0)
2015–2016 Aberdeen (loan) 21 (0)
2016–2017 Huddersfield Town (loan) 43 (0)
National team
2009 Wales U17
2010–2012 Wales U19 3 (0)
2012–2015 Wales U21 4 (0)
2016– Wales 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:49, 9 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:16, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Daniel Ward (born 22 June 1993) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Liverpool and the Wales national team. Ward has also previously played for Wrexham as well as having loan spells at Tamworth, Morecambe, Aberdeen and Huddersfield Town.

Club career

Early career

Ward was born in Wrexham.[1] He is a product of the Wrexham Academy, signing for them as a 14-year-old in 2007.[citation needed] In the 2010–11 season, Ward was briefly loaned out to Conference Premier rivals Tamworth, making just one appearance in a league match on 12 March 2011 in a 3–2 loss against Hayes & Yeading United.[3] He returned to Wrexham for the 2011–12 season and was promoted to the first team squad but only made it as far as the bench on a handful of occasions.[citation needed]

Liverpool

Ward with Brad Jones and Péter Gulácsi in 2012.

On 30 January 2012, it was announced that Liverpool had signed Ward for a fee of around £100,000.[4] He was quickly promoted to the Reserve team and featured in the 2011–12 NextGen Series where he played in a 6–0 loss to Ajax in the semi-finals.[5]

Ward got his first call-up to the Liverpool senior squad in a League Cup game against Swansea City on 31 October 2012 as an unused substitute.[6] His next senior call up wasn't until 12 January 2014 for a Premier League game against Stoke City where Ward was deputising for the injured Brad Jones.[citation needed]

In March 2015, he was loaned to League Two side, Morecambe for one month.[7][8] On 21 March 2015, he made his football league debut in an away game against Carlisle United.[9]

By the end of the 2014–15 season, Ward had been Liverpool's substitute goalkeeper in 23 of the club's 58 games, taking his tally of squad call-ups to 25.[citation needed]

On 23 June 2015, Ward signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool, keeping him at the club until 2020.[10] A few days later, he was loaned to Scottish Premiership club Aberdeen.[11] He made his debut for Aberdeen on 2 July 2015, against FK Shkëndija in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.[12] After the game, Aberdeen informed UEFA officials that Ward had been targeted by laser beams.[13]

On 10 January 2016, Liverpool cut short Ward's loan at Aberdeen and he returned after impressing with 13 clean sheets in all competitions for the Dons, making him a firm fan favourite.[14] On 17 April 2016, Ward made his debut for Liverpool against Bournemouth in place of Simon Mignolet, where Liverpool won 2–1. The Welshman was called into action on several occasions in the second half, denying King twice before making a great late save from Grabban's close-range header.[15][16]

On 11 July 2016, he signed a season-long loan with Football League Championship side Huddersfield Town.[17] He made his competitive debut for the Terriers in their 2–1 win over Brentford on 6 August 2016. Ward eventually helped Huddersfield gain promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs in May 2017 saving penalties in both the semi-final 2nd leg and the final.

Danny returned to Liverpool at the end of his loan spell and was picked for Liverpool's Premier League Asia Trophy squad but was not selected to play, a tournament Liverpool went on to win.[18]

International career

Ward has represented Wales at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level. He was capped three times for the under-19s and has featured four times for the under-21s.[citation needed] He was called up to the senior team for the first time for a friendly match against Finland on 16 November 2013,[citation needed] and was an unused substitute in the 1–1 draw.[citation needed]

He made his senior debut as a half-time substitute for Wayne Hennessey in an international friendly against Northern Ireland on 24 March 2016, conceding from Craig Cathcart in a 1–1 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium.[19] Ward was selected in Wales' 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2016 and was handed his first start for his country in his third cap in their opening game of the tournament, a 2–1 victory over Slovakia, after Hennessey suffered a back spasm prior to the match.[20]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 19 September 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wrexham 2010–11[21] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2011–12[22] Conference Premier 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tamworth (loan) 2010–11[23] Conference Premier 1 0 1 0
Liverpool 2011–12[24] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012–13[25] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14[26] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[27] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[28] Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2017–18[29] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Morecambe (loan) 2014–15[27] League Two 5 0 5 0
Aberdeen (loan) 2015–16[28] Scottish Premiership 21 0 1 0 1 0 6[a] 0 29 0
Huddersfield (loan) 2016–17[30] Championship 43 0 0 0 1 0 2[b] 0 46 0
Career total 72 0 1 0 3 0 8 0 84 0
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in Championship play-offs

International

As of match played 11 June 2016[31]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Wales 2016 3 0
2017 1 0
Total 4 0

References

  1. ^ a b c "Danny Ward". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Danny Ward". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Danny Ward season details 2010/11". Tamworth Mad. Digital Sports Group. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Liverpool sign up Wrexham keeper Danny Ward". BBC Sport. 30 January 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Match Report: Liverpool Reserves 0–6 Ajax". Liverpool F.C. 14 March 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Liverpool 1–3 Swansea". BBC Sport. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Morecambe: Danny Ward and Aaron Wildig join on loan". BBC Sport. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Ward completes Morecambe switch". Liverpool F.C. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Carlisle 1–1 Morecambe". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Lynch, David (23 June 2015). "Danny Ward agrees new Reds deal". Liverpool F.C. 
  11. ^ "Liverpool keeper joins The Dons". Aberdeen F.C. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Spence, Jim (2 July 2015). "Shkendija 1–1 Aberdeen". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Aberdeen FC contact Uefa over Shkendija laser beams". BBC News. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "Liverpool to recall goalkeeper Danny Ward from Aberdeen early". BBC Sport. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  15. ^ Gholam, Simeon (17 April 2016). "B'mouth 1 – 2 Liverpool – Match Report & Highlights". Sky Sports. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  16. ^ Jones, Neil (17 April 2016). "Bournemouth 1–2 Liverpool player ratings: Danny Ward impresses on debut, Sturridge and Allen continue to shine". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  17. ^ Williams, Sam (11 July 2016). "Danny Ward signs new LFC deal and joins Huddersfield on loan". Liverpool F.C. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/liverpool-name-premier-league-asia-13338627
  19. ^ "Wales v Northern Ireland". BBC Sport. 24 March 2016. 
  20. ^ "Euro 2016: Hennessey ruled out of Wales opener with back spasm". BBC Sport. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016. 
  21. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 150–151. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1. 
  22. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2012). Non-League Club Directory 2013. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 156–157. ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0. 
  23. ^ Williams; Williams (eds.). Non-League Club Directory 2012. pp. 144–145. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Danny Ward in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Danny Ward in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Danny Ward in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  27. ^ a b "Games played by Danny Ward in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Danny Ward in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Danny Ward in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Danny Ward in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 
  31. ^ "Ward, Danny". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 16 October 2017. 

External links

  • Danny Ward profile at the official Liverpool F.C. website
  • Danny Ward at Soccerbase
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