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Danny Coles
Danny Coles
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 102 (3)
Date of birth: 31 October 1981
Place of birth: Bristol
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Position: Defender
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 stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1999–00 Bristol City 1 0
2000–01 Bristol City 2 0
2001–02 Bristol City 23 0
2002–03 Bristol City 39 2
2003–04 Bristol City 45 2
2004–05 Bristol City 38 1
2005–06 Hull City 9 0
2006–07 Hull City 21 0
2007–08 Hull City 1 0
2007–08 Hartlepool United (loan) 3 0
2007–08 Bristol Rovers (loan) 7 0
2007–08 Bristol Rovers 17 1
2008–09 Bristol Rovers 5 1
2009–10 Bristol Rovers 36 1
2010–11 Bristol Rovers 37 0
2011–12 Exeter City 31 2
2012–13 Exeter City 46 4

Record against Rovers[]

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.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
9 January 2002 Bristol City Ashton Gate 3–0 to City
12 October 2007 Hartlepool United Victoria Park 1–0 to Hartlepool
29 September 2012 Exeter City St James' Park 2–1 to Rovers 3 other ex-Rovers players in Exeter squad
6 March 2013 Exeter City Memorial Stadium 2–0 to Rovers 3 other ex-Rovers players in Exeter squad