Danny Hay

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Danny Hay
Personal information
Full name Daniel John Hay
Date of birth (1975-05-15) 15 May 1975 (age 44)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Green Bay-Titirangi FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995 Waitakere City
1996–1997 Central United
1997–1999 Perth Glory 48 (2)
1999–2002 Leeds United 4 (0)
2002–2003 Walsall 45 (0)
2003–2006 New Zealand Knights 16 (1)
2006 Perth Glory 4 (0)
2007–2009 Waitakere United 36 (5)
National team
1996–2007 New Zealand 31 (2)
Teams managed
2015–2018 New Zealand U-17
2017– Eastern Suburbs AFC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 April 2009
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:47, 10 July 2009 (UTC)

Daniel John "Danny" Hay (born 15 May 1975) is a former New Zealand professional footballer who captained the New Zealand national side. Hay played as a central defender for English Premier League club Leeds United and National Soccer League side, Perth Glory, he also captained Waitakere United in the New Zealand Football Championship.

Early and personal life[edit]

Hay was born in Auckland and grew up in Titirangi and later Hillsborough, he attended Kelston Boys High School where he played in the 1st XI for four years between 1990–1993.

Kelston Boys HS 1st XI

Hay made the Auckland Secondary Schools U-17 side in 1990 and the following year was a member of the Kelston 1st XI that won the National Secondary School football championship. In 1992 Kelston won the Auckland Secondary School and Knockout Competition and were the only unbeaten team at the National Tournament before it was abandoned due to bad weather.

In 1993 Hay captained Kelston who lost the National Tournament final to Auckland Grammar 1–0. Hay was selected in the national tournament team and named player of the tournament, he was selected for the Auckland Secondary Schools team (which he also captained) and the Auckland U-19 team.

Hay was awarded the Auckland College Sportsperson of the Year (Football) for 1993.[1]

Club career[edit]

Waitakere City[edit]

Hay was a member of the successful Waitakere City team that ended up winning the 1995 New Zealand Superclub League competition beating Waikato United 4–0 in the final.[2]

Central United

Hay moved to Central United for the National Summer League which commenced in January 1996. On 30 March he captained the side to their away win over Waitakere City 2–0 and contributed with a penalty goal.[3]

Perth Glory FC

1997 / 1998

In August 1997, Hay signed for Perth Glory in only their second season in the Australian National Soccer League. Hay scored a goal in their 4–1 win over eventual season championship winners South Melbourne at Perth Oval on 7 December 1997. Perth Glory finished 8th on the table at the end of the season. Hay was awarded the prestigious Perth Glory Most Glorious Player award.

1998 / 1999

The following season proved to be more successful for Perth Glory finishing 3rd after losing the preliminary final to Sydney United at Sydney on 23 May 1999. Hay was awarded again the prestigious Perth Glory Most Glorious Player award this time jointly with Scott Miller.

Leeds United FC

1999 / 2000

In June 1999, Hay trialled for Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart before trialling the following month for FA Premier League side, Leeds United on the first team's pre season tour of Sweden and Finland.[4] On 14 July 1999, Hay started in their friendly match against Swedish side Byske IF alongside defenders Jonathan Woodgate, and Ian Harte.[5] On 17 July 1999, he started and played the full fixture against Finnish side Tervaritahdet in Oulu with fellow defenders Gary Kelly, and Martin Hiden.[6] Hay was rested for the final match against Swedish side Bodens BK where Lucas Radebe made his first appearance of the season.[7] Due to trial commitments Hay was unavailable for international duties at the Confederations Cup in Mexico.[8]

Hay had a back up to play in Stuttgart if he could not obtain the necessary work visa to play in England.[9] Hay was successful in obtaining a three-year contract with Leeds and became the first New Zealander to be offered a contract by a Premier League club.[10] Hay was initially included in Leeds' Reserve squad for the 1999/2000 Premier Reserve League season where he started in the majority of the 24 fixtures between August 1999 – May 2000.[11]

On 30 September 1999, Hay was named on the bench for Leeds' second leg UEFA Cup first round fixture against Partizan Belgrade at Elland Rd.[12]

2000 / 2001

Hay was elevated the following season to the first team squad which included a defensive line-up comprising Republic of Ireland internationals, Gary Kelly, Ian Harte and Alan Maybury, captain and South African international Lucas Radebe, England international Jonathan Woodgate, Danny Mills (who was to make his England debut later in the season), Scottish international Dominic Matteo, and Michael Duberry. In November 2000, England centre back Rio Ferdinand signed for Leeds United making him the world's most expensive defender.[13]

UEFA Champions League

On 13 September 2000, Hay made his debut appearance for the first team in their UEFA Champions League first group stage fixture against FC Barcelona at the Nou Camp with 90,000 plus in attendance.[14][15] Hay came on as a substitute for captain Lucas Radebe who suffered what appeared to be a serious neck injury. Hay's appearance as a replacement albeit brief was the first appearance by a New Zealander in the UEFA Champions League since Oceania Footballer of the Century, All White and Werder Bremen striker, Wynton Rufer.

On 19 September 2000, Hay was named on the bench for Leeds United's UEFA Champions League first group stage fixture against AC Milan at Elland Rd won by Leeds 1–0.[16] On 26 September 2000, Hay was again named on the bench for their UEFA Champions League first group stage fixture against Beşiktaş J.K at Elland Rd won by Leeds 6–0.[17] Hay travelled to Istanbul as a substitute for the return leg fixture on 18 October 2000 which was drawn 0–0.[18] On 24 October 2000, Hay was included in the first team on the bench for the return leg fixture against FC Barcelona at Elland Rd which was drawn 1–1. A late goal in stoppage time by World Player of the Year, Rivaldo prevented Leeds from automatically going to the second group stage and left them relying on getting at least a point from their next match against the group leaders AC Milan to progress.[19]

On 8 November 2000, Hay was a substitute for the return leg away fixture against AC Milan which was drawn 1–1; the point qualified Leeds to join group leaders AC Milan through to the last 16 in the second group stage.[20] A hernia operation curtailed Hay's further involvement until he made a return for the Premier Reserves against Liverpool in January 2001 with fellow defenders Danny Mills, Ian Harte and Norwegian international, Eirik Bakke.[21] On 14 March 2001, Hay returned to the side (after the earlier injury concerns) as a substitute for the return leg fixture against Lazio at Elland Rd which was drawn 3–3 and advanced Leeds into the quarter-final stage.[22][23]

FA Premier League

On 30 September 2000, Hay made his first appearance in the Premier League when he came on as a 45th-minute substitute for Lucas Radebe in Leeds United's 4–3 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Rd.[24][25] Hay became only the second New Zealander after Lee Norfolk to appear in England's top division.[26]

On 21 October 2000, Hay started in Leeds United's away fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford which was lost 0–3;[27][28] the following week Hay started in their fixture against Bradford City at Valley Parade where his potential header goal was cleared from the line by Bradford defender Ian Nolan in the 12th minute.[29] On 4 November 2000, Hay came on as a 16th-minute substitute for Jonathan Woodgate against Liverpool in a memorable 4–3 victory for Leeds.[30]

Football League Cup (Worthington Cup)

On 31 October 2000, Hay started for Leeds in their third round away fixture against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park which was lost 2–3 after extra time.[31]

2001 / 2002

Hay had surgery in the summer and returned for pre-season fixtures in August. On 8 August 2001, he started in the pre-season away fixture against York City which was won 4–0 with Robbie Keane scoring two goals.[32][33] On 13 August 2001, he started in the pre-season away fixture against Harrowgate Town which was won by Leeds 3–0.[34] On 22 August 2001, Hay started in the away fixture against Selby Town FC with Lucas Radebe but he further aggravated a groin injury and needed further treatment to reach full fitness.[35][36] Hay still had injury worries later in the season precluding him from Leeds' first leg third round UEFA Cup away fixture against Grasshoppers Zürich on 22 November 2001.[37] Hay made no further first team or reserve squad appearances in the season due to injury.

Hay failed to reach his full potential in England due to constant injuries. Hay was released at the end of his contract in May 2002 and signed for Walsall FC.


Hay also played for Walsall in England.[38]

New Zealand Knights

Hay started the 2006–2007 season as inaugural captain for the Auckland-based New Zealand Knights, but left the club in December following a falling out with management, before playing out the season with Perth Glory.[38]

Waitakere United

International career[edit]

Hay appeared for the New Zealand national football team, the All Whites,[39] his first goal for his country came against Fiji in the 1998 Oceania Nations Cup in a 1–0 win.

2003 FIFA Confederation Cup – France

After not playing any international football for four years Hay was named in the All Whites squad who were grouped with France, Columbia and Japan in Group A. Hay was recovering from an ankle injury which had ended his season in mid February while at Walsall FC.[8]

On 18 June 2003, Hay was an unused substitute in the All Whites opening match against Japan at Saint-Denis which was lost 0–3. On 20 June 2003, Hay did start in the All Whites next match against Columbia at Lyon which was lost 1–3. On 22 June 2003, Hay played in the All Whites final fixture against a French side (which included Thierry Henry) at Saint-Denis which the New Zealanders lost 0–5.

In 2006, Hay was awarded the captaincy of the All Whites.

In 2007, he retired from international football to pursue a teaching career at Sacred Heart College in Auckland which also involved him training the First XI and youth development teams.

Managerial career[edit]

Hay was appointed as coach of the New Zealand under-17 national team in April 2015, he was manager of the U17s at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup where they lost to Brazil in the round of 16 having qualified from a group featuring Syria, Paraguay and finishing second-place in to France.

In February 2017, his team won the 2017 OFC U-17 Championship with a 7–0 win over New Caledonia in the final and qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[40]


Hay, then a teacher and coach at Sacred Heart College, Auckland, courted controversy in June 2012 by criticising All White coach Ricki Herbert's tactics following a defeat in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup to the Solomon Islands. Hay was quoted as saying "It's a little bit scary that you've got one person dictating all the ideas and there's nothing fresh coming through. He's got tactically lazy and to play three at the back in Honiara was horrific in those conditions, with the type of players we had available to us."[41]


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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Gavin Wilkinson
Perth Glory Most Glorious Player Award
Succeeded by
Danny Hay, Scott Miller