As a player, Darren was on Peterborough's books but did not break
into the first team. He played for Kettering and Boston and had
a spell in Hong Kong with Kui Tan in the early 90s, when he also
represented the former British territory at international level.
He returned to Boston before former England defender John Gidman
took him to King's Lynn. He later played for Fakenham before joining
Wisbech as manager.
The Cambridge United
website reported on 20th April 2000 that Wisbech manager Darren
Bloodworth was to join United at the end of the 1999/2000 season
in a coaching role with the Youth Development Scheme. His main
role will be to establish and recruit players to the CUFC Advanced
Centre in Kings Lynn. "Darren is well known and highly regarded
in that area having previously worked for Norwich City and currently
lives in Kings Lynn." Darren abandoned his role at Wisbech and
his column for the Pink Un.
In late November 2000, Darren returned to King's Lynn to help
Tony Spearing manage the struggling
Linnets. Darren also worked as Director of the College of West
Anglia's football academy which is run in conjunction with Kings
Lynn football club
Another spell looking after the Linnets began on 14th November
2003 when Darren took on the caretaker role at Kings Lynn, with
Kevin Boon, following the sacking of Peter Morris. Their role
was made permanent in February 2004 as Lynn topped the Dr Martens
Eastern Division - only to be beaten 3-1 by Tonbrige in Kevin
and Darren's first official match in charge. Despite this initial
setback, Lynn went on to win the Eastern Division title with a
2-0 win at Fisher Athletic on the final day of the season.
In early September 2004, Darren and Kevin quit as managers of
Lynn following abuse from fans, after a mixedstart to the 2004/5
season, and a lack of support from Lynn's directors. Reserve team
boss Robert Taylor was placed
temporarily in charge following their departure. After some boardroom
restructuring, both Darren and Kevin returned to Lynn in mid October
with Darren taking on a director's role. In May 2005, Darren decided
to leave Lynn for good, taking up a coaching role in the USA.
In November 2005, Darren returned to England and was reported
as having rejoined Cambridge United as their youth team manager
replacing Luke Hobbs, who has quit to join another former Us
youth manager, Ricky Duncan, at Southend United
On 10th June 2006, Norwich announced that Darren had rejoined the
club, replacing Danny Laws as Education
Officer - Laws vacating the role to spend more time with his family.
The following year, Darren's role was expanded to provide coaching
support for Academy Manager/Youth Team Coach Ricky
Darren left Norwich in May 2008 to pursue opportunities closer to
his home in Kings Lynn. However by August 2008, he was back with
City as Education Officer and Under-14s coach. In 2010/11, he took
charge of Under 12s squad with Jimmy Unwin.