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Danny Bloomfield

Danny Bloomfield
Norwich Career: 2001-2002 (Reserves)
Current Club: Needham Market (Ryman League)
Date of Birth: 28/07/1982 
Nationality: English

Biography

18 year old Felixstowe and Walton striker Danny Bloomfield came on as substitute and scored in Norwich Reserves' 4-0 victory over Gillingham on 14th December 2000. After making more impressive performances for the Reserves, he was signed by the Canaries in January 2001 on a contract to last until the end of that season. He immediately repaid Steve Foley's faith in him by scoring in Norwich reserves' 4-1 victory over Southend.

Danny comes from footballing background with his father a former apprentice at Ipswich and younger brother Matt also a professional. Danny himself had trials at Luton (aged 13) and Colchester (aged 15) but to no avail. Their loss appeared to be Norwich's gain with Bloomfield scoring regularly for Nowich's second string. After scoring 12 goals in 17 appearances for the second string, Danny was offered a one year full-time contract on 10th May 2001.

Danny joined Kings Lynn on a months loan in November 2001 immediately impressing and scoring on his debut against Grantham. His stay was extended to a second month in December. After scoring seven times for the Linnets, Norwich and Danny decided that he would return to Norwich with the aim of a loan deal with a league club in order to gain further experience. Unfortuantely he suffered an injury in his last game for Lynn (vs Morecambe) and missed over a month as a consequence.

Despite returning from injury to play again for the Reserves, Danny was released by the Canaries, along with teammate Lewis Blois, on 14th March 2002. In his search for a new club, Danny trialled for Cambridge in their reserve team clash with Northampton. He then played for Rob Newman's Southend United reserves in a 3-3 draw with Gillingham on 17th April 2002. Other triallists included Cheltenham's Hugh McAuley and QPR's Paul Bruce. They were all invited back for pre-season training with the Shrimpers. However Danny had to choose between the Shrimpers and the Cherries as Bournemouth also invited him to attend pre-season training after he impressed for Bournemouth in a reserve team match against Orient on 24th April 2002.

Rumours circulated around Cambridge at the end of June 2002 that Danny was to sign for their non-league outfit Cambrdige City but this was not confirmed by the club. Instead he joined neighbours Cambridge United for their first week of pre-season training in July 2002. The following week saw Danny return to the South Coast for pre-season training with Bournemouth. Danny returned to Cambridge the following week to play for Cambridge City as a substitute against Cambridge United in a pre-season friendly, Danny then returned to Dean Court for another week's trial with Bournemouth. Bournemouth offered a contract to Bloomfield but this was delayed due to a PFA transfer embargo at Dean's Court. He eventually signed a one year rolling contract on 19th August 2002 with his costs being met by Bournemouth's "Player Share" scheme in which fans donated funds to pay player wages and signing on fees.

Bournemouth allowed Danny to go out on loan to Cambridge City (Dr Martens League) in mid-October 2002 although it was also mistakenly reported that he had joined Salisbury City (also of the Dr Martens League). Danny signed permanently for Cambridge City in November 2002.

In November 2003, Kings Lynn agredd a 4 figure fee with Cambridge City to take Danny back to the Walks. This however fell through with Cambridge retaining their leading scorer who finished the season with 30 goals in 53 appearances, finishing as the division's top scorer along with Weymouth's player-manager Steve Claridge.

In May 2005.top scorer Bloomfield turned down the chance to remain with Cambridge City for another year even though they would be playing in the new Conference South. Following talks with manager Gary Roberts, Bloomfield turned down a good offer to keep him at Milton Road, stating that he felt that the time was right to move on to pastures new. Although linked with Nationwide Conference outfit Dagenham & Redbidge. Welling and Kettering, he rejoined King's Lynn on May 16th 2004 signing a two year deal with the Dr Martens Eastern Division champions.

Linnets' Director of Football Kevin Boon added "He has been our number one target for the last six months and we have worked our socks off to get him here. He is quality and it's a massive coup for the club. This signing demonstrates we are serious about a crack at the title. Danny undoubtedly could play at a higher level but hopefully that will be with us.". Danny's fond memories of his loan spell at Lynn in 2001/2 was a major factor. Danny commented "Ever since leaving really I have looked for an opportunity to come back. Once I knew of Lynn's interest that was it. The club is going places, I don't want to be at this level for long and they feel the same way." Danny made a fine start to his Linnets career scoring a hat-trick against Team Bath on the opening day of the Southern League 2004/5 season.

At the end of December 2004, Danny was Lynn's leading scorer and attracted the attention of league sides Cambridge United and Peterborough. Lynn manager Tommy Taylor dismissed these saying "I have heard some clubs are sniffing about. "To be honest I would be more upset if that was not the case. If your best players are at the top of their game you expect speculation. It is part and parcel. Danny is under a long contract and one of the lads as a manager you look to mould a side around. I would never stand in the way of anyone with the opportunity to get into the professional game, but I have not spoken to him because we do not need too until there is something worth discussing." Danny's impressive form for Lynn during 2005/6 again led to speculation that Peterborough were ready to take a gamble on him. Conference South side Histon were also linked with him on 20th November, suggesting that they had offered £10k plus a player in part exchange. In January 2006, Linnets manager Tommy Taylor revealed that Cambridge United had approached them in December 2005 to take Bloomfield on loan. This was rejected by Lynn and by Bloomfield who declared himself happy to be playing for Lynn. Yet days later on 2nd January 2006, Bloomfield was finalising a transfer to Histon for an undisclosed five figure fee believed to be over £5000. This transfer was completed on 2nd February 2006

He transferred to Wivenhoe for a five figure sum in December 2006. He managed to score just once in twelve appearances for Wivenhoe before he returned to Kings Lynn in a surprise transfer at the beginning of March 2007 - the fee has not been revealed but is expected to be a club record. Danny signed a two year deal with the Linnets. Danny scored in his first game back at Lynn - a 2-1 win over Northwood on 10th March 2007.

After helping Lynn to the Southern League title, Danny found it hard to break into the Lynn team competing in the Conference South during 2008/9 and was behind Jack Defty, Julian Joachim and Michael Frew in the pecking order at the Walks. On 28th November 2008, he parted company with Lynn by mutual consent and is expected to find a new club closer to his Ipswich home. After talks with Bury Town, Danny signed for Cambridge City. In March 2009, Danny moved on to AFC Sudbury.

On 26th January 2010, Danny signed for Ryman League Division One leaders Lowestoft Town on a free transfer, singing a 2 and a half year deal.

At the end of December 2010, Danny returned to the Ridgeons League signing for Wroxham along with Andy Heald.

Danny moved to Needham Market on 21st July 2011 in a four figure deal


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