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
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
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
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