A goalkeeper from King's Lynn, Danny progressed though the youth
and Academy sides and even travelled out to Parma in May 2000
with Robert Green to train under Parma's
goalkeeping coaches as part of the agreement between Norwich and
the Italian giants in exchanging training techniques, loaning
young players etc. Throughout 2000/01 Danny even played in the
Reserves. However at the season ended and his scholarship came
to an end, Nigel Worthington was faced with a dilemma especially
with current keeper Andy Marshall expected
to leave Norwich in the summer of 2001. Worthington would hope
to bring in an experienced keeper as back-up to Robert
Green. However this new keeper would keep match fit by playing
in the Reserves. This would leave Danny no outlet for match action
as he would be too old for the Under 19s.
In April 2001, Danny experienced some of his best moments at
Carrow Road, being called up to the bench for Division One matches
whilst Marshall was injured. On Wednesday 18th April, he was the
hero of a 5-4 penalty shoot-out in Norwich's favour against Reading
in the final of the Avon Insurance League Cup final. Despite his
contribution, he was released by Norwich two days later but hooked
up with Southend the following week for a trial. Danny was successful
in that he was offered a contract with the Shrimpers on 21st May
2001. A short term contract was signed on 7th July 2001. Danny
made his debut for Southend on 29th December 2001 in the 2-1 home
defeat against Luton.
In March 2003, Danny was astounded to be placed on stand-by for
Wales' Under-21 clashes with Azerbaijan and Serbia-Montenegro
(the former Yugoslavia). Despite this international call-up, Danny
was released by the Shrimpers on May 8th 2003 as new manager Steve
Wignall sought to establish his own squad at Roots Hall.
Danny's search for a new employer took him on trial to Boston
United in July 2003. However they signed Steve Crousden as cover
instead. Danny then resurfaced at the beginning of the new season
playing for Ryman leaguers Hornchurch. His fine form for the Urchins
has seen them at the top of the Ryman League with the best defensive
record. Danny kept a clean sheet in the first round proper of
the FA Cup on 8th November 2003 when Hornchurch defeated David
Failure to agree a new contract resulted in Danny leaving Hornchurch
in the summer of 2004. He was linked with a move to Grays Athletic
but nothing materialised from this rumour. Eventually he rejoined
his former Hornchurch manager George Borg at Braintree towards
the end of August 2004. Borg said "Last season Danny was
superb for me at Hornchurch, with over thirty clean sheets to
his credit. I was amazed when I heard during the summer that he
could be available. The signing of Danny Gay completes the squad
for me and I'm pleased that he has chosen to come and play for
Braintree. I now have two quality goalkeepers at the Club and
the competition for places can only help us."
Danny joined Cambridge United on trial in July 2005, and was
due to play in pre-season friendlies until Braintree demanded
a £5000 fee for him which United could not afford. Braintree
ofered to loan Gay to the Us until their finances were healthier
but U's manager Rob Newman, who had signed
Gay for Southend United, preferred to have a permanent addition
to the squad and offered Paul Crichton
a trial instead. Danny then signed for Bishops Stortford in early
Danny returned to Braintree towards the latter part of January
2006 and helped them win the Ryman League title, securing promotion
to the Conference South on Easter Monday 2006 with a 2-0 win at
local rivals Chelmsford City. Danny though remained in the Ryman
Premier league as he transferred to Heybridge Swifts in early
Rumours at the end of May 2007 suggested that Gay was in talks
with Brainteee about a return to the Cressing Road side.
At the beginning of July 2007, Danny joined Leeds United on trial
and played in their 7th July friendly against Shelbourne. Leeds'
finnacial plight and relegation to League One, left Dennis Wise
with just 17 professionals - of whom, only one was a goalkeeper.
Leeds won 2-0 with Gay playing the entire 90minutes. Not taken
on by Leeds, Danny returned to Essex joining Chelmsford City for
the 2007/8 season. After helping them win the Ryman League and
promotion to the Conference South, Gay was squeezed out and was
released at the end of the 2008/9 season.
Gay joined Norwich on trial in July 2009 playing in their 4-1
win over Thetford Town.
Following an injury to first choice Kings Lynn keeper Jason White,
Danny was signed by Lynn on 27th August 2009. However his future
will be in doubt following the decision by the High Court on 25th
November 2009 to wind the club up due to unpaid taxes of £67,000
to the Inland Revenue. With Lynn wound up, Danny signed for Needham
Market at the beginning of January 2010. Needham boss Mark Morsley
said Gay's arrival will be a major boost for the club who are
two points clear of CRC at the top of the Ridgeons League.
"The decision made to bring in Danny Gay is purely a footballing
one as we feel his experience will help improve our squad,
said Morsley. It has been a tough decision as current number
one Liam Jones has been an important part of the development and
success of Needham Market FC but we feel this is a positive move
to help progress our aims for this season.
In the 2009/10 season, Needham Market won both the Ridgeons League
and the Ridgeons Challenge Cup. He left Needham Market at the
end of the following season and joined AFC Subury on 14th July
2011. Gay, who is a PE cover teacher, said "The football
club wanted to go forward when I spoke to them. The facilities
at Sudbury are outstanding and the pitch is immaculate and the
manager and his assistant are really excited about the coming
season and that was a major reason why I decided to join.
On 20th September 2012, Danny signed for Kings Lynn Town. He
helped Lynn to the Evo-Stick (Northern League) Division One South
title in his first season at The Walks.
Gay quit Kings Lynn in October 2013 after receiving a better
contract offer from Ryman League strugglers Leiston.He moved to
St Neots Town in June 2015. He then left to join Needham Market.
In addition to playing, he is a PE teacher.