Daniel Bailey

Daniel Bailey

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Personal Details

Club:
Hungerford Town FC
Full Name:
Daniel Bailey
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
26-05-1999
Place of birth:
Oxford
Position:
Central Midfield
Shirt number:
8

Career

2017-
Hungerford Town FC

Interview

Introduce yourself…

My name is Dan Bailey and I’m Central midfielder for Hungerford Town in the National League South. I’m a local boy and have been at the club since I was 16.

What are your specific qualities as a football player? 

My best qualities in football are pressing and winning the ball back as well as my passing. I’ve worked hard the past year or so to learn to have a wider range of passing plus different types of pass.

Who are the most important people within football environment? 

The most important people in a football environment are your teammates. This is a team sport and if you have a close knit group with a strong bond, they are usually the beginnings to a successful side.

What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?

I’m not sure if it’s a lesson but the best thing I was ever told was that in football, you don’t have to be the best technically but if you make up for it in work rate and desire, it will take you a long way. One of my first ever coaches told me that and I would like to think I’ve taken that with me throughout my career so far. If you work hard for your team, people will appreciate you.

In the beginning of your career you had some serious injury problems. How did you endure that moment?

The injuries at the start was tough and was probably the worst time in my life. I had spine tumour which meant I had a vertebrae taken apart and bolted back together. I was told I wouldn’t be able to run for 8 months and not be able to play football for over a year. It was tough to hear at the time but I believe it lit a fire in me and it inspired me to get back quicker. I ended up playing my first match back after 7 months which makes me proud looking back as it’s made me who I am today and I now know that I can push myself further and I can take a lot more pain than I thought I ever could.

You are graduate of the Hungerford Town Academy. How did you experienced the Hungerford Town Academy? 

The Academy was brilliant and a great, well set up system with a great manager in charge in Gary Clifford. Gary really opened my eyes up to the game and I learned a lot from him. My time in the academy was blighted by injuries but I’ve got great memories from my time there and friends that I may not see much anymore but are great friends for life.

In the 2018 season have you scored your first goal for FC Hungerford. How did you excperienced that moment ?

It was such an amazing moment for myself because they say you never forget your first goal. It was a shame we didn’t manage to get the 3 points that day to top it off but personally a great moment and hopefully I’ll have many more moments like that in the future.

What is your best moment in your football career? 

The best moment of my career at Hungerford would have to be staying up at home against East Thurrock in the last minute and celebrating with my dad at the end. My family have been such a big part of my career so to see moments that I’m apart of bring so much happiness and emotion to them makes me really proud and it was definitely a moment I’ll never forget.

What are your personal goals this season? 

My personal goals for this year are pretty simple, make a first 11 shirt mine permanently and get as many games as I can. I’m still only 20 so the more experience I can get now, it will put me in good stead for the rest of my career. If I were to put a number on it, I would say if could get 20 starts and 35 appearances, I’d be pleased with that.

What’s your ultimate dream? 

My ultimate dream is probably very similar to most players at my level and that’s to go as high as possible. I’ve played football since I was a little kid and it’s what I’ve always wanted. One specific goal for the future would be to play at Wembley one day, that would be an amazing experience.


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