Christian Eduard Dailly (born 23 October 1973) is a Scottish former professional footballer. A versatile player, he was often seen in central defence, although he played in most outfield positions during his career.
Dailly warms-up for West Ham United at the City of Manchester Stadium
|Full name||Christian Eduard Dailly|
|Date of birth||23 October 1973|
|Place of birth||Dundee, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back / Utility player|
|2001–2007||West Ham United||158||(3)|
|2007||→ Southampton (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He started his professional career as a teenager, playing as a striker for Dundee United. He helped them win the 1993–94 Scottish Cup. Towards the end of his time with United, Dailly began playing as a central defender. He moved to English Premier League club Derby County in 1996. After two seasons with Derby, Dailly moved to Blackburn Rovers for a transfer fee of £5,350,000. During his time with Blackburn, the club were relegated in 1999 and Dailly lost his place in the team.
He moved to West Ham United in 2001 for £1,700,000. During his time with West Ham, the club were relegated in 2003 but won promotion in 2005. Dailly appeared as a substitute in the 2006 FA Cup Final, which West Ham lost on penalties to Liverpool. After a loan spell with Southampton, Dailly moved to Rangers in January 2008. He helped the team reach the 2008 UEFA Cup Final. His final appearance for Rangers was as a substitute in the 2009 Scottish Cup Final, which Rangers won 1–0 against Falkirk. After a two-year spell with Charlton Athletic and short stints with Portsmouth and Southend United, Dailly retired in 2012.
Dailly made 67 full international appearances for Scotland between 1997 and 2008. He was part of the Scotland squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Dailly is also the record cap-holder for the Scotland under-21 team, having made 35 appearances between 1990 and 1996.
Dailly was born in Dundee and first signed professional terms with Dundee United on 2 August 1990, aged sixteen years old. He became the youngest-ever player to appear for Dundee United when he made his first-team debut on 21 August 1990, though this record has since been broken by Greg Cameron. Playing as a striker and scoring in each of his first three games, Dailly quickly shot to prominence, making his Scotland Under 21 side debut just a month later. He won the Scottish Youth Cup with the club in 1990–91. In his debut season, Dailly managed five goals in eighteen appearances. His debut season would become his most prolific, and the 1991–92 season brought just eight games with no goals. In the 1992–93 season, Dailly scored four from fourteen appearances and firmly established himself as a regular in the 1993–94 season with 38 league appearances, and not only another four goals, but also the Scottish Cup, when his shot rebounded off the post for Craig Brewster to score the only goal against Rangers.
The 1994–95 season ended in disappointment with relegation, with yet another four goals from 33 games. In 1995–96, Dailly was firmly established as a central defender and started the season as United's club captain, although he was subsequently replaced by Dave Bowman. He scored just once in 30 appearances. It was an important goal though, as it ensured United drew the away leg of the short-lived league-playoff against Partick Thistle, and subsequently won the home leg to gain promotion at the first opportunity. This proved to be Dailly's final game for Dundee United, as he joined Derby County in August 1996 for £500,000, with a further £500,000 payable dependent on his international career, which was later paid.
Dailly joined Derby County at the start of the 1996–97 season, following Derby's promotion to the FA Premier League. In his debut English season, Dailly missed just two games, with his three goals helping Derby to 12th place and six points clear of relegation. In the 1997–98 season, Dailly made 30 appearances and scored once; Derby fared even better, with the club finishing ninth and just two points from European football. In 1998–99, Dailly played just once, coincidentally against Blackburn Rovers, the club to which he was then transferred.
Dailly joined Rovers in August 1998 for £5.35m but a tumultuous season followed with Dailly not finding a settled position and an injury meaning he played just seventeen times. To make matters worse, Rovers were relegated from the FA Premier League as Dailly suffered relegation for the second time in his career. In the First Division, Dailly appeared 43 times in a hectic 1999–2000 season, which saw him score four goals. However, he fell out of favour with new boss Graeme Souness and in January 2001, after making just nine appearances that season, Dailly left for West Ham United in a £1.75m deal and returned to the Premier League. During his spell at Blackburn he played in a testimonial match for Celtic – scoring a late consolation goal against Liverpool in the Ronnie Moran testimonial match on 13 May 2000.
West Ham UnitedEdit
Following his transfer from Blackburn to the Hammers for a fee of £1.7m he made twelve appearances in 2000–01, helping the Hammers to 15th place. He also played in their 1–0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. The following season, Dailly played every minute of every game as West Ham finished in seventh place. 2002–03 proved to be a low point, as Daily suffered relegation for a third time. Playing 26 times, West Ham were relegated with the highest number of points since the 1995–96 change to 20 teams, a total of 42.
Dailly was to go on and score twice from 43 games as West Ham finished in the Division One play-off positions in 2003–04. He scored the winner against Ipswich Town in the play-off semi-final to send them to the final but they failed to win promotion. Injury prevented Dailly from the majority of West Ham's promotion-winning 2004–05 season, although he returned to make brief appearances in one play-off semi-final leg and the final. He signed a new deal with West Ham in June 2005. Dailly appeared as a substitute for West Ham in their 2006 FA Cup Final defeat to Liverpool, coming on in the 77th minute. Despite being 2–0 ahead after 28 minutes, West Ham eventually lost on penalties. He was the longest serving West Ham player at the time of his departure and something of a cult hero to the fans.
On 20 September 2007, he joined Southampton on loan, initially for a month. The loan was extended for a further month as Saints continued to suffer with injuries to several defensive players. He made his debut against Barnsley in a 3–2 home league defeat on 22 September 2007. After eleven appearances for Saints he returned to West Ham.
On 30 January 2008, Dailly signed for Rangers on a short term contract until the end of the season. The club took over what remained of his contract from West Ham United. He made his Rangers debut three weeks later in a UEFA Cup match against Panathinaikos; the game ended in a 1–1 and saw the club progress to the fourth round. He scored his first goal 9 days later, netting the equaliser in a 3–1 triumph over Aberdeen. On 3 July 2008 he and David Weir signed new one-year contract extensions with the club. Dailly continued to play as part of the Rangers squad as they progressed to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final in Manchester.
The arrival of Madjid Bougherra then saw Dailly lose his place in the team until an injury to Bougherra saw him included in Rangers' 2009 Scottish League Cup Final squad. He played his final game for the club in the 2009 Scottish Cup Final as an 87th-minute substitute helping Rangers retain the Scottish Cup in a 1–0 victory over Falkirk. He was released two days later on 1 June 2009. Dailly made 36 appearances in total and scored twice for Rangers.
On 31 July 2009 Dailly signed for Charlton Athletic on a Bosman free transfer and took squad number 35, his then age. His debut for Charlton came on 8 August 2009 in a 3–2 home win against Wycombe Wanderers, a game which saw Dailly score his only Charlton goal. At the end of the 2009–10 season he was named as Charlton Athletic's player of the year. "I feel very proud", Dailly told the official website.
Dailly joined Portsmouth on a one-month deal in August 2011. He made his debut on 6 August 2011, in the 2–2 away draw against Middlesbrough, after coming off the bench to replace Hayden Mullins. On 1 September 2011 he was released having made just two appearances.
On 16 March 2012 Dailly signed for League Two side Southend United on non-contract terms, following several months training with the club to recuperate from a knee injury. Dailly made his debut for Southend on 17 March 2012, playing 90 minutes in the 3–2 win at Hereford United. In Dailly's third appearance for the club, against Bristol Rovers on 24 March 2012, he broke his toe ruling him out for the remainder of the season. Dailly retired from professional football in July 2012, after 22 years in the game.
On 11 September 1990, Dailly became the youngest player to appear for his country at under-21 level when he featured at the age of 16 against Romania at Easter Road. By the time Dailly was too old to continue playing at this level he had received 35 caps, a Scottish record for appearances at under-21 level.
In May 1993, he was included in Andy Roxburgh's Scotland squad for the first time for a 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification match in Estonia. He earned his first cap four years later when he made his full international debut in May 1997, aged 23, in a 1–0 defeat against Wales. His first goal came in just his second match, and just four days after his international debut, when his early goal helped Scotland to a 3–2 away victory over Malta in a friendly match.
Dailly had a long Scotland career, winning 67 caps and scoring 6 goals. He captained Scotland a total of 12 times and was selected for the Scotland squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Dailly won his last cap as a substitute on Friday 30 May 2008, in a 3–1 friendly defeat against the Czech Republic.
Dailly was famously caught unaware after Germany's 2–1 defeat of Scotland on 10 September 2003. He returned to the dressing room after the match shouting, "Cheats! Fucking cheats! Fucking diving cheats!" The outburst was being broadcast live on BBC Scotland as then Scotland manager Berti Vogts was being interviewed by Chick Young. The player would have remained anonymous had it not been for Vogts shouting "Christian!" mid-interview to stop the tirade.
|West Ham United||2000–01||12||0||3||0||0||0||0||0||15||0|
|Scotland national team|
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first
|1.||1 June 1997||Ta' Qali, Malta||Malta||1–0||3–2||Friendly|
|2.||17 April 2002||Aberdeen, Scotland||Nigeria||1–0||1–2||Friendly|
|3.||23 May 2002||Hong Kong, China||Hong Kong League XI||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|4.||12 October 2002||Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|5.||4 June 2005||Glasgow, Scotland||Moldova||1–0||2–0||FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying|
|6.||6 September 2006||Kaunas, Lithuania||Lithuania||1–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
- Dundee United
- Scottish Cup winner: 1994
- West Ham United
- Scottish Premier League winner: 2008-09
- Scottish Cup winner: 2008, 2009
- Scottish League Cup winner: 2008
- UEFA Cup runner-up: 2008
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- Middlesbrough vs. Portsmouth 2–2
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