Dan Gray As Versatile as the Proact Stadium
Chesterfield FC have a business model to which our chairman would have us subscribe. A new stadium with sustainability, thanks to the multiplex that was built in day one. The proudly renamed Proact Stadium (formerly B2Net) seems to offer it all outside of the Saturday/Tuesday football experience (HERE) They do not however, continue to enjoy either League 1 football, or the 24-7-365 versatility of ex-Spireite Dan Gray.
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At 18 he became a regular in the Spireites side, making 24 starts in his first season and 19 the following term. A club very much on the rise, both on and off the field, Dan fell down the ambitious clubs pecking order as the Spireites succesfully strove for promotion to League 1. He was loaned to Macc in 2011, scoring on his debut, before making 23 appearances over two spells. Injuries forced the former midfielder into what is becoming a typecast right-back role.
Dan, was bought in as a utility player. Any squad, at this level, needs such versatility with Gray and Miller clearly fitting the bill, before the latter’s injury. Despite lacking the pace to be an out and out full-back, Dan has majored at right back for us, as well as filling in at the heart of the defence. So far he has played just the one game in his natural, central midfield, position. Pace apart he has been more than competent, rolling up his sleeves to rally to every cause. His positioning, in truth, gets him out of trouble, but his comprehension of the zonal system has seen the 22-year-old more than survive in the BSP.
The Blue Square is a tough place and has been a graveyard for talented youngsters trying to ply their trade or save their careers. It is fast, physical, with a mix of wise old heads and brutish players all over the field. Battle of attrition holds sway far more than style and fair play. The officials and their assistants do not help, but they to are on their way up, stagnating, or more often than not, paying the price of past failure.
Dan however has been as positive an influence within the dressing room as he has been on the field of play. That is a triumph in itself, given the finances and circumstances that abound at the Bank. He has the body language of one keen to contest every ball, coupled with a belief that the Imps can achieve better than the table suggests. His energy and strength of conviction sees him tirelessly get up the flank throughout a game. His two assists this season tell less than half the story for a refreshing face. As for his throws, they turn defence into attack, a lethal set-piece, the equal of any corner or free-kick.
Take an STMI bow son, So far you are Dan the man that can.
Dan’s Season So Far
|FULL NAME||Daniel Adam Gray
|DATE OF BIRTH||23 November 1989 (age 22)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Mansfield, England|
|HEIGHT/WEIGHT||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) 12 st (76kg)|
|PLAYING POSITION||Right/centre back central Midfield|
|SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)|
|2008||Alfreton Town (loan)||?||(?)|
|2011||Macclesfield Town (loan)||21||(1)|
|2011||Macclesfield Town (loan)||2||(0|