Full Name: Huckerby, Darren Carl
Date Of Birth :
Birthplace : Nottingham
LCFC career record :
Apps : 23 ;
Subs : 8 ;
Goals : 7
LCFC Football League record :
Apps : 20 ;
Subs : 8 ;
Goals : 5
LCFC Debut : 01/03/1994, Shrewsbury Town (a) 2-1, FL Division 3
Last Match : 04/11/1995, Hartlepool United (h) 1-1, FL Division 3
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Nottingham-born Darren Huckerby was handed a scholarship by the Imps
in 1992 and progressed to being arguably one of the most successful
products of the Club's youth system, as just over three years later
he was on his way to Newcastle United for a Club record fee of £400,000.
A regular scorer at youth team level, Darren marked his Football
League debut by netting within five minutes of coming on as a
substitute at Shrewsbury to inflict the Shrews' first defeat in 17 matches.
This came in March 1994 and a further four substitute appearances
followed whilst he was still just 17 years of age. He had to wait
another year before he was handed his first start in the Football
League and once he did he never looked back.
Darren netted in two of the final three games of the 1994/95 season,
including one in a 3-1 win at Division Three champions Carlisle
United on the final day, whilst his form in the opening stages of the
following campaign had the scouts flocking to Sincil Bank to check
out the form of the pacey front man.
Nineteen of his 31 League and cup appearances came in the 1995/96
season but it was a performance at Mansfield Town on November 1st, in
front of the watching Newcastle United manager Kevin Keegan, that was
to signal his departure from the Imps.
He joined the Magpies for a fee of £400,000 whilst Keegan also
sent a full-strength side including new signing Alan Shearer to
Sincil Bank for a pre-season friendly the following summer as part of
Darren never settled in Tyneside, however, and a year later he was on
his way to Coventry for £1m after making just two substitute
appearances for Newcastle.
He had spent a loan period with Millwall during his time with
Newcastle, scoring three times in six appearances whilst the move to
Coventry seemed to suit Darren and over the next three years saw him
score 34 times in 109 appearances.
During his time at Highfield Road, he represented England at 'B' and
U21 level before he was the subject of another big money move, this
time to Leeds United who forked out £4m for his services in the
summer of 1999.
Darren went on to play 57 times for the Elland Road side, scoring
just six times, before Manchester City came in for him, paying the
Yorkshire outfit £3m at the end of 2000.
After the blue half of Manchester were relegated from the
Premiership, Darren enjoyed the most prolific season of his career
with his 26 goals helping City gain promotion at the first attempt.
Challenging for a place alongside the likes of Nicolas Anelka and
Robbie Fowler, Darren was in and out of the side in 2002/03. As a
result, a loan move to home town team Nottingham Forest came along,
as did five goals in nine League games.
After finding himself even further down the pecking order at
Manchester City, he moved to Norwich City, initially on loan, before
making the move permanent on Boxing Day 2003 for £750,000.
Darren spent over five years at Carrow Road and following his
release, he joined the San Jose Earthquakes, and was named the 2008
MLS Newcomer of the Year, four months after his move to the USA.
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