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Danny Shittu
Personal information
Full name Daniel Olusola Shittu
Date of birth 2 September 1980 (1980-09-02) (age 29)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current club Bolton Wanderers
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Charlton Athletic 0 (0)
2001 Blackpool (loan) 17 (2)
2001 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 7 (1)
2002–2006 Queens Park Rangers 162 (16)
2006–2008 Watford 69 (8)
2008– Bolton Wanderers 10 (0)
National team
2000– Nigeria 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:49, 25 May 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:54, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Daniel Olusola "Danny" Shittu (born 2 September 1980 in Lagos) is a Nigerian footballer, currently playing for Premier League side Bolton Wanderers.

"Olusola" is a nickname for the Yoruba name "Oluwanisola" (meaning "God creates wealth").[1]

Club career

Shittu started his career at Charlton Athletic. He spent most of his two years at the club on loan, first at Blackpool then Queens Park Rangers. QPR acquired his services permanently for £350,000 in January 2002. He was bought by a fan, Alex Winton, who also paid Shittu's wages during his first season at the club. His time there was successful, with 159 appearances in four seasons, plus 16 goals.

On 6 August 2006 he was signed for £1.6 million by Premiership newcomers Watford. This move was controversial, as Shittu had passed a medical at West Bromwich Albion, before a late call from Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd.

Shittu scored his first goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Newcastle United in a League Cup tie on 7 November 2006. He powered a header past Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper to give Watford the lead. However Watford went on to lose the match on penalties. Shittu scored his first Premier League goal on 5 May 2007 in a 2–0 win at Reading.

On 16 February 2008, Shittu managed to score both for and against his former club, Charlton Athletic[2]. After a successful 2007–08 season with Watford in which Shittu scored 9 goals in all competitions, he was named in the PFA Championship team of the year.[3] Shittu joined Premier League club Bolton Wanderers on 6 August 2008,[4] on a three-year contract, for £2m plus further add-ons, beating off competition from Scottish Club Rangers.[5]


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