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David Cotterill
Personal information
Full name David Rhys George Best Cotterill[1]
Date of birth 4 December 1987 (1987-12-04) (age 22)
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Right/Left winger
Club information
Current club Swansea City
Number 49
Youth career
Bristol City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Bristol City 62 (8)
2006–2008 Wigan Athletic 18 (1)
2008 Sheffield United (loan) 16 (0)
2008–2010 Sheffield United 38 (6)
2009–2010 Swansea City (loan) 4 (0)
2010– Swansea City 11 (3)
National team
2004–2005 Wales U19 3 (1)
2005–2007 Wales U21 9 (4)
2005– Wales 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:41, 13 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:50, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

David Rhys George Best Cotterill (born 4 December 1987 in Cardiff) is a Welsh professional footballer and Wales international, who currently plays as a winger for Swansea City.




Bristol City

Cotterill started his career at Bristol City, making his début as a substitute for Michael Bell during a 0–0 draw with Colchester United on 30 October 2004.[2] He played 57 games and scored 7 goals for them before the end of the 2005-06 season and was subsequently voted Bristol City's Young Player of the Season.

Wigan Athletic

Cotterill joined Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal for £2 million on 31 August 2006.[3] He scored his first goal for Wigan with a curling shot against West Ham United in a 2-0 victory at Upton Park, on 6 December 2006.[4] Despite scoring 2 goals in 24 games with the Latics, his other goal coming against Sunderland in the FA Cup,[5] he never fully established himself in the first team and was made available for loan.

Sheffield United

Seeking first team football to aid his international career, Cotterill joined Championship side Sheffield United on 8 February 2008 on a loan deal to last until the end of the 2007-2008 season.[6] He made his début for the Blades the next day in a 0-0 home draw with Scunthorpe United[7] eventually going on to play sixteen games for the Blades during his loan spell.

Cotterill returned to Bramall Lane later that summer and signed permanently for the Blades in July 2008 for an undisclosed fee.[8] Having made his move permanent Cotterill found it difficult to find the form that had made his loan spell a success and struggled to hold down a place in the side. It wasn't until the turn of the year that he began to force his way into the Blades first team[9] and was rewarded in March with his first goal in United colours, slotting home a penalty in a 2-1 home win against Birmingham City.[10] Having taken over spot-kick duties he finished the season with four goals. After the Blades failure to secure promotion Cotterill once again found form and first team starts hard to come by in the following season and was largely used as a substitute by manager Kevin Blackwell.

Swansea City

Cotterill moved to Swansea City at the end of November 2009 on loan until the following January with a view to make the move permanent.[11] The move was made permanent on 7 January 2010 for a club-record fee of £600,000.[12] He scored his first goal for Swansea in the 2-1 FA Cup defeat against Leicester City on 2 January 2010.[13]

International career

Cotterill is a full Welsh international, making his debut against Azerbaijan in October 2005. He attracted controversy when he criticized the Wales manager John Toshack in 2007, for having not been picked in the squad. Since the turn of 2009 and gaining games for Sheffield United and giving man of the match displays for the Blades, Cotterill was awarded a place in John Toshack's team for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.[14]


  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  2. ^ "Bristol City 0-0 Colchester". BBC Sport. 2004-10-30. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  3. ^ "Latics swoop for £2m Cotterill". BBC Sport. 2006-08-31. Retrieved 2007-04-01. 
  4. ^ "West Ham 0-2 Wigan". BBC Sport. 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Sunderland 0-3 Wigan". BBC. 5 January 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Blades seal Cotterill loan deal". BBC Sport. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-08. 
  7. ^ "Sheff Utd 0-0 Scunthorpe". 2008-02-09.,,10418~38564,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  8. ^ "Triple Swoop". 2008-07-31.,,10418~1355332,00.html. Retrieved 2008-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Cotterill back with a bang for Sheffield United". 2009-02-28. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  10. ^ "Revitalised Cotterill sets his standard". 2009-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  11. ^ "Cotterill relishing Swans move". BBC Sport. 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  12. ^ "David Cotterill completes permanent Swansea move". BBC Sport. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Leicester 2 - 1 Swansea". BBC. 2 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Cotterill angered by Toshack snub". BBC Sport. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

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