Darren Shaun Bazeley
(born 5 October 1972 in Northampton
) is an English association football
player who most recently played for Waitakere United
of New Zealand
. He played as either a right full back
or right-sided defensive midfielder
. He remained in New Zealand and is now an Area Coach for West Auckland with United Soccer 1.
Bazeley was born in Northampton
and began playing football at a young age with local team Northampton Orion. From 11 to 13 years old, Bazeley attended weekly training sessions with the School of Excellence – a coaching scheme run by the FA
. It was through these sessions that Bazeley was scouted by Watford F.C.
, trialling with them before signing at the age of 14. Bazeley played in the youth team at Watford for several seasons, making his first-team debut at the age of 17, coming on as a substitute in the final match of the 1989-90
season against Hull City A.F.C.
Bazeley made sporadic first-team appearances throughout the 1990-91
season with Watford, and before the 1991-92
season became a full professional
. Bazeley's first top-grade goal came in September 1991, away at Barnsley F.C.
, and finished the season with a total of six goals from his 34 appearances. At the end of the season, Bazeley broke into the England Under-21 national team
, making his first (and only) appearance, playing 20 minutes in a 2-2 friendly draw against Hungary
. Bazeley played 22... Read More