Australian forward Daniel Allsopp got a flying start of his career when he beacame top scorer (5 goals) in the 1995 U-17 World Youth Championship, one of them in quarter finals against runners-up Brazil. Soon the Victorian Institute kid was signed by big-club South Melbourne where he scored 2 goals in 20 appearances before his 18th birthday.
He also represented his country in the 1997 U-20 World Youth Championship, scoring the winner against Hungary at the group stage. The same year he was transfered to Carlton Soccer Club, but despite a good start of the 1997-98 season he found himself on loan to Victorian league club, Port Melbourne Sharks, where I am told he was impressive in the few games he played
Daniel was not confident about his future in Australian soccer, so when Manchester City wanted him on trial he was more than happy to make the journey to England. He took his chance well and scored in CIty first friendly against Newquay, and a few reserve team matches. It proved enough for manager Royle, who signed the young Aussie for £10.000, which is clearly a bargain compared to a few other signings.....
Daniel never managed to gain a regular place in the team during his second season, and when City returned to the Premiership it was clear that the youngster had to make way to more experienced strikers. After successful loan spells with Notts County, Wrexham and Bristol Rovers he was signed by County for £300,000 in December 2000, one month after City team-mate Nick Fenton joined the Nottingham club.
May 7th 2003: Hull City buys Danny from Notts County for a undisclosed fee.