Darel Russell

Darel Francis Roy G. Russell (born 22 October 1980) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder.

Darel Russell
Personal information
Full name Darel Francis Roy G. Russell[1]
Date of birth (1980-10-22) 22 October 1980
Place of birth Mile End, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Norwich City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Norwich City 132 (6)
2003–2007 Stoke City 171 (16)
2007–2010 Norwich City 112 (10)
2010–2012 Preston North End 27 (0)
2011–2012Charlton Athletic (loan) 11 (2)
2012–2013 Portsmouth 17 (0)
2013 Toronto FC 18 (3)
2014 Tampa Bay Rowdies 25 (3)
Total 513 (40)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 January 2015


Norwich City

Born in Mile End, England, Russell began his career as a youth player at Norwich City. After six years and over a hundred appearances in Norwich's midfield, Russell left to join Stoke City in 2003.

Stoke City

Russell joined Stoke in 2003 for £125,000, when he was 23. He played regularly under managers Tony Pulis and Johan Boskamp, missing only a handful of matches during a season. He began his Stoke career playing at right back, before being moved to a right winger and then central midfield. Russell won the Championship player of the month award for November 2006.[2] He became a very versatile player for Stoke and made over 170 appearances before returning to Norwich.

Return to Norwich

On 30 July 2007, Russell rejoined the Canaries for an undisclosed fee (reported to be around the £410,000 marked down from £600,000 due to a 30% sell-on clause the canaries had in the deal taking Russell to Stoke in 2003), on a three-year contract.[3] Norwich were relegated to League One after a poor season in the Championship in the 2008–09 season. In the summer of 2009 Norwich rejected a bid of £500,000 from Premier League newcomers Burnley. Norwich's asking price was believed to be around £750,000. After staying at Norwich Russell played a major part in earning them promotion to the Championship at the first time of asking after winning League One, putting in some impressive performances at the heart of central midfield under manager Paul Lambert, with Russell occupying a more defensive central midfield position in a diamond formation.

On 1 July 2010, it was confirmed that Russell had rejected the offer from Norwich City of a new contract, and he was released.

Preston North End

Russell signed for Preston North End on a three-year deal on 4 August 2010.[4] He scored his first and what turned out to be only goal for Preston in the League Cup against future club Charlton Athletic on 13 September 2011.[5] He was transfer listed by the club in May 2012.[6]

Charlton Athletic loan

On 24 November 2011 Russell signed on loan for League One rivals Charlton Athletic until January 2012.[7] On 7 January 2012 this loan was extended until the end of the season.[8] Where he helped Charlton to become League 1 Champions, scoring 2 goals in the process.


On summer transfer deadline day 2012, Russell joined Portsmouth on an initial one-month deal.[9] Russell left Portsmouth on 28 January 2013, a day before his contract with the club was due to expire.[10]

Toronto FC

On 14 February, he joined Toronto FC on a trial basis.[11] On 1 March, he signed a contract with the Canadian club.[12] He made his debut for the club on 9 March in a 2–1 home victory over Sporting Kansas City, he came on as a second half sub for John Bostock.[13] Russell scored his first goal for the club on 6 April, the goal came in the 90th minute to earn Toronto a 2–2 home draw against FC Dallas.[14] He was not retained following the 2013 season.[15]

Personal life

Russel was born in England and is of Saint Lucian descent.[16] His sister Shar Alexander (real name Sharlene Russell), is a singer in the band 'Miss Frank' who competed in the sixth series of X Factor.[17]

Career statistics

As of 2 May 2015[18]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Norwich City 1997–98 First Division 10000010
1998–99 First Division 1310000131
1999–2000 First Division 3341020364
2000–01 First Division 4111052473
2001–02 First Division 2302010260
2002–03 First Division 2103000240
Total 13267082001478
Stoke City 2003–04 First Division 4642020504
2004–05 Championship 4521010472
2005–06 Championship 3731010393
2006–07 Championship 4372010467
Total 1711660500018216
Norwich City 2007–08 Championship 3942031445
2008–09 Championship 3842010414
2009–10 League One 352200020392
Total 1121060412012411
Preston North End 2010–11 Championship 2501020280
2011–12 League One 2000210041
Total 270104100321
Charlton Athletic (loan) 2011–12 League One 112000000112
Portsmouth 2012–13 League One 170000010180
Toronto FC 2013 Major League Soccer 183000000183
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2014 NASL 253100000263
Career total 513402102143055843
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.


Norwich City
Charlton Athletic


  1. "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/08/2010 and 31/08/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  2. "Russell claims Championship award". BBC News. 10 December 2006.
  3. RUSSELL RE-JOINS CANARIES | Norwich City | News | First News | First News Archived 30 June 2012 at Archive.today
  4. "Preston sign former Norwich midfielder Darel Russell". BBC Sport. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  5. "Charlton 0 – 2 Preston". BBC. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  6. "Graham Westley wields the axe at Preston North End". BBC Sport. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  7. "Russell recruited on loan". Charlton Athletic. 24 November 2011. Archived from the original on 29 November 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  8. "Russell remains an Addick". Charlton Athletic. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  9. "Portsmouth sign Johnny Ertl, Darel Russell and Josh Thompson". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  10. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21231178
  11. Darel Russell joins Toronto FC on Trial; Waking the Red, 14 February 2013
  12. Darel Russell Joins Toronto; Toronto FC, 1 March 2013
  13. Bottjer, Steve (9 March 2013). "Reds Beat SKC at Rogers Centre". Toronto FC. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  14. Toronto FC rallies to tie FC Dallas
  15. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/exploring-saint-lucias-football-diaspora-sports-commentary/
  17. Miss Frank form at bootcamp Archived 1 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  18. "D. RUSSELL". Soccerway. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
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