Fall from Grace – Danny Cadamarteri

danny cadamarteriIt has been a long road from Everton to Dundee United for Danny Cadamarteri. In the best part of 8 years since he left Merseyside, the striker has played for eight clubs, with a brief spell in non-league football, as well as being convicted for assault and being given a six month ban for a positive drugs test.

It started of all so well for the then young 17 year old as he made a dramatic impact in the Everton side at the start of the 1997/98 season. He scored in a Merseyside derby, sealing a 2-0 win and most Evertonians felt he was a star in the making but he did not live up to his promise. Despite scoring goals early in his debut season, they began to dry up and he only scored 4 in his second campaign. Under new manager Walter Smith he failed to shine, whether due to lack of effort or the style of play the new manager had brought in, he struggled for form. He did show brief glimpses of his talent when Everton played a shorter passing game after Duncan Ferguson left for Newcastle and when he was utilised on the wing, but he never got a long run in the first team. His talent was overshadowed by Kevin Campbell and new starlet Francis Jeffers who were partnered up front instead of him.

Cadamarteri was loaned out to Fulham in 1999 to get greater first team opportunities but he returned to Everton where he did not feature much in the manager’s plans. Things got even worse for Cadamarteri in 2000 as he was charged with assault on a woman in October of that year. He would deny being present at the incident but he later admitted to the crime to his solicitor before the trail, stating he felt “ashamed” by the incident; he was found guilt and fined £2000. During the 2001/02 season, Cadamarteri had been loaned out to Bradford and during that time he was also sentenced in the summer of 2002 to Community Service after admitting to perverting the course of justice by failing to own up to the assault he had previously committed.

Since he left Everton, Cadamarteri has had quite a few clubs. Bradford decided to take the player on a permanent deal after his loan spell and he spent two years at the club before being released. He only scored 5 league goals at the club but he was picked up by Leeds United in 2004. He was to only play one league cup game for the team before moving on once more to Sheffield United where he lasted less than a year, scoring just one goal. He then made a surprise return to Bradford but his time at the club ended acrimoniously after he tested positive for ephedrine, a common decongestant but a banned stimulant. It was a substance he was unaware he had taken and had been in either some of the training supplements he had been using or the Day Nurse he had taken for a cold in the week up to the Oldham game where he was tested.

He was banned for six months and on his return he had a trial with Barnsley before signing with Conference side Grays Athletic. In December 2007 he was signed by Leicester City before once again being released after six months, during which he had been mostly been loaned out to Doncaster Rovers. Cadamarteri finally settled down at a club with Huddersfield Town and despite injuries hampering his first season, the 28 year old (who had now turned into winger) had a relatively successful season last year, playing 27 games in all competitions. He could not agree to another contract to stay with the Terriers though and was snapped up by Dundee United on a pre-contract agreement. He had a lightning quick start during his time in Scotland and scored two goals on his debut against Hearts. He scored another goal against Falkirk at the end of the month and was named SPL player of the month for August. He has only scored one goal since for the Scottish club but now at 30 years of age, Cadamarteri will be hoping to end his career with a bit of a flourish.

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