Christian Dailly is a Scottish centre back who was born in Dundee on 23rd October 1973. Dailly began his career with Dundee United, signing professional terms on 2nd August 1990. He became the clubs youngest ever player when he made his debut on 21st August 1990. Dailly also became the youngest ever player to appear at under 21 level when he made his debut on 11th September 1990 against Romania. He went on to feature a world record 34 times for the under 21's. Dailly began his career as a striker, scoring in his first three games for the Tannadice club. He won the 1994 Scottish Cup with Dundee United in a 1-0 win over Rangers, and had a hand in Craig Brewster's winning goal. Dailly could do nothing to stop the club from being relegated from the SPL in 1995, but helped the club bounce back at the first attempt the following season, by which time he had been appointed captain. Dailly had also now been converted into a defender.
Dailly signed for newly promoted Premiership outfit Derby County in the summer of 1996. He made his Rams debut on 17th August 1996 in a 3-3 draw with Leeds. Four days later he scored his first goal for the club in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham. Dailly helped Jim Smith's side to a respectable 12th place finish in 1996/97, scoring a further two goals against local rivals Nottingham Forest and Southampton. On 18th January 1997 Dailly was sent off for the first time in England in a 3-1 loss at Chelsea. After a decent first season at the Baseball Ground, Dailly was awarded his first full international cap on 28th May 1997 in a match with Wales. He scored his first goal for Scotland just four days later in a 3-2 win over Malta.
Dailly also performed well for Derby in 1997/98, who by now were playing in their new Pride Park stadium. The Scot helped The Rams finish 9th in the Premier League, and was rewarded with a place in Scotland's 1998 World Cup squad. Dailly started two games out of three for Craig Brown's side, defeats to Brazil and Morocco.
Dailly signed for Blackburn Rovers in August 1998. Ironically his final appearance for former club Derby came in a 0-0 draw at Ewood Park on 15th August 1998. Dailly made his Rovers debut on 29th August 1998. He represented the club in Europe, but never really got going domestically and was considered a disappointing signing as Blackburn were relegated to Division One. Dailly established himself as a regular the following season, performing slightly better as Rovers finished in a disappointing 11th position.
Dailly fell out of favour with Graeme Souness in 2000/01, and only appeared occasionally for the Ewood Park club. In January 2001 Dailly returned to the Premiership when Harry Redknapp took him to West Ham. The Scottish defender was involved in The Hammers famous 1-0 win at Old Trafford in the 4th round of the FA Cup in only his second match for the club on 28th January 2001. In 2001/02 Dailly was an ever present for Glenn Roeder's West Ham, who finished 7th. He could do nothing to help the club survive in 2002/03. West Ham were relegated after 10 years in the top flight.
After a 2-1 defeat to Germany on 10th September 2003, Dailly was caught on camera describing Scotland's opponents as "Fucking cheats". In a hilarious moment, manager Berti Vogts interrupted a post match interview to yell "Christian" in an attempt to calm down the defender down. Domestically, Dailly helped West Ham to a 4th place Championship finish in 2003/04, and scored in the clubs victorious play-off semi final second leg clash with Ipswich. The former Dundee United man also started the final in Cardiff against Crystal Palace on 29th May 2004, which The Hammers lost 1-0.
Dailly missed most of the 2004/05 season through injury, although he did return in May to feature in West Ham's victorious play-off matches. Dailly played in over half of The Hammers matches in 2005/06, helping Alan Pardew's side to a 9th place finish. He came off the bench on May 13th 2006 in the FA Cup Final against Liverpool, which West Ham eventually lost on penalties after a last minute equaliser from Steven Gerrard. By 2006/07 Dailly was Upton Park's longest serving player, but featured less frequently in a struggling Hammers side. His last appearance for the club was in a humiliating 4-0 loss at Charlton on 24TH February 2007.
Dailly joined Southampton on loan for two months in September 2007. He made his Saints debut on 22nd September 2007. Despite only making 10 appearances for the club, Dailly became a cult favourite at St Mary's, with some impressive displays.
On 30th January 2008 Dailly moved back up north to join Glasgow Rangers. He made his debut for Walter Smith's side in a UEFA Cup tie at Panathinaikos on 21st February 2008. Dailly played in most Rangers matches after that, helping the club to a second place finish and UEFA Cup final. The following season the former West Ham stopper was a bit part player at Ibrox, featuring in only 12 games.
Dailly signed for Charlton Athletic on 31st July 2009. He played in every game of the 2009/10 season, as The Addicks reached the League One play-offs. After a great first season at The Valley, Dailly was awarded the clubs player of the year award. He scored his first goal for the club on his debut on August 8th in a 3-2 win over Wycombe. Dailly performed less well the following campaign, as Charlton slipped to mid table. He was sent off three times in 2010/11.
On 5th August 2011 Dailly signed a one month contract with Portsmouth. He made his debut in the 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough the next day. He was released on a free transfer just one month later. On 16th March 2012 Dailly signed for League 2 Southend on a non-contract basis. He played three games for the Shrimpers before being released.