Darren Powell

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Darren Powell is a former English defender who was born on 10th March 1976 in Hammersmith, London. Powell began his in non-league with Hampton & Richmond Borough, before signing with Brentford in 1998. The powerfully built stopper had four successful years at Griffin Park, picking up a Division 3 Championship winners medal in his first season at the club. In 2001/02 Powell helped The Bees to a 3rd place finish in Division 2. His final game for the club came on 11th May 2002, in a 2-0 play-off final defeat to Stoke City.

In August 2002 Powell signed for Division One side Crystal Palace. Trevor Francis paid £400,000 to bring the former Brentford man in. He made his debut on 10th August 2002 in a 2-1 win at Preston, scoring Palace's opener. Powell was a regular in his first season at Selhurst Park, making 39 league appearances. Powell spent much of 2003/04 on the sidelines due to injury, but played a key role in The Eagles promotion to the Premiership. He scored in the dying seconds of Crystal Palace's second leg play-off semi-final at Sunderland, levelling the score at 4-4 on aggregate, sending the match into extra time. Palace went on to win the tie on penalties, before beating West Ham in the final, a match that Powell also played in. He found his opportunities very limited for Iain Dowie's side in the Premiership in 2004/05, playing just six times in the competition. He scored his first and only top flight goal on 15th January 2005, in a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City. Months earlier Powell had a short spell on loan with Championship outfit West Ham, where he scored in 3-2 win over Watford on 27th November.

On 1st July 2005 Powell moved to Southampton, becoming Harry Redknapp's first signing of the summer. He made his competitive debut for the St Marys club on 6th August 2005 in a 0-0 draw with Wolves. Powell made a very good start to his Saints career, forming an excellent partnership with Claus Lundekvam. Southampton had one of the meanest defences at the start of the 2005/06 season, and Powell's non nonsense defending was a big contributing factor. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw at Ipswich on 13th September 2005. Unfortunately Powell missed much of the second half of the season with injury.

Powell's next two seasons at St Marys were constantly interrupted by injury. He was never able to get a good run of games going, making just 8 league appearances in 2006/07 and 10 the following season. When he was on the pitch, Powell usually performed reasonably well however. He scored in the opening seconds of Southampton's 3-2 home defeat to QPR on 9th February 2008. His last appearance for the club came on 22nd March 2008 in a 0-0 draw with Coventry. Powell was released on 21st July 2008.

While searching for a new club Powell trained with Charlton Athletic in the summer of 2008. He was never offered a deal at The Valley however, and moved to Derby County on 21st November 2008 on a two month contract. Powell made his Rams debut a day later against Ipswich. He played eight times for the East Midlands club before being released when his deal expired in January.

Powell had an unsuccessful trial with Leeds in early March 2009, before returning to his former club Brentford later in the same month. He played just four times for the Griffin Park side before being released by the club at the end of the season.

On 7th August 2009 Powell signed a one year contract with Milton Keynes Dons. He made his Dons debut the next day in a 0-0 draw with Hartlepool. Despite predictably picking up injuries throughout the season, Powell did manage 27 appearances in 2009/10. On 30th June 2010 Powell was released and has since retired from football.