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Andy Gray
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Andy Gray playing for Barnsley.
Personal information
Full name Andrew David Gray
Date of birth 15 November 1977 (1977-11-15) (age 32)
Place of birth Harrogate, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Barnsley
Number 27
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Leeds United 22 (0)
1997–1998 Bury (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2002 Nottingham Forest 64 (1)
1999 Preston North End (loan) 5 (0)
1999 Oldham Athletic (loan) 4 (0)
2002–2004 Bradford City 77 (20)
2004–2005 Sheffield United 58 (25)
2005–2006 Sunderland 21 (1)
2006 Burnley (loan) 9 (3)
2006–2008 Burnley 60 (25)
2008 Charlton Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
2008-2009 Charlton Athletic 45 (9)
2009- Barnsley 23 (5)
National team
2003 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:14, 7 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:12, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Andrew David 'Andy' Gray (born 15 November 1977 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire) is a professional footballer who plays for Barnsley.

He is the son of the former Scotland defender Frank Gray and nephew of Leeds United legend Eddie Gray. He started his career as a midfield player but later moved into a forward position. Gray began his career with Leeds United and has also played for Nottingham Forest, Bury, Preston North End, Oldham Athletic, Bradford City, Sheffield United, Sunderland and Burnley. He has also won two caps for Scotland against Lithuania on 2 April 2003 and New Zealand on 27 May 2003.

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Career

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Early Career

One of Gray's first senior appearances came for Leeds United in the 1996 League Cup final, when he was 18 years old. Leeds lost 3–0 to Aston Villa, but Gray's play suggested that he would go on to succeed at the highest level. However he has yet to match these expectations, playing his career mostly for teams in the second division of English football, or those struggling in the top flight. After leaving Leeds he joined Nottingham Forest, but scored only once against Wolverhampton Wanderers[1] in 64 appearances. After more successful spells at Bradford City and Sheffield United, Gray joined Sunderland in the Premiership.

Sunderland

In August 2005, Gray returned to the Premiership after he signed for Sunderland. He had a goal-scoring record of 28 goals in 65 games at Sheffield United, prompting the £1.1 million transfer to the Black Cats. However, his second stint in the Premiership was unprofitable as he scored only once in 22 appearances; that goal coming on his debut against Charlton Athletic.[2]

Burnley

On 17 March 2006, after prolonged interest from a number of clubs, he signed on loan for Burnley until the end of the season, after he was placed on the transfer list by manager Niall Quinn. His former club Leeds United were favourites to sign him but his switch to Burnley became permanent when the transfer window reopened in the summer of 2006 for around £750,000. His early form at Burnley at the end of the 2005–06 season and the start of the next suggested that he would again prove an effective goalscorer in the Championship. His 2006–07 season was disrupted by a broken metatarsal, incurred against Leeds United, but both before and after the injury he scored regularly. Burnley's long winless run that season coincided with Gray's absence through injury, demonstrating his importance to the team as a source of goals. He returned towards the end of the 2006–07 season, scoring four goals in three games as Burnley won five of their six last games. This goal-scoring form continued into the 2007–08 season.

Charlton

Gray left Burnley on 18 January 2008, when he sealed an emergency loan deal with Charlton Athletic prior to a permanent move the following week.[3][4] He made his debut when came on as a second half substitute the following day in Charlton's 1–1 draw away at Watford.[5] His £1.5 million move to Charlton was finalised the following week[6] and he made his first start for his new club on 29 January 2008 in a 1–0 victory over Stoke City.[7] His first goal for Charlton came in his 13th game, when he scored an equaliser in a 1–1 draw with Southampton on 12 April 2008.[8] Gray has followed this up with goals in successive home games with the second goal against Coventry City in a 4–1 win, a goal against Swindon in a 1-1 draw and a penalty in the impressive 4-2 defeat of newly relegated Reading.[9]

Barnsley

Gray signed for Championship side Barnsley on 21st August 2009 for an undisclosed fee[10] and made his debut the following day at Leicester City. Gray scored his first goal in 3-1 loss to Reading on 28 August 2009.

References

  1. ^ "Forest hold Wolves". BBC. 6 March 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/1856005.stm. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "Sunderland 1-3 Charlton". BBC. 13 August 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/4127036.stm. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Gray 'loan' deal done". Burnley Official Website. 18 January 2008. http://www.burnleyfootballclub.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LatestHeadlines/0,,10413~1219256,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  4. ^ "Burnley accept Addicks' Gray bid". BBC Sport. 18 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/7191896.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  5. ^ "Watford 1-1 Charlton". BBC Sport. 19 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7184752.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  6. ^ Geldard, Suzanne (21 January 2008). "Flood stands by Gray departure". Lancashire Telegraph. http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/headlines/display.var.1981307.0.flood_stands_by_gray_departure.php. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  7. ^ "Charlton 1-0 Stoke". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7210562.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Charlton 1-1 Southampton.". BBC Sport. 2008-04-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7332080.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  9. ^ "Charlton 4-1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 2008-05-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7368614.stm. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  10. ^ "Barnsley sign Gray from Charlton". BBC Sport. 21 August 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/barnsley/8215477.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-29. 

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