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Andy Gray
Andy Gray 2004-10-23.jpg
Personal information
Full name Andrew Mullen Gray
Date of birth 30 November 1955 (1955-11-30) (age 54)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1970–1973 Clydebank Strollers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1973–1975
1975–1979
1979–1983
1983–1985
1985–1987
1987
1987–1988
1988–1989
1989–1990
Dundee United
Aston Villa
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Everton
Aston Villa
Notts County (loan)
West Bromwich Albion
Rangers
Cheltenham Town
Total
062 (46)
113 (54)
133 (38)
049 (14)
054 0(5)
004 0(0)
035 (10)
014 0(5)
029 0(6)
493 (178)   
National team
1975–1985 Scotland 020 0(7)[1]

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Andrew Mullen Gray (born 30 November 1955 in Glasgow) is a Scottish former football player and is now a football pundit for Sky Sports and ESPN.

Gray was born in Glasgow, but his mother was of a Hebridean background, from the village of Back, near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

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Playing career

The striker started his professional career with Dundee United where he scored 46 goals in 62 appearances.

In October 1975, he headed south to Aston Villa and won England's golden boot in 1976/77 with his tally of 25 league goals. His 29 goals in the following season earned him the PFA Young Player of the Year and PFA Players' Player of the Year awards (a historic double not repeated until Cristiano Ronaldo won both awards for the 2006-07 season). However, these accolades were not enough to convince Scotland manager Ally MacLeod to select him for the 1978 World Cup squad.

The striker then moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1979 for a then-British record £1.5m. After scoring the winning goal for Wolves in the 1980 League Cup final, he remained with the club through their relegation in 1982 and promotion a year later.

He moved to Everton in November 1983 for a bargain £250,000. He enjoyed two great seasons with the Merseyside club, winning the FA Cup in 1984 (scoring in the final against Watford), and League Championship and European Cup Winners' Cup medals a year later, also scoring in the final of the latter.

The arrival of Gary Lineker spelled the end of Gray's time with Everton and he returned to Aston Villa for £150,000, where he managed just five goals in 54 games as Villa were relegated in 1987 (five years after winning the European Cup and six years after being league champions) and he left soon after with most fans agreeing that he had been a failure at the club.

Afterwards, he spent a season at West Bromwich Albion before joining Rangers, the team he has supported all his life. After this brief, yet championship-winning spell, at Ibrox, he dropped into non-league football with then Conference club Cheltenham Town before retiring in 1990. After hanging up his boots, he entered coaching as an assistant at Aston Villa, and spent six months at Sheffield Wednesday as reserve team coach under David Pleat before focusing full-time on his television work.

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International

Gray won 20 caps for Scotland, scoring 7 goals for his country. He also won four caps at Under-23 level and played at schoolboy level. His full international debut came on 17 December 1975 in a 1–1 draw with Romania. However, he was not selected for any of Scotland's World Cup squads during his playing days.

International Goals Record (NB scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first)

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 September 1976 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Finland 4–0 6–0 Friendly
2 8 September 1976 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Finland 6–0 6–0 Friendly
3 20 September 1978 Praterstadion, Vienna  Austria 2–3 2–3 ECQG2
4 26 March 1980 Hampden Park, Glasgow  Portugal 2–0 4–1 ECQG2
5 28 May 1983 Ninian Park, Cardiff  Wales 1–0 2–0 BHC
6 19 June 1983 Varsity Stadium, Toronto  Canada 1–0 2–0 Friendly
7 19 June 1983 Varsity Stadium, Toronto  Canada 2–0 2–0 Friendly

Personal life

Gray fell for the former Olympic gymnast Suzanne Dando when she landed a job alongside him on Sky Sports in 1999. Gray told tabloid reporters that his womanising days were over: "With age, I hope, comes maturity. I certainly do not see myself with anyone else." [2] Gray and Dando split up shortly afterwards, when he was caught cuddling a blonde in Puerto Banus.

Until recently he was engaged to Rachel Lewis, an ex-model and the former wife of his long-time friend and agent[3] and he wants to return to live in Back, Outer Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis in the near future.

Gray has been married twice before, to Vanessa Taylor and Jacqueline Cherry. He has fathered five children, by four different women - his two ex-wives and former girlfriends Sara Matthews and Janet Trigg.[4]

References

  1. ^ National Football Teams Player Profile - Andy Gray at www.national-football-teams.com
  2. ^ Guardian Unlimited (06/02/2005) The ten sporting love matches guardian.co.uk (accessed 4th October 2006)
  3. ^ The Life Ring (Aug 2006) The Life Ring stars at a glittering celebrity golf day TheLifeRing.com (accessed 4th October 2006)
  4. ^ The People (02/04/2006) Exclusive: Randy Andy Rat It Again.. With Best Mate's Wife people.co.uk (accessed 4th October 2006)

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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Andrew Mullen Gray (born November 30, 1955, in Glasgow) was a Scottish football player and is now a football pundit for Sky Sports.

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  • I am against him both as a foreigner and as someone not good enough.
  • My school was 17 years as a player and another 16 watching more games probably than any coach has - all over the world, all systems. I couldn't go to school and write it down for people who are far less experienced, telling me what to do and how to do it.
    • Andy on the experience he as gained over the years.[[3]]

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