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Gary Charles
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Personal information
Full name Gary Charles
Date of birth 13 April 1970 (1970-04-13) (age 39)
Place of birth    Newham, England
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Nottingham Forest
Leicester City (loan)
Derby County
Aston Villa
West Ham United
Birmingham City (loan)
056 (1)
008 (0)
061 (3)
079 (3)
004 (1)
005 (0)
003 (0)
216 (8)   
National team
England U21
006 (0)
002 (0)

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

Gary Charles (born 13 April 1970 in Newham, London) is a English former footballer who played at right-back.


Playing career

Charles won two caps for the England team and turned out at club level for Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Aston Villa, S.L. Benfica, and finally West Ham United. Charles was famously fouled by Paul Gascoigne in the 1991 FA Cup Final. This was the challenge that caused Gascoigne's cruciate ligaments to tear, forcing him out of the game for several months.

Personal life

After the end of his playing career, Charles struggled with alcoholism. He was twice imprisoned — first for drunken driving and soon afterwards for cutting off his electronic tag to go on holiday to the Costa del Sol. In September 2005, he was arrested and convicted for assaulting a woman in a taxi office in Clay Cross , north east Derbyshire.[1] After the jury was unable to reach a verdict, a retrial was ordered. Between the trials Charles was jailed for turning up to court drunk[2] At the later hearing, he admitted he had an on-going drink problem.[3] He was subsequently fined and given a suspended sentence and a community service order.[4]

Charles was jailed for 12 months in December 2006 after committing a public order offence whilst serving his suspended sentence.[5]

In 2005, it was reported that Charles was in the process of writing his autobiography[6]. However, as of January 2009, this book has not been published.


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