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Gary Twigg
Personal information
Date of birth 19 March 1984 (1984-03-19) (age 25)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Shamrock Rovers
Number 9
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2000–2004
2003–2004
2004
2005–2007
2007
2008
2008–2009
2009–
Derby County
Burton Albion (loan)
Bristol Rovers0(loan)
Airdrie United
Oxford United
Hamilton Academical
Brechin City
Shamrock Rovers F.C.
09 0(0)
04 0(1)
08 0(0)
58 (17)
07 0(3)
04 0(0)
23 (12)
34 (24)   

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

Gary Twigg (born 19 March 1984 in Glasgow) is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Shamrock Rovers in the League of Ireland.[1]

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Career

Twigg began his career with English club Derby County having germinated through the youth system. He made his debut for Derby at the age of 17 as a striker in a Premier League match against Sunderland in May 2002,[2] his only appearance that season.

In the 2002-03 season, he made eight first team appearances, seven as a substitute, branching out into the position of left wing when needed. In September 2003 he joined Burton Albion on loan,[3] for whom he made four appearances scoring one goal. He also had a loan spell at Bristol Rovers later that season,[4] featuring eight times but failing to find the net. However, he mainly played at left back at Bristol Rovers.

Having been released by Derby, and following an unsuccessful trial period at League of Ireland club Derry City, he placed roots at Airdrie United in August 2005,[5] where he went on to make 65 league and cup appearances in two years, scoring 18 goals.[6] He won the SFL Player of the Month award for December 2006 after scoring six goals in six games, helping Airdre to only one defeat out of six league games.[7]

Twigg signed a two-year contract with Conference National side Oxford United on 5 July 2007. Nick Merry, Oxford United chairman, said, "He's got a good record and he's very versatile too. He can play wide or down the middle and he'll be a good asset to us."[8] He came on as a substitute on the opening day of the 2007-08 season at home against Forest Green Rovers in which he won and scored a stoppage time penalty to win the game for Oxford on his debut.[9] An ankle injury that required surgery in October led to him missing seven weeks of the season before he returned to the side in December.[6][10] However, he was unable to settle and left at the end of December to seek a move back to Scotland.[11] He had made 11 league and cup appearances, scoring three goals.[6]

Twigg signed for Hamilton Academical on an 18 month contract in January 2008.[12][13] He made only four appearances and was transfer listed at the end of the season.[14] His contract was cancelled at Twigg's request in July 2008.[15][16] Twigg then signed for Brechin City in July 2008,[17]

Shamrock Rovers

In February 2009, he followed manager Michael O'Neill from Brechin to Shamrock Rovers.[18] Twigg scored the first ever goal in the Tallaght Stadium in a 2-1 win for Shamrock Rovers over Sligo Rovers in March 2009.[19].Twigg scored his 22nd league goal in a 2-1 win over Sligo Rovers[1]. Scored his 23rd league goal at Dundalk, equalling Stephen Geoghegan's total from the 1993/94 season [2]. Gary was awarded the League of Ireland Player of the Month for September 2009 [3]. Twigg finished the 2009 season as the top scorer in the League of Ireland [4] with 24 goals. He also won the club Player of the Year voted by Rovers fans[5] and the PFAI Player of the Year voted for by his fellow players across the league.

Honours

References

  1. ^ "2009 Squad Details". Shamrock Rovers FC. 2009. http://www.shamrockrovers.ie/teams/first-team. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Sunderland ensure survival". BBC Sport. 2002-05-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/1978547.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Clough gets Twigg". Non League Daily. 2003-09-26. http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?newsmode=FULL&nid=12793. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  4. ^ "Rovers extend deals for duo". BBC Sport. 2004-04-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bristol_rovers/3612321.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Clough Airdrie recruit Twigg from Derby". BBC Sport. 2005-07-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/airdrie_united/4712589.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-07. 
  6. ^ a b c "Soccerbase: Gary Twigg". Racing Post. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=31658. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  7. ^ "Diamonds' December award double". BBC Sport. 2007-01-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/a/airdrie_united/6281195.stm. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  8. ^ "Oxford Utd snap up striker Twigg". BBC Sport. 2007-07-05. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/o/oxford_utd/6275718.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  9. ^ "Oxford 1-0 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 2007-08-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/6931240.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-11. 
  10. ^ "Twigg facing a month out injured". BBC Sport. 2007-10-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/o/oxford_utd/7047615.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  11. ^ "Scots striker Twigg leaves Oxford". BBC Sport. 2007-10-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/o/oxford_utd/7165815.stm. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  12. ^ "Gary Twigg Signs". AcciesFC. 2008-01-02. http://www.acciesfc.co.uk/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=436&Itemid=2. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  13. ^ "Twigg's lured home by Hamilton deal". Express, The (London). January 4, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Accies axe". Football: Soccer Shorts (Daily Record, The (Glasgow)). May 22, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Twigg Released". AcciesFC. 2008-07-19. http://www.acciesfc.co.uk/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=613&Itemid=2. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  16. ^ Carter, Jo (July 19, 2008). "Twigg leaves Accies". Setanta Sport. http://www.setantasports.com/en/Sport/News/Football/2008/07/19/SPL-Twigg-leaves-Hamilton/?facets/sport-space/great-britain-locale/. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  17. ^ "City Sign Gary Twigg". brechincity.com. http://www.brechincity.com/bcfc/servlet/BCFCFrontControllerServlet?action=News&page_id=578&category=2. Retrieved July 23, 2008. 
  18. ^ Maher, Gareth (23 February 2009). "O'Neill adds another three". Setanta (Setanta Sport Holdings Ltd). http://www.setanta.com/uk/Articles/Football/2009/02/23/LOI-ONeill-adds-another-three/gnid-41587/. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  19. ^ "Shamrock Rovers triumph on Tallaght homecoming". Irish Times. 2009-03-13. http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/soccer/2009/0313/1224242848224.html. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 

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Simple English

Gary Twigg (born March 19, 1984) is a young footballer who plays as a striker and who had a stint in a couple of English clubs. He currently plays for Shamrock Rovers in Ireland and was top scorer in the 2009 league season.


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