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Paul Gallagher
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Personal information
Full name Paul Gallagher
Date of birth 9 August 1984 (1984-08-09) (age 25)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current club Leicester City
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002-2009 Blackburn Rovers 61 (6)
2005-2006 Stoke City (loan) 37 (11)
2007-2008 Preston North End (loan) 19 (1)
2008 Stoke City (loan) 7 (0)
2008-2009 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 40 (13)
2009- Leicester City 31 (6)
National team
2004 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:37, 17 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:41, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Paul Gallagher (born 9 August 1984 in Glasgow) is a Scottish football player who currently plays for Leicester City as a striker. Gallagher was brought up on the Higher Croft council estate in Blackburn, playing for Roman Road youth teams before being snapped up by Blackburn Rovers.

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Career

Gallagher made his debut performance as a substitute in a 2-0 win over the 2001–02 Premier League champions Arsenal on 15 March 2003, as a replacement for Dwight Yorke.[1] His scored his first goal in a 4–0 win over Birmingham City in the 2003–04 season.

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Loan moves

He spent almost all of the 2005–06 season on loan to Stoke City. He played most of his 36 games on the left or right wing, scoring 12 goals. Against Southampton on 15 April 2006, he exchanged a one-two on the edge of the area with Adam Rooney before drilling home a thunderous thirty yard drive into the far top corner of the net. He was recalled by Blackburn in April 2006 with three games remaining in the Premier League season,[2] coming on as a late substitute in the final game of the season, being involved in the creation of the final goal of the game.

On transfer deadline day 31 August 2007, Gallagher signed a 6 month loan deal with Championship side Preston North End, after being linked with a return to Stoke.[3] He scored once during his spell at Preston, scoring the winner in a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.[4] The following January, he moved from Blackburn back to Stoke City on loan again until summer of 2008.[5] Then-manager Tony Pulis however, was not impressed with Gallagher, remarking he "hasn't done as well as the other players."[6]

On 30 August 2008, Gallagher signed on loan for the rest of the 2008-09 season with Plymouth Argyle,[7] making his debut that same day at Turf Moor against Blackburn's fierce local rivals, Burnley. Although Blackburn Rovers appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager in December 2008,[8] Plymouth was allowed to keep Gallagher for the remainder of his loan.[9] He was a huge impact for the club, scoring 13 goals in 40 league games. Gallagher was hopeful that he would secure a permanent deal with Plymouth after resigning himself to the fact that he was not wanted at Blackburn.[10]

Leicester City

Seeing his return to Blackburn as a fresh start,[11] Gallagher was informed by Sam Allardyce he could yet have a future at the club.[12] On 21 August 2009, Gallagher signed a three-year deal with Leicester City for an undisclosed fee.[13] Handed the number 24 shirt, Gallagher was "delighted to be here and can't wait to get started."[14] He scored his first two goals for Leicester in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace on 20 October 2009, coming on as a half-time substitute for Lloyd Dyer.[15] Gallagher failed to score for 17 games before bagging a hat-trick and assisting a goal in a 5-1 win over Scunthorpe United on 13 February 2010.[16] Leaving the field to a standing ovation 7 minutes from time,[17] it is his first ever professional hat-trick.[18] On 27 February, Gallagher scored a free-kick in a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest.[19] He was awarded the Championship's player of the month award for his fine form in February on 6 March 2010.[20]

Gallagher and Michael Morrison playing for Leicester City.

International

Gallagher's form for Blackburn Rovers in January 2004 impressed then-manager of Scotland Berti Vogts, who described him as "very quick, strong and with good body movement."[21] He made his international debut on 18 February 2004, as a 67th minute substitute in a 4–0 defeat against Wales.[22]

Career statistics

(correct as of 14 February 2010)

Club Season League Cup[23] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2002–03 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04 26 3 2 0 0 0 28 3
2004–05 16 2 5 1 0 0 21 3
2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 8 1 1 1 4 0 9 2
Stoke City (loan) 2005–06 37 11 3 1 0 0 40 12
Preston North End (loan) 2007–08 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Stoke City (loan) 2007–08 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2008–09 37 13 1 0 0 0 38 13
Leicester City 2009–10 24 5 1 0 0 0 25 5
Career total 189 39

References

  1. ^ "Foxes sign Blackburn's Gallagher". BBC Sport. 2009-08-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/8213994.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Rovers recall Gallagher from loan". BBC Sport. 2006-04-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/blackburn_rovers/4938382.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  3. ^ "Preston capture Gallagher on loan". BBC Sport. 2007-08-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/p/preston/6972508.stm. 
  4. ^ "Preston 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC. 15 September 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/6985017.stm. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Stoke sign Whelan and Gallagher". BBC Sport. 2008-02-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/7221201.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Pulis not impressed by Gallagher". BBC Sport. 2008-04-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/stoke_city/7340989.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  7. ^ Argyle Move For Gallagher
  8. ^ "Argyle await Gallagher loan news". BBC Sport. 2008-12-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/plymouth_argyle/7803558.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  9. ^ "Gallagher to stay with Plymouth". BBC Sport. 2008-12-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/plymouth_argyle/7803558.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  10. ^ "Gallagher open to Argyle stay". Sky Sports. 2009-03-14. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_5049564,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Gallagher returns to 'new club'". BBC Sport. 2009-07-28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/blackburn_rovers/8173009.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Gallagher wins Rovers reprieve". Sky Sports. 2009-07-05. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_5413716,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Gallagher Signs". www.LCFC.co.uk. Leicester City F.C.. 2009-08-21. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1763353,00.html. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  14. ^ "New man can't wait". www.LCFC.co.uk. Leicester City F.C.. 2009-08-21. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1763829,00.html. Retrieved 21st August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Leicester 2-0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-10-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/8303380.stm. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  16. ^ "Leicester 5-1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 2010-02-13. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/8509204.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  17. ^ "Pearson hails Gallagher". Sky Sports. 2010-02-13. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11688_5948209,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  18. ^ "Pearson Praises Gallagher Masterclass". LCFC.com. 2010-02-13. http://www.lcfc.com/page/LatestNews/0,,10274~1965058,00.html. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  19. ^ "Leicester 3 - 0 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 2010-02-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/8532423.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  20. ^ "Leicester City's Pearson and Gallagher win awards". BBC Sport. 2010-03-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/8553584.stm. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  21. ^ "Gallagher to receive Scots call". BBC Sport. 2004-01-16. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/scotland/3402617.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  22. ^ "Wales 4-0 Scotland". BBC Sport. 2004-02-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/3496099.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  23. ^ Includes FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield

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