Andy Gray (footballer, born 1977)

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Andy Gray
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Gray playing for Barnsley
Personal information
Full name Andrew David Gray[1]
Date of birth (1977-11-15) 15 November 1977 (age 36)[2]
Place of birth Harrogate, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
000?–1995 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Leeds United 23 (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)
2009–2012 Barnsley 96 (21)
2012–2013 Leeds United 8 (1)
2013–2014 Bradford City 15 (1)
National team
2003 Scotland 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:11, 1 May 2014 (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) is a footballer who currently is a Free Agent after leaving Bradford City by mutual consent.

He is the son of the former Scotland defender Frank Gray and nephew of Leeds United legend Eddie Gray. His cousin Stuart Gray was also a pro footballer. 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, Charlton Athletic, Bury, Preston North End, Oldham Athletic, Barnsley, 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.

Career[edit]

Leeds United[edit]

Gray was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. He signed for Leeds United which carried on the family tradition of his father who ex-Leeds United player Frank Gray and the nephew of Leeds United legend Eddie Gray. 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, Gray was one of the standout performers on the day for Leeds despite a 3–0 defeat.

After failing to displace the likes of Tony Yeboah, Rod Wallace, Brian Deane and then Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Gray had a loan spell at Bury to get regular first team football before leaving the club permanently in 1998.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Gray joined fellow Premier League side Nottingham Forest on a permanent deal, where he added competition to Forest striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk, however his time at Forest he only scored once, in a game against Wolverhampton Wanderers,[3] in 64 appearances. He also had loan spells at Preston North End and Oldham Athletic.

Bradford City[edit]

Gray left Forest for a spell at Bradford City where his goalscoring ability came to fruition. He earned the Bradford City Player of the year Award in 2003. His form at Bradford earned him a call up to the Scotland national team. In total Gray scored 20 league goals in 77 games for Bradford.

Sheffield United[edit]

His form at Bradford also alerted Neil Warnock who signed Gray for Sheffield United. One of the highlights of Gray's career came when he scored a last minute equaliser against Arsenal in the FA Cup in 2005.[4] After scoring 25 goals in 58 games for United, Gray joined Sunderland in the Premier League in a multi million pound deal.

Sunderland[edit]

In August 2005, Gray returned to the Premier League 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 Premier League was unprofitable as he scored only once in 22 appearances; that goal coming on his debut against Charlton Athletic.[5]

Burnley[edit]

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 last six games. This goal-scoring form continued into the 2007–08 season.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

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.[6][7] He made his debut when came on as a second half substitute the following day in Charlton's 1–1 draw away at Watford.[8] His £1.5 million move to Charlton was finalised the following week[9] and he made his first start for his new club on 29 January 2008 in a 1–0 victory over Stoke City.[10] 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.[11] Gray 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.[12]

Barnsley[edit]

Gray signed for Championship side Barnsley on 21 August 2009 for an undisclosed fee[13] 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. Gray was part of a Barnsley side that beat Yorkshire rivals Leeds United 5–2 in a famous victory.[14] Gray scored a double against Leicester City in 13 January 2012 to help earn Barnsley a win over Leicester City.[15]

After scoring 21 goals in 96 games for Barnsley, he was released at the end of the 2011–2012 season following three years with the club.[16]

Return to Leeds United[edit]

After being linked with a move to Bradford City,[17] Leeds United manager Neil Warnock stated that Gray had started pre-season training with the club and that they were looking to sign the striker on a short-term contract, to cover for injured striker Davide Somma.[18] On 20 July, Gray scored two goals in a 5–2 win for Leeds United in pre-season against Farsley.[19]

On 23 July, Gray rejoined his first club Leeds on a one-year contract, 15 years after leaving the club previously.[20] Gray was allocated the number 18 shirt for the 2012–13 season on 3 August[21] Gray made his second Leeds début as a substitute in the 2–1 victory over Peterborough United on 25 August.[22] Gray made his first start back at the club on 28 August 2012 in a League Cup match against Oxford United.[23] Gray scored his first ever goal for Leeds United in a 3–2 defeat to Hull City on 18 September.[24]

Return to Bradford City[edit]

After being released by Leeds United on 9 January 2013, Andy Gray rejoined his old club Bradford City on an 18-month contract.[25] He made his debut on 12 January, when he started in the home game against Oxford United where they lost 1–2.[26] On 21 December he scored his first goal since re-joining the club in a 2-1 defeat against Peterborough United.[27]

On 1 May 2014, Gray had his contract cancelled by mutual consent and left the Bantams with immediate effect.[28]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Gray represented Scotland at international level like his father Frank Gray and uncle Eddie Gray. He received his first caps from Bertie Vogts. In total Gray won two caps for Scotland, with his debut coming against Lithuania on 2 April 2003 and his second and final cap was against New Zealand on 27 May 2003.

Club honours[edit]

Bradford City
  • Player of the year Award: 2003–2004

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 March 2014.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Leeds United 1995–96[29] Premier League 15 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 19 0
1996–97[30] Premier League 7 0 0 0 2 0 9 0
1997–98[31] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 22 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 28 0
Bury (loan) 1997–98[31] First Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Nottingham Forest 1998–99[32] Premier League 8 0 1 0 3 0 12 0
1999–2000[33] First Division 22 0 3 0 2 0 27 0
2000–01[34] First Division 18 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
2001–02[35] First Division 16 1 0 0 2 0 18 1
Total 64 1 5 0 7 0 76 1
Preston North End (loan) 1998–99[32] Second Division 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 1998–99[32] Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Bradford City 2002–03[36] First Division 44 15 1 0 1 0 46 15
2003–04[37] First Division 33 5 1 1 1 0 35 6
Total 77 20 2 1 2 0 81 21
Sheffield United 2003–04[37] First Division 14 9 0 0 0 0 14 9
2004–05[38] Championship 43 15 5 1 2 2 50 18
2005–06[39] Championship 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 58 25 5 1 2 2 65 28
Sunderland 2005–06[39] Premier League 21 1 1 0 0 0 22 1
Burnley 2005–06[39] Championship 9 3 0 0 0 0 9 3
2006–07[40] Championship 35 14 0 0 1 0 36 14
2007–08[41] Championship 25 11 1 0 2 2 28 13
Total 69 28 1 0 3 2 73 30
Charlton Athletic 2007–08[41] Championship 16 2 0 0 0 0 16 2
2008–09[42] Championship 27 7 1 0 0 0 28 7
2009–10[43] League One 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Total 45 9 1 0 1 0 47 9
Barnsley 2009–10[43] Championship 30 6 1 0 0 0 31 6
2010–11[44] Championship 34 7 0 0 0 0 34 7
2011–12[45] Championship 32 8 1 0 0 0 33 8
Total 96 21 2 0 0 0 98 21
Leeds United 2012–13[46] Championship 8 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
Bradford City 2012–13[46] League Two 7 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 8 0
2013–14[47] League One 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
Career total 490 108 19 2 20 4 1 0 530 114
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

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  36. ^ "Games played by Andy Gray in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
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  45. ^ "Games played by Andy Gray in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
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