Gibson lining up for the Republic of Ireland
|Full name||Darron Thomas Daniel Gibson|
|Date of birth||25 October 1987|
|Place of birth||Derry, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2006–2007||→ Royal Antwerp (loan)||31||(1)|
|2007–2008||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||21||(1)|
|2006||Republic of Ireland U21|
|2006||Republic of Ireland B||1||(0)|
|2007–||Republic of Ireland||19||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of match played 19 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Darron Thomas Daniel Gibson (born 25 October 1987) is an Irish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Everton and the Republic of Ireland national team. He has also played for Manchester United and on loan for Royal Antwerp and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In 2007, Gibson, who was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, was at the centre of a dispute between the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA), after he opted to play for the Republic of Ireland instead of Northern Ireland. The issue was referred to FIFA and was discussed in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The issue was settled in 2010 when it was declared, as Irish citizens, Northern Ireland-born people are entitled to play for either the Republic or Northern Ireland.
Club career 
Manchester United 
A former pupil of St Columb's College, Gibson played junior football in the Derry and District League, and then with Institute before joining Manchester United in 2004. He made his senior debut for United on 26 October 2005 in a League Cup game against Barnet, coming on as a substitute for Lee Martin. During the 2005–06 season he played regularly for Manchester United Reserves, helping them win a treble. He made 19 appearances, scoring twice. In May 2006, he won the prestigious Jimmy Murphy Award as United's youth player of the year and then played regularly for the United senior team during their pre-season summer games, together with Dong Fangzhuo, Jonny Evans, Fraizer Campbell and Danny Simpson.
Gibson made his Premier League debut on 15 November 2008, appearing as a second half substitute against Stoke City, before making his UEFA Champions League debut ten days later, coming on as a substitute for Darren Fletcher against Villarreal on 25 November 2008. In December 2008, he travelled with the United squad to the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, where, despite not making any appearances, he picked up a winners' medal. On 4 January 2009, Gibson scored his first goal for the club, United's third in a 3–0 victory over Southampton in the FA Cup third round. On 1 March 2009, Gibson started in the centre of midfield alongside Paul Scholes against Tottenham Hotspur in the 2009 Football League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, playing the full initial 90 minutes before being replaced by Ryan Giggs at the start of extra time as Manchester United went on to win 4–1 on penalties. On 24 May, he scored his first league goal for Manchester United in the last game of the 2008–09 Premier League season against Hull City. Gibson was rewarded with a three-year extension to his Manchester United contract, tying him to the club until at least 2012.
Gibson was one of a number of young United players who came under some fire when they lost a four-year unbeaten home record in Europe, losing 1–0 to Beşiktaş at Old Trafford. On 1 December 2009, six days on from the defeat in the Champions League, Gibson responded to the criticism by scoring both of United's goals in a 2–0 win against Tottenham to send United through the semi-finals of the League Cup. Gibson was granted a starting place in the Champions League second leg quarter-final tie against Bayern Munich and scored a long-range shot after only three minutes, his first goal in a UEFA competition, but despite winning the game 3–2, they were knocked out by Bayern on away goals with the aggregate score ending 4–4.
He scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season as he netted the first of United's goals in a 5–2 away win over Scunthorpe United in the League Cup. In February 2011, Gibson's national team manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, told him that he must leave Manchester United in order to further his career. Sunderland agreed a transfer fee with United to sign Gibson in the summer of 2011, but Gibson could not agree personal terms. He subsequently only made two appearances for the club in the 2011–12 season, despite there being a number of midfielders out injured at Old Trafford, and left the club in January 2012.
Loans to Royal Antwerp and Wolverhampton Wanderers 
Gibson was one of several United players who spent the 2006–07 season on loan at Royal Antwerp. In October 2007, he was loaned out again, this time to Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he spent the majority of the 2007–08 season. At Wolves he scored once, against Burnley on 8 December 2007.
On 13 January 2012, Gibson signed for Everton for an undisclosed fee. He became the fourth ex-United player to sign for Everton under David Moyes, following Phil Neville, Tim Howard and Louis Saha. He made his debut a day later, as he started in a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa. Later that month, Gibson scored his first goal for the club in a 1–0 home win against league leaders Manchester City. Gibson played 11 times in the league during his first season with the club and didn't finish on the losing side once. If his time at Manchester United is taken into account this figure is stretched to 28 consecutive league games without defeat. The run came to an end in Everton's third league game of the 2012–13 season, when Gibson started in a 0–2 loss to West Bromwich Albion, although the game was level at 0–0 when Gibson was substituted in the first half due to injury. Gibson was sent off for the first time in his career, in the 1–2 win away to West Ham United, on 22 December 2012, although the red card and subsequent ban were rescinded by the FA 5 days later. On 13 April 2013, Gibson scored his first goal of the 2012–13 season in a 2–0 home win against Queens Park Rangers.
International career 
Gibson was at the centre of a dispute between the Irish Football Association (IFA) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) over the eligibility of players born within Northern Ireland to represent the Republic of Ireland. The general principle or article 5 of FIFA's Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes states that "any person holding a permanent nationality that is not dependent on residence in a certain country is eligible to play for the representative teams of the Association of that country". Due to the constitutional position of Northern Ireland, following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, citizenship of the Republic of Ireland is the undisputed birthright of every person born on the island of Ireland if they so wish. As a result, Gibson was approached to represent both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland at international level.
Northern Ireland 
Gibson initially represented Northern Ireland at Under-16 level and was included in Victory Shield squads. However, he was dropped from the team after attending trials with Manchester United and subsequently switched allegiance to the Republic of Ireland. Before Gibson made his senior international debut for the Republic of Ireland, Nigel Worthington, the Northern Ireland manager, made an unsuccessful attempt to persuade him to switch his allegiance back.
Republic of Ireland 
Gibson first represented the Republic of Ireland at under-17 level. Then during the 2005–06 season he captained both the Republic of Ireland under-19 and under-21 squads. On 14 November 2006, he also played for Republic of Ireland B in a 0–0 draw against Scotland B. In 2007, Gibson was included in several senior Republic of Ireland squads for Euro 2008 qualifiers, before he eventually made his debut in a 4–0 win against Denmark. During the away friendly, he came on as half-time substitute, replacing Andy Reid. In the 54th minute, Gibson fired a shot from outside the penalty area that the Danish keeper, Jesper Christiansen, could only palm away, allowing Shane Long to follow up and score the Republic's third goal. Gibson won his second full cap on 8 September 2007 in an away game against Slovakia. The Euro 2008 qualifier, which finished as a 2–2 draw, saw him again used as substitute, this time replacing Aiden McGeady after 61 minutes.
Gibson made his first start for the Republic of Ireland national team in a 1–0 win at home to Cyprus on 15 October 2008. After Steven Reid dropped out of the Irish squad due to injury, Gibson was called up to provide extra physicality in the centre of the Irish midfield. Manager Giovanni Trapattoni also cited Gibson's confidence on the football pitch as the reason for choosing him ahead of Liam Miller and Andy Reid. On 8 February 2011, Gibson scored his first goal for his country, in a 3–0 victory over Wales in the first game of the 2011 Nations Cup.
Gibson was selected in the Ireland squad for UEFA Euro 2012. However, he was an unused subsitute for all of Ireland's matches as the team was knocked out in the group stage with three successive defeats.
On 1 September 2012, Gibson was included in Ireland's squad to play Kazakhstan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier. However, he withdrew from the squad citing disappointment at his lack of playing time during Euro 2012. On 8 March 2013, he again turned down a call up for Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.
International goals 
|1.||8 February 2011||Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Republic of Ireland||Wales||1–0||3–0||2011 Nations Cup|
Career statistics 
- As of match played 19 May 2013.
|Club||Season||League||Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other[nb 1]||Total|
|Royal Antwerp (loan)||2006–07||31||1||2||0||–||0||0||–||33||1|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||2007–08||21||1||3||0||0||0||–||–||24||1|
- As of 4 June 2012.
|Republic of Ireland||2007||2||0|
- Manchester United
- Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year (1): 2005–06
- FAI Young International Player of the Year (1): 2009
- FAI International Goal of the Year (1): 2011 vs. Wales
- Includes other competitive competitions, including the FA Community Shield, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
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- Republic of Ireland B
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- "Robbie Keane and Shane Long grab a brace apiece as Ireland beat Denmark 4–0". fai.ie (Football Association of Ireland). 22 August 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
- "Slovakia 2–2 Republic of Ireland". fai.ie (Football Association of Ireland). 8 September 2007. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
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