Demarai Gray

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Demarai Gray
Personal information
Date of birth (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 18)[1]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 33
Youth career
Cadbury Athletic
2006–2013 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013– Birmingham City 9 (1)
National team
2014– England U18 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:07, 23 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:07, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Demarai Gray (born 28 June 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays for Birmingham City. A winger, he made his Football League debut in October 2013. He has represented England at under-18 level.

Club career[edit]

Gray was born in Birmingham,[3] where he attended Frankley High School. As a boy, he played for Cadbury Athletic's junior teams, and joined Birmingham City's Academy as an under-11.[1] He took up a two-year scholarship in July 2012.[4] In a 2013 interview, Gray described his strengths as "pace, dribbling and technique", felt he needed to "score more goals", and named Nathan Redmond as the biggest influence on him since joining the club.[1]

After impressing Birmingham manager Lee Clark in training, he was named in the squad for the Championship match against Millwall on 1 October 2013,[5] and made his senior debut as a 91st-minute substitute for Jesse Lingard in a 4–0 win.[6] He made his first start on 2 November, in a 1–0 league defeat at home to Charlton Athletic.[7] Gray signed his first professional contract, of two-and-a-half years, on 9 December.[8] Days after his inclusion together with academy teammate Reece Brown in a "Top 10 Football League stars of tomorrow" feature on the FourFourTwo website,[9] Gray scored his first senior goal. Entering the League match at home to Blackburn Rovers on 19 April 2014 as a second-half substitute with Birmingham 4–1 down, Gray received a pass from Federico Macheda and shot low into the corner to score the final goal of the game.[10] His performance over the season earned him the Academy Player of the Season award for 2013–14.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 23 August 2014
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2013–14[12] Championship 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1
2014–15[13] Championship 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
Career total 9 1 1 0 2 0 12 1

International career[edit]

Gray was called up for an England under-18s training camp in November 2013.[14] He made his debut at that level on 18 February 2014, playing the whole of a 4–0 win against their Belgian counterparts in a friendly match at St George's Park.[15] Two weeks later, he was involved in England's goal as they lost 2–1 to Croatia in the first match of a double-header.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Blue kid on the block – Demarai Gray". Birmingham City F.C. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player Profiles: Demarai Gray". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Demarai Gray". Often Partisan. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "List of Players Registered as Scholars in Accordance with Rule C.3 Between 01/07/2012 and 31/07/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Tattum, Colin (1 October 2013). "Lee Clark: Demarai Gray is in the squad. He was superb in training on Monday". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Scott, Ged (1 October 2013). "Birmingham 4–0 Millwall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Tattum, Colin (4 November 2013). "Birmingham City 0 Charlton Athletic 1". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Birmingham City: Demarai Gray signs two-and-a-half-year pro deal". BBC Sport. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Goldman, Joel (16 April 2014). "The Top 10 Football League stars of tomorrow". FourFourTwo. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Tattum, Colin (19 April 2014). "Birmingham City 2 Blackburn 4". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Walker, Andy (4 May 2014). "Robbo's double delight at #PA14". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Games played by Demarai Gray in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Games played by Demarai Gray in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (5 November 2013). "England U18s squad named for training camp". The Football Association. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  15. ^ Callow, James (18 February 2014). "England pick up impressive victory over Belgium". The Football Association. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  16. ^ Veevers, Nicholas (3 March 2014). "England Under-18s rattled by Croatia comeback". The Football Association. Retrieved 3 March 2014.