Gary Bellamy

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Gary Bellamy
Personal information
Full name Gary Bellamy
Date of birth (1962-07-04) 4 July 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Worksop, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Chesterfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1987 Chesterfield 184 (7)
1987–1992 Wolverhampton Wanderers 136 (9)
1992 Cardiff City (loan) 9 (0)
1992–1996 Leyton Orient 132 (6)
1996–1998 Chelmsford City 64 (1)
1996 Braintree Town (loan)
Teams managed
1996–2001 Chelmsford City
2001 Dover Athletic
2001–2003 Braintree Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Bellamy (born July 4, 1962 in Worksop) is an English former professional footballer. His clubs included Chesterfield, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leyton Orient. He has also managed several non-league clubs.

Career[edit]

Bellamy had a spell at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club as a teenager, but decided to pursue a career in football instead, joining Chesterfield as a trainee. He broke into the first team and played seven seasons at Saltergate. He won the (old) Fourth Division championship in 1984/85 with the club and made a total of 207 appearances in all competitions for the Spirites, despite missing 15 months through injury.

He finally left in July 1987 to join then-fourth tier Wolverhampton Wanderers for a £17,500 fee set at tribunal. After making his debut for the club on September 12, 1987 in a 2-2 draw with Crewe Alexandra, he won the Fourth Division championship for the second time in his career. The defender also got to experience a Wembley final as the club lifted the Sherpa Van Trophy at the end of the season too.

His second season with Wolves saw him add another medal as the club immediately won the (old) Third Division. He remained a first choice player in his first season at the second flight level in 1989/90 but subsequently was used only sparingly in the following two seasons.

After 164 games for Wolves, he was sold to Third Division Leyton Orient for £30,000 in September 1992. Here, he played as a first choice player for four seasons before leaving for non-league Chelmsford City in June 1996. Just five months later, he took up a joint manager role for the club and spent five years in this capacity, winning promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division in 2001. He had earlier guided them to promotion in 1998, but their ground was deemed not to meet the requirements of the higher division at that time.

This promotion success alerted Conference side Dover Athletic to him and he took up the reigns there following this in June 2001. However, he was sacked only months later as the club struggled. He became manager of Braintree Town, where he had had a loan spell as a player, but was later fired in November 2003.

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