Gary Bennett (footballer, born 1961)

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Gary Bennett
Personal information
Full name Gary Ernest Bennett
Date of birth (1961-12-04) 4 December 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Ashton United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 Manchester City 0 (0)
1981–1984 Cardiff City 87 (11)
1984–1995 Sunderland 442 (23)
1995–1996 Carlisle United 26 (5)
1996–1998 Scarborough 88 (18)
1998–2000 Darlington 34 (4)
2001 Worksop Town ? (?)
2001–2002 Scarborough 1 (0)
Teams managed
2000–2001 Darlington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
For the former striker of Chester City and Wrexham, among others, see Gary Bennett

Gary Ernest Bennett (born 4 December 1961 in Manchester) is a former English professional footballer who is most known for playing for Sunderland from 1984 to 1995. He originally started his career with Manchester City, but moved on to Cardiff City in 1981, without making any first team appearances, on a free transfer where he linked up with his brother Dave.

He left Cardiff for £65,000 in July 1984 to join Sunderland. Bennett went on to play 369 league games with Sunderland scoring 23 goals before joining Carlisle United 11 years later. He later played in the Football League for Scarborough and Darlington (where he was also manager until being released in October 2001[1]). Whilst at Sunderland, he played in the 1992 FA Cup Final where they lost to Liverpool.

He now works as a radio pundit and has regularly commentates on Sunderland games. He also does some work for 'Show Racism The Red Card'. His son has recently joined the academy of Middlesbrough, a local rival to his former team, Sunderland. He also coaches University of Sunderland Women's FC in his spare time.


As a player[edit]



As a manager[edit]

Sunderland University Women's FC

Managerial stats[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Darlington England August 2000 October 2001 72 22 31 19 30.6


  1. ^ "Bennett leaves Darlington" BBC Sport Retrieved on 3 January 2008

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Preceded by
Paul Bracewell
Sunderland A.F.C. Captain
Succeeded by
Kevin Ball