Gary Elkins

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Gary Elkins
Personal information
Full name Gary Elkins
Date of birth (1966-04-15) 15 April 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Wallingford, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984-1990 Fulham 104 (2)
1989-1990 Exeter City (loan) 5 (0)
1990-1996 Wimbledon 110 (3)
1996-1997 Swindon Town 24 (1)
Total 243 (6 )
Teams managed
2012–2013 Didcot Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Elkins (born 4 May 1966 in Wallingford) was an English football player; notable for having started exactly 100 league games for both Fulham F.C. and Wimbledon F.C.. Elkins was signed for £20,000 by Wimbledon - at that time an established top-flight club - following seven years of largely unheralded and irregular service for a then third-tier Fulham side.[citation needed] It was thought that new Wimbledon manager Ray Harford remembered Elkins fondly from his own time as Fulham manager in the mid-1980s.

Brentford F.C. manager Steve Perryman revealed that he resigned as manager of Brentford in 1991 on account of his chairman's refusal to let him sign Elkins for a nominal fee. The reason given by the chairman was that the player had 'shifty eyes'.[1]

He was a sturdy and tough defender, slow to commit to a rash challenge but instead prone to holding up wingers by strong positioning. Indeed, some of the game's best wide-men, in particular Andrei Kanchelskis and Anders Limpar, found Elkins tough to negotiate, their game preferring defenders to put a foot in. Elkins finest moment was probably a last-minute equaliser, albeit heavily deflected, against Liverpool F.C. at Selhurst Park in 1994.[citation needed]

In 1996, Elkins' career took a turn for the worse as he was signed by Steve McMahon at Swindon Town. Signed for £100,000 by a club facing financial difficulties, the pressure was on Elkins to help inspire a promotion bid to the Premiership. As it was, he started only 19 games for the club, his form and fitness (in particular his weight) in doubt. He soon moved into non-league football, working too as a coach at the Elms Soccer School in Middlesex.[citation needed]

Elkins was also a successful Sunday Morning Soccer Coach for The Royal Standard in Wallingford, a team that played in the Reading Sunday League.[citation needed]

In 2006, Gary joined BGB Southern League South & West team Didcot Town FC as Reserve Team Manager but was then promoted the season after to First Team Coach. At the start of the 2012-13 season Elkins became manager of Didcot town.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ This is London - Football Notebook. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  2. ^ "FOOTBALL: Boss Mudge quits in Didcot bombshell (From Oxford Mail)". Oxfordmail.co.uk. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-11. 

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