Gary McSheffrey

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Gary McSheffrey
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Personal information
Full name Gary McSheffrey
Date of birth (1982-08-13) 13 August 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current team
Scunthorpe United
Number 28
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 Coventry City 143 (44)
2001 IK Brage (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2002 Stockport County (loan) 5 (1)
2003 Luton Town (loan) 18 (8)
2004 Luton Town (loan) 5 (1)
2006–2010 Birmingham City 83 (16)
2009 Nottingham Forest (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Leeds United (loan) 10 (1)
2010–2013 Coventry City 104 (17)
2013–2014 Chesterfield 9 (1)
2014– Scunthorpe United 11 (0)
National team
1999–2000 England U18 3 (0)
2002 England U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:03, 26 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary McSheffrey (born 13 August 1982) is an English footballer who plays for League Two club Scunthorpe United. He began his career as a striker but eventually became a left-winger.

McSheffrey began his professional career with Coventry City, and also played in the Football League and Premier League for Stockport County, Luton Town, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United before returning to Coventry in 2010. Released in September 2013, he signed for Chesterfield later that month. In January 2014 he signed for Scunthorpe United on a free transfer until the end of the 2013–14 season.

Career[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

McSheffrey was born in Coventry, and began his football career at home town club Coventry City. When he made his first-team debut against local rivals Aston Villa at the age of 16 years and 198 days on 27 February 1999, a game that Coventry won 4–1, he became the youngest player ever to play in the Premier League. He held the record for over four years until Aaron Lennon made his Leeds United debut at a younger age in August 2003.[1] During his time at Coventry he spent loan spells at Luton Town, Stockport County,[2] and Swedish side IK Brage.[3] He also won England under-18 and under-20 honours.[4]

Playing primarily on the left wing in the 2005–06 season, McSheffrey ended up amongst the top scorers in the Football League Championship with 15 league goals. It was form like this that brought him to the attention of local rivals Birmingham City during the summer of 2006. After weeks of bidding, Coventry accepted an offer valued at £4 million.[5] This has since been estimated at £2.3m cash with a further £1.3m depending on promotion and appearances.[6] The deal was completed on 16 August 2006, and McSheffrey became a Birmingham City player three days after his 24th birthday.[7]

Birmingham City[edit]

McSheffrey scored his first hat-trick for his new club in a league match against Preston North End on 9 December 2006.[8] On 2 December 2007 he converted a penalty in Birmingham's 3–2 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane to score his first goal in the Premier League.[9] In March 2009, he joined Nottingham Forest on loan for an initial period of 29 days.[10] Because of his need for surgery on a persistent knee injury, he was reported to have returned to Birmingham,[11] but manager Alex McLeish confirmed he was still on loan at Forest.[12] Told in August 2009 that he was free to find another club,[13] and frustrated by lack of opportunity,[14] McSheffrey made just one start and four substitute appearances in the 2009–10 Premier League.[15]

Leeds United (loan)[edit]

On 29 January 2010, McSheffrey joined Leeds United of Football League One on loan for the remainder of the season.[16] He made his debut the following day, producing a man-of-the-match performance on the left wing in Leeds' 2–0 League home win against Colchester United. In an interview after the game McSheffrey said "there'd be no better club to be with at Championship level" should Leeds succeed in gaining promotion.[17] Ineligible for an FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur, McSheffrey returned to the starting line-up for the 2–2 draw with Hartlepool United.[15]

McSheffrey started on the left wing for Leeds against Carlisle United in the Football League Trophy Northern Final second leg. Leeds won the game 3–2, but ended up losing the tie after losing the penalty shootout 6–5, with McSheffrey converting one of the penalties for Leeds.

McSheffrey scored his first and only goal for Leeds against Walsall after his mis-hit cross eluded goalkeeper Clayton Ince, but Walsall won 2–1 to inflict Leeds' first home defeat in more than a year.[18] McSheffrey was dropped to the bench against Oldham Athletic and replaced in the starting line-up by Aidan White, but after White suffered an injury McSheffrey returned to Leeds' starting line-up against Huddersfield Town. McSheffrey earned promotion with Leeds to the Championship, after finishing as runners up in League One.

Return to Coventry City[edit]

In May 2010, Birmingham City announced that McSheffrey would be released when his contract expired at the end of June.[19] He agreed to return to Championship club Coventry City, where he agreed a one-year deal, with the option of a further year, to begin on 1 July 2010 when his Birmingham contract expired.[20]

His return to Coventry was a largely disappointing spell in his career, despite being a regular starter, fans felt that his best years were past him. McSheffrey was one of eight players told in June 2013 that they did not feature in manager Steven Pressley's future plans,[21] and one of five who had to train on their own during pre-season.[22] On 3 September, his contract was cancelled.[23]

Chesterfield[edit]

Ten days later, he signed a four-month contract with League Two club Chesterfield.[24]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

On 14 January 2014, McSheffrey signed for Scunthorpe United until the end of the 2013–14 season.[25]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 25 March 2014
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 1998–99[26] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1999–2000[27] Premier League 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
2000–01[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02[29] Division One 8 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
2002–03[30] Division One 29 4 2 0 2 4 33 8
2003–04[31] Division One 19 11 3 1 0 0 22 12
2004–05[2] Championship 37 12 2 2 2 0 41 14
2005–06[32] Championship 43 15 3 1 2 1 48 17
2006–07[33] Championship 3 1 3 1
Coventry City total 143 44 10 4 9 5 162 53
IK Brage (loan) 2001[3] Superettan 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Stockport County (loan) 2001–02[29] Division One 5 1 5 1
Luton Town (loan) 2003–04[31] Division Two 18 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 19 9
2004–05[2] League One 5 1 0 0 5 1
Luton Town total 23 9 0 0 1 1 0 0 24 10
Birmingham City 2006–07[34] Championship 40 13 3 1 2 2 45 16
2007–08[35] Premier League 32 3 1 0 1 1 34 4
2008–09[36] Championship 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
2009–10[15] Premier League 5 0 2 0 2 0 9 0
Birmingham City total 83 16 6 1 7 3 96 20
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2008–09[36] Championship 4 0 4 0
Leeds United (loan) 2009–10[15] League One 10 1 1[a] 0 11 1
Coventry City 2010–11[37] Championship 33 8 2 0 0 0 35 8
2011–12[38] Championship 39 8 1 1 1 0 41 9
2012–13[39] League One 32 1 3 1 3 0 5[a] 0 43 2
2013–14[40] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0
Coventry City total 104 17 6 2 4 0 5 0 119 19
Chesterfield 2013–14[40] League Two 9 1 1 0 2[a] 1 12 2
Scunthorpe United 2013–14[40] League Two 11 0 11 0
Career totals 398 89 23 7 21 9 8 1 450 106
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in Football League Trophy

Personal life[edit]

McSheffrey has coached children at a soccer school in the Coventry and Warwickshire area.[41]

Honours[edit]

Birmingham City

Leeds United

References[edit]

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  6. ^ Turner, Andy (2 November 2006). "McSheffrey didn't deserve the boos". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Birmingham 3–1 Preston". ESPN FC. 9 December 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Tattum, Colin (3 December 2007). "Gary McSheffrey reveals penalty nerves". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 3 December 2007. 
  10. ^ "Forest seal McSheffrey loan deal". BBC Sport. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Injury ends McSheffrey loan stint". BBC Sport. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
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  13. ^ Walker, Andy (21 August 2009). "Marcus Bent and Gary McSheffrey set to leave Blues". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
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  17. ^ "McSheffrey's on a Whites mission". Yorkshire Evening Post. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  18. ^ "Leeds United 1–2 Walsall". BBC Sport. 16 February 2010. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
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  37. ^ "Games played by Gary McSheffrey in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Gary McSheffrey in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Gary McSheffrey in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  40. ^ a b c "Games played by Gary McSheffrey in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  41. ^ "Meet The Coaches". Soccer Rockz. Archived from the original on 12 January 2010. 

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