Gary Montgomery

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Gary Montgomery
Personal information
Full name Gary Stephen Montgomery
Date of birth (1982-08-10) 10 August 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Leamington Spa, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Coventry City 8 (0)
2002 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 0 (0)
2002 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 2 (0)
2003–2007 Rotherham United 35 (0)
2007–2009 Grimsby Town 5 (0)
2010 Boston United 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Stephen Montgomery (born 10 August 1982), is an English former professional footballer and former professional cricketer.

As a footballer he played as a goalkeeper from 1999 to 2010 for Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Kidderminster Harriers, Rotherham United, Grimsby Town and Boston United. In 2010 he switched sports to cricket and made three List A cricket appearances as a professional playing for Lancashire County Cricket Club.


Football career[edit]

Montgomery was promoted to from the youth team ranks at Coventry City during the 1999–2000 season. He was part of the same impressive youth team that boasted fellow keeper Chris Kirkland. While at Coventry, Gary spent time on loan with Crewe Alexandra and Kidderminster Harriers. Montgomery signed for Rotherham United in the summer of 2003 as a young understudy for Mike Pollitt.[1] Montgomery made his debut for Rotherham as a late substitute against Crystal Palace, coming on after Pollitt had been sent off for hand ball outside of his area.[2] His second appearance came 10 days later in similar and dramatic circumstances; Rotherham were playing Arsenal in the League Cup at Highbury when Pollitt was sent off again in extra time. Montgomery came on and the game went to penalties. He saved efforts from Sylvain Wiltord and Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, and even scored a penalty himself, however Arsenal ultimately triumphed 9-8 on spot kicks.[3] He remained with the club until being released at the end of the 2006–07 season. His next port of call was to join with Grimsby Town F.C. at the start of the 2007–08 campaign as understudy to Phil Barnes, after his first season,He went on to sign a new one deal at Blundell Park for the season. On 17 March 2009, Montgomery along with Phil Barnes and Tom Newey were released by the club after they were told they were no longer needed and agreed to leave the club by mutual consent.[4]

Montgomery briefly returned to football during the 2010–11 season with Conference North side Boston United, but left the club in December 2010.

Cricket career[edit]

In the 2009, Gary switched sports from football to cricket. Montgomery appeared several times for Lancashire County Cricket Club 2nd Eleven, and signed a professional contract for the 2010 season. He played three matches for Lancashire in the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition.[5] He was released at the end of the 2010 season.[6]

Honours[edit]

Grimsby Town[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rotherham United FC News from MillersMAD. - The Definitive Rotherham United FC website
  2. ^ "Nationwide League Division One Saturday October 18th". telegraph.co.uk. 18 October 2003. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Match Report - Arsenal v Rotherham United - 28 Oct 2003". arsenal.com. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Trio Released, GTFC World, 17 March 2009. Retrieved 17 March 2009
  5. ^ "Gary Montgomery". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Allott hits out at 'silly' England after Anderson injury", Manchester Evening News, 20 October 2010, retrieved 3 June 2011 

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