Martin Gray (footballer)

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Martin Gray
Personal information
Date of birth (1971-08-17) 17 August 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Sunderland 54 (1)
1991 Aldershot (loan) 5 (0)
1995 Fulham (loan) 6 (0)
1996–1999 Oxford United 121 (4)
1999–2001 Darlington 67 (0)
Total 253 (5)
Teams managed
2006 Darlington (joint caretaker with Neil Maddison)
2009 Darlington (caretaker)
2010 Oldham Athletic (caretaker)
2012– Darlington 1883
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Martin Gray (born 17 August 1971) is an English former footballer, turned manager. He is currently manager at Darlington 1883, having been on two occasions caretaker manager at Darlington and once at Oldham Athletic. He currently runs his own football academy.


Born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, His main position was in midfield, but has played in all outfield positions during his career. He signed as a trainee to Sunderland in 1990 and stayed with them until 1996 when he made a £100,000 transfer to Oxford United. In 2001 Darlington agreed to end his playing contract so he could concentrate on being reserve and youth team coach on a full-time basis.

On Saturday 30 September 2006, David Hodgson was suspended by the club following a run of poor results and a possible approach from Bournemouth, leaving Gray and Neil Maddison in joint caretaker charge for up to two weeks while an internal investigation was carried out. Hodgson was subsequently dismissed shortly after. Former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney took over the manager's job with Gray as his assistant. Neil Maddison took over his job as youth team coach but he continued his role as reserve team coach along with his assistant managerial role. He took over as caretaker manager again on 1 May 2009 after Penney took the managerial role at Oldham Athletic,[1] before joining up with Penney again as his assistant at Oldham. Gray took over as caretaker manager for the final game of season 2009–10 after Penney left the club.[2] Gray left Oldham on 2 June 2010 after being unsuccessful in his application for the full-time manager's position.[3]

On 17 June 2010, he registered a new business Martin Gray Football Academy Ltd based from his Skeringham Manor address in Darlington.

On 12 June 2011, he represented Sunderland in the Northern Masters along with other ex-professionals.

Martin Gray now runs a football academy at King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK.

He was appointed as manager of Darlington 1883 in May 2012.[4]




  1. ^ "Gray urges Quakers football focus". BBC Sport. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Manager Dave Penney parts company with Oldham". BBC Sport. 6 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gray leaves Latics". Oldaham Athletic official website. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Quakers Name New Management Team". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 

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