Paul Gallagher (footballer)

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Paul Gallagher
Paul Gallagher.jpg
Gallagher playing for Leicester City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Paul Gallagher[1]
Date of birth (1984-08-09) 9 August 1984 (age 29)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Preston North End
(on loan from Leicester City)
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2009 Blackburn Rovers 61 (6)
2005–2006 Stoke City (loan) 37 (11)
2007–2008 Preston North End (loan) 19 (1)
2008 Stoke City (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2009 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 40 (13)
2009– Leicester City 118 (25)
2012 Sheffield United (loan) 6 (1)
2013– Preston North End (loan) 16 (2)
National team
2004 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:09, 1 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Gallagher (born 9 August 1984) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a forward for Preston North End on loan from Leicester City.

Born in Glasgow, he has played in the Premier League for Blackburn Rovers, and the Football League for Stoke City (two spells), Preston North End (two spells), Plymouth Argyle Leicester City and Sheffield United. He has been capped once by the Scotland national team.

Career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Gallagher made his debut performance as a substitute in a 2–0 win over the 2001–02 Premier League champions Arsenal on 15 March 2003, as a replacement for Dwight Yorke.[3] He scored his first goal in a 4–0 win over Birmingham City in the 2003–04 season. On 21 February 2004, in an away game against Charlton Athletic, Gallagher assisted goalkeeper Brad Friedel to his only career goal from open play in the 90th minute. Friedel's goal equalised the game at 2–2, but seconds later Charlton scored again through Claus Jensen and went on to win the match 3–2.

Loan moves[edit]

He spent almost all of the 2005–06 season on loan to Stoke City. He played most of his 36 games on the left or right wing, scoring 12 goals. Against Southampton on 15 April 2006, he exchanged a one-two on the edge of the area with Adam Rooney before drilling home a thunderous thirty yard drive into the far top corner of the net. He was recalled by Blackburn in April 2006 with three games remaining in the Premier League season,[4] coming on as a late substitute in the final game of the season, being involved in the creation of the final goal of the game.

On transfer deadline day 31 August 2007, Gallagher signed a 6-month loan deal with Championship side Preston North End, after being linked with a return to Stoke.[5] He scored once during his spell at Preston, scoring the winner in a 1–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.[6] The following January, he moved from Blackburn back to Stoke City on loan again until summer of 2008.[7] Then-manager Tony Pulis however, was not impressed with Gallagher, remarking he "hasn't done as well as the other players."[8]

On 30 August 2008, Gallagher signed on loan for the rest of the 2008–09 season with Plymouth Argyle,[9] making his debut that same day at Turf Moor against Blackburn's fierce local rivals, Burnley. Although Blackburn Rovers appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager in December 2008,[10] Plymouth was allowed to keep Gallagher for the remainder of his loan.[11] He was a huge impact for the club, scoring 13 goals in 40 league games. Gallagher was hopeful that he would secure a permanent deal with Plymouth after resigning himself to the fact that he was not wanted at Blackburn.[12] Seeing his return to Blackburn as a fresh start,[13] Gallagher was informed by Sam Allardyce he could yet have a future at the club.[14]

Leicester City[edit]

Gallagher playing for Leicester City against Cardiff City in 2010

On 21 August 2009, Gallagher signed a three-year deal with Leicester City for an undisclosed fee.[15] Handed the number 24 shirt, Gallagher was "delighted to be here and can't wait to get started."[16] He scored his first two goals for Leicester in a 2–0 win over Crystal Palace on 20 October 2009, coming on as a half-time substitute for Lloyd Dyer.[17] Gallagher failed to score for 17 games before bagging a hat-trick and assisting a goal in a 5–1 win over Scunthorpe United on 13 February 2010.[18] Leaving the field to a standing ovation 7 minutes from the final whistle,[19] it was his first ever professional hat-trick.[20] On 27 February, Gallagher scored from a free-kick in a 3–0 win over Nottingham Forest.[21] His fine form earned him the Championship Player of the Month award for February.[22]

On 12 March 2011, Gallagher made 3 assists as Leicester beat Scunthorpe 3–0 at Glanford Park,[23] earning praise from manager Sven-Göran Eriksson, who believed "he is not far from Beckham in terms of his delivery of set-pieces."[24] He signed a contract extension with the club on 15 March 2011, which would last until the summer of 2015.[25] Gallagher scored two goals in Leicester's 3–0 win over Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on 20 November 2011.[26]

In September 2012 Gallagher joined Sheffield United on a month-long loan.[27] He made six appearances for the South Yorkshire club, scoring once during a 2–1 win at Hartlepool United.[28] Despite United seeking to extend his temporary deal, Gallagher returned to his parent club in October.[28]

On Wednesday October 30th 2013 Gallagher re-joined former club Preston North End on loan until January 2nd 2014. Gallagher made his debut on the 2nd November against Tranmere and then scored a hatrick in his next game against Barnet in the F.A cup.[29]

International[edit]

Gallagher's form for Blackburn Rovers in January 2004 impressed then-manager of Scotland Berti Vogts, who described him as "very quick, strong and with good body movement."[30] He made his international debut on 18 February 2004, as a 67th minute substitute in a 4–0 defeat against Wales.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 1 January 2014[32]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2002–03 Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04 26 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 3
2004–05 16 2 4 0 1 1 0 0 21 3
2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 16 1 2 1 0 0 4 0 22 2
2007–08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008–09 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2009–10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Stoke City (loan) 2005–06 Championship 37 11 3 1 0 0 0 0 40 12
Preston North End (loan) 2007–08 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
Stoke City (loan) 2007–08 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2008–09 40 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 41 13
Leicester City 2009–10 41 7 2 0 1 0 2 0 46 7
2010–11 41 10 2 1 4 0 0 0 47 11
2011–12 28 8 4 0 2 2 0 0 34 10
2012–13 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Sheffield United (loan) 2012–13 League One 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Preston North End (loan) 2013–14 7 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 8 4
Career total 294 58 20 6 11 3 6 0 331 64

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 19. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Paul Gallagher". Premier League. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Foxes sign Blackburn's Gallagher". BBC Sport. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Rovers recall Gallagher from loan". BBC Sport. 24 April 2006. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Preston capture Gallagher on loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. 
  6. ^ "Preston 1–0 Sheffield Wednesday". BBC. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Stoke sign Whelan and Gallagher". BBC Sport. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  8. ^ "Pulis not impressed by Gallagher". BBC Sport. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  9. ^ Argyle Move For Gallagher
  10. ^ "Argyle await Gallagher loan news". BBC Sport. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  11. ^ "Gallagher to stay with Plymouth". BBC Sport. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Gallagher open to Argyle stay". Sky Sports. 14 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Gallagher returns to 'new club'". BBC Sport. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  14. ^ "Gallagher wins Rovers reprieve". Sky Sports. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  15. ^ "Gallagher Signs". www.LCFC.co.uk. Leicester City F.C. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "New man can't wait". www.LCFC.co.uk. Leicester City F.C. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Leicester 2–0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  18. ^ "Leicester 5–1 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  19. ^ "Pearson hails Gallagher". Sky Sports. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  20. ^ "Pearson Praises Gallagher Masterclass". LCFC.com. 13 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  21. ^ "Leicester 3–0 Nottm Forest". BBC Sport. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  22. ^ "Leicester City's Pearson and Gallagher win awards". BBC Sport. 6 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  23. ^ "Scunthorpe 0 – 3 Leicester". BBC Sport. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  24. ^ "Eriksson applauds Gallagher display". Yahoo! Eurosport. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  25. ^ "Gallagher signs extended Leicester City contract". BBC Sport. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  26. ^ "Leicester 3 – 0 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 20 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  27. ^ "Leicester City's Paul Gallagher joins Sheffield United on loan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  28. ^ a b "Blades dealt keeper blow". The Sheffield Star. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  29. ^ "Gallagher Re-Joins Lilywhites". www.pnefc.net. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  30. ^ "Gallagher to receive Scots call". BBC Sport. 16 January 2004. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  31. ^ "Wales 4–0 Scotland". BBC Sport. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  32. ^ "Paul Gallagher". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 

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