Gary Borrowdale

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Gary Borrowdale
Personal information
Full name Gareth Ian Borrowdale[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-16) 16 July 1985 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Worcester Park, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Greenwich Borough
Youth career
000?–2002 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Crystal Palace 98 (0)
2007–2009 Coventry City 21 (0)
2008 Colchester United (loan) 4 (0)
2008–2009 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 0 (0)
2009–2013 Queens Park Rangers 22 (0)
2009 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 12 (0)
2010 Charlton Athletic (loan) 12 (0)
2011 Carlisle United (loan) 1 (0)
2011 Barnet (loan) 11 (0)
2013 Carrick Rangers
2013 Tonbridge Angels 5 (0)
2013–2014 Margate
2014 Gillingham 0 (0)
2014– Greenwich Borough
National team
2001 England U16 2 (0)
2001–2002 England U17 7 (0)
2002 England U18 1 (0)
2003–2004 England U19 3 (0)
2004–2005 England U20 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:38, 30 September 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 03:13, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Gareth Ian "Gary" Borrowdale (born 16 July 1985) is an English footballer who plays for Greenwich Borough. A left-sided player, Borrowdale plays as a left-back. He has also been known to operate as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Borrowdale began his career at Crystal Palace, and made his debut aged 17 in December 2002. He gave a good performance and made a regular place for himself in the first team, quickly making the transition to first-team football and becoming a regular member of the first XI. At just age 21 he made his 100th appearance for Palace, and looked to have a big future, collecting the club's "Young Player of the Year" award to cap some strong performances in the 2006–07 season. However, this would be his last at Selhurst Park. With his contract expired, he opted to join former Palace boss Iain Dowie to Coventry City, for a tribunal fee of £650k.

At Coventry his career has stuttered somewhat, with the team struggling and Dowie sacked, resulting in Borrowdale spending most of the season on the sidelines. In September 2008, he joined Colchester United on a month-long emergency loan. He started his first match for Colchester on 26 September.

On 23 November 2008, he became Queens Park Rangers manager Paulo Sousa's first loan signing since taking over at Loftus Road. He signed with the club on a permanent contract on 2 January 2009.[2]

Borrowdale was loaned out by QPR on a number of occasions. He joined League One side Brighton & Hove Albion on loan for the remainder of the season on 6 March 2009, after an injury to first choice left-back Jim McNulty,[3] making 12 appearances for Brighton. On 18 March 2010, he joined League One club Charlton Athletic on a 28-day emergency loan. On 8 February 2011, he agreed a one-month loan deal with another League One Carlisle United, and made his debut on the same day in a 3–0 defeat at Huddersfield Town. On 30 September 2011, he joined League Two club Barnet on an emergency loan deal.[4]

On 21 May 2012, Queens Park Rangers announced that Borrowdale would be leaving the club when his contract expired at the end of June.[5]

On 21 February 2013, Borrowdale signed for IFA Championship 1 club Carrick Rangers until the end of the 2012–13 season.[6]

On 8 November 2013, he signed for Isthmian League club Margate.

Borrowdale returned to professional football at the end of January 2014 when he signed for Gillingham.[7] He was released by the club at the end of the 2013–14 season, without ever having played a match for them.[8]

On 5 August 2014, Borrowdale signed for Greenwich Borough. [9] In May 2016, he took up a coaching role at the club.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 58. ISBN 1-85291-651-6. 
  2. ^ "QPR sign Routledge and Borrowdale". BBC Sport. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Albion Borrow Borrowdale, Seagulls World, 6 March 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009
  4. ^ "Bees Borrow Borrowdale". BBC Sport. 2 January 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2009. 
  5. ^ "HILL OFFERED NEW DEAL". QPR site. 21 May 2012. Archived from the original on 23 June 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Gers sign Borrowdale
  7. ^ "Transfer window: Gillingham sign Gary Borrowdale and Joe Pigott". BBC. 30 January 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Gillingham FC announce retained list". Gillingham F.C. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ New Role for Gary Borrowdale and Greenwich Borough

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