Gary Charles

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Gary Charles
Personal information
Full name Gary Charles
Date of birth (1970-04-13) 13 April 1970 (age 45)
Place of birth Newham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Club information
Current team
University of Nottingham FC (Director of Football)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1993 Nottingham Forest 56 (1)
1989 Leicester City (loan) 8 (0)
1993–1995 Derby County 61 (3)
1995–1999 Aston Villa 79 (3)
1999 Benfica 4 (1)
1999–2002 West Ham United 5 (0)
2000 Birmingham City (loan) 3 (0)
Total 216 (8)
National team
1989–1991 England U21 6 (0)
1991 England 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Charles (born 13 April 1970 in Newham, London) is an English former footballer who played at right-back.

Playing career[edit]

Charles won two caps for the England team and turned out at club level for Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Aston Villa, S.L. Benfica, and finally West Ham United. Charles was famously fouled by Paul Gascoigne in the 1991 FA Cup Final. This was the challenge that caused Gascoigne's cruciate ligaments to tear, forcing him out of the game for several months.

Coaching career[edit]

In October 2011, Charles joined Lincoln City as Assistant Manager alongside manager David Holdsworth.

Charles is currently the Director of Football at the University of Nottingham.

Personal life[edit]

After the end of his playing career, Charles struggled with alcoholism. He however overcame these difficulties and has since attained his UEFA A Coaching licence and forged a successful career as a coach.


Nottingham Forest

Aston Villa: Football League Cup (winners) 1996


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