|Full name||Gary Charles|
|Date of birth||13 April 1970|
|Place of birth||Newham, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Defender (retired)|
|University of Nottingham FC (Director of Football)|
|1989||→ Leicester City (loan)||8||(0)|
|1999–2002||West Ham United||5||(0)|
|2000||→ Birmingham City (loan)||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
Charles is currently the Director of Football at the University of Nottingham.
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.
Aston Villa: Football League Cup (winners) 1996