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'''Gary Michael Thomas Doherty''' (born 31 January 1980) is an Irish [[association football|footballer]] who plays for [[Charlton Athletic F.C.|Charlton Athletic]]. He plays as defender.<ref>Goodley, Simon. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/football_league/article7079440.ece Gary Doherty demands Easter legs from Norwich]. From The Times. 29 March 2010.</ref>
 
'''Gary Michael Thomas Doherty''' (born 31 January 1980) is an Irish [[association football|footballer]] who plays for [[Charlton Athletic F.C.|Charlton Athletic]]. He plays as defender.<ref>Goodley, Simon. [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/football_league/article7079440.ece Gary Doherty demands Easter legs from Norwich]. From The Times. 29 March 2010.</ref>
   
Doherty played international football for the [[Republic of Ireland national football team|Republic of Ireland]] but has not been in the squad under manager [[Giovanni Trapattoni]]. He began his career at [[Luton Town F.C.|Luton Town]] before having a period with [[Tottenham Hotspur F.C.|Tottenham Hotspur]] in the [[Premier League]].
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Doherty played international football for the [[Republic of Ireland national football team|Republic of Ireland]] but has not been in the squad under manager [[Giovanni Trapattoni]]. He began his career at cork city f.c before moving onto cobh ramblers in 2003. Gary now works as a painter in the west of Ireland.
   
 
==Club career==
 
==Club career==

Revision as of 11:55, 2 November 2011

Gary Doherty
Gary Doherty.jpg
Doherty playing for Norwich City
Personal information
Full name Gary Michael Thomas Doherty[1]
Date of birth (1980-01-31) 31 January 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Carndonagh, Republic of Ireland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Defender, Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Charlton Athletic
Number 12
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Luton Town 71 (12)
2000–2004 Tottenham Hotspur 64 (4)
2004–2010 Norwich City 202 (12)
2010– Charlton Athletic 32 (0)
National team
2000–2005 Republic of Ireland 34 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:03, 13 March 2011 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 October 2006

Gary Michael Thomas Doherty (born 31 January 1980) is an Irish footballer who plays for Charlton Athletic. He plays as defender.[2]

Doherty played international football for the Republic of Ireland but has not been in the squad under manager Giovanni Trapattoni. He began his career at cork city f.c before moving onto cobh ramblers in 2003. Gary now works as a painter in the west of Ireland.

Club career

Luton Town

Born in Carndonagh, County Donegal, Doherty started his league career with Luton Town in 1997. He made 84 appearances in total over less than three seasons with the Hatters and became a Republic of Ireland international.

Tottenham Hopspur

He was bought by Luton old boy David Pleat then Director of Football at Tottenham Hotspur for £1million in March 2000. The player made his Spurs debut as a substitute in a 3–1 defeat at Manchester United in May 2000. He played in the team regularly during December 2000 but the following season started badly when he broke his leg in a League Cup match against Torquay in September. He returned before the end of the season but found it hard to break back into the side.

At Tottenham, Doherty eventually settled into a defensive role, and although he enjoyed probably his best spell after the turn of the year in 2003–04, he did not manage to consistently reach the form he exhibited before breaking his leg. He was eventually sold by Tottenham's new management team of Frank Arnesen and Jacques Santini at the start of the 2004–05 season to newly promoted Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

Norwich City

At Norwich City his career started well, with him having a regular place at the heart of the defence, but he lost his place in February to Jason Shackell and Norwich were eventually relegated. The following season, however, saw Doherty established as a regular choice at centre-back and his form and consistency improved considerably. Although Norwich had a difficult and disappointing 2005–06 season, the supporters recognised Doherty's contribution by voting him Norwich City player of the year.

Doherty signed a new contract at Carrow Road until summer 2008. The 2007–08 season also started off poorly for Doherty and was injured for 2 months in October.< Doherty's contract expired, but he signed a new two year deal on July 1.[3] He subsequently announced that his new squad number, 12, instead of 27 is intended to bring him luck:[4]

"It's all about superstition. Since I came to Norwich, my goal tally's been rubbish really. I used to wear 12 at Luton and Tottenham, and I used to be quite free-scoring during those times."

During the Canaries' 2008–09 pre-season tour, Doherty picked up an ankle injury that ruled him out for the first three months of the season. Having returned to the side, he scored his first league goal for more than three years on Boxing Day 2008 in a 3–1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Although Doherty was given the captaincy at the start of the 2009–10 season by Bryan Gunn, new manager Paul Lambert dropped him from the role immediately; and he was told he had no long term future at the club. However due to injuries Lambert was forced to recall Doherty to the side and after this Doherty remained in the side for the rest of the season. He formed tight defensive partnerships with both Michael Nelson and Jens Berthel Askou and also scored seven goals in the process helping Norwich City to the League one title.

Doherty was named "man of the match" following Norwich's game against Leeds United on 27 March 2010.[5]

At the end of the 2009/10 season Doherty was named 3rd in the player of the season award list, but on 14 May 2010 it was announced that he had been released by Norwich City.

Charlton Athletic

On 5 July 2010 it was announced that Gary Doherty had signed for Charlton Athletic after being released on a free transfer by Norwich City.

International career

Doherty moved with his family to Luton in England at the age of six, but he came through the youth system of his native country, being part of the UEFA Under-18 Championship winning side in 1998, and the Under-20 side that got to the quarter-finals of the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Doherty has usually played as a striker for his country, and made his debut against Greece in April 2000. He was becoming a regular in the squad when he broke his leg in September 2001. He recovered in April 2002, scoring his first international goal against the United States, but he missed out on the squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals. Doherty has since featured again in the squad and has scored 4 goals in 34 appearances.

Statistics

Club

Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup FA Trophy Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1997/98 Luton Town Second Division 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1998/99 20 6 2 0 1 0 1 0 24 6
1999/00 40 6 5 2 2 1 1 0 48 9
1999/00 Tottenham Hotspur Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2000/01 22 3 5 3 0 0 0 0 27 6
2001/02 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2002/03 15 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 18 1
2003/04 17 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 22 1
2004/05 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2004/05 Norwich City Premier League 20 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 23 2
2005/06 Championship 42 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 46 0
2006/07 34 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 39 0
2007/08 34 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 39 1
2008/09 34 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 36 3
2009/10 League One 40 6 1 0 1 0 2 0 44 6
2010/11 Charlton Athletic League One 30 0 4 0 1 0 3 0 38 0

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In popular culture

Doherty is affectionately known by many fans as either "The Doc" or "Ginger Pele" (which was immortalised by the publication of the football song/chants book: One Ginger Pele).

Most recently Doherty has become the inspiration for a song by Norfolk band "We Can't Dance". The track, titled with the players name, makes reference to newspapers giving Doherty a hard time and has a chorus consisting of his name, ending with the line "I don't care what they say about you anyway".[7]

As a result of this song, Ireland’s You Boys in Green football magazine and website campaigned to make “Gary Doherty,” top the charts in honour of the 2010 World Cup and to promote the Singing Section in the new Aviva stadium. YBIG met with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, to negotiate allocation of 1,000 seats reserved for this section.

References

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Fotheringham
Norwich City Captain
2009
Succeeded by
Grant Holt
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Darren Huckerby
Norwich City Player of the Season
2005/06
Succeeded by
Darren Huckerby

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