Gary Fleming

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Gary Fleming
Personal information
Full name James Gary Fleming
Date of birth (1967-02-17) 17 February 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Derry, Northern Ireland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Nottingham Forest 74 (0)
1989 Manchester City 14 (0)
1989–1990 Notts County (loan) 3 (0)
1989–1996 Barnsley 239 (0)
National team
1986–1994 Northern Ireland 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Fleming (born 17 February 1967) is a retired footballer from Derry, Northern Ireland. He played for Nottingham Forest, Manchester City and Barnsley before retiring aged 30 due to injury. Following his retirement, he became a physiotherapist for Forest and later opened his own private practice.


He started his career as a youth at Tristar Boys F.C. and later signed for Derry Athletic under the tutelage of coach Jim O'Hea with whom he went to Limavady United. There, he caught the eye of Nottingham Forest and in 1983 he signed a contract with them. His début was against Arsenal on 13 April 1985. He was sold to Manchester City in 1989 for a fee of £150,000, but spent only one year there before he was sold to Barnsley for £85,000.

He played 31 times for Northern Ireland between 1986 and 1994, with his last game coming against Austria. His career ended at the age of 30 due to an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.[1]


Following his retirement, he became a physiotherapist and worked as Forest's physio for ten years until 2007.[2][3] During his spell at Forest, he studied at the University of Nottingham and graduated with a BSc (Hons).[3]

Currently, he runs his own private practice, called The Gary Fleming Practice, which opened in 2009 with centres in Nottingham and Harrogate.[3] Fleming is one of 15 specialists in the UK to practice the Intramuscular Stimulation method.[3]


  1. ^ "The Gary Fleming Practice". Derry Journal. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Gary Fleming remembers the horror of Hillsborough". Derry Journal. 17 April 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "About Us". The Gary Fleming Practice. 

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