Gary McSheffrey

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Gary McSheffrey
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McSheffrey in 2008
Personal information
Full name Gary McSheffrey
Date of birth (1982-08-13) 13 August 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current team
Doncaster Rovers
Number 7
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2006 Coventry City 143 (44)
2001 IK Brage (loan) 6 (0)
2001–2002 Stockport County (loan) 5 (1)
2003 Luton Town (loan) 18 (8)
2004 Luton Town (loan) 5 (1)
2006–2010 Birmingham City 83 (16)
2009 Nottingham Forest (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Leeds United (loan) 10 (1)
2010–2013 Coventry City 104 (17)
2013–2014 Chesterfield 9 (1)
2014–2016 Scunthorpe United 75 (12)
2016 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 7 (1)
2016– Doncaster Rovers 0 (0)
National team
1999–2000 England U18 3 (0)
2002 England U20 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:37, 23 April 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:27, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Gary McSheffrey (born 13 August 1982) is an English professional footballer who plays for Doncaster Rovers. He began his career as a striker but eventually became a left-winger. He has made more than 450 appearances in the Football League and Premier League, including 247 for Coventry City, where he became the youngest player ever to play in the Premier League.

McSheffrey began his professional career with Coventry City, and has previously played for Stockport County, Luton Town, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United before returning to Coventry in 2010. Released in September 2013, he signed for Chesterfield later that month. In January 2014 he signed for Scunthorpe United on a free transfer until the end of the 2013–14 season. McSheffrey has played internationally for England three times at both under-18 and under-20 level.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Coventry City[edit]

McSheffrey was born in Coventry, and began his football career at home town club Coventry City. When he made his first-team debut against local rivals Aston Villa at the age of 16 years and 198 days on 27 February 1999, a game that Coventry won 4–1, he became the youngest player ever to play in the Premier League. He held the record for over four years until Aaron Lennon made his Leeds United debut at a younger age in August 2003.[1] During his time at Coventry he spent loan spells at Luton Town, Stockport County,[2] and Swedish side IK Brage.[3] He won England under-18 and under-20 honours.[citation needed]

Playing primarily on the left wing in the 2005–06 season, McSheffrey ended up among the top scorers in the Football League Championship with 15 league goals. It was form like this that brought him to the attention of local rivals Birmingham City during the summer of 2006. After weeks of bidding, Coventry accepted an offer valued at £4 million.[4] This has since been estimated at £2.3m cash with a further £1.3m depending on promotion and appearances.[5] The deal was completed on 16 August 2006, and McSheffrey became a Birmingham City player three days after his 24th birthday.[6]

Birmingham City[edit]

McSheffrey scored his first hat-trick for his new club in a league match against Preston North End on 9 December 2006.[7] On 2 December 2007 he converted a penalty in Birmingham's 3–2 win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane to score his first goal in the Premier League.[8] In March 2009, he joined Nottingham Forest on loan for an initial period of 29 days.[9]

Due to his need for surgery on a persistent knee injury, he was reported to have returned to Birmingham,[10] but manager Alex McLeish confirmed he was still on loan at Forest.[11] Told in August 2009 that he was free to find another club,[12] and frustrated by lack of opportunity,[13] McSheffrey made just one start and four substitute appearances in the 2009–10 Premier League.[14]

Leeds United (loan)[edit]

On 29 January 2010, McSheffrey joined Leeds United of Football League One on loan for the remainder of the season.[15] He made his debut the following day, producing a man-of-the-match performance on the left wing in Leeds' 2–0 League home win against Colchester United. In an interview after the game McSheffrey said "there'd be no better club to be with at Championship level" should Leeds succeed in gaining promotion.[16]

Ineligible for an FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur, McSheffrey returned to the starting line-up for the 2–2 draw with Hartlepool United.[14] He started on the left wing for Leeds against Carlisle United in the Football League Trophy Northern Final second leg. Leeds won the game 3–2, but ended up losing the tie after losing the penalty shootout 6–5, with McSheffrey converting one of the penalties for Leeds.[citation needed]

He scored his first and only goal for Leeds against Walsall after his mis-hit cross eluded goalkeeper Clayton Ince, but Walsall won 2–1 to inflict Leeds' first home defeat in more than a year.[17] McSheffrey was dropped to the bench against Oldham Athletic and replaced in the starting line-up by Aidan White, but after White suffered an injury McSheffrey returned to Leeds' starting line-up against Huddersfield Town. McSheffrey earned promotion with Leeds to the Championship, after finishing as runners up in League One.[citation needed]

Return to Coventry City[edit]

In May 2010, Birmingham City announced that McSheffrey was one of five players to be released when their contracts expired at the end of June.[18] He agreed to return to Championship club Coventry City, where he agreed a one-year deal, with the option of a further year, to begin on 1 July 2010.[19]

His return to Coventry was a largely disappointing spell in his career, despite being a regular starter, fans felt that his best years were past him. McSheffrey was one of eight players told in June 2013 that they did not feature in manager Steven Pressley's future plans,[20] and one of five who had to train on their own during pre-season.[21] On 3 September, his contract was cancelled.[22]

Chesterfield[edit]

Ten days later, he signed a four-month contract with League Two club Chesterfield.[23]

Scunthorpe United[edit]

On 14 January 2014, McSheffrey signed for Scunthorpe United until the end of the 2013–14 season.[24] McSheffrey made his United debut on 9 August 2014, in a 3–1 defeat against Swindon Town.[25] He made his home debut the following week, in a 4–0 defeat to Preston North End,[26] and scored his first goal for the club on 30 August 2015 in a 2–1 win against Walsall.[27] He played 37 times for United in the league that season, scoring four goals,[28] as they finished 16th behind Oldham Athletic by one point.[citation needed]

On 23 March 2016, McSheffrey signed for fellow League One club Doncaster Rovers on loan until the end of the season.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 March 2016
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 1998–99[30] Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1999–2000[31] Premier League 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0
2000–01[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001–02[33] First Division 8 1 0 0 1 0 9 1
2002–03[34] First Division 29 4 2 0 2 4 33 8
2003–04[35] First Division 19 11 3 1 0 0 22 12
2004–05[2] Championship 37 12 2 2 2 0 41 14
2005–06[36] Championship 43 15 3 1 2 1 48 17
2006–07[37] Championship 3 1 3 1
Total 143 44 10 4 9 5 162 53
IK Brage (loan) 2001[3] Superettan 6 0 6 0
Stockport County (loan) 2001–02[33] First Division 5 1 5 1
Luton Town (loan) 2003–04[35] Second Division 18 8 0 0 1 1 0 0 19 9
2004–05[2] League One 5 1 0 0 5 1
Total 23 9 0 0 1 1 0 0 24 10
Birmingham City 2006–07[37] Championship 40 13 3 1 2 2 45 16
2007–08[38] Premier League 32 3 1 0 1 1 34 4
2008–09[39] Championship 6 0 0 0 2 0 8 0
2009–10[14] Premier League 5 0 2 0 2 0 9 0
Total 83 16 6 1 7 3 96 20
Nottingham Forest (loan) 2008–09[39] Championship 4 0 4 0
Leeds United (loan) 2009–10[14] League One 10 1 1[a] 0 11 1
Coventry City 2010–11[40] Championship 33 8 2 0 0 0 35 8
2011–12[41] Championship 39 8 1 1 1 0 41 9
2012–13[42] League One 32 1 3 1 3 0 5[a] 0 43 2
2013–14[28] League One 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 104 17 6 2 4 0 5 0 119 19
Chesterfield 2013–14[28] League Two 9 1 1 0 2[a] 1 12 2
Scunthorpe United 2013–14[28] League Two 13 0 13 0
2014–15[43] League One 41 7 5 2 2 0 2[a] 1 50 10
2015–16[44] League One 26 5 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 28 5
Total 80 12 6 2 2 0 3 1 91 15
Doncaster Rovers 2015–16[44] League One 0 0 0 0
Career total 467 101 29 9 23 9 11 2 530 121
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Football League Trophy

Personal life[edit]

McSheffrey has coached children in the Coventry area via the Soccer Rockz football coaching programme, in association with Coventry City Football Club (CCFC).[45]

A former pupil of Bishop Ullathorne School,[citation needed] McSheffrey is a Roman Catholic.[46]

References[edit]

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  45. ^ "Meet The Coaches". Soccer Rockz. Archived from the original on 12 January 2010. 
  46. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF). Coventry Catholic Deanery. December 2010. p. 4. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 

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