Gary Pollard

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Gary Pollard
Personal information
Full name Gary Pollard[1]
Date of birth (1959-12-30) 30 December 1959 (age 57)[1]
Place of birth Staveley, England[1]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Chesterfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1983 Chesterfield 87 (1)
1983–1984 Port Vale 18 (0)
1984–1987 Mansfield Town 67 (1)
1987–1989 Peterborough United 20 (0)
Eastwood Town (loan)
Goole Town (loan)
Total 192+ (2+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Pollard (born 30 December 1959) is an English former footballer. A defender, he scored two goals in 192 league appearances in a 12-year career in the Football League. He played for Chesterfield, Port Vale, Mansfield Town, Peterborough United, Eastwood Town, and Goole Town. He was promoted out of the Fourth Division with Mansfield in 1985–86, and won the Football League Trophy with the club in 1987. He now works at CSC in Chesterfield.

Playing career[edit]

Pollard began his career at Chesterfield, who finished ninth in the Third Division in 1977–78. Arthur Cox's "Spireites" posted a 20th-place finish in 1978–79, before finishing one place and one point outside the promotion places in 1979–80. They finished fifth in 1980–81 under the stewardship of Frank Barlow, just three points short of promotion. They dropped down to 11th spot in 1981–82, before suffering relegation in last place in 1982–83. He spent six years as a professional at Saltergate, and scored one goal in 87 league games. Pollard signed with John McGrath's Port Vale in June 1983.[1] He played 18 Third Division games in the 1983–84 season, as the "Valiants" were relegated despite an improvement under new boss John Rudge.[1] He left Vale Park and moved on to Ian Greaves's Mansfield Town on a free transfer in July 1984.[1] The "Stags" finished 14th in the Fourth Division in 1984–85, and then secured promotion with a third-place finish in 1985–86. They secured a 10th-place finish in the Third Division in 1986–87. He was a late substitute for Jason Danskin in the 1987 League Trophy Final at Wembley, and converted his penalty as Mansfield beat Bristol City in the penalty shoot-out. In his three years at Field Mill, Pollard scored two goals in 82 league and cup games. He moved on to Noel Cantwell's Peterborough United, helping the club to finish seventh in the Fourth Division in 1987–88, before new boss Mick Jones took them to a 17th-place finish in 1988–89. He only played 20 league games in his two years at London Road, and was loaned out to Northern Premier League sides Eastwood Town and Goole Town.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Gary Pollard profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chesterfield 1977–78 Third Division 19 0 0 0 2 0 21 0
1978–79 Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1979–80 Third Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1980–81 Third Division 17 0 6 0 4 0 27 0
1981–82 Third Division 17 0 2 0 1 0 20 0
1982–83 Third Division 32 1 1 0 1 0 34 1
Total 87 1 9 0 8 0 104 1
Port Vale 1983–84 Third Division 18 0 1 0 3 0 22 0
Mansfield Town 1984–85 Fourth Division 18 0 1 0 6 0 25 0
1985–86 Fourth Division 35 1 2 0 5 1 42 1
1986–87 Third Division 14 0 0 0 5 0 19 0
Total 67 1 3 0 16 1 86 2
Peterborough United 1987–88 Fourth Division 12 0 0 0 4 0 16 0
1988–89 Fourth Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 20 0 0 0 4 0 24 0
Career Total 192 2 13 0 31 1 236 3

Honours[edit]

with Mansfield Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 234. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.