Gary Rogers

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Gary Rogers
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Gary Rogers in action for Dundalk in the 2015 League of Ireland
Personal information
Full name Gary Rogers
Date of birth (1981-09-25) 25 September 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Drogheda, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Manchester
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2001 Shelbourne 0 (0)
2000–2001 St Francis (loan) 23 (0)
2001–2005 Drogheda United 128 (0)
2006 Dublin City 16 (0)
2006 Bray Wanderers 7 (0)
2007–2008 Galway United 62 (0)
2009–2011 St Patrick's Athletic 96 (0)
2012–2014 Sligo Rovers 83 (0)
2015– Dundalk 60 (0)
National team
2010 League of Ireland XI 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Rogers (born 25 September 1981 in County Louth, Ireland) is an Irish professional footballer playing as a goalkeeper for Dundalk in the League of Ireland. He has also been called up for the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Career[edit]

Shelbourne[edit]

Rogers played with St Francis when he was younger and was spotted by Dermot Keely and was brought to the Shelbourne youth team. While with the youth team, he had a trial at Stockport County. He did not get a contract and upon his return he never made a first-team appearance for Shelbourne. He played for St Francis in the First Division for one season in 2000–01.

Drogheda United[edit]

At the age of 21 he moved to Drogheda United. He was a regular in the first team helping the club to promotion to the top flight in his first season and was the main factor in the Drogheda brilliant defensive record. He picked up his first medal in Senior football when he was part of the Drogheda FAI Cup winning squad in 2005, albeit as reserve keeper after Dan Connor replaced him as the club's first choice keeper that year.

Dublin City & Bray Wanderers[edit]

Disappointed with a lack of first-team appearances, he joined Dermot Keely's Dublin City in December 2005. However six months into his contract Dublin City pulled out of the League of Ireland and Rogers was without a club. He subsequently signed for Bray Wanderers. He stayed at Bray until the start of the 2007 season.

Galway United[edit]

He signed for Galway United in February 2007, who were newly promoted to the Premier Division. Upon his signing, manager Tony Cousins said of Rogers: "Gary is a top class goalkeeper, has a lot of experience in the League of Ireland and I'm delighted to add a player of his ability to the team." Rogers became the first-choice goalkeeper and helped the Tribesmen stay up in his first season with the club. However, Cousins was sacked at the start of the 2008 season. New manager Jeff Kenna came in April and Galway's form improved in the latter part of the season, and clean sheets against Finn Harps and UCD, who were both subsequently relegated, helped the Tribesmen stay up.

St Patrick's Athletic[edit]

Rogers followed Jeff Kenna to Dublin side St Patrick's Athletic at the beginning of the 2009 season. Saints goalkeeper Barry Ryan moved in the opposite direction vacating the goalkeepers' jersey. Kenna was sacked after a poor start with the club. Rogers remained at the club for the following season under Pete Mahon and was voted Player of the Month for March 2010 having kept clean sheets in the opening five games if the season.[1] Rogers was part of the League of Ireland XI side that played Manchester United in the opening game at the Aviva Stadium.[2] Rogers was voted by the Ultras group the 'Shed End Invincibles' as their Player of the Year.[3] He re-signed for the Saints on 30 November 2010.[4]

Rogers was part of St. Patrick's European run in 2009, which saw the club reach the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League play-off round keeping clean sheets against Valletta F.C. and FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. Two years later Pats again played 3 rounds in the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League where he kept clean sheets against Íþróttabandalag Vestmannaeyja and FC Shakhter Karagandy.

Gary made his 100th appearance for the Saints against Dundalk on 13 June 2011.

Sligo Rovers[edit]

In December 2011 Rogers signed for Sligo Rovers and has established himself as the club's number 1 [1]. He helped the club to a first league title in 35 years in 2012 playing every league game until after the title was secured. 2013 saw him play Champions League football for the first time as Rovers were beaten by Molde of Norway. He kept a career best 26 clean sheets during the season.

Dundalk[edit]

Rogers signed for Dundalk in November 2014. In his first season, he won both the Premier Division and the FAI Cup. He also appeared in the qualifying rounds of the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League as Dundalk went out to BATE Borisov. He was part of the Dundalk side that made Irish footballing history by reaching the play-off round of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League, where they lost 3–1 on aggregate to Polish side Legia Warsaw, dropping into the group stages of the Europa League as a result.

International career[edit]

In May 2016, Rogers was added to the Republic of Ireland squad for their friendly against the Netherlands as back-up due to the unavailability of Keiren Westwood and David Forde.[5] He was again called up by Martin O'Neill for a friendly with Oman and a World Cup qualifier against Serbia.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Rogers is a native of Navan in County Meath. He grew up playing gaelic football for his local club, St. Ultan's.[7] A three-month ban following an altercation with a referee playing for St. Ultan's resulted in him deciding to concentrate on a football career at the age of 17. [7] When his then League of Ireland club, Dublin City, went out of existence in 2006, Rogers returned to playing gaelic football and appeared in two National Football League games for Meath before being offered a contract at Galway United and deciding to resume his professional football career.

Honours[edit]

Drogheda United
Dundalk
St Patrick's Athletic
Sligo Rovers

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Correct as of 18 November 2016. 'Other' includes Setanta Cup and Leinster Senior Cup.

Season Club League League FAI Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2000–01 St Francis League of Ireland 23 0 1 0 0 0 24 0
2001–02 Drogheda United League of Ireland 32 0 2 0 2 0 36 0
2002–03 27 0 1 0 0 0 28 0
2003 36 0 4 0 2 0 42 0
2004 28 0 7 0 2 0 37 0
2005 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Club Total 128 0 14 0 6 0 148 0
2006 Dublin City League of Ireland 16 0 2 0 1 0 19 0
2006 Bray Wanderers League of Ireland 7 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2007 Galway United League of Ireland 31 0 2 0 2 0 35 0
2008 31 0 5 0 2 0 38 0
Club Total 62 0 7 0 4 0 73 0
2009 St Patrick's Athletic League of Ireland 27 0 5 0 0 0 6 0 38 0
2010 35 0 5 0 0 0 3 0 43 0
2011 34 0 4 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 46 0
Club Total 96 0 14 0 0 0 12 0 5 0 127 0
2012 Sligo Rovers League of Ireland 24 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 30 0
2013 32 0 5 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 45 0
2014 27 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 3 0 35 0
Club Total 83 0 7 0 3 0 8 0 9 0 110 0
2015 Dundalk League of Ireland 31 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 37 0
2016 29 0 1 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 39 0
Club Total 60 0 4 0 0 0 11 0 1 0 76 0
Total 475 0 49 0 14 0 31 0 15 0 584 0

Sources[edit]

  • DUFC A Claret and Blue History by Brian Whelan (2010)

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