Gary Shaw

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Gary Shaw
Personal information
Full name Gary Robert Shaw
Date of birth (1961-01-21) 21 January 1961 (age 55)
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1988 Aston Villa 165 (59)
1987 Blackpool (loan) 6 (0)
1988 Kjøbenhavns Boldklub 14 (4)
1988–1990 SK Austria Klagenfurt 1 (1)
1990 Walsall 9 (3)
1990 Kilmarnock 2 (0)
1990–1991 Shrewsbury Town 22 (5)
1991–1992 Ernest Borel
Total 218 (71)
National team
1981–1982 England U21 7 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Gary Shaw (born 21 January 1961) is a former English football striker who played for Aston Villa in the early 1980s. His goals helped Aston Villa win the English First Division championship in 1980–81 and the European Cup the following year - the only Birmingham-born player in the team. In 1981 he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year. He was also included in the 40-strong preliminary England World Cup squad for the 1982 finals; however, he was not picked in the final 22.

His promising Villa career was effectively ended after sustaining a knee injury in an away game at Nottingham Forest. After a heavy tackle, he was helped to his feet by Ian Bowyer and, in Shaw's words, something in his knee 'clicked'. After his recovery, he continued to play for Villa until 1987–88. I July 1988 he made his debut for Copenhagen-based Kjøbenhavns Boldklub in Denmark, moving to Klagenfurt in Austria in 1989. He finished his career off at Kilmarnock, Shrewsbury, Walsall and the Hong Kong-based Ernest Borel FC.

Shaw gained seven caps for the England under-21s.

As a boy he lived in Meriden Drive, Kingshurst, and spent hours kicking a football round on a patch of grass opposite the Punch Bowl public house known locally as 'The Island'.

He attended Kingshurst County Junior School, in School Close, followed by Kingshurst Comprehensive in Cooks Lane.

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