Gary Silk

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Gary Silk
Personal information
Full name Gary Lee Silk
Date of birth (1984-09-13) 13 September 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Newport, Isle of Wight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Right Back
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
(first team physiotherapist)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Portsmouth 0 (0)
2003–2004Barnet (loan) 1 (0)
2004–2005Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 22 (0)
2006Boston United (loan) 14 (0)
2006–2008 Notts County 63 (2)
2008–2011 Mansfield Town 102 (2)
2011–2012 Grimsby Town 24 (0)
2012–2013 Boston United 26 (0)
2013 Boston United 7 (0)
Total 259 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gary Lee Silk (born 13 September 1984) is an English former professional footballer who now is on the medical staff at Premier League side Leicester City where he is a physiotherapist for the first team.

As a player, he was a right back who played between 2003 and 2013 for Portsmouth, Barnet, Wycombe Wanderers, Boston United, Notts County, Mansfield Town and Grimsby Town.



Born in Newport, Isle of Wight, Silk started his career as a youth player at Portsmouth. He made his professional debut as a player in December 2003 whilst on loan at Barnet, and since spent much of season 2004/05 on loan at Wycombe Wanderers. He was a presence in Wycombe's quarter-final Football League Trophy run of 2004–05.

Notts County[edit]

At the end of the 2005–06 season he was released by Portsmouth and joined Notts County, before being released on 13 May 2008.[1]

Mansfield Town[edit]

He joined their neighbours Mansfield Town and soon became a fans favourite at Field Mill. He won every player of the year award available and signed a two-year deal with the Stags despite having an offer from a Football League club.[2]

Grimsby Town[edit]

In June 2011, he left Mansfield Town after three seasons, to join Grimsby Town,[3] he would become Grimsby's first new signing for 2011–12.[4] After an injury plagued season in which Silk only featured 24 times in the league he was released by the club on 3 May 2012.[5]

Boston United[edit]

In July 2012 he joined Lincoln City on trial.[6] In August, he signed a one-year deal with Jason Lee's Boston United.[7] Following a managerial change at the club, new United boss Graham Drury released Silk on 12 February 2013 after his university commitments had prevented him from training on Thursday nights. Drury added "I need all my players to train on thursday nights". Silk played 26 times for The Pilgirms and made his final appearance against local rivals Gainsborough Trinity.[8]
On 14 March it was announced on the Boston United website that Silk, who's registration had never been cancelled, was being brought back to the club by new manager Dennis Greene.[9] Silk was released by Boston for a second time at the end of the 2012–13 season.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Whilst playing for Mansfield, Silk gained a diploma in sports massage from Loughborough College. He gained experience by joining the medical staff at Sheffield Wednesday before being appointed first masseur at Leicester City in 2013.[11] He graduated from the University of Salford in July 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy and was appointed as a physiotherapist for the first team.[12]


Grimsby Town[edit]


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