Graham Gartland

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Graham Gartland
Personal information
Full name Graham Robert Gartland
Date of birth (1983-07-13) 13 July 1983 (age 35)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Stella Maris
Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Dundee United 0 (0)
2003 St Patrick's Athletic 0 (0)
2003–2004 Longford Town 30 (3)
2005–2008 Drogheda United 102 (4)
2008–2012 St Johnstone 35 (2)
2010–2011Ross County (loan) 3 (0)
2012 Shamrock Rovers 15 (0)
2013 Shelbourne 24 (1)
National team
1999–2000 Republic of Ireland U17 6 (0)
2007 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:56, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

Graham Gartland (born 13 July 1983) is an Irish football coach and former player. He played for Shamrock Rovers, Home Farm, Barnsley, Dundee United, St Patrick's Athletic, Longford Town and St Johnstone. Gartland also played for the Republic of Ireland B national football team.

Playing career[edit]

Gartland scored a goal for Drogheda in a UEFA Cup tie against HJK Helsinki in August 2006.[1] In the next round against IK Start Gartland became the first player in UEFA Cup history to miss two penalties in a shoot out as Drogheda were eliminated.[2]

He then had a good UEFA Champions League run with Drogheda in 2008. He scored the winner against FC Levadia Tallinn in the second leg of the first round tie.[3] He also scored a late equaliser against Dynamo Kiev in the second round tie.[4] His form attracted the interest of Ipswich Town, but Drogheda rejected a bid of £250,000.[5]

Gartland signed for St Johnstone under freedom of contract in December 2008.[5][6] Almost immediately after joining, Gartland suffered an injury to his cruciate ligament which would go on to keep him out the game for six weeks. Graham continued to help his old club Drogheda United with fundraising after the club entered examinership.[7]

Almost exactly a month after signing, Gartland made his competitive debut for the Perth club in an away fixture against Greenock Morton. As part of a new look three-man defence, Gartland helped Saints keep a clean sheet as they drew 0–0. He made seven league appearances for Saints as they won promotion to the Scottish Premier League by winning the First Division. Gartland was released from his contract with St Johnstone by mutual consent in January 2012.[8] He had not played for the club in the 2011–12 season, after recovering from a long term injury.[8]

On 13 January 2012, Gartland signed for his home town club.[9] On 24 January 2013, Garland signed for Shelbourne FC.[10]

International career[edit]

Graham represented Republic of Ireland at every age level up to and including under-21. He played for the Republic of Ireland U16 in the qualifiers for the 2000 UEFA European Under-16 Football Championship, and has also played at B international level.[11]

Coaching career[edit]

Gartland assisted Neil McCann at Scottish Premiership club Dundee until they were both sacked by the club in October 2018.[12]


Longford Town
Drogheda United
St Johnstone


  1. ^ "Drogheda Utd 3–1 HJK Helsinki". Soccernet. ESPN. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Heartbreak for Drogheda as Gartland misses two penalties". Thomas Crosbie Media. 24 August 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Linnyk, Igor (6 August 2008). "Dynamo survive late Drogheda charge". UEFA Champions League. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Saints sign Ireland B internationalist". The Courier. 30 December 2008. Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved 5 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Saints take Drogheda's Gartland". BBC Sport. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Fundraising efforts continue". Drogheda Independent. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  8. ^ a b "St Johnstone and Graham Gartland part ways by mutual consent". BBC Sport. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Gartland becomes a Hoop". Shamrock Rovers FC. 13 January 2012. Archived from the original on 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Graham Gartland joins Shelbourne". Shelbourne Football Club. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  11. ^ Lindsay, Clive (20 November 2007). "Scotland B 1–1 Rep of Ireland B". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Neil McCann: Dundee manager leaves role after 18 months in charge". BBC Sport. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 16 October 2018.

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