Jackie Gallagher (footballer)
|Date of birth||6 April 1958|
|Place of birth||Wisbech, England|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|1988–1989||→ Wisbech Town (loan)|
|1988–1989||→ Kettering Town (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
In May 2009, he resigned as the Under-18 team manager of non-league Wisbech Town, a club for whom he made first team appearances for during his teenage years, his 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Although he has no formal involvement in football any more, he still turns out for the Posh Legends, the veteran side of Peterborough United.
Gallagher, a forward, began his career in the youth team at Guyhirn where an impressive appearance in a youth cup final against Wisbech Town in 1973 saw him switch clubs to the Fenmen, making his first-team debut at the end of the 1973–74 season in the first leg of the county cup final against Willingham.
He moved on to March Town United before joining Lincoln City in February 1976. His league debut came the following season, but turned out to be his only league appearance for the Imps and he returned to non-league football, joining King's Lynn.
He moved to Wisbech Town in 1978, from where he joined Peterborough United in April 1980. However, he played only 13 league games for Peterborough and left league football again, playing in Hong Kong with Eastern AA alongside Bobby Moore.
In August 1982 he joined Bruce Rioch's Torquay United on non-contract terms following his return to the UK. He was rewarded with a one-year contract, scoring nine times in 42 league games as well as the winning goal in the FA Cup tie at home to Oxford United that saw the Gulls through to the Fourth Round for only the fourth time in their history. Despite a successful season, he left at the end of it, returning to Wisbech Town debuting in the 1–0 Eastern Counties League victory at Tiptree United on 20 August 1983. He moved on to join Irish side Drogheda United, helping them defeat Athlone Town 3–1 at Tolka Park on 5 January 1984 to lift the League of Ireland Cup. Gallagher returned to Wisbech Town for the 1984–85 season before rejoining another of his former clubs, Peterborough United, in August 1985. His second spell proved his strongest in league football, as he netted 24 goals in 82 league games, earning a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in June 1987. He found opportunities limited at Molineux due to the prolific partnership of Steve Bull and Andy Mutch, but did play at Wembley in their victory in the Sherpa Van Trophy in May 1988. He was loaned to both Wisbech Town and Kettering Town during the following season before being released in September 1989, and joining Conference side Boston United.
He made his Conference debut on 27 September 1989 at home to Enfield and remained with Boston until 1990. He subsequently went on to play for King's Lynn, Grantham Town, Diss Town, Fakenham Town. He linked up with Chatteris Town scoring on his debut in the 2–1 away defeat to Whitton United on 4 March 2000.
He returned to Wisbech Town in 2000, where he was also reserve team manager. He was promoted to manager of Wisbech Town in June 2003, but was sacked in October 2004 after Wisbech had gone nine games without a win. He later returned to the coaching staff at Wisbech and played his last match for Wisbech in 2005, in the reserves. At the age of 50, Jackie made a celebratory final appearance for Wisbech, coming on for the final five minutes of the 2–1 home victory over Woodbridge Town on 3 May 2008.
- "Posh diary: the Posh Legends". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
- "Jackie to take a final bow". Fenland Citizen. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2008.
- Wisbech Town v Lincoln City Lincs & Border Counties Floodlight League Official Programme, Wisbech Town F.C. Team Line-ups 1983–84, pp. 12, 1 November 1983.
- "Drogheda United History". Reservoir Drogs, an unofficial Drogheda United website. Archived from the original on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009.
- "Non-league round-up". The Evening Telegraph. 6 March 2000. Retrieved 11 June 2008.
- "Gallagher is new Wisbech boss". The Evening Telegraph. 27 June 2003. Retrieved 11 June 2008.
- "Jackie's special day". Fenland Citizen. 7 May 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2008.