Jake Gray (footballer)

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Jake Gray
Personal information
Full name Jake Stephen Gray[1]
Date of birth (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Aylesbury, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Yeovil Town
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2012 Wycombe Wanderers
2012–2013 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2016 Crystal Palace 0 (0)
2015Cheltenham Town (loan) 4 (0)
2015–2016Hartlepool United (loan) 29 (5)
2016–2017 Luton Town 19 (1)
2017– Yeovil Town 56 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:27, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

Jake Stephen Gray (born 25 December 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for National League club Yeovil Town.

Career[edit]

Crystal Palace[edit]

Gray was born in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire and attended Grange School.[1][3][4] He began his career at Wycombe Wanderers before joining Crystal Palace when he was fifteen, after Wycombe Wanderers closed their academy at the start of 2012–13.[5] He progressed through the youth system and development squads,[5] before signing his first professional contract, effective from 1 January 2013 until the end of 2014–15.[6] Gray made his professional debut as a 62nd-minute substitute for Dwight Gayle in a 3–0 win away to Walsall in the League Cup second round on 26 August 2014.[5][7] He also featured in the third round as a 90th-minute substitute for Paddy McCarthy which resulted in a 3–2 defeat to Newcastle United after extra time.[8] Following the expiry of his previous contract, Gray signed a new two-year contract with the club on 2 July 2015.[9]

Loan spells[edit]

Cheltenham Town[edit]

On 16 January 2015, Gray joined League Two club Cheltenham Town on a one-month loan.[10] He made both his Football League and Cheltenham debut in a 1–1 draw with Luton Town on 24 January.[11] Gray made three further appearances before returning to Crystal Palace, despite being keen on an extension.[12][13]

Hartlepool United[edit]

On 5 November 2015, Gray joined League Two club Hartlepool United on a one-month youth loan.[14] Two days later, he made his Hartlepool debut in a 1–0 win over former loan club Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup first round.[15] Gray followed up with a brace, his first professional goals in a 3–1 win at home to Leyton Orient eight days later.[16][17] After making three appearances for Hartlepool, Gray's loan was extended until 2 January 2016.[18] On 5 January, his loan spell at Hartlepool was extended until the end of the season, by now having made eight appearances for the club.[19] Gray's next appearance saw him score the opening goal with a volley during a 2–1 defeat at home to Derby County in the FA Cup third round, before his opponents came from behind to win the match.[20] Gray went on to complete his loan spell, making 33 appearances and scoring six goals for the club in 2015–16.[21]

Luton Town[edit]

On 1 August 2016, Gray signed a two-year contract with League Two club Luton Town on a free transfer.[22] Under the terms of the transfer, Crystal Palace would be due a contingency sum in any event of a future sale.[22] He made his Luton debut as a substitute on the opening day of 2016–17 in a 3–0 win away to Plymouth Argyle.[23] Gray scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win at home to newly relegated Championship club Aston Villa in the EFL Cup first round on 10 August.[24] After the end of the season, Gray was transfer-listed by Luton,[25] having made 28 appearances and scored four goals in 2016–17.[23]

Yeovil Town[edit]

On 26 June 2017, Gray signed for fellow League Two club Yeovil Town on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[26] At the end of the 2018–19 season, Gray was released by Yeovil following the club's relegation from the Football League.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of end of 2018–19 season
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crystal Palace 2014–15[28] Premier League 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
2015–16[21] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
Cheltenham Town (loan) 2014–15[28] League Two 4 0 4 0
Hartlepool United (loan) 2015–16[21] League Two 29 5 4 1 33 6
Luton Town 2016–17[23] League Two 19 1 1 1 2 1 6[a] 1 28 4
Yeovil Town 2017–18[29] League Two 26 3 4 0 1 0 6[a] 1 37 4
2018–19[30] League Two 30 2 1 0 0 0 3[a] 0 34 2
Total 56 5 5 0 1 0 9 1 71 6
Career total 108 11 10 2 5 1 15 2 138 16
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in EFL Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jake Gray". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Jake Gray". ESPN FC. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Pro players return to their old school roots". The Bucks Herald. Aylesbury. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Talented teen is hailed a 'star in waiting' after signing first pro deal". The Bucks Herald. Aylesbury. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Jake Gray joins Luton Town". Crystal Palace F.C. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Crystal Palace starlets Jake Gray and Sullay Kaikai win professional deals". Sky Sports. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Walsall 0–3 Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Crystal Palace 2–3 Newcastle United (aet)". BBC Sport. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Gray and Inniss sign new deals". Crystal Palace F.C. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Jake Gray: Crystal Palace midfielder joins Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  11. ^ Cunliffe, James (24 January 2015). "Match report: Cheltenham Town 1 Luton Town 1 – goal problems continue on 'atrocious' pitch". Bedfordshire on Sunday. Bedford. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  12. ^ Palmer, Jon (12 February 2015). "Jake Gray returns to Crystal Palace after loan spell". Cheltenham Town F.C. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  13. ^ Palmer, Jon (11 February 2015). "I'd love to extend loan at Cheltenham Town – Jake Gray". Cheltenham Town F.C. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Jake Gray: Hartlepool United sign Crystal Palace winger". BBC Sport. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  15. ^ Kelly, Roy (7 November 2015). "Hartlepool Utd 1 Cheltenham Town 0: Kudos to Kudus as Pools make cup progress". Hartlepool Mail. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  16. ^ "Hartlepool United 3–1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Hartlepool United's Crystal Palace midfielder Jake Gray will stay as long as boss wants him to". Hartlepool Mail. 16 November 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Jake Gray: Hartlepool United agree loan extension with Crystal Palace". BBC Sport. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Hartlepool extend loan deals of Adam Jackson and Jake Gray". BBC Sport. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Hartlepool United 1–2 Derby County". BBC Sport. 9 January 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  21. ^ a b c "Games played by Jake Gray in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Jake Gray: Crystal Palace midfielder joins Luton Town on a free transfer". BBC Sport. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  23. ^ a b c "Games played by Jake Gray in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  24. ^ Shepka, Phil (10 August 2016). "Luton Town 3–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  25. ^ "Luton Town: Jonathan Smith, Jake Gray & Josh McQuoid put on transfer list". BBC Sport. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  26. ^ "Jake Gray: Yeovil Town sign Luton Town midfielder for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Yeovil Town: Glovers release nine players after relegation from Football League". BBC Sport. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  28. ^ a b "Games played by Jake Gray in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  29. ^ "Games played by Jake Gray in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Games played by Jake Gray in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 May 2019.

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