Martin Garratt

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Martin Garratt
Personal information
Full name Martin Blake George Garratt[1]
Date of birth (1980-02-22)22 February 1980[2]
Place of birth York, England
Date of death 24 October 2014(2014-10-24) (aged 34)
Place of death Middlesbrough, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Youth career
1996–1998 York City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 York City 45 (1)
2000 Mansfield Town 6 (0)
2000 St Patrick's Athletic 3 (0)
2000–2001 Lincoln City 2 (0)
2001 Hednesford Town (loan) 2 (0)
2002 North Ferriby United

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


Martin Blake George Garratt (22 February 1980 – 24 October 2014) was an English professional footballer who played as a midfielder.

Career[edit]

Born in York, North Yorkshire, Garratt grew up in Middlesbrough and he joined the York City youth system in 1996, turning professional in 1998.[3] He made his first team debut in a 3–0 defeat to Preston North End on 8 August 1998.[4] He finished the 1998–99 season with 44 appearances and one goal.[5] He trained with Leeds United after the end of the season.[3] He was sacked by York after experiencing personal problems and he was signed by Mansfield Town in 2000.[2][3] He made his debut in a 1–0 defeat to Barnet and he finished the 1999–2000 season with six appearances for Mansfield.[6][7] He went on to play for Irish team St Patrick's Athletic, where he made three appearances,[8] before returning to England with Lincoln City in December.[9] He made his debut in a 3–1 victory over Blackpool in the Football League Trophy on 9 January 2001.[10] After making two further appearances for Lincoln he joined Football Conference team Hednesford Town on loan in March.[2][8] He made his debut in a 4–2 defeat to Doncaster Rovers and he finished the loan spell with two appearances.[11][12] He joined North Ferriby United in August 2002.[13]

Style of play[edit]

Described as a "skilful left sided player",[3] he was able to play as a left midfielder and a left back.[8] York manager Alan Little said of him: "He's like a stream train. He just keeps going. His ability to get about the park has been amazing".[14]

Personal life[edit]

As of April 2008, he was under an Anti-social behaviour order in Middlesbrough.[15]

Death[edit]

Garratt died on 24 October 2014 in Middlesbrough. Police officers were called by ambulance service colleagues, to an address in Middlesbrough, on the evening of October 24, to check on a man who had been taken seriously ill. The ambulance service subsequently reported that he had died. Following an investigation, officers deemed Garratt's death as not suspicious.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 229. ISBN 1-85291-665-6. 
  2. ^ a b c "Martin Garratt". Soccerbase. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Martin Garratt (Midfield)". Evening Press (York). 4 May 2000. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Preston 3 (2) – 0 (0) York". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "York 1998/1999 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Mansfield 0 (0) – 1 (0) Barnet". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mansfield 1999/2000 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "Martin Garratt". Playerhistory. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Lincoln in double signing". BBC Sport. 29 December 2000. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lincoln City 3–1 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 9 January 2001. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hednesford 2–4 Doncaster". BBC Sport. 14 March 2001. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hednesford 2000/2001 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "North Ferriby signings". Non-League Daily. 6 August 2002. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "Full steam ahead". Evening Press (York). 22 January 1999. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "ASBO: Martin Garratt". Cleveland Police. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  16. ^ "Former York City midfielder Martin Garratt dies, aged 34". York Press. Retrieved 1 November 2014. 

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