Michael Gault

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Michael Gault
Linfield vs Ballymena 18114.jpg
Gault playing for Linfield in 2014.
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-04-15) 15 April 1983 (age 34)
Place of birth Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ballymena United
Number None
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2014 Linfield 315 (12)
2014–2016 Portadown 56 (2)
2016–2017 Crusaders 23 (0)
2017- Ballymena United 0 (0)
National team
2008 Northern Ireland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:11, 24 April 2016 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:11, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Michael Gault (born 15 April 1983) is a Northern Irish footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for NIFL Premiership side Ballymena United.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Lisburn, Gault began his senior career with Linfield in the 2001–02 season.[2] He signed a professional three-and-a-half year contract in April 2003,[3] signing extensions in May 2006,[4] May 2009,[5] and March 2012.[6] During the 2012 extension Gault, who was club captain, lost his full-time professional status.[6]

He was released by Linfield in May 2014,[7][8] signing for Portadown later that month.[9] He received a total of 21 yellow cards in 29 games in the 2015/16 season.In January 2016 it was announced he would leave the club in the summer after he signed a pre-contract agreement with Crusaders.[10]

International career[edit]

Gault was called up to the Northern Ireland national team for the first time in October 2008.[11] He made his international debut in a friendly match against Georgia in March 2008; Michael O'Connor also made his international debut in the same match.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003 Gault was studying computers at Ulster University;[13] by 2006 he was studying sports science at their Jordanstown campus.[4]

Honours[edit]

March 2003,[13] January 2006.[14]
  • Northern Ireland Football Writers Player of the Year (2007–08)[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Player profile". National-Football-Teams.com. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Gault agrees professional terms". BBC Sport. 1 April 2003. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Gault goes full-time at Linfield". BBC Sport. 18 May 2006. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gault signs new Linfield contract". BBC Sport. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Michael Gault signs two-year extension to Linfield contract". BBC Sport. 3 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  7. ^ Stuart McKinley (9 May 2014). "Axe falls on Michael Gault in Warren Feeney clear-out". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Gault among five players released by new Linfield boss Feeney". BBC Sport. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Former Linfield duo McAllister and Gault sign for Ports". BBC Sport. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  10. ^ "Portadown midfielder Gault to join Crusaders". BBC Sport. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "Gault called into N Ireland squad". BBC Sport. 13 October 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  12. ^ Alvin McCaig (25 March 2008). "Northern Ireland 4-1 Georgia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Gault wins monthly honour". BBC Sport. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  14. ^ "Blues' Gault takes monthly award". BBC Sport. 7 February 2006. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  15. ^ "Gault picks up NI Writers award". BBC Sport. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2016.