Phil Gray

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Phil Gray
Personal information
Full name Philip Gray
Date of birth (1968-10-02) 2 October 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Tottenham Hotspur 9 (0)
1989 Barnsley (loan) 3 (0)
1990 Fulham (loan) 3 (0)
1991–1993 Luton Town 59 (22)
1993–1996 Sunderland 115 (34)
1996 Nancy 16 (4)
1996–1997 Fortuna Sittard 15 (1)
1997–2000 Luton Town 81 (21)
2000 Burnley 5 (1)
2000–2002 Oxford United 44 (11)
2001 Boston United (loan) 3 (0)
2002–2003 Chelmsford City
2003 Stevenage Borough 2 (0)
2003–2005 Maidenhead United 68 (3)
2005 Stotfold ? (?)
National team
1992–2001 Northern Ireland 26 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Philip "Phil" Gray (born 2 October 1968) is a Northern Irish former professional footballer. A striker, Gray won 26 caps for his country and played for ten professional clubs, his transfer fees totalling £1,475,000.[1] Northern Ireland won every game Phil scored in.

Biography[edit]

Born in Belfast, Gray began his career as an apprentice at Tottenham Hotspur, signing a professional contract in 1986. After nine appearances in four years, he was loaned out to Barnsley during the 1989-90 season and Fulham in the 1990-91 season. In August 1991 Luton Town bought Gray for £275,000.[1] After scoring 22 goals in 59 games, Sunderland signed Gray for £800,000 in July 1993.[1]

In May 1996 he was released by Sunderland. He signed for Dutch club Fortuna Sittard in August. After a season in the Netherlands, he returned to Luton in September 1997 for a fee of £400,000.[1] In July 2000 he was released and signed for Burnley. He moved on to Oxford United in November that year. In 2001, he was loaned out to Boston United. Released by Oxford in July 2002, he dropped into non-League, playing for Chelmsford City, Stevenage Borough,[2] Maidenhead United and Stotfold.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 September 1993 Belfast  Latvia 2-0 2-0 World Cup 1994 qualifying
2 23 March 1994 Belfast  Romania 2-0 2-0 Friendly
3 12 October 1994 Vienna  Austria 2-1 2-1 Euro 1996 qualifying
4 11 October 1995 Eschen  Liechtenstein 4-0 4-0 Euro 1996 qualifying
5 15 November 1995 Belfast  Austria 4-0 5-3 Euro 1996 qualifying
6 2 September 2000 Belfast  Malta 1-0 1-0 World Cup 2002 qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Phil Gray at Soccerbase
  2. ^ "Dreyer recruits duo". BBC Sport. 20 January 2003. Retrieved 24 August 2011.