Roy Gater

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Roy Gater
Personal information
Full name Roy Gater[1]
Date of birth (1940-06-22)22 June 1940[1]
Place of birth Chesterton, Staffordshire, England[1]
Date of death 1 May 2017(2017-05-01) (aged 76)[2]
Place of death Bournemouth, England
Playing position Half-back
Youth career
Port Vale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1962 Port Vale 5 (0)
1962–1968 Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 216 (3)
1968–1972 Crewe Alexandra 156 (5)
1972–1974 Weymouth
1974–197? Dorchester Town
197?–197? Christchurch
Total 377+ (8+)
Teams managed
Christchurch
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roy Gater (22 June 1940 – 1 May 2017) was an English footballer who played for Port Vale, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, Crewe Alexandra, Weymouth, Dorchester Town and Christchurch. He made 412 league and cup appearances in a 13-year career in the Football League.

Playing career[edit]

Gater passed through the Port Vale youth team to sign professional forms under Norman Low in April 1960.[1] He made his debut on 4 April 1961, in a 1–1 draw with Coventry City at Highfield Road.[1] He played one further Third Division game in 1960–61, and was also a member of the side that won the Supporters' Clubs' Trophy.[1] He only made three league and two FA Cup appearances at Vale Park during the 1961–62 season.[1] He was sold to Bill McGarry's Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic for a "small fee" in June 1962.[1] The "Cherries" finished fifth in the Third Division in 1962–63, before new boss Reg Flewin took the club to fourth in 1963–64 and 11th in 1964–65. Freddie Cox then took charge, leading Bournemouth to 18th in 1965–66, 20th in 1966–67, and 12th in 1967–68. In his six years at Dean Court, Gater scored three goals in 216 league appearances. He then transferred to Ernie Tagg's Crewe Alexandra, who would go on to be relegated into the Fourth Division in 1968–69. They finished 15th in 1969–70, before new boss Tom McAnearney took the "Alex" to 15th spot again in 1970–71. The "Railwaymen" then finished bottom of the Football League in 1971–72, before Jimmy Melia failed to lead them out of the re-election zone in 1972–73. In five years at Gresty Road, Gater scored five goals in 156 league games. He moved on to Southern League side Weymouth, Dorchester Town and Christchurch (as player-manager).[1] He later became a coach at Poole Town before returning to Christchurch as manager.[1]

Statistics[edit]

Source:[3]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1960–61 Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1961–62 Third Division 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 2 0 0 0 7 0
Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 1962–63 Third Division 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
1963–64 Third Division 46 0 1 0 4 0 51 0
1964–65 Third Division 30 0 2 0 0 0 32 0
1965–66 Third Division 46 0 5 0 2 0 53 0
1966–67 Third Division 28 0 0 0 0 0 28 0
1967–68 Third Division 22 2 1 0 3 0 26 2
1968–69 Third Division 16 1 3 0 0 0 19 1
Total 216 3 12 0 9 0 237 3
Crewe Alexandra 1968–69 Third Division 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1
1969–70 Fourth Division 42 1 2 0 1 0 45 1
1970–71 Fourth Division 46 1 3 0 2 0 51 1
1971–72 Fourth Division 42 2 1 0 2 0 45 2
1972–73 Fourth Division 9 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Total 156 5 6 0 6 0 168 5
Career Total 377 8 20 0 15 0 412 8

Honours[edit]

with Port Vale
  • Supporters' Clubs' Trophy winner: 1961

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 110. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Club statement: Roy Gater". afcb.co.uk. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  3. ^ Roy Gater profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)