Gallagher playing for Sydney FC Youth in 2010
|Full name||Sam Justin Gallagher|
|Date of birth||5 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Sydney, Australia|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Back / Left Back|
|2010–2012||Central Coast Mariners||1||(0)|
|2014||Hà Nội T&T F.C.||9||(2)|
|2017-||Hampton & Richmond Borough||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2011
Gallagher was born in Sydney, New South Wales. A product of Epping Boys High School, Gallagher spent his junior career at Gladesville Spirit, the NSW Institute of Sport and Manly United FC before being signed for the Sydney FC National Youth League team.
On 19 March 2010, it was announced that Gallagher had signed a senior contract with the Central Coast Mariners starting from the 2010–11 season. He eventually left the club in 2012, having made just 1 of a possible 61 appearances for the club.
Gallagher will start the 2012–13 season at the Melbourne Victory, having signed a pre-contract with the A-League club in March. His debut with the Victory ended almost as soon as it began; in just the 16th minute of the Victory's Round 8 clash with the Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium, Gallagher was controversially sent off for bringing down Wanderers striker Dino Kresinger just outside the penalty area, denying the Croatian what was deemed an obvious goalscoring opportunity. This came despite the fact that Kresinger had clearly fouled Gallagher prior to Gallagher bringing him down. As a result of that red card, Gallagher was handed a one match ban, ruling him out of the Victory's clash with Perth Glory.
Gallagher made his second and final appearance with the Victory in their Round 10 clash with Adelaide United. Gallagher was handed a yellow card in the 79th minute of the match, a match which the Victory eventually lost 4–2.
Gallagher, along with teammates Diogo Ferreira, Spase Dilevski and Tando Velaphi were released by Melbourne Victory in April 2013, shortly after the end of the 2012–13 A-League season. He left the club, having played just 2 games out of a possible 29 in his lone season with the club.
On 7 January 2014, after a successful trial period, Sam Gallagher signed with V-League Champions Hanoi T&T on a 1-year contract. He will play for Hanoi T&T in the 2014 V League and AFC Cup. The deal makes Sam the first Australian to play in both the Australian A-League and the Vietnamese V-League. He is hoped to be the replacement for Cristiano Roland, T&T's former captain and defender who retired after 2013 season. Gallagher said he knew about the pressure and hoped to do well replacing Cristiano.
Gallagher made his debut on 11 January when he came from the bench in the match against Becamex Bình Dương, which T&T won 4–2. He played about 60 minutes and did well enough to earn the belief from club manager Phan Thanh Hùng. He got chosen to the starting XI for the first time a week later in V-League second round against Hoàng Anh Gia Lai F.C. and continued to do well. He got his second full-start against Vissai Ninh Bình F.C. on 22 January and scored an own-goal as T&T lost 1–3 in Hàng Đẫy.
Four days after, Gallagher made his debut in the AFC Champions League as T&T played the first-round qualifier against Pune F.C. of India and scored a goal – his first goal ever for the Hanoian club.
Return to Australia
Gallagher returned to Australia, and signed with the Newcastle Jets for the 2014–15 A-League season. After a tumultuous season in which the Jets finished last on the ladder, Gallagher was one of several players released from the club at the end of the season.
After being axed by Newcastle, Gallagher was picked up by Manly United halfway through the NSW NPL 1 season, making his debut in a heavy 4–0 defeat to Rockdale City Suns. He scored his first goal for the club a few games later in a 4–1 win over Marconi Stallions.
Gallagher has represented Australia at the Under 19 and Under 20 levels, playing in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualification and 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He made his Under 23 debut for the Olyroos against Singapore, coming on as a substitute in a 6–0 friendly win.
With Sydney FC:
With Central Coast Mariners:
With Hà Nội T&T F.C.:
- Sydney Morning Herald – Young Socceroo Sam has world at his feet
- Manly Daily – Young Sam signs up with Sydney FC
- Young Gallagher Signs On At Sydney FC
- CCMariners.com.au – Mariners make double swoop
- "New face for Victory". Melbourne: The Age. 16 March 2012. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- "Ten-man Victory beat Wanderers 2–0". The Australian. 24 November 2012.
- "AFC Champions League: Pune FC go down 0–3 to Hanoi T&T FC". Press Trust of India. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- Strachan, Iain (17 July 2014). "Jets sign Aussie from Vietnamese club". Football Federation Australia.
- "Taylor Regan axed by Newcastle Jets". Goal Australia. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Gallagher looking to forge ahead with Manly United". Manly United FC. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- "Manly United v Marconi Stallions". Manly United FC. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
- Sam Gallagher – FIFA competition record
- "Qantas U23s defeat Singapore U23's in training match". Football Federation Australia. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2014.