Hartlepool United FC
Notts County FC
Bradford City AFC
Carlisle United FC
|2019 – (on loan)|
Hartlepool United FC
So Gary – tell us a bit about yourself!
How do you prepare for an (important) competition? (music, rituals, etc.)
No rituals/superstitions, just don’t like to feel too full come kick off so just eat food around 10am every game day and that does me other than a few sweets and drinks in the dressing room.
You began your career with hometown side Middlesbrough FC. How did you get into the youth of Middlesbrough FC ? And who helped you the most?
Scouted playing for my Sunday league team around the age of 11 and invited for a trial at Middlesbrough academy. Biggest influences were my coaches Dave Parnaby and Mark Proctor.
With the youth academy you won the 2003–04 FA Youth Cup. How important was that moment for you ?
It’s very rare to win this competition so i hold this in the highest regard along with my promotion with Hartlepool Utd a few years later.
In August 2006, you joined for the first time Hartlepool United FC. And you stay there for six years. How was your time there ?
I loved my time at pools, it introduced me to ‘real football’ and met some great people and friends along the way, many of whom I still keep in touch with today. And as I mentioned earlier a promotion too.
On 13 August 2011, while playing a match against Walsall FC, you suffered an injury, as your zygomatic bone became fractured in two places. How did you deal with that? And did you come back stronger after your injury?
This was a real sore one, thankfully a little operation and a few weeks recovery enabled me to wear a mask to play in, which wasn’t ideal but it got me back out on the pitch. It hasn’t stopped me playing any different.
After your time by Hartlepool, you moved to Notts County FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?
In your career you have played at several football clubs in several leagues. At which club did you learned the most?
I would always say Hartlepool as I joined from youth football at Middlesbrough so pools were effectively my first real men’s football club and introduced me to football where it matters to people’s livelihoods.
What is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?
2 things…That there will always be people who don’t like you as a player and have opinions and who will let you know about it whether it be social media or verbally. I never let it affect me. And the other is never get too high when you win or too low when you lose.
What is your ultimate dream after your football career ?
Who knows, what will be – will be. No idea whether I’ll stay in football or try something different. We shall see.