Martin Gray (footballer)

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Martin Gray
Martin Gray 2012-08-18 1.jpg
Gray as manager of Darlington in 2012
Personal information
Full name Martin David Gray[1]
Date of birth (1971-08-17) 17 August 1971 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Stockton-on-Tees, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder[2]
Youth career
0000–1990 Sunderland
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1996 Sunderland 64 (1)
1991Aldershot (loan) 5 (0)
1995Fulham (loan) 6 (0)
1996–1999 Oxford United 121 (4)
1999–2001 Darlington 66 (0)
Total 262 (5)
Teams managed
2006 Darlington (joint caretaker)
2009 Darlington (caretaker)
2010 Oldham Athletic (caretaker)
2012–2017 Darlington
2017–2018 York City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martin David Gray (born 17 August 1971) is an English professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder. He played in the Football League for Sunderland, Aldershot, Fulham, Oxford United and Darlington, and managed in the Football League with Darlington and Oldham Athletic.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham,[1] Gray's main position was in midfield, but he played in all outfield positions during his career.[citation needed] He signed as a trainee to Sunderland in 1990 and stayed with them until 1996 when he made a £100,000 transfer to Oxford United.[citation needed] Darlington agreed to end his contract so that he could retire from his playing career, in order to focus on coaching with the club.[citation needed]

Managerial career[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

David Hodgson was suspended as Darlington manager on 30 September 2006 while an inquire was carried out into his contacts with another club, leaving Gray and Neil Maddison as joint caretaker managers.[3] Hodgson was subsequently dismissed shortly after.[4] Former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney took over manager on 30 October 2006, with Gray as his assistant.[5]

Gray took over as caretaker manager again on 30 April 2009 after Penney took the managerial role at Oldham Athletic.[6] With Darlington in administration, he was released on 7 May 2009, along with other members of the club's staff.[7] He joined up with Penney again as his assistant at Oldham on 26 May 2009.[8] Gray took over as caretaker manager for the final match of the 2009–10 season after Penney left the club on 6 May 2010.[9] Gray left Oldham on 2 June 2010 after being unsuccessful in his application for the full-time manager's position.[10]

Darlington[edit]

On 28 May 2012, Gray was appointed as the manager of Darlington on a two-year contract.[11] In his first season in charge, Gray guided the club to win the Northern League Division One.[12] In his next season, Darlington finished as Northern Premier League Division One North runners-up, but they lost in the play-off semi-final to Ramsbottom United.[13] In the 2014–15 season, Gray guided the club to another second-place finish in the division, and they then secured promotion by winning the play-off final, beating Bamber Bridge 2–0.[12] Darlington won the 2015–16 Northern Premier League Premier Division title.[14] The club finished in fifth place in the 2016–17 National League North, but were unable to participate in the play-offs due to ground grading issues.[15]

Gray resigned from his post as manager on 1 October 2017, with the club stating, "He (Gray) believes he has taken the club as far as it can go, given the current club structure and funding".[16]

York City[edit]

He was appointed manager of newly relegated National League North club York City on 1 October 2017, with Penney assisting him as sporting director.[17] He left the club on 19 August 2018 when the club opted against renewing his contract,[18] with the team eighth in the table five matches into the 2018–19 National League North.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sunderland 1990–91[20] First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–92[21] Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1992–93[22] First Division 12 1 0 0 0 0 2[a] 0 14 1
1993–94[23] First Division 22 0 1 0 5 0 2[a] 0 30 0
1994–95[24] First Division 22 0 1 0 1 0 24 0
1995–96[25] First Division 7 0 1 0 2 0 10 0
Total 64 1 3 0 8 0 4 0 79 1
Aldershot (loan) 1990–91[26] Fourth Division 5 0 1[b] 0 6 0
Fulham (loan) 1995–96[27] Third Division 6 0 1[c] 0 7 0
Oxford United 1995–96[28] Second Division 7 0 7 0
1996–97[29] First Division 43 2 1 0 7 0 51 2
1997–98[30] First Division 31 2 1 0 1 0 33 2
1998–99[31] First Division 40 0 2 0 1 0 43 0
Total 121 4 4 0 9 0 134 4
Darlington 1999–2000[32] Third Division 41 0 2 0 2 0 4[d] 0 49 0
2000–01[33] Third Division 25 0 3 0 4 0 2[c] 0 34 0
Total 66 0 5 0 6 0 6 0 83 0
Career total 262 5 12 0 23 0 12 0 309 5
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Anglo-Italian Cup
  2. ^ Appearance in Associate Members' Cup
  3. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ One appearance in Football League Trophy, three in Third Division play-offs

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 19 August 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
P W D L Win %
Darlington (joint caretaker) 30 September 2006 30 October 2006 4 1 2 1 025.0 [3][5][34]
Darlington (caretaker) 30 April 2009 7 May 2009 1 1 0 0 100.0 [6][7][35]
Oldham Athletic (caretaker) 6 May 2010 2 June 2010 1 0 0 1 000.0 [9][10][36]
Darlington 28 May 2012 1 October 2017 258 165 41 52 064.0 [11][16][37]
York City 1 October 2017 19 August 2018 37 14 8 15 037.8 [17][18][38]
Total 301 181 51 69 060.1

Honours[edit]

As a manager[edit]

Darlington

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2001). The 2001–2002 Official PFA Footballers Factfile. London: AFS. p. 122. ISBN 978-0-946531-34-9.
  2. ^ "Martin Gray". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b Palmer, Martin (30 September 2006). "Darlington suspend manager Hodgson". The Observer. London. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Darlington sack manager Hodgson". BBC Sport. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Penney named as Darlington boss". BBC Sport. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  6. ^ a b Stoddart, Craig (30 April 2009). "Gray has nothing but praise for former boss Penney". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  7. ^ a b "No buyer found for Darlington FC". BBC News. 7 May 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Duo join Penney at Latics". Sky Sports. 26 May 2009. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Manager Dave Penney parts company with Oldham". BBC Sport. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Oldham Athletic rule out caretaker boss Martin Gray". BBC Sport. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  11. ^ a b Stoddart, Craig (28 May 2012). "Quakers appoint Gray as new boss". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Club honours and records". Darlington F.C. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  13. ^ Stoddart, Craig (1 May 2014). "Play-off hoodoo goes on for deflated Darlington". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  14. ^ Wilson, Scott (22 April 2016). "No horror show as Quakers clinch the league title and promotion in style". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  15. ^ Breen, Julia (26 April 2017). "Darlington's promotion dreams are dashed after FA appeal rejected". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  16. ^ a b Stoddart, Craig (1 October 2017). "Martin Gray quits Quakers to become York City boss". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  17. ^ a b Appleyard, Ian (1 October 2017). "Club confirms double appointment". York City F.C. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Club statement: Martin Gray". York City F.C. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  19. ^ Martini, Peter (19 August 2018). "Updated: Martin Gray sacked as York City manager, assistant Sean Gregan also axed". The Press. York. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  20. ^ "1990–91: Barclays League Division 1: Appearances". TheStatCat. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  21. ^ "1991–92: Barclays League Division 2: Appearances". TheStatCat. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  22. ^ "1992–93: Barclays League Division 1: Appearances". TheStatCat. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  23. ^ "1993–94: Endsleigh League Division 1: Appearances". TheStatCat. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  24. ^ "1994–95: Endsleigh League Division 1: Appearances". TheStatCat. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  25. ^ "1995–96: Endsleigh League Division 1: Appearances". TheStatCat. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  26. ^ Rollin, Jack, ed. (1991). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1991–92. London: Queen Anne Press. pp. 34–35, 616, 631–634, 643–651. ISBN 978-0-356-19198-0.
  27. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (1996). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1996–97. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 164–165, 573–578, 587–591, 597–603. ISBN 978-0-7472-7781-1.
  28. ^ Rollin; Rollin (eds.). Rothmans Football Yearbook 1996–97. pp. 264–265, 573–579, 587–590, 598–605.
  29. ^ "Games played by Martin Gray in 1996/1997". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  30. ^ "Games played by Martin Gray in 1997/1998". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  31. ^ "Games played by Martin Gray in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  32. ^ "Games played by Martin Gray in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Martin Gray in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  34. ^ "Darlington (old): Results/matches: 2006/07". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  35. ^ "Darlington (old): Results/matches: 2008/09". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  36. ^ "Oldham: Results/matches: 2009/10". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  37. ^ For 2012–13 Northern League and Northern League Challenge Cup results: "Darlington fixtures/results: Season 2012–2013". Darlo Uncovered. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2013–14 Northern Premier League, play-off and FA Trophy results: "Darlington fixtures/results: Season 2013–2014". Darlo Uncovered. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2013–14 Northern Premier League Challenge Cup results: "2013/14 season archive: Results". Northern Premier League. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2014–15 Northern Premier League, play-off, FA Cup and FA Trophy results: "Darlington fixtures/results: Season 2014–2015". Darlo Uncovered. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2014–15 Northern Premier League Challenge Cup results: "2014/15 season archive: Results". Northern Premier League. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2015–16 Northern Premier League, FA Cup and FA Trophy results: "Darlington fixtures/results: Season 2015–2016". Darlo Uncovered. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2015–16 Northern Premier League Challenge Cup results: "2015/16 season archive: Results". Northern Premier League. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2016–17 National League North, FA Cup and FA Trophy results: "Darlington fixtures/results: Season 2016–2017". Darlo Uncovered. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
    For 2017–18 National League North and FA Cup results: "Darlington 1883 FC: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  38. ^ "York City FC: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  39. ^ Stoddart, Craig (2 May 2013). "Gray hails his proudest night as Quakers lift Northern League trophy". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  40. ^ Stoddart, Craig (4 May 2015). "Match report: Darlington enjoy long-awaited play-off final success". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  41. ^ Stoddart, Craig (25 April 2016). "Darlington defeat can't take shine off a superb season". The Northern Echo. Darlington. Retrieved 2 October 2017.

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