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Gary Lineker

Full name: Gary Winston Lineker
Birthdate: 30.11.1960
Birthplace: Leicester
Position: Striker
Joined from: Local
Nationality: England
First game: Oldham Athletic, 01.01.1979
Last game: Luton Town, 11.05.1985
Games: 216 (209 starts + 7 subs)
Goals: 103
Player Profile

Lineker is one of the most famous footballers in the world in recent times and his fame, at least on home shores, hasn't dimmed after taking up a successful media career, most notably with the BBC's Match of the Day team.

He's rightly regarded as one of the best England strikers in modern football and also represented Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona, not to mentioned a final flourish with Nagoya Grampus Eight, a team made famous in England thanks to his presence - he was one of the first British footballers ever to go over and play in Asia.

It all started at Leicester City, his hometown club. He came through the youth ranks and turned professional in December 1978, but it took Lineker time to settle into professional football and become the goalscorer he'll always be remembered as. He made his debut under manager Jock Wallace on New Year's Day in 1979 but was used mainly as a squad player for a couple of years before really making his breakthrough.

It came in the 1981-82 season where he got more regular action, and where he was positioned more centrally after being relatively versatile in attack in his early days, being used out wide on a number of occasions. His goals helped City to promotion back to the top-flight the following season and he went on to be the club's top-scorer for the next four years.

That form saw him picked for England for the first time and it also saw him attract the interest of bigger clubs, especially champions Everton, who forked out £800,000 for his services. Lineker was superb, in his first season he scored 30 league goals for the Toffees and also won both Player of the Year awards, but Everton could only finish second behind rivals Liverpool.

His first appearance in a World Cup finals was soon to follow and it took him to the next level, netting a hat-trick against Poland in the 1986 competition and finishing top-scorer with six. His form on the international stage boosted his status worldwide and Barcelona, then managed by Terry Venables, took him to the Spanish league. The fee of £2.75m saw City take around £250,000 from a sell-on clause.

He won the Spanish Cup with the Catalan side in 1988 and the European Cup Winners' Cup a year later before returning to his homeland with Tottenham Hotspur, managed by the man who took him to the Camp Nou, Terry Venables. He won the FA Cup with Spurs in 1991 and also excelled against at a World Cup Finals in Italy in 1990 as England bowed out at the semi-final stage.

His cup triumph with Tottenham was to be his last major success in England as Lineker moved on to help launch the J-League in Japan with Grampus Eight. He lasted two years there but injuries prevented him from really making the impact he so desired, and he retired from professional football in 1994 before embarking on his successful career in the media.

He was honoured as a Freeman of the City of Leicester in 1995 and also fronted a consortium that bought City out of its administration in the 2002-03 campaign.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1978-79Division Two (old)71--------71
1978_509_
1979-80Division Two (old)1931-------203
1979_509_
1980-81Division One (old)9211------103
1980_509_
1981-82Division Two (old)3917523-----4719
1981_509_
1982-83Division Two (old)40261-2-----4326
1982_509_
1983-84Division One (old)39221-1-----4122
1983_509_
1984-85Division One (old)41244332----4829
1984_509_
Total1949513692----216 103
_509_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 01.01.1979 2 - 0 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
2 17.04.1979 0 - 4 Preston North End (A) Division Two (old)
3 20.04.1979 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Division Two (old)
4 24.04.1979 1 - 0 Notts County (A) Division Two (old) 1
5 28.04.1979 0 - 3 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
6 05.05.1979 0 - 0 Millwall (H) Division Two (old)
7 08.05.1979 2 - 2 Sheffield United (A) Division Two (old)
8 13.10.1979 1 - 2 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old)
9 20.10.1979 1 - 1 Oldham Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
10 27.10.1979 2 - 1 Sunderland (H) Division Two (old) 2
11 03.11.1979 3 - 1 Watford (A) Division Two (old)
12 10.11.1979 1 - 1 Burnley (H) Division Two (old)
13 17.11.1979 1 - 1 Preston North End (A) Division Two (old) 1
14 24.11.1979 2 - 0 Wrexham (H) Division Two (old)
15 01.12.1979 2 - 1 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
16 08.12.1979 2 - 2 Leyton Orient (H) Division Two (old)
17 15.12.1979 0 - 2 Charlton Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
18 21.12.1979 0 - 0 Cardiff City (H) Division Two (old)
19 08.01.1980 0 - 1 Harlow Town (A) FA Cup 3 rep
20 19.01.1980 1 - 0 Notts County (A) Division Two (old)
21 02.02.1980 1 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old)
22 09.02.1980 0 - 0 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
23 08.03.1980 0 - 0 Sunderland (A) Division Two (old)
24 15.03.1980 2 - 0 Shrewsbury Town (H) Division Two (old)
25 05.04.1980 1 - 0 Chelsea (H) Division Two (old)
26 08.04.1980 1 - 0 Cardiff City (A) Division Two (old)
27 26.04.1980 2 - 1 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
28 08.10.1980 1 - 1 Stoke City (H) Division One (old)
29 11.10.1980 1 - 3 Coventry City (H) Division One (old) 1
30 08.11.1980 1 - 1 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
31 12.11.1980 0 - 1 Everton (H) Division One (old)
32 15.11.1980 1 - 3 Ipswich Town (A) Division One (old)
33 22.11.1980 1 - 3 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old) 1
34 13.12.1980 1 - 0 Middlesbrough (H) Division One (old)
35 03.01.1981 3 - 0 Cardiff City (H) FA Cup 3 1
36 10.01.1981 0 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
37 25.04.1981 1 - 0 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
38 29.08.1981 2 - 2 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
39 05.09.1981 1 - 0 Wrexham (H) Division Two (old)
40 08.09.1981 1 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
41 12.09.1981 1 - 3 Derby County (A) Division Two (old)
42 19.09.1981 1 - 2 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old)
43 03.10.1981 1 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Division Two (old) 1
44 10.10.1981 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
45 16.10.1981 1 - 1 Chelsea (H) Division Two (old)
46 24.10.1981 0 - 2 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division Two (old)
47 28.10.1981 4 - 0 Preston North End (H) League Cup 2 leg 2
48 31.10.1981 0 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old)
49 07.11.1981 4 - 1 Charlton Athletic (A) Division Two (old) 2
50 11.11.1981 0 - 0 Aston Villa (H) League Cup 3
51 14.11.1981 0 - 1 Leyton Orient (H) Division Two (old)
52 21.11.1981 1 - 3 Cardiff City (A) Division Two (old)
53 25.11.1981 0 - 2 Aston Villa (A) League Cup 3 rep
54 28.11.1981 4 - 1 Cambridge United (H) Division Two (old) 1
55 05.12.1981 0 - 0 Norwich City (A) Division Two (old)
56 12.12.1981 1 - 1 Watford (H) Division Two (old) 1
57 28.12.1981 1 - 1 Oldham Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
58 02.01.1982 3 - 1 Southampton (H) FA Cup 3 1
59 23.01.1982 1 - 0 Hereford United (A) FA Cup 4
60 30.01.1982 1 - 2 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
61 06.02.1982 2 - 1 Derby County (H) Division Two (old) 1
62 13.02.1982 2 - 0 Watford (H) FA Cup 5
63 20.02.1982 1 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
64 27.02.1982 1 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old)
65 02.03.1982 3 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old) 2
66 06.03.1982 5 - 2 Shrewsbury Town (H) FA Cup 6 1
67 09.03.1982 1 - 4 Chelsea (A) Division Two (old)
68 13.03.1982 3 - 2 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division Two (old)
69 17.03.1982 1 - 0 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old)
70 20.03.1982 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
71 23.03.1982 2 - 0 Crystal Palace (A) Division Two (old) 1
72 27.03.1982 3 - 1 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
73 30.03.1982 1 - 1 Shrewsbury Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
74 03.04.1982 0 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (N) FA Cup sf
75 10.04.1982 0 - 0 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
76 13.04.1982 2 - 1 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old) 1
77 17.04.1982 3 - 1 Cardiff City (H) Division Two (old) 2
78 20.04.1982 0 - 0 Wrexham (A) Division Two (old)
79 24.04.1982 2 - 1 Cambridge United (A) Division Two (old) 1
80 01.05.1982 1 - 4 Norwich City (H) Division Two (old)
81 04.05.1982 2 - 0 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old) 1
82 08.05.1982 1 - 3 Watford (A) Division Two (old)
83 12.05.1982 1 - 2 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
84 15.05.1982 0 - 0 Shrewsbury Town (H) Division Two (old)
85 28.08.1982 1 - 2 Charlton Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
86 31.08.1982 3 - 1 Rotherham United (A) Division Two (old) 1
87 04.09.1982 1 - 1 Chelsea (A) Division Two (old) 1
88 08.09.1982 0 - 1 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old)
89 11.09.1982 6 - 0 Carlisle United (H) Division Two (old) 3
90 18.09.1982 1 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
91 25.09.1982 0 - 1 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division Two (old)
92 02.10.1982 2 - 0 Shrewsbury Town (A) Division Two (old)
93 06.10.1982 0 - 2 Lincoln City (A) League Cup 2 leg 1
94 09.10.1982 2 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
95 16.10.1982 3 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old) 1
96 23.10.1982 4 - 0 Derby County (A) Division Two (old) 3
97 27.10.1982 0 - 1 Lincoln City (H) League Cup 2 leg 2
98 30.10.1982 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old)
99 06.11.1982 1 - 3 Cambridge United (A) Division Two (old) 1
100 13.11.1982 2 - 2 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old) 1
101 20.11.1982 0 - 1 Crystal Palace (H) Division Two (old)
102 27.11.1982 1 - 3 Bolton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
103 04.12.1982 2 - 0 Fulham (H) Division Two (old) 1
104 11.12.1982 4 - 2 Burnley (A) Division Two (old) 1
105 18.12.1982 2 - 1 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
106 27.12.1982 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old) 1
107 28.12.1982 1 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
108 01.01.1983 0 - 1 Crystal Palace (A) Division Two (old)
109 03.01.1983 3 - 0 Chelsea (H) Division Two (old) 2
110 08.01.1983 2 - 3 Notts County (H) FA Cup 3
111 15.01.1983 1 - 2 Charlton Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
112 22.01.1983 0 - 1 Blackburn Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
113 05.02.1983 1 - 0 Carlisle United (A) Division Two (old)
114 19.02.1983 0 - 2 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old)
115 22.02.1983 3 - 2 Shrewsbury Town (H) Division Two (old) 2
116 26.02.1983 5 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old) 1
117 05.03.1983 1 - 1 Derby County (H) Division Two (old)
118 19.03.1983 4 - 0 Cambridge United (H) Division Two (old)
119 22.03.1983 2 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division Two (old)
120 26.03.1983 2 - 2 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old) 2
121 02.04.1983 2 - 1 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
122 05.04.1983 1 - 0 Middlesbrough (H) Division Two (old)
123 09.04.1983 2 - 2 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division Two (old) 2
124 16.04.1983 3 - 1 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old) 2
125 23.04.1983 1 - 0 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
126 30.04.1983 0 - 0 Bolton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old)
127 02.05.1983 2 - 2 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
128 27.08.1983 0 - 4 Notts County (H) Division One (old)
129 31.08.1983 0 - 3 Luton Town (H) Division One (old)
130 03.09.1983 0 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old)
131 06.09.1983 1 - 3 West Ham United (A) Division One (old) 1
132 10.09.1983 0 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division One (old)
133 17.09.1983 1 - 2 Coventry City (A) Division One (old) 1
134 24.09.1983 2 - 2 Stoke City (H) Division One (old) 1
135 01.10.1983 1 - 2 Birmingham City (A) Division One (old) 1
136 05.10.1983 0 - 2 Chelsea (H) League Cup 2 leg 1
137 19.10.1983 1 - 3 Norwich City (A) Division One (old)
138 22.10.1983 0 - 0 Ipswich Town (A) Division One (old)
139 12.11.1983 1 - 1 Manchester United (H) Division One (old)
140 19.11.1983 1 - 3 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
141 26.11.1983 3 - 0 Arsenal (H) Division One (old) 1
142 30.11.1983 2 - 1 Southampton (H) Division One (old) 1
143 10.12.1983 5 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old) 1
144 18.12.1983 1 - 1 Sunderland (A) Division One (old)
145 26.12.1983 2 - 1 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division One (old) 1
146 27.12.1983 2 - 2 Liverpool (A) Division One (old)
147 31.12.1983 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
148 02.01.1984 1 - 0 Stoke City (A) Division One (old)
149 07.01.1984 0 - 1 Crystal Palace (A) FA Cup 3
150 14.01.1984 5 - 2 Notts County (A) Division One (old) 3
151 21.01.1984 1 - 1 Coventry City (H) Division One (old) 1
152 04.02.1984 2 - 3 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
153 11.02.1984 2 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old) 2
154 25.02.1984 2 - 0 Ipswich Town (H) Division One (old)
155 03.03.1984 4 - 1 Watford (H) Division One (old) 1
156 10.03.1984 0 - 2 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
157 17.03.1984 4 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division One (old) 1
158 20.03.1984 1 - 1 Everton (A) Division One (old) 1
159 24.03.1984 0 - 0 Luton Town (A) Division One (old)
160 31.03.1984 2 - 1 Norwich City (H) Division One (old)
161 07.04.1984 2 - 2 Southampton (A) Division One (old) 2
162 14.04.1984 2 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Division One (old)
163 18.04.1984 3 - 3 Liverpool (H) Division One (old) 1
164 21.04.1984 0 - 2 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division One (old)
165 28.04.1984 1 - 2 Arsenal (A) Division One (old) 1
166 05.05.1984 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old) 1
167 07.05.1984 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division One (old)
168 12.05.1984 0 - 2 Sunderland (H) Division One (old)
169 25.08.1984 2 - 3 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old) 2
170 27.08.1984 2 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old)
171 01.09.1984 0 - 2 Coventry City (A) Division One (old)
172 05.09.1984 1 - 1 Watford (H) Division One (old) 1
173 08.09.1984 2 - 1 Ipswich Town (H) Division One (old) 1
174 15.09.1984 2 - 2 Stoke City (A) Division One (old) 1
175 22.09.1984 2 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
176 26.09.1984 4 - 2 Brentford (H) League Cup 2 leg 1 1
177 29.09.1984 0 - 3 Chelsea (A) Division One (old)
178 06.10.1984 1 - 3 West Ham United (A) Division One (old)
179 09.10.1984 2 - 0 Brentford (A) League Cup 2 leg 2
180 13.10.1984 1 - 4 Arsenal (H) Division One (old)
181 20.10.1984 0 - 5 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division One (old)
182 27.10.1984 5 - 0 Aston Villa (H) Division One (old) 3
183 30.10.1984 1 - 3 Luton Town (A) League Cup 3 1
184 03.11.1984 0 - 3 Everton (A) Division One (old)
185 10.11.1984 2 - 3 Manchester United (H) Division One (old) 1
186 17.11.1984 2 - 0 Norwich City (H) Division One (old)
187 25.11.1984 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest (A) Division One (old)
188 01.12.1984 4 - 0 Queens Park Rangers (H) Division One (old) 1
189 08.12.1984 4 - 0 Sunderland (A) Division One (old) 1
190 23.12.1984 5 - 1 Coventry City (H) Division One (old) 2
191 26.12.1984 2 - 1 Liverpool (A) Division One (old) 1
192 29.12.1984 1 - 4 Watford (A) Division One (old)
193 01.01.1985 1 - 2 Southampton (H) Division One (old)
194 05.01.1985 6 - 1 Burton Albion (A) FA Cup 3 3
195 12.01.1985 0 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division One (old)
196 16.01.1985 1 - 0 Burton Albion (N) FA Cup 3 rep
197 26.01.1985 1 - 0 Carlisle United (H) FA Cup 4
198 02.02.1985 1 - 1 Chelsea (H) Division One (old) 1
199 19.02.1985 0 - 2 Millwall (A) FA Cup 5
200 23.02.1985 1 - 2 Everton (H) Division One (old)
201 02.03.1985 1 - 0 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
202 09.03.1985 3 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division One (old) 1
203 16.03.1985 0 - 2 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
204 20.03.1985 4 - 1 Newcastle United (A) Division One (old) 1
205 23.03.1985 1 - 0 West Ham United (H) Division One (old) 1
206 30.03.1985 0 - 2 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old)
207 03.04.1985 1 - 2 Manchester United (A) Division One (old) 1
208 06.04.1985 0 - 1 Liverpool (H) Division One (old)
209 09.04.1985 1 - 3 Southampton (A) Division One (old)
210 13.04.1985 1 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division One (old)
211 20.04.1985 3 - 1 Norwich City (A) Division One (old)
212 23.04.1985 0 - 2 Ipswich Town (A) Division One (old)
213 27.04.1985 1 - 0 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old) 1
214 04.05.1985 3 - 4 Queens Park Rangers (A) Division One (old) 2
215 06.05.1985 2 - 0 Sunderland (H) Division One (old) 2
216 11.05.1985 0 - 4 Luton Town (A) Division One (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN Local Youth July 1977
OUT  Everton £800,000 June 1985
Player 614 of 1145 ordered a-z

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