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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
    Season 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

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

    Club Fee Date
    IN Local Youth July 1977
    OUT  Everton £800,000 June 1985
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