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Garath McCleary

Garath McCleary
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:29, 27 October 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:25, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Garath James McCleary (born 15 May 1987) is a professional footballer who plays for Reading as a winger.

Career

McCleary's football career began with Oxford City, and spent time with Oxford United but never signed a contract with the team despite spending 3 months with the club.[1]

He joined Slough Town playing in 24 games and scoring on six occasions. He then moved to Bromley in January 2007. In total McCleary made over 40 appearances for Bromley scoring 11 goals. Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood offered him a trial at the City Ground where he did well enough to secure a contract on 31 January 2008.[2]

Nottingham Forest

McCleary made his first team debut as an 87th minute substitute, in a 1–0 home defeat against Carlisle United, on 3 March 2008.[3] He scored his first goal for the club on 1 April 2008 in injury time, in a 2–0 win at Carlisle. On 5 April he was handed his first start where he was voted Man of the Match as Forest beat Cheltenham Town 3–1 at the City Ground.[4]

In the 2011/12 season McCleary scored nine goals after returning from injury in December 2011; six of which came in March 2012.[5] Four came in a high-scoring game away to Leeds United at Elland Road, where Forest won 7–3.[6] These performances resulted in McCleary being named as the Football League Championship Player of the Month.[7] He was voted Forest's Player of the Season by the Forest supporters, beating Joel Lynch and Chris Gunter into second and third respectively.[8]

Reading

On 16 May 2012 it was announced that McCleary had turned down a new contract at Forest and instead signed a three-year contract at Reading and fulfill his dream of playing in the Premier League.[9][10] His first goal for Reading came in a 3–3 draw with Fulham.[11]

International career

In October 2012 he was earmarked by the Jamaica Football Federation to play for Jamaica during their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.[12] He received his first call up on 24 January 2013 alongside Reading team mates Jobi McAnuff and Adrian Mariappa for the World Cup qualifier against Mexico on 6 February.[13] McCleary started the match and helped Jamaica to a 0–0 draw at the Estadio Azteca.[14]

Career statistics

As of match played 26 October 2013.[15][16][17][18]


Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Oxford City 2004–05 Southern West 22 3 1 0 6[lower-alpha 1] 3 29 6
Slough Town 2005–06 Isthmian Premier 24 7 0 0 7[lower-alpha 2] 2 31 9
2006–07 9 0 1 0 1[lower-alpha 3] 0 11 0
Total 33 7 1 0 8 2 42 9
Bromley 2006–07 Isthmian Premier 6 2 0 0 9 1 15 3
2007–08 Conference South 18 6 4 2 5 0 27 8
Total 24 8 4 2 14 1 42 11
Nottingham Forest 2007–08 League One 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 1
2008–09 Championship 39 1 2 0 2 0 43 1
2009–10 24 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 27 0
2010–11 18 2 2 0 1 0 1[lower-alpha 4] 0 22 2
2011–12 22 9 1 0 0 0 23 9
Total 111 13 7 0 4 0 1 0 123 13
Reading 2012–13 Premier League 31 3 3 1 3 0 37 4
2013–14 Championship 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1
Total 42 4 3 1 3 0 0 0 48 5
Career total 232 35 16 3 7 0 29 6 284 44

Honours

Nottingham Forest

References

External links

  • Garath McCleary profile at Reading F.C.
  • Garath McCleary profile at the Jamaica Football Federation
  • Soccerbase
  • Garath McCleary at National-Football-Teams.com

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