Gary Pallister Profile
Gary Andrew Pallister, born Ramsgate, England, June 30, 1965. Gary Pallister was probably the greatest player to come out of Ramsgate since George Wright, who appeared for, among others, London clubs West Ham United and Leyton Orient. A central defender, Pallister enjoyed a fine career at Billingham Town, Middlesbrough, Manchester United, and Darlington, and also managed to gain 22 full caps for the country of his birth between 1988 and 1996.
A dedicated performer for Manchester United for almost a decade, Gary Pallister formed a formidable partnership with defensive colleague Steve Bruce and was a key player for the club between 1989 and 1998. He started out his career with Northern League team Billingham Town before he signed up with Second Division Middlesbrough as a raw teenager at the start of the 1983-84 season. After appearing in 156 Football League matches for Boro, Pallister was bought by Manchester United for an estimated transfer fee of £2.3 million in the summer of 1989, and he was given his League Division One debut for the sleeping giant by Alex Ferguson in a 2-0 defeat against Norwich City at Old Trafford on the 30th of August 1989. A tough tackling central defender with excellent control of the ball, he proceeded to play well over 400 first class games for The Reds, and was a consistent and regular member of Ferguson´s all conquering team of the 1990´s. While with Manchester United, he won the Premiership title in 1994, 1995, 1997, and 1998, the FA Cup in 1990, 1994 and 1996, and the League Cup in 1992, as well as the European Cup Winners’ Cup Final against Barcelona at Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam on the 15th of May 1991. He also won runners up medals with United in the Premier League in 1992, 1995 and 1998, the League Cup in 1991 and 1994, and the FA Cup in 1995. Following nine years of sterling service for Manchester United, he decided to finish off his Old Trafford career by returning to former employer Middlesbrough for a transfer fee of £ 2.5 million at the start of the 1998-99 campaign.
During his professional playing days between 1984 and 2001, Gary Pallister managed to notch up a total of 535 League outings for Middlesbrough, Darlington, and Manchester United, contributing eighteen goals during the process. Following his senior debut for England in a 0-0 friendly draw against Hungary at the Nepstadion in Budapest on the 27th of April 1988, Pallister would quickly build a brave and strong presence at the heart of The Three Lions defence, and he was capped on 22 occasions by his country in an international career which spanned eight years. At the age of 33, the commanding stopper appeared in his final international game for his nation in a 2-1 World Cup Qualifier triumph against Poland at Wembley Stadium on the 9th of October 1996. Then, at the end of the 2000-01 season, he eventually announced his retirement from the game because of persistent injury problems and the Kent man was later employed as Operations Director at Football League Two outfit Darlington for whom he played a mere seven Third Division matches during a relatively short-lived loan period in 1985-86. Gary Pallister Playing Career: Billingham Town, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Manchester United, Middlesbrough. Gary Pallister Playing Honours: English Premier League 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, English FA Cup: 1990, 1994, 1996, English Football League Cup 1992, English FA Charity Shield: 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, UEFA European Cup Winners’ Cup 1991, UEFA European Super Cup 1991.
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After hanging up his boots, Gary Pallister worked as a pundit for both the BBC and ITV.