- Andy Gray (footballer born 1955)
Football player infobox
playername= Andy Gray
fullname = Andrew Mullen Gray
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1955|11|30
youthyears = 1970–1973
youthclubs = Clydebank Strollers
years = 1973–1975
clubs = Dundee United
→ Notts County (loan)
West Bromwich Albion
caps(goals) =062 (46)
nationalyears = 1975–1985
nationalteam = Scotland
nationalcaps(goals) = 020 0(7)
Andrew Mullen Gray (born
November 30, 1955in Glasgow) is a Scottish former football player and is now a football pundit for Sky Sportsand ESPN.
Gray was born in
Glasgow, but his mother was of a Hebridean background, from the village of Back, near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
The striker started his professional career with Dundee United, playing two full seasons there, and playing the 1974 Scottish Cup Final, which allowed Gray his first taste of European football.
In October 1975, he headed south to Aston Villa and won England's golden boot in 1976/77 with his tally of 25 league goals. His 29 goals in the following season earned him the
PFA Young Player of the Yearand PFA Players' Player of the Yearawards (a historic double not repeated until Cristiano Ronaldowon both awards for the 2006-07 season). However, these accolades were not enough to convince Scotland manager Ally MacLeodto select him for the 1978 World Cup squad.
The striker then moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1979 for a then-British record £1.5m. After scoring the winning goal for Wolves in the 1980 League Cup final, he remained with the club through their relegation and immediate return to the top flight.
He moved to Everton in November 1983 for a bargain £250,000. He enjoyed two great years with the Merseyside club, winning the FA Cup in 1984 (scoring in the final against Watford), and League Championship and European Cup Winners' Cup medals a year later. He is also remembered for his infamous 'diving header penalty' which resulted in an embarrassing miss, and a broken nose for the player. Fact|date=July 2008
The arrival of
Gary Linekerspelled the end of Gray's time with Everton and he returned for a second spell at Aston Villa for £150,000. Afterwards, he spent a season at West Bromwich Albion before joining Rangers, the team he has supported all his life. After this brief, yet championship-winning spell, at Ibrox, he dropped into non-league football with then Conference club Cheltenham Town before retiring in 1990. After hanging up his boots, he entered coaching as an assistant at Aston Villa, before focusing full-time on his television work.
Gray won 20 caps for Scotland, scoring 7 goals for his country. He also won four caps at Under-23 level and played at schoolboy level. His full international debut came on
December 17, 1975in a 1–1 draw with Romania. However, he was not selected for any of Scotland's World Cup squads during his playing days.
International Goals Record"(NB scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first)"
As of 2008, Gray is best known for his work as a football pundit, allegedly earning £20,000 per week The People (02/04/2006) [http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16893470&method=full&siteid=93463&headline=exclusive--randy-andy-rat-it-again---with-best-mate-s-wife-name_page.html Exclusive: Randy Andy Rat It Again.. With Best Mate's Wife] people.co.uk (accessed 4th October 2006)] , and can be seen and heard regularly on
Sky Sports' Ford Super Sunday. He has worked for the broadcaster since 1990, and has therefore been part of every season of their Premier Leaguecoverage. He has also worked for BBC Radio 5 Liveand talkSPORTand was recognised with the Royal Television Society's Sports Presenter of the Year award in 1996.
He is well known for his trademark phrases. "Top drawer!", "Take a bow, son", "You don't save those!", "I'll tell you what the best do, they take their chances" and "Easy height for the keeper" amongst those often featured. He made an odd comment after
Jon Arne Riise's solo goal against Chelsea in the 2006 FA Community Shield, claiming that "If you don't buy a ticket you don't win the raffle", whilst his slightly over-enthusiastic commentary for SS on Steven Gerrard's late goal against Olympiakos has gone down as one of the great all-time commentary moments. He has also made semi-regular appearances in Sky One's hit football drama Dream Team in a typical role as pundit alongside Richard Keys. Andy Gray also played a part in the movie A Shot at Glorywhich starred Rangers legend Ally McCoistand Oscar winner Robert Duvall.
Clive Tyldesleyprovide commentary in EA Sports' " FIFA 06", whereas Gray gives commentary alongside Martin Tylerin the " FIFA 07" and " FIFA 08" football video games. In addition, Gray had already provided comments for "", which had main commentary provided by John Motson. Gray also commentated on FIFA 2002. Andy Gray also writes for the Irish Daily Star on football.
Most recently, Andy Gray has been hired by American sports network
ESPNto provide commentary for selected Euro 2008 matches.
Gray fell for the former Olympic gymnast
Suzanne Dandowhen she landed a job alongside him on Sky Sportsin 1999. Gray told tabloid reporters that his womanising days were over: "With age, I hope, comes maturity. I certainly do not see myself with anyone else." [Guardian Unlimited (06/02/2005) [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/story/0,,1404029,00.html The ten sporting love matches] guardian.co.uk (accessed 4th October 2006)] . Gray and Dando split up shortly afterwards, when he was caught cuddling a blonde in Puerto Banus. He is now engaged to Rachel Lewis, an ex-model and the former wife of his long-time friend and agent [The Life Ring (Aug 2006) [http://www.thelifering.com/cms/thelifering/index.php?idcat=6 The Life Ring stars at a glittering celebrity golf day] TheLifeRing.com (accessed 4th October 2006)] and he wants to return to live in Back, Outer Hebrideson the Isle of Lewisin the near future.
Gray has been married twice before, to Vanessa Taylor and Jacqueline Cherry. He has fathered five children, by four different women - his two ex-wives and former girlfriends Sara Matthews and Janet Trigg.The People (02/04/2006) [http://www.people.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16893470&method=full&siteid=93463&headline=exclusive--randy-andy-rat-it-again---with-best-mate-s-wife-name_page.html Exclusive: Randy Andy Rat It Again.. With Best Mate's Wife] people.co.uk (accessed 4th October 2006)]
*SFA Profile|id=10718|name=Andy Gray
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