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Gary Charles

Nottingham Forest FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 2 D 0 L 0 F 6: A 2
100% successful

disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Gary Andrew Charles
Born 13 April 1970 in Newham, Greater London [registered in Newham, June 1970].
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 8lbs [1999].


Barry Hugmans' PFA Yearbook [1999] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies x

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Club(s) x
Gary Charles was imprisoned for drink-driving and again soon afterwards for cutting off his electronic tag to go on holiday. In September 2005, he was arrested and convicted for assaulting a woman in a taxi office. Between the trials Charles was in trouble for turning up to court drunk. He was subsequently fined and given a suspended sentence and a community service order. He was then sentenced to 12 months in prison on 17 December 2006 at Derby Crown Court. He was serving a suspended sentence with a fine and community service, at the time for attacking a woman at a taxi rank. Despite having been warned a further offence could land him in prison, he menaced a doorman at a bar, pretending he had a knife. It was the latest in a string of drink-related incidents which included abusing police.
Club honours x
Individual honours PFA Division One Team of the Year 1993-94;
Distinctions Gary Charles was the recipient of Paul Gascoigne's lunging tackle in the 1991 FA Cup Final that put Gascoigne out of the game for a year.


Barry Hugmans' PFA Yearbook [1999]

England Career

Player number 1032nd player to appear for England.
BME number The 21st BME player at Senior level. The first right-back since Viv Anderson in 1988, although the third BME right-back capped.
Position(s) Right-back
First match No. 675, 8 June 1991, New Zealand 0 England 2, a NZFA centenary celebration tour match at Athletic Park, Newtown Wellington, aged 21 years 56 days.
Last match No. 676, 12 June 1991, Malaysia 2 England 4, a Dunhill Invitation friendly match at Stadium Merdaka, Kuala Lumpur, aged 21 years 60 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After Charles' premature retirement in July 2002 at the age of 32, he set up a property business, buying and renovating houses. He returned to football coaching non-league side Sutton Town FC in February 2009 - ThisIsNottingham.co.uk

The Numbers
Squads Apps comp. apps starts substitute unused minutes captain
1 2 0 2 0
1 180 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 1 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2

Match Record

Venue, Colour & Comp. P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away venue
White uniform
Friendly match
2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 1 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2

Match History

 Club: Nottingham Forest F.C. - two full appearances (180 min)

manager: Graham Taylor - two full appearances (180 min)x

Age 21
673 1 June 1991 - Australia 0 England 1, Sydney Football Stadium,  Sydney
AW squad member
674 3 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 1, Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose, Auckland AW unused sub 12
1 675 8 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 2, Athletic Park, Wellington AW Start 2
2 676 12 June 1991 - Malaysia 2 England 4, Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur AW Start 2