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Gary Lineker

Leicester City FC, Everton FC, FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur FC
 

80 appearances, 48 goals, four penalties

P 80 W 39 D 29 L 12 F 124: A 57
*(actual F x: A x)
67% successful

1984-92
  
disciplined: none
captaincies:
18
minutes played:
6556

Profile

Full name Gary Winston Lineker OBE (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 30 November 1960 in Leicester, Leicestershire [registered in Leicester, December 1960] to Barry and Margaret (nee Abbs) Lineker.
Attended Caldicote Road Junior School and City of Leicester Grammar School, Leicester
Married twice, to Michelle D. Cockayne [registered in Leicester Central, July 1986] Divorced August 2006, four children, George, Harry, Tobias and Angus. Secondly to Danielle Bux, in Ravello, Italy, 2 September 2009.
Height/Weight 5' 10", 12st. 5lbs [1985], 5' 9", 11st. 10lbs [1994].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies x
 

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

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Leicester. Joined Leicester City FC as an apprentice in July 1977, turning professional in November 1978 (left). Scoring 95 goals in 194 league appearances. His goalscoring prowess was soon noticed and he joined League Champions Everton FC in July 1985 for 800,000 pounds plus any future transfer fee's. After a solitary season, when he score thirty times in 41 League appearances, he was taken to Spain by Terry Venables when he joined FC Barcelona in July 1986 for 2.75 million pounds. He scored 42 goals in 103 Spanish league appearances. On 21 June 1989, Lineker turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United FC and instead rejoined Venables at Tottenham Hotspur FC.  On 20 November 1991, after Spurs had turned down a move to Blackburn Rovers FC, Lineker agreed to end his career in the J-League, and so it was, that after 105 league appearances and 67 goals, on 9 May 1992, he joined Nagoya Grampus 8 and the newly-formed J-League of Japan. He announced his retirement in the autumn of 1994, completing 23 J-league appearances and score nine goals. He had completed 466 league appearances and 243 league goals.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1979-80; FA Charity Shield winners 1985; FA Cup runners-up 1985-86, winners 1990-91; Football League runners-up 1985-86; Copa del Rey winners 1987-88; European Cup Winners Cup winners 1988-89;
Individual honours PFA Division One Team of the Year 1985-86, 1989-90, 1991-92; PFA Player's Player of the Year 1985-86; FWA Footballer of the Year 1985-86, 1991-92; Ballon d'or runners-up 1985-86; FIFA World Player of the Year third place 1990-91;
Distinctions Freeman of the City of Leicester 1995;

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number 979th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 588, 26 May 1984, Scotland 1 England 1, the final British Championship match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, substitute (73), aged 23 years 178 days.
Last match No. 688, 17 June 1992, Sweden 2 England 1, a European Championship Finals group match at Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län, substituted (61), aged 31 years 200 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1986, 1990; European Championship Finals 1988, 1992;
British Championships 1983-84; Rous Cup 1985, 1987, 1988;
Team honours World Cup fourth place 1990; Rous Cup winners 1986, 1988; England Challenge Cup winners 1991;
Individual honours FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe 1986;
Distinctions x

Beyond England

Carved out a successful career in broadcasting after he hung up his boots because of a persistant toe injury. Began advertising for Walkers Crisps in 1995, a job he is still involved in. He began punditry on BBC Radio 5 Live, he crossed over to television when he became a guest pundit on BBC football's flagship programme Match Of The Day, taking over as anchor from 1999. He had already appeared as captain in BBC's They Think Its All Over, from 1995 until 2003. He headed the BBC's coverage of golf from 2003. He also provided his voice children's programme Underground Ernie for the BBC from 2006 to 2009. He anchors for the BT Sports channel also.
Following the illness and subsequent recovery of his eldest son, Lineker supported the children's cancer trust, CLIC Sargent, and has often fronted their advertisng campaigns.
Lineker is now honorary vice-president of Leicester City FC.

 

Gary Lineker - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
- 80 45 74 6 18 6556 48 137 min 24 4
1
18 none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Gary Lineker - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 29 17 10 2 55 16 +39 4 17 1.897 0.552 75.9 +15
Away 33 16 13 4 49 25 +24 6 16 1.485 0.758 68.2 +12
Neutral 18 6 6 6 20 16 +4 6 9 1.111 0.889 50.0 =0
All 80 39 29 12 124 57 +67 16 42 1.55 0.713 66.9 +27

 

Gary Lineker - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Blue - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Red - - - - - - - - - - - - -
All 80 39 29 12 124 57 +67 16 42 1.55 0.713 66.9 +27

 

Gary Lineker - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

10 4 6 0 16 1 +15 5 9 1.60 0.10 70.0 +4
WCF 12 5 4 3 15 9 +6 3 6 1.25 0.75 58.3 +2
World Cup 22 9 10 3 31 10 +21 8 15 3.10 0.455 63.6 +6

ECP

12 8 4 0 26 4 +22 1 8 2.167 0.333 83.3 +8
ECF 6 0 2 4 3 9 -6 3 2 0.50 1.50 16.7 -4
European Championship 18 8 6 4 29 13 +16 4 10 1.611 0.722 61.1 +4
British Championship 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
Rous Cup 4 1 2 1 3 3 =0 1 1 0.75 0.75 50.0 =0
Minor Competition 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 0 1 2.00 1.333 50.0 =0
Friendly 32 20 9 3 54 26 +28 3 15 1.688 0.813 76.6 +17
All 80 39 29 12 124 57 +67 16 42 1.55 0.713 66.9 +27

 

Gary Lineker - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP 1984-86 4 1 3 0 6 1 +5 2 3 1.50 0.25 62.5 +1
WCP 1988-90 6 3 3 0 10 0 +10 3 6 1.667 0.00 75.0 +3
WCP All 10 4 6 0 16 1 +15 5 9 1.60 0.10 70.0 +4
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1986 5 2 1 2 7 3 +4 2 3 1.40 0.60 50.0 =0
WCF 1990 7 3 3 1 8 6 +2 1 3 1.143 0.857 64.3 +2
WCF All 12 5 4 3 15 9 +6 3 6 1.25 0.75 58.3 +2
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1984-86 9 3 4 2 13 4 +9 4 6 1.444 0.444 55.6 +1
WC 1988-90 13 6 6 1 18 6 +12 4 9 1.385 0.462 69.2 +5
WC All 22 9 10 3 31 10 +21 8 15 3.10 0.455 63.6 +6
European Championship Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECP 1986-88 6 5 1 0 19 1 +18 1 5 3.167 0.167 91.7 +5
ECP 1990-92 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 0 3 1.167 0.50 75.0 +3
ECP All 12 8 4 0 26 4 +22 1 8 2.167 0.333 83.3 +8
European Championship Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
ECF 1988 3 0 0 3 2 7 -5 1 0 0.667 2.333 0.00 -3
ECF 1992 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2 2 0.333 0.667 33.3 -1
ECF All 6 0 2 4 3 9 -6 3 2 0.50 1.50 16.7 -4
European Championship
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
EC 1986-88 9 5 1 3 21 8 +13 2 5 2.333 0.889 61.1 +2
EC 1988-90 9 3 5 1 8 5 +3 2 5 0.889 0.556 61.1 +2
EC All 18 8 6 4 29 13 +16 4 10 1.611 0.722 61.1 +4
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1983-84 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
Rous Cup Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
RC 1985 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
RC 1987 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
RC 1988 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 0 1 1.00 0.50 75.0 +1
RC All 4 1 2 1 3 3 =0 1 1 0.75 0.75 50.0 =0
Minor Competition/Tournament
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Copa Ciudad 1985 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
Azteca 2000 1985 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
England Challenge 1991 1 0 1 0 2 2 -0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
TC All 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 0 1 2.00 1.333 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 22 9 10 3 31 10 +21 8 15 3.10 0.455 63.6 +6
EC 18 8 6 4 29 13 +16 4 10 1.611 0.722 61.1 +4
BC 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
RC 4 1 2 1 3 3 =0 1 1 0.75 0.75 50.0 =0
TC 3 1 1 1 6 4 +2 0 1 2.00 1.333 50.0 =0
All 48 19 20 9 70 31 +39 13 27 1.458 0.646 60.4 +10

 

Gary Lineker - Match History
 Club: Leicester City F.C. - 7 full caps

Coach: Bobby Robson - 58 full capsx

Age 23
1 588 26 May 1984 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AD sub 73 ?
- 593 12 September 1984 - England 1 GDR 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW squad member
- 594 17 October 1984 - England 5 Finland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW replacement squad member
1 b 13 November 1984 - England B 2 New Zealand 0, City Ground, Nottingham Fr HW sub 74 -
Age 24
- 596 27 February 1985 - Northern Ireland 0 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast WCP AW squad member
2 597 26 March 1985 - England 2 Republic of Ireland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 76 10
3 598 1 May 1985 - Romania 0 England 0, Stadionul 23 August, Bucureşti WCP AD sub 83 ?
- 599 22 May 1985 - Finland 1 England 1, Olympiastadion, Helsinki WCP AD squad member
4 600 25 May 1985 - Scotland 1 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow RC AL sub 78 15
5 601 6 June 1985 - Italy 2 England 1, Estadio Azteca, ciudad de México TC NL sub 77 ?
- 602 9 June 1985 - Mexico 1 England 0, Estadio Azteca, ciudad de México AL squad/
unused sub
?
6 603 12 June 1985 - England 3 West Germany 0, Estadio Azteca, ciudad de México NW Start off 60 10
7 604 16 June 1985 - USA 0 England 5, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Fr AW Start
13, 47
10
 Club: Everton F.C. - 11 full caps  
8 605 11 September 1985 - England 1 Romania 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HD Start off 81 10
9 606 16 October 1985 - England 5 Turkey 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 18, 43, 55 10
10 607 13 November 1985 - England 0 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HD Start 10
Age 25
11 608 29 January 1986 - Egypt 0 England 4, Nasser Stadium, Cairo Fr AW Start off 55 10
12 610 26 March 1986 - USSR 0 England 1, Dinamo Stadion, Tbilisi Fr AW Start 10
- 612 17 May 1986 - Mexico 0 England 3, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles Fr NW squad/
unused sub
10
13 613 24 May 1986 - Canada 0 England 1, Swangard Stadium, Burnaby Fr AW Start off 74
14 614 3 June 1986 - Portugal 1 England 0, Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey WCF NL Start
15 615 6 June 1986 - England 0 Morocco 0, Estadio Tecnológico, Monterrey ND Start
16 616 11 June 1986 - England 3 Poland 0, Estadio Universitário de Nuevo León, Monterrey NW Start 8, 14, 34 off 85
17 617 18 June 1986 - England 3 Paraguay 0, Estadio Azteca, ciudad de México NW Start 32, 72
18 618 22 June 1986 - Argentina 2 England 1, Estadio Azteca, ciudad de México NL Start 81
 Club: F.C. Barcelona - 24 full caps  
19 620 15 October 1986 - England 3 Northern Ireland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start
33, 80
10
20 621 12 November 1986 - England 2 Yugoslavia 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 10
Age 26
21 622 18 February 1987 - Spain 2 England 4, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid Fr AW Start

24,28,46,56
10
22 623 1 April 1987 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast ECP AW Start 10
23 624 29 April 1987 - Turkey 0 England 0, Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir ECP AD Start 10
24 625 19 May 1987 - England 1 Brazil 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley RC HD Start 35 off 76 10
- 626 23 May 1987 - Scotland 0 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow AD squad/
unused sub
?
25 627 9 September 1987 - West Germany 3 England 1, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf Fr AL Start 42 10
26 628 14 October 1987 - England 8 Turkey 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Start 8, 42, 71 10
27 629 11 November 1987 - Yugoslavia 1 England 4, Stadion Crvena zvezda, Beograd ECP AW Start 10
Age 27
28 631 23 March 1988 - England 2 Netherlands 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 14 10
29 632 27 April 1988 - Hungary 0 England 0, Népstadion, Budapest Fr AD Start off 82 10
30 633 21 May 1988 - England 1 Scotland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley RC HW Start 10
31 634 24 May 1988 - England 1 Colombia 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HD Start 23 10
32 635 28 May 1988 - Switzerland 0 England 1, Stade Olympique, Lausanne Fr HW Start 60 10
33 636 12 June 1988 - England 0 Republic of Ireland 1, Neckarstadion, Stuttgart ECF NL Start 10
34 637 15 June 1988 - England 1 Netherlands 3, Rheinstadion, Düsseldorf NL Start
35 638 18 June 1988 - England 1 USSR 3, Waldstadion, Frankfurt am Main NL Start off 69
36 640 19 October 1988 - England 0 Sweden 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HD Start 10
37 641 16 November 1988 - Saudi Arabia 1 England 1, King Fahd II International Stadium, Riyadh Fr AD Start 10
Age 28
38 642 8 February 1989 - Greece 1 England 2, Olympiako Stadio Athinas Spyros Louis, Athína Fr AW Start 10
39 643 8 March 1989 - Albania 0 England 2, Stadiumi Kombetar, Tiranë WCP AW Start off 77 10
40 644 26 April 1989 - England 5 Albania 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 5 10
41 647 3 June 1989 - England 3 Poland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley WCP HW Start 24 10
42 648 7 June 1989 - Denmark 1 England 1, Idrætsparken, København Fr AD Start 29 10
 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 38 full caps  
43 649 6 September 1989 - Sweden 0 England 0, RĂ¥sunda Fotbollstadion, Solna WCP AD Start 10
44 650 11 October 1989 - Poland 0 England 0, Stadion Slaski, Chorzów WCP AD Start 10
45 651 15 November 1989 - England 0 Italy 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 10
Age 29
46 652 13 December 1989 - England 2 Yugoslavia 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 10
47 653 28 March 1990 - England 1 Brazil 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 36 10
48 654 25 April 1990 - England 4 Czechoslovakia 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 10
49 655 15 May 1990 - England 1 Denmark 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 55 off 70 10
50 656 22 May 1990 - England 1 Uruguay 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start off 77 10
51 657 2 June 1990 - Tunisia 1 England 1, Stade Olympique El Menzah, Tunis Fr AD Start off 80 10
52 658 11 June 1990 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1, Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu WCF ND Start 8 off 84 10
53 659 16 June 1990 - Netherlands 0 England 0, Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu ND Start
54 660 21 June 1990 - England 1 Egypt 0, Stadio Comunale Sant'Elia, Casteddu NW Start
55 661 26 June 1990 - England 1 Belgium 0, Stadio Renato Dall' Ara, Bologna NW Start
56 662 1 July 1990 - Cameroon 2 England 3, Stadio San Paolo, Napoli NW Start
83, 106
57 663 4 July 1990 - West Germany 1 England 1, Stadio delle Alpi, Torino ND Start 80
shoot-out scored
58 664 7 July 1990 - Italy 2 England 1, Stadio San Nicola, Bari AL Start
 

Coach: Graham Taylor - 22 full capsx

59 665 12 September 1990 - England 1 Hungary 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Capt. 44 10
60 666 17 October 1990 - England 2 Poland 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Capt. 39 off 57 10
61 667 14 November 1990 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Lansdowne Road, Dublin ECP AD Captain 10
Age 30
62 668 6 February 1991 - England 2 Cameroon 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 20, 62 10
63 669 27 March 1991 - England 1 Republic of Ireland 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HD Start off 76 10
64 670 1 May 1991 - Turkey 0 England 1, Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir ECP AW Captain 10
- 671 21 May 1991 - England 3 USSR 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley TC HW squad member
65 672 25 May 1991 - England 2 Argentina 2, Wembley Stadium, Wembley HD Capt. 15 10
66 673 1 June 1991 - Australia 0 England 1, Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney tour AW Capt. off 81 10
67 674 3 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 1, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland AW Capt. 90 10
- 675 8 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 2, Athletic Park, Wellington AW squad/
unused
?
68 676 12 June 1991 - Malaysia 2 England 4, Stadium Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur AW Captain

1, 23, 30, 70
10
69 677 11 September 1991 - England 0 Germany 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Captain 10
70 678 16 October 1991 - England 1 Turkey 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley ECP HW Captain 10
71 679 13 November 1991 - Poland 1 England 1, Stadion Lecha, Poznań ECP AD Capt. 77 10
Age 31
72 680 19 February 1992 - England 2 France 0, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HW sub ht 74 12
73 681 25 March 1992 - Czechoslovakia 2 England 2, Stadion Evzena Rošického, Praha Fr AD sub 73 12
74 682 29 April 1992 - CIS 2 England 2, Central V.I. Lenin Stadium, Moskva Fr AD Capt. 14 10
75 683 12 May 1992 - Hungary 0 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest Fr AW Capt. off 70 10
76 684 17 May 1992 - England 1 Brazil 1, Wembley Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Capt. 10 10
77 685 3 June 1992 - Finland 1 England 2, Olympiastadion, Helsinki Fr AW Captain 10
78 686 11 June 1992 - Denmark 0 England 0, Malmö Stadion, Malmöt ECF ND Captain 10
79 687 14 June 1992 - France 0 England 0, Malmö Stadion, Malmöt ND Captain
80 688 17 June 1992 - Sweden 2 England 1, RĂ¥sunda Fotbollstadion, Solna AL Capt. off 61

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