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Gary Plumley

Gary Plumley
Personal information
Date of birth (1956-03-24) 24 March 1956 (age 58)
Place of birthBirmingham, England
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Youth career
Leicester City
Senior career*
1974–1976Leicester City0(0)
1976–1981Newport County182(0)
1981–1982Happy Valley
1982Hereford United13(0)
1982Newport County2(0)
1982–1983Happy Valley
1983–1985Cardiff City25(0)
1984–1985Newport County (loan)2(0)
1985–1987Ebbw Vale1(0)
1987Newport County1(0)
Ebbw Vale
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gary Plumley (born 24 March 1956 in Birmingham) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League for Newport County, Hereford United and Cardiff City, and in the Hong Kong First Division League for Happy Valley.[1]

A goalkeeper, Plumley made 187 appearances for Newport County in four spells with the club between 1976 and 1987. He was part of the team that won the Welsh Cup[2] and were promoted to the Third Division in the 1979–80 season, and in the subsequent season reached the quarter-final of the 1981 European Cup Winners Cup, holding eventual runners-up Carl Zeiss Jena to a draw in the away leg before losing 1–0 at home.[3]

Plumley also played for Hereford United, Cardiff City, Happy Valley and Ebbw Vale.[1]

Plumley's father Eddie was chief executive of Watford, a family connection which led to him making a one-off appearance in the 1987 FA Cup semi-final. Watford goalkeeper Tony Coton broke a finger two weeks before the game leaving manager Graham Taylor needing to find cover for Steve Sherwood after the transfer deadline. In desperation, Taylor suggested to Eddie Plumley that they sign his son, who had by then retired from football. Plumley signed, Sherwood dislocated a finger, so Plumley played; Tottenham Hotspur won the match 4–1.[4] No fee had been agreed at the time but Graham Taylor wanted to pay Plumley. A few weeks later he received a cheque and went straight out and bought a fridge with it. They called it the Watford fridge.

Plumley became an estate agent in Newport.[4] He is married to Debbie Johnsey, who represented Great Britain at show jumping at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.[5] Their daughter Gemma Plumley is also an accomplished show jumper.[6]


External links

  • League stats at Neil Brown's site
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