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Andy Gurney

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

25/01/1974

Signed

13/01/1999

Country

England

Bristol born, Gurney started off as an apprentice for his hometown club Bristol Rovers.

After turning professional in July 1992, he made his debut at a stage during the 1993/94 season. He went on to score nine goals in 108 league appearances before being released as a free agent in the summer of 1997.

He then signed a three-month contract with Torquay that swiftly turned into a year as he was part of one of the most successful wing-back partnerships of the Third Division, subsequently sending Torquay to within touching distance of promotion. After losing in the final 1-0 to Colchester, he left the following January and signed for the Royals for a fee of £100,000.

He settled well into the side and was a regular in front of the crowd at Madejski Stadium. The 5’7” Bristolian only scored one goal in his 45 home appearances, but he still proved himself a force to be reckoned with.

His disciplinary record wasn’t the best, but is testament to his no-mess style of play. Throughout his career he picked up 89 yellow cards and seven reds, although none of those sending offs came during his time as a Royal.

Following losing his place in the first team, he was transfer listed on his own request and joined local rivals Swindon on 30th June 2001. Again putting in solid performances, he was made captain of the Robins and tallied 144 appearances and chipped in with a worthy 25 goals from midfield.

He moved to Swansea City on a free in 2004, but it wasn’t to last. After making 30 appearances, Swindon began to realise the value of the player they lost and decided to bring Gurney back on a loan, before permanently signing him again in 2006.

He made a further 27 performance, scoring another four goals. When his Swindon days were finally over, he served for a few clubs in the conference before becoming manager of Western-Super-Mare in August 2009.

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