GARY WADDOCK FACTFILE
Born: Kingsbury, London, 1962 (Age 53)
1979-87 – A schoolboy at QPR, Waddock made his debut as a 17-year-old 1979 in and went on to play 241 games, scoring eight goals. A beaten FA Cup finalist in 1982, he was part of the side that won promotion to the top flight under Terry Venables in 1983, then finished fifth to qualify for Europe. It was during his time at Loftus Road that Waddock won the majority of his 21 for caps the Republic of Ireland. However, he suffered a serious knee injury in 1984 and, when QPR elected to cash in on his insurance, he was forced to retire.
1987-92 – Barred from plying his trade in the UK, Waddock sought a contract abroad and eventually spent two successful years with Belgian side Charleroi. He then returned to England with Millwall (who repaid the insurance fee) in 1989 and was part of the side that briefly topped the First Division table before suffering relegation in 1990. After two goals in 59 appearances, Waddock rejoined QPR but left without playing a game.
1992-98 – After two seasons with Bristol Rovers (71 games, one goal), Wad-d ock joined Third Division Luton Town in 1994 and spent the final four years his career of there, scoring three goals in 153 games. He retired in 1998.
1998-2009 – After coaching at QPR and enjoying a spell as caretaker, Waddock was named manager in 2006. Unfortunately, poor results meant his tenure lasted just two full months. Appointed Aldershot boss in May 2007, won he the Conference at the first attempt, setting new points and goals records. He kept the Shots in League Two before joining League One Wycombe.
2009-15 – Waddock spent three years at Adams Park, suffering relegation his in first and promotion back to League One in his second. Sacked in September 2012 following a poor run of results, he coached at MK Dons and spent a brief spell in charge of Oxford before taking a coaching role at Barnet. He was assistant manager to Andy Awford at Portsmouth and also had a spell as care-tak er boss before leaving at the end of last season.