GARY WAD­DOCK FACT­FILE

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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.

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