The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

Born: Cwmbran, 1979 (Age 36) 1996-2005 An ap­pren­tice at West Brom, Gab­bidon made his de­but in March 1999 but fea­tured just 27 times for the Bag­gies and left to join Cardiff for £500,000 a year later. An in­stant reg­u­lar, he played over 200 games in five years at Ninian Park, win­ning pro­mo­tion from the old Third Divi­sion in 2001, from the old Sec­ond Divi­sion in 2003 and a place in the Cham­pi­onship team of the year in 2004. Gab­bidon made his Wales de­but in 2002, the first of 49 caps over the next 12 years.


Signed by newly-pro­moted West Ham in 2005, Gab­bidon played 32 times as Alan Pardew’s side fin­ished ninth in the Pre­mier League and lost to Liver­pool in the 2006 FA Cup fi­nal, also win­ning the club’s player of the year. Though dis­rupted by in­jury, he went on to play over 100 times for the Ham­mers be­fore leav­ing to join QPR in 2011.


Af­ter 18 games for the Hoops, Gab­bidon fell out of favour with Mark Hughes and sub­se­quently signed for Crys­tal Palace in Septem­ber 2012. In­jured for much of his first sea­son, Gab­bidon re­cov­ered to play the full 120 min­utes as Palace beat Wat­ford 1-0 in the 2013 Cham­pi­onship play-off fi­nal.


A reg­u­lar starter un­der first Ian Hol­loway and then Tony Pulis, Gab­bidon played 23 times in the Pre­mier League as Palace re­cov­ered from a poor start to fin­ish 11th, only to be re­leased at the end of the 2013-14 sea­son. Aged 35, he re­joined Cardiff as player-coach and briefly be­came in­terim man­ager fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer. Gab­bidon re­tired at the end of last sea­son hav­ing scored 13 goals in 412 games.

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