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Craig Gardner (born 25 November 1986 in Solihullmarker, West Midlands) is an Englishmarker footballer, who plays for Premier League club Aston Villa as a Midfielder or Right Back.

Gardner turned professional on 31 January 2005.

Aston Villa

Before Gardner made his Premiership debut on December 26, 2005 he played for the youth team Yardley Kings. This was all before joining Aston Villa's youth system which then later took him to his debut, when he came on as a substitute for Steven Davis against Everton F.C. at Villa Parkmarker. He scored his first professional goal for Villa in the 3–1 away win on April 14 against Middlesbrough. He also netted a contender for goal of the month on the last day of the season away to Bolton Wanderers. Craig Gardner along with team mates Gabriel Agbonlahor are currently crowd favourites at Villa Parkmarker, mainly because they were all Aston Villa fans in their youth. After a series of impressive performances Villa Manager Martin O'Neill entered contract talks with Gardner.

In August 2007, Gardner signed a new four year deal, which keeps him at Aston Villa until June 2011.

On 1 October 2007 he scored two goals in two games with two free-kicks. First he scored away to Tottenham Hotspur in a 4–4 draw and then the winner against West Hammarker 5 days later with a deflected free-kick. This is the biggest impact so far that he has made for the Aston Villa first team.

On 1 December 2007, Gardner scored the opener in a home match against Arsenal. Villa went on to lose the match 2–1.

Due to Villa's lack of defensive depth, Gardner has often played in the right-back slot, and impressed both his manager, Martin O'Neill, and captain, Gareth Barry, who said that Gardner could be a key player for years to come.

He has a younger brother Gary who is in the Aston Villa Academy, he allegedly brutally broke the leg of Small Heath School's Shamraze Riaz, who was considered to be the next big thing out of the celebrated Small Heath School youth system. Darren Farmer who was the coach of Small Heath School at the time before being sacked, was disgusted with the tackle and said it was the worst he had ever seen.

Career Statistics

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe International Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Aston Villa 2009-10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008-09 11 0 4 0 1 0 11 1 0 0 26 1
2007-08 23 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 3
2006-07 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
2005-06 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Career Total 55 5 6 0 2 0 11 1 0 0 74 6
Last updated 25 November 2009.


Notes

  1. Gardner ready to sign Villa deal


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