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Paul Gallagher (born 9 August 1984 in Glasgowmarker) is a Scottishmarker football player who currently plays for Leicester City as a striker. Gallagher was brought up on the Higher Croft council estate in Blackburn, playing for Roman Road youth teams before being snapped up by Blackburn Roversmarker.

Career

Gallagher made his debut performance as a substitute in a 2-0 win over the 2001–02 Premier League champions Arsenal on 15 March 2003, as a replacement for Dwight Yorke. His first goal was scored in a 4–0 win against Birmingham City in the 2003–04 season. He also made his international debut in February of that season, a 4–0 defeat for Scotland against Wales.

He spent almost all of the 2005–06 season on loan to Stoke City. He played most of his 36 games on the left or right wing, scoring 12 goals. Against Southampton on 15 April 2006, he exchanged a one-two on the edge of the area with Adam Rooney before drilling home a thunderous thirty yard drive into the far top corner of the net.

He was recalled by Blackburn in April 2006 with three games remaining in the Premier League season, coming on as a late subtitute in the final game of the season, being involved in the creation of the final goal of the game.

On transfer deadline day 31 August 2007, Gallagher signed a 6 month loan deal with Championship side Preston North End, after being linked with a return to Stoke. The following January, he moved from Blackburn back to Stoke City on loan again until summer of 2008.

On 30 August 2008, Gallagher signed on loan for the rest of the 2008/09 season with Plymouth Argyle , making his debut that same day at Turf Moormarker against Blackburn's fierce local rivals, Burnley. Since the move, he has made a huge impact for the Pilgrims, scoring vital goals against Crystal Palace, Cardiff, Sheffield United, Wolves, Watford, Reading and Birmingham City.

On 21 August 2009 Gallagher joined Leicester City, signing a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, where he was handed the number 24 shirt. Gallagher scored his first goals for Leicester, scoring both goals in their 2–0 win over after coming on as a half time substitute replacing Lloyd Dyer.

Career statistics

(correct as of 21 August 2009)

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Roversmarker 2002–03 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2003–04 26 3 2 0 0 0 28 3
2004–05 16 2 5 1 0 0 21 3
2005–06 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2006–07 8 1 1 1 4 0 9 2
Stoke City 2005–06 37 11 3 1 0 0 40 12
Preston North End 2007–08 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1
Plymouth Argyle 2008–09 37 13 1 0 0 0 38 13
Leicester City 2009–10 9 2 1 0 0 0 10 2
Career total 167 36


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