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Full Name: Garath McCleary Date of Birth: May 15, 1987 Place of Birth: Oxford, England

Early Life and Youth Career:

Garath McCleary was born on May 15, 1987, in Oxford, England. He developed a passion for football at a young age and began his youth career at Oxford United, a football club based in his hometown. McCleary’s talent and potential were evident from an early age, and he caught the attention of scouts as he progressed through the ranks.

Football Career:

Garath McCleary began his professional career with Slough Town in 2004, playing in the lower tiers of English football. His impressive performances at Slough Town earned him a move to Conference National side Bromley in 2006. In 2008, McCleary made another move up the football ladder when he joined Nottingham Forest, a club competing in the Football League Championship. He quickly established himself as a key player for the club and became known for his pace, skill on the ball, and ability to score goals from the wing position. During his time at Nottingham Forest, McCleary scored several memorable goals and provided numerous assists for his teammates. He was a fan favorite at the club, and his performances attracted interest from other clubs. In 2012, Garath McCleary signed for Reading FC, another club in the Football League Championship. At Reading, he continued to showcase his attacking prowess and versatility, capable of playing as a winger or an attacking midfielder. McCleary’s time at Reading saw him play in the English Premier League during the 2012-2013 season, where he faced some of the best clubs and players in the country.

International Career:

Despite being born in England, Garath McCleary opted to represent Jamaica at the international level, qualifying through his Jamaican heritage. He made his international debut for Jamaica in 2012 and went on to become a regular member of the Jamaican national team. He represented Jamaica in several CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments and other international competitions, playing a significant role in the Reggae Boyz’ efforts to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

Career statistics


As of May 8, 2022[61]
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupOtherTotal
Rushden & Diamonds2004–05[6]League Two3000001[b]040
2005–06[6]League Two14500002[b]0165
2006–07[6]Conference Premier4519213[c]05020
2007–08[6]Conference Premier2816323[d]03418
Gillingham2007–08[62]League One184184
2008–09[63]League Two411731104[e]34921
2009–10[64]League One421430221[f]14817
Norwich City2010–11[65][a]Championship391310104113
2011–12[68]Premier League2233210265
2012–13[69]Premier League1312141193
Eintracht Braunschweig2013–14[70]Bundesliga9010100
Coventry City2014–15[72]League One28310001[f]0303
Barnsley2015–16[73]League One9000001[f]0100
Blackburn Rovers2015–16[73]Championship17220192
Walsall2016–17[74]League One38710101[f]0417
2017–18[70][g]League Two8000100090
Grimsby Town (loan)2017–18[75]League Two5151
St Mirren2018–19[78]Scottish Premiership306200000326
Kilmarnock2019–20[79]Scottish Premiership4040
Stevenage2019–20[79]League Two401[f]050
Chelmsford City2020–21[70]National League South2121
2021–22[70]National League South2811101[c]03011
King’s Lynn Town (loan)2020–21[80]National League176176
Career totals478131257113194533145

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