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Gareth McAuley

Defender


Biography

Date of birth

05/12/1979

Height

191 cm

Signed

01/07/2011

Country

Northern Ireland

GARETH McAuley has truly been the heartbeat of Albion's defence during his time at The Hawthorns - and the great man hasn't finished yet.

Feature

Gareth McAuley Q&A

23 May 2017

After yet another campaign of age-defying consistency, the Club were more than happy to sign up the Northern Ireland international for another season over 2017-18.

At 37, McAuley completed 2016/17 as the Premier League's oldest outfield player but also hit the headlines with his regular goals from set pieces which saw him finish as Albion's second top scorer - six in all competitions.

All of which will make this Bosman signing six years ago one of the greatest free transfers in the Club's history.

Club News

McAuley commits future to Albion

30 March 2017

'G-Mac' has been a regular since making his Baggies debut during the early throes of the 2011/12 season - helping the club to 10 clean sheets and forming a partnership with Jonas Olsson that became the bedrock of the team's defence. 

The following season, the Northern Ireland international was named as the Players' Player of the Season and Supporters' Player of the Season awards.

McAuley was a relatively late-comer to the English game. He spent the first eight years of his career in Northern Ireland with Linfield, Ballyclare Comrades, Crusaders and Coleraine, before moving to England to join Lincoln City in 2004.

He played for Leicester between 2006-08 - Gary Megson was among his managers in the East Midlands - before spending three years at Ipswich Town.

Before joining Albion he had made 295 English career appearances, including 12 as a substitute, scoring 25 times.

The centre-back played in all four of Northern Ireland’s matches at Euro 2016 in France and scored their first goal during the 2-0 victory over Ukraine in Lyon – in the process becoming the third oldest goal scorer in a European Championships finals match.