Gary Swann

Gary Swann

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Gary Swann (born 11 April 1962 in York, England) is an English former footballer.


Born in York, Yorkshire, Swann started his career as a trainee with Hull City, playing in the same team as former England national football team manager Steve McClaren. In eight years at Boothferry Park, he made his name as an attacking full back and whose quick footballing brain was a great assett to the team. He played 221 games for the club, scoring 10 goals, helping the club promotion in both the 1982–83 and 1985–86 seasons.

It was in November 1986 however that Preston North End boss John McGrath offered City £10,000 to sign Swann. During his time at Deepdale, McGrath moved him into a more advanced midfield position (a position he had played occasionally at Hull), and he became an integral member of the Preston, team helping the club to promotion from the Fourth Division in his first season.

This hard working and often unsung player also had an uncanny knack of scoring vitally important goals from either his usual midfield position or from full back; his biggest haul of 14 in 1986–87 season more or less single handedly keeping Preston in the Third Division. Likened to former Liverpool full back Chris Lawler his goalscoring prowess also earned him the nickname "The Ghost" due to his ability to appear almost unnoticed at the far post to score, something that soon became his trademark. He was also an ever present in both the 1987–88 and 1989–90 seasons, finishing...
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