gary lineker - fact file

1989 - 1992            forward



Born on 30th November 1960 in Leicester, England.

Height : -  1.77m  (5' 9½")

Weight : -  - kgs


Gary Lineker - the man who should have taken the place as record goal-scorer for England, left the game with a reputation as a nice guy, never having been booked in his whole career and had a sparkling few seasons for Spurs, in which he won his only domestic trophy.

Lineker studied at Caldecote Junior School and then City of Leicester School in Leicester, going on to represent City of Leicester Boys and the Leicester Schools side at football.  He was also a keen cricketer and could have made a career in that game, but football had a stronger draw for him.  He only got four O Levels when he left school.

Played with Leicester City youngsters Mick Duffy and Neil Grewcock in a local Sunday League side - Aylestone Park and he was required to help out on the family grocer's stall on Leicester market for many years when he was coming through the Leicester City ranks.  Pairing up with Alan Smith and Steve Lynex in the first team, his made a name scoring freely in the Second Division.  Injuries limited him to only eight game sin the top flight, as the Foxes sank back down their hole after a single campaign in Division One.

His goal-scoring brought him to the attention of Everton and he spent 13 months on Merseyside, starting when he signed June 1985 after Howard Kendall’s negotiations with Leicester City nearly broke down on a number of occasions. Everton only wanted to pay £400,000, but Leicester wanted £1.25 million, so a fee of £800,000 was agreed by tribunal.  In his first season, he hit it off with Graeme Sharp and scored 40 goals and won the PFA and the Sportswriter’s PoTY trophies.

For England he came good in the 1986 World Cup, when he finished top scorer winning the Golden Boot, which brought him to the attention of Barcelona, where he joined English manager Terry Venables at the Nou Camp for 2.8 million pounds.  He won a ECWC medal and scored a hat-trick in the 1987 El Classico, but after three years Venables persuaded Barcelona to allow him to come to Tottenham for just 1.1 million.  Venables teamed the England captain up with the two Pauls - Gascoigne and Stewart - producing an attacking trio that scored prolifically.  Their goals took Tottenham to the FA Cup Final in 1991 against Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest and while Lineker had a penalty saved, Tottenham won 2-1 after extra time and his first (and only) domestic honour was secured.  His speed off the mark over short distances and an instinct to put the ball in the net made him a firm favourite, but in his last season,

Leaving Spurs at the end of the 1991-1992 season in which he opened and closed it with goals against his old club Everton, Gary moved to Japan to join Grampus Eight of Nagoya, where he signed for a two year deal worth £2 million.  His move to Japan coincided with his young son George's Leukaemia diagnosis.  Gary's playing days were brought to an end by a persistent toe injury in 1994 and he moved into the media, where he was a team captain on the sports panel game "They Think It's All Over" and eventually took over the lead presenter's role on BBC TV's "Match of the Day".  He also became the face of BBC golf and established himself as a likeable front man for sports programmes.

In 2008, he lived in a £2.6 million five-bedroom house in Sunningdale, Surrey and having divorced his wife Michelle (nee Cockayne) in August 2006 (having married in 1996 and having four sons - George, Harry, Tobias and Angus), he was in a relationship with model Danielle Bux, who he married in 2009.  His son Tobias was with the Chelsea Academy in 2009.  Their marriage ended amicably in 2016.

Lineker has been the face of Walkers Crisps (the company based in his hometown) and had a flavour named after him ... Salt 'n' Lineker.

Younger brother Wayne was involved in a fraud case, which saw him jailed in 2008.


Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Leicester City 1978 - 1st January 1979  v  Oldham Athletic ((Div. 2) (home)  won 2-0 ?? ??
Everton June 1985 £800,000 ??  ?? ??
Barcelona (Spain) 1986 £2,800,000 ??  103 43
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 14th June 1989 £1,100,000 ??  ?? ??
Nagoya Grampus Eight (Japan) 1992 Free ??  23 9


England international
80 full caps;  48 goals
Under-21 caps; goals
1986 World Cup Golden Boot winner
European Cup Winners Cup winners medal 1988-89  (Barcelona)
FA Cup winners medal 1990-1991 (THFC)
Second Division Championship winners medal  1979-80  (Leicester City)

- appearance


Keen on golf and horse racing

On Sunday 30th September, Gary Lineker appeared ion BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs and his choices were ...

1.  "Holding Back The Years" by Simply Red

2.  "Soul Limbo" by Booker T & The MGs

3.  "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart

4.  "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton

5.  "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" by Monty Python

6.  "Tunnel Of Love" by Dire Straits

7.  "With or Without You" by U2

8.  "Candle In The Wind" by Elton John


Book : -  Wisden Almanack for Cricketers

Luxury Items : -   Cricket Bowling Machine


Gary Mabbutt and Gary Lineker were given "Good News" awards from Barclays, for the example they set to youngsters.
2010 (The Times)  World Cup article

In 1970, I remember being huddled around the TV.  I cried my eyes out after that (England's quarter final defeat by West Germany).

Mexico 1986 changed my life.  I went into it as a known goal-scorer in England and came out known throughout the world.
I'll remember forever the genius and the cheek of Maradona in that quarter final  and nearly equalising near the end, when somehow, the defender got there under me on the line and it didn't go in. 
People always ask me if I dived for the penalty against Cameroon in 1990, but I didn't.  I've bumped into the goalkeeper a few times since and he always says, "You dived !"  But it was the defender that got me, not him.  And I only blasted it down the middle because he dived so early for the first penalty !

My first punditry was the final in Mexico 1986., alongside Jimmy Hill and Des Lynam.
I was more focused on hoping Maradona didn't catch me up for the Golden Boot than on the game, especially as my Dad had a bet on me at 16-1. 
In 1990, I was christened "Junior Des" by Gazza and Waddle, half because of my interest in broadcasting, but also, I think, because I was going grey.
I actually did a bit of punditry and co-commentating for ITV in 1990, but went to the BBC after that, watching with Alan Hansen as Ian Wright goes mental during England games.
My ambition is to say, "England have won the World Cup !"  It has to happen at some point ? Right ?


Reported to be the joint 40th richest man in English sport with £21 million in the Sunday Times Sport Rich List.


What they said about Gary Lineker
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"Must devote less time to sport if he wants to be a success."

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What Gary Lineker said about ...
... never getting booked as a professional footballer ...  08.02.2009 (Daily Mirror)

"I used to moan like billy-oh - I was a real whinger.  But I was never abusive.  We all get frustrated with referees, but I don't see the point in being abusive."

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Season League FA Cup League Cup UEFA Cup European Cup-Winners Cup
1978-1979 (Leicester City) 7 apps (1 goal) - - - -
1979-1980 (Leicester City) 19 apps (3 goals) 1 app (0 goals) - - -
1980-1981 (Leicester City) 9 apps (2 goals) 1 apps (1 goal) - - -
1981-1982 (Leicester City) 39 apps (17 goals) 5 apps (2 goals) 3 apps (0 goals) - -
1982-1983 (Leicester City) 40 apps (26 goals) 1 app (0 goals) 2 apps (0 goals) - -
1983-1984 (Leicester City) 39 apps (22 goals) 1 app (0 goals) 1 app (0 goals) - -
1984-1985 (Leicester City) 41 apps (24 goals) 4 apps (3 goals) 3 apps (2 goals) - -
1985-1986 (Everton) 41 apps (30 goals) 6 apps (5 goals) 5 apps (3 goals) - -
1986-1987 (Barcelona) 41 apps (21 goals) 1 apps (1 goal) - 8 apps (0 goals) -
1987-1988 (Barcelona) 36 apps (16 goals) 5 apps (2 goals) - 9 apps (2 goals) -
1988-1989 (Barcelona) 26 apps (6 goals) 4 apps (1 goal) - - 8 apps (4 goals)
1989-1990 (THFC) 38 apps (24 goals) 1 app (0 goals) 6 apps (2 goals) - -
1990-1991 (THFC) 32 apps (15 goals) 6 apps (3 goals) 5 apps (1 goal) - -
1991-1992 (THFC) 35 apps (28 goals) 2 apps (0 goals) 5 apps (5 goals) - 8 apps (2 goals)
1993 (Nagoya Grampus Eight) 6 apps (3 goals) 0 apps (0 goals) 0 apps (0 goals) - -
1994 (Nagoya Grampus Eight) 17 apps (6 goals) 0 apps (0 goals) 0 apps (0 goals) - -
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