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Gareth McAuley | Defensemen | #23

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/5/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 198

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West Bromwich Albion do not appear to have any concerns about Gareth McAuley's age, given his recent form.
The Baggies announced McAuley has signed a new contract that will extend his current deal into next season, when he will turn 38 years old. But McAuley has started all 29 of the club's Premier League matches this season and is the league's top-scoring defender with seven goals. Said the Scottish international: "I’d like to thank the Club, the gaffer and everyone here who helps me to stay fit to be able to play at this level. It’s very, very pleasing. When I signed I just wanted to play in the Premier League and I knew that wasn’t a given when I came here. But I’ve still got that desire sitting here today. I don’t think that will leave me." Mar 30 - 12:50 PM

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Gareth McAuley scored a crucial goal again in Week 26 as West Brom beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Hawthorns.

All the scoring happened relatively early in the match with Josh King scoring a penalty in the 5th minute followed by a deflected Craig Dawson strike in the 10th and the Gareth McAuley winner in the 22nd. McAuley scored late to draw Albion even against West Brom earlier in February and he closed out the month with a winner. The goal came when the center back was first to pounce on Artur Boruc's flailing attempt at a punch from Chris Brunt's corner. The win further cements Albion's status in the 8th spot in the league as they moved eight points clear of Stoke City.
Feb 25 - 12:24 PM

Gareth McAuley headed home an equalizer late in stoppage time to give West Brom a 2-2 draw at the Olympic Stadium against West Ham.

After Nacer Chadli had put Albion up early it was the home side's turn to score. They netted second half goals from Sofiane Feghouli and Manuel Lanzini before a corner found its way from Jonny Evans to Gareth McAuley. McAuley found the back of the net and secured a dubious point. Earlier in the match, West Ham felt that Chadli's goal should have been disallowed while a Hammers goal should not have been disallowed. On a day all about slender margins, a draw seemed reasonable.
Feb 11 - 12:25 PM

West Bromwich Albion ran into brick wall this afternoon, never threatening over 90 minutes as Tottenham ripped them to shreds, 4-0.

This is one game Tony Pulis will want to immediately forget. Tottenham dominated possession, keeping the ball 78% of the time over the course of 90 minutes while the Baggies did not come close to testing Hugo Lloris. West Brom conceded twice in the first half, the second going as an own goal to Gareth McAuley as a Christian Eriksen shot deflected off the defender before going in. Pulis tried to switch tactics in the second half but it made little impact as Spurs would go on to put away two more. Lucky for West Brom, the fixtures ahead gets a bit easier. They just picked a bad time to get Tottenham on the schedule.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 9:55 AM

Gareth McAuley has been identified as facing a late fitness test ahead of Albion's Sunday match with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have been extremely potent attacking this season and the absence of McAuley would be a big blow for Tony Pulis heading into a match he probably wouldn't expect a great deal from even if fully healthy. He is certainly well-stocked with options behind McAuley but either of Jonas Olsson or Brandon Galloway would certainly be a step down.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:41:00 PM

Gareth McAuley scored a first half goal but it didn't stand up as Hull City came back for a 1-1 draw.

It was a less-than-entertaining match from the KCOM Stadium as both sides struggled to create chances. A Matt Phillips corner found its way to Gareth McAuley for the opener in the first half. Tony Pulis' side couldn't make it stand up though as Michael Dawson touched home a Robert Snodgrass free kick for the equalizer that ended the scoring.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 03:02:00 PM

Gareth McAuley scored a first half goal but it didn't stand up as Hull City came back for a 1-1 draw.

It was a less-than-entertaining match from the KCOM Stadium as both sides struggled to create chances. A Matt Phillips corner found its way to Gareth McAuley for the opener in the first half. Tony Pulis' side couldn't make it stand up though as Michael Dawson touched home a Robert Snodgrass free kick for the equalizer that ended the scoring.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 03:02:00 PM

West Bromwich Albion could not hold onto an early lead at home behind a Gareth McAuley opener in a 2-1 loss to Everton.

The Baggies jumped ahead in just the ninth minute of the match after McAuley shook his marker during a corner kick and headed in Craig Gardner's cross at the back post for the 1-0 lead. But West Brom couldn't manage much more on the attacking side of things, dropping into a deep-lying defensive shell that allowed the Toffees back into the game with a goal from Kevin Mirallas in stoppage time of the first half. Gareth Barry added the eventual match-winner 15 minutes into the second half during a scramble in the box as the Baggies couldn't dig out of a hole that saw them with just 34 percent possession.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 12:41:00 PM

Gareth Bale served in a great cross that force a bad touch from Gareth McAuley and ended up as the only goal of the match.

It wasn't a great match as far as entertainment value. Northern Ireland were intent on making it a grind of a match with few chances in either direction. It nearly worked but Gareth Bale produced a moment of magic that would have been guided home by Hal Robson-Kanu had McAuley not intervened unsuccessfully first. Wales are now on to the quarterfinals of Euro 2016
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 02:13:00 PM

Northern Ireland scored an historic victory over Ukraine on the power of a 49th minute header from Gareth McAuley followed up by a stoppage time goal from Niall McGinn.

It was a first-ever win in European Championship competition for Northern Ireland who are, at least briefly, even with Poland and Germany on three points at the top of Group C. The Northern Irish were stout in defense and managed to silence Ukraine's big name attackers Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko. They went ahead on McAuley's goal and were defending for much of the match until McGinn spurned an opportunity to waste time in the corner and cut it back to the middle for an insurance goal.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson are both back in training and could be fit for the Week 27 match against Crystal Palace and the Hawthorns.

McAuley, Dawson and Jonny Evans have all been suffering from injuries that played havoc with the Albion defense. All three could be back with McAuley and Dawson the more likely. Tony Pulis is known to have a fondness for as many central defenders as he can fit into a formation so having his best back will be a big boost especially as Yannick Bolasie returns for the Eagles.
Fri, Feb 26, 2016 04:16:00 PM

West Brom have been plunged into a defensive crisis ahead of Wednesday nights’ FA Cup fourth round replay against Peterborough United at the London Road Stadium.

The League One outfit grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the original tie at the Hawthorns just as it seemed Tony Pulis’ men had done enough, taking the lead in the 84th minute. But parity was restored moments later and the sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Now the Baggies face a trip down South with up-to five defenders at risk of missing the game. Jonny Evans (hamstring) and Chris Brunt (calf) are definitely ruled out while Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley and Craig Dawson picked up problems at Newcastle on Saturday. That leaves the Premier League outfit with only three fit senior defenders at the club - James Chester, Cristian Gamboa and Sebastien Pocognoli – and Pulis may need to call upon some Albion youngsters for cover.
Tue, Feb 9, 2016 03:44:00 AM

Gareth McAuley will miss the visit of Arsenal after being red carded late in the Baggies' 2-0 loss to Manchester United in Week 12.

With McAuley out, the logical candidates to fill the gap in the center of defense are James Chester and Jonas Olsson. Chester arrived for a pretty penny over the summer and has barely seen the pitch since despite it being Tony Pulis' decision to buy him. Olsson has figured when healthy but that is never a sure thing minute-to-minute in recent years. The loss of McAuley means that West Brom will be taking a hit in terms of they physicality of their defense which might point to Chester as the selection. The opposite side of the argument is that Chester spoke out over the international break about his frustration at not playing and Pulis may not want to reward that sort of behavior.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 01:19:00 PM

Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson will both likely be missing for Tony Pulis as his Baggies travel to Selhurst Park to battle the manager's former club Crystal Palace.

As the health of the defense disintegrated on Monday, so too did the 2-0 lead that the Baggies enjoyed over Everton at halftime. Pulis will likely be forced to revert to his center back-heavy line-up featuring Jonny Evans, James Chester, and Craig Dawson with the potential of Chris Brunt dropping back and playing an outside back role. It is possible that Sebastien Pocognoli could come in but Tony Pulis has been very reluctant to use him in Premier League matches since taking over.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:03:00 AM

Gareth McAuley will be available for Week 2 after missing the Baggies' Week 1 loss at the hands of Manchester City.

It appeared that Tony Pulis went with a 3-5-2 in Week 1 with Chris Brunt and James McClean playing the wing back roles. Whether this was a makeshift line-up due to McAuley's absence or a change in strategy is something we'll find out now that McAuley is available again. Either way, the back line is dangerously thin with McAuley and Jonas Olsson the only two recognized defenders who didn't start last week. If Pulis goes back to the four center back alignment he favored for most of last season then Olsson is really his only reserve.
Fri, Aug 14, 2015 11:29:00 AM