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Gareth McAuley | Defensemen | #23

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/5/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 198

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Gareth McAuley will not return to the West Brom squad for Week 4 as he lacks match fitness as he recovers from a thigh injury picked up over the summer.
McAuley will return to a crowded defense with Jonny Evans having remained at the Hawthorns and Ahmed Hegazi having emerged over the first three weeks of the season. With Craig Dawson firmly entrenched there will be a battle for minutes at the heart of the defense once everyone is healthy and fit. Given age it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect McAuley to find himself a reserve despite his level of play and durability over the past couple of seasons. Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:22:00 PM

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Tony Pulis has indicated that Gareth McAuley will likely need a couple of weeks before he is ready to return to action meaning he will definitely miss out as Albion host Bournemouth in Week 1 action.

With Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, and Nacer Chadli all returning from minor pre-season injuries Tony Pulis' side is pretty well positioned to weather McAuley's absence without too much concern. In fact, it is probably wise for Pulis to start planning for life with McAuley as more of a valuable reserve than a sure-fire starter. At 37-years-old McAuley's health has been exceptional in recent seasons but it's hard to imagine he can keep going too much longer starting week-after-week.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 11:08:00 AM

Gareth McAuley is a major doubt for the visit of AFC Bournemouth on August 12 as he struggles to shake off a thigh injury.

The West Bromwich Albion defender is yet to feature in pre-season having picked up the problem while on international duty with Northern Ireland back in June. Despite the early optimism of a full recovery by August, it now looks like McAuley won’t be ready in time after Tony Pulis confirmed the 37-year-old, along with James Morrison [knee], will miss this weekend’s trip to northern Spain to continue their rehab. "By the time the season starts they'll be closer. Whether they'll be able to start we're not sure. We're hoping they will be around about fit," revealed the Baggies boss. There was better news however, as Matt Phillips, Craig Dawson, James McClean and Jake Livermore are all expected to feature against Deportivo La Coruna while Salomon Rondon will also return after he was rested on Tuesday night.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 04:00:00 PM

Gareth McAuley is likely to return to the Albion starting line-up for the finale against Swansea after missing out against Manchester City.

McAuley seems to be getting better with age. At 37-years-old, the West Brom center back started 36 Premier League matches (with a chance for 37 on Sunday) and seems to be thriving in Tony Pulis' defense-first system despite his age. With Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson both younger it may be that McAuley starts to be phased out in favor of younger players soon but based on what we saw this season he still has something significant to offer and he'll have a chance to show that off one more time after recovering from a thigh injury that kept him out of Albion's trip to the Etihad.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, May 19, 2017 10:49:00 AM

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."
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 12:50:00 PM

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.
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 12:24:00 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.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 12:25:00 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
Sat, Jan 14, 2017 09:55:00 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