Gary Shaw

For the Australian rules footballer, see Gary Shaw (Australian footballer).
Gary Shaw
Personal information
Full name Gary Robert Shaw
Date of birth (1961-01-21) 21 January 1961
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1988 Aston Villa 165 (59)
1987Blackpool (loan) 6 (0)
1988 Kjøbenhavns Boldklub 14 (4)
1988–1990 SK Austria Klagenfurt 1 (1)
1990 Walsall 9 (3)
1990 Kilmarnock 2 (0)
1990–1991 Shrewsbury Town 22 (5)
1991–1992 Ernest Borel
Total 218 (71)
National team
1981–1982 England U21 7 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gary Shaw (born 21 January 1961) is an English former football striker who played for Aston Villa in the early 1980s.

Club career

During the 1980s, Shaw's goals helped Aston Villa win the First Division championship in 1980–81 and the European Cup the following year - the only Birmingham-born player in the team. In 1981 he was voted PFA Young Player of the Year, and was awarded the Bravo Award the following year, as the best under-23 player in European Competitions.

His promising Villa career was effectively ended after sustaining a knee injury in an away game at Nottingham Forest. After a heavy tackle, he was helped to his feet by Ian Bowyer and, in Shaw's words, something in his knee 'clicked'. After his recovery, he continued to play for Villa until the conclusion of the 1987–88 season. In July 1988 he made his debut for Copenhagen-based Kjøbenhavns Boldklub in Denmark, moving to SK Austria Klagenfurt in Austria in 1989. He finished his career off at Walsall, Kilmarnock, Shrewsbury Town and the Hong Kong-based Ernest Borel FC.

International career

Shaw gained seven caps for the England under-21 team. Following a successful European Cup campaign with Aston Villa, he was also included in the 40-strong preliminary England squad for the 1982 FIFA World Cup finals; however, he was not picked in the final 22.

Personal life

As a boy, Shaw lived in Meriden Drive, Kingshurst, and spent hours kicking a football round on a patch of grass opposite the Punch Bowl public house known locally as 'The Island'.

He attended Kingshurst County Junior School, in School Close, followed by Kingshurst Comprehensive in Cooks Lane.




Aston Villa



  1. José Luis Pierrend (8 January 2015). "The "Bravo" Award". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
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