Centre back Gardner was signed from Tottenham, initially on loan then a few weeks later permanently for club record £2.5m fee, to add strength to City’s inaugural Premier League season. However he suffered a string of injuries that kept him out of the side for nearly all of the first season and nearly half of the second. When City returned to the Championship Gardner was quickly loaned out to Crystal Palace.
Born and raised in Stafforshire, Gardner came into the professional game at Port Vale, debuting for the Valiants at 18. Fourteen months later he was a million pound signing for Tottenham where he stayed for eight years, often acting as understudy for future Tiger Michael Dawson.
Gardner’s loan move to Crystal Palace in 2010 was made permanent in August 2011 when his City contract expired. He played an important role in Palace’s 2011/12 Premier League campaign, which also featured a run to the semi final of the League Cup. At the end of that season Gardner did not sign a new contract for Palace and instead moved on to Sheffield Wednesday where he spent a further two seasons, the second marred by further injuries that ended his playing career.
After a solitary under-21 cap, Gardner earned his one senior cap for England in March 2004.
Date/Place of Birth: 19 September 1980, Stone
Hull City First Game: 16 August 2008, Fulham H (Premier League), 27 years, 332 days old
Hull City Final Game: 24 August 2010, Brentford A (League Cup Second Round), 29 years, 339 days old
Port Vale (1997-2000), Tottenham Hotspur (2000-2008), Everton (2008, loan), Hull City (2008, loan), Hull City (2008-2011), Crystal Palace (2010-2011, loan), Crystal Palace (2011-2012), Sheffield Wednesday (2012-2014)
Hull City Record
Career: 35 apps, 0 goalsAnthony Gardner
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