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Gordon GREER
 SCOTLAND
 international (5 apps)

 'B' international (2 apps)
 

A central defender initially signed on a month's loan from Doncaster in January 2009, Greer made his debut in a 3-2 win over Walsall at the end of the month - instantly creating an impression with an assured performance at the heart of the Town's back four. Having been sidelined through injury at Doncaster for a significant spell, Greer soon spoke of his relief at playing first team football again, and though he missed the last match of his original temporary deal, he soon extended his spell to the maximum 93 day period.

Perhaps surprisingly, manager Danny Wilson selected Greer as captain soon after his extension was confirmed, Greer responding with more good performances, and he admitted that with his Doncaster contract up at the end of the season, he would be interested in a permanent switch to the County Ground. Greer netted his first goal for the Town in April in a crunch relegation battle at Brighton - a fortnight later, Swindon secured their League One status in the final game of his loan deal, with a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers. After his release by Doncaster, Greer agreed a two year contract to return, and despite being pursued by clubs from both Scotland and England, he said the decision to move to Swindon was an easy one.

Greer continued to captain the side throughout the following campaign, and was almost ever-present as the Town pushed for promotion, forming a solid partnership with Scott Cuthbert in the centre of defence. After missing only one match at Walsall in September with a shoulder injury, Greerís only other absence came in February, when a twisted ankle forced him off against Carlisle, and he was rested for the visit of Stockport - and with the captain perhaps beginning to look jaded, he was also benched for the visit to MK Dons the following month, which the Town lost 2-1. His return to the starting eleven coincided with a six match unbeaten run - five of which were won, the other seeing Greer heading an injury time equaliser against champions-elect Norwich - as the Town jumped into second place in the table. The season didnít end well for Greer though - after losing that second spot throughout April, Swindon needed a victory in the final game of the season at Millwall to have any chance of reclaiming it - and though they took the lead in the game, they were soon pegged back, and an own goal by Greer gave the Lions the advantage as they went on to beat the Town 3-2. In the play-offs, Greer led the team to a 2-1 first leg victory over Charlton, but was sent off for violent conduct in the second, when he inexplicably followed through with his studs after winning the ball from ex-Town loanee Deon Burton, connecting with the strikerís stomach. With the Town 3-2 down on aggregate at the time, it appeared that his dismissal would prevent Swindon from coming back into the game, but after they snatched a goal to level the tie and then went on to win on penalties, Greer was ruled out of the final through suspension.

After the Town lost the final to remain in League One, Greer was the subject of transfer speculation over the summer that sparked a row between Town chairman Andrew Fitton and his counterpart at Brighton, Tony Bloom. After Bloom claimed that Albion had made a second, improved offer for Greer, Fitton rejected his claims, stating that he hadnít received an official offer at all - and that he "wouldnít get out of bed" for the money that had been discussed. A fortnight later, an official bid rumoured to be in the region of £250,000 was received, and it was rejected out of hand, with Fitton believed to value the player at £450,000. Two weeks later though, an undisclosed fee was accepted - and Fitton stated that "every player has his price and when that price is met, and if the player expresses an interest that he wants to go, then in this world there is no loyalty. You have to let him go." After the deal was done, amidst some rumours that Greer hadn't been well liked at the club, Greer claimed that though he was happy at Swindon and Danny Wilson wanted to keep him, Fitton's refusal to discuss a contract extension until October was the catalyst for him to leave.

PLAYING RECORD:

Season LEAGUE FA CUP LEAGUE CUP OTHER TOTAL
Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls Played Gls
'09/'10 45 (+1) 1 3 1 2 - 2 - 52 (+1) 2
'08/'09 19 1 - - - - - - 19 1
TOTAL 64 (+1) 2 3 1 2 - 2 - 71 (+1) 3


TRANSFER INFORMATION:

DATE IN/OUT TRANSFER DETAIL
26 JAN 2009 IN Doncaster Rovers
(loan)
29 APR 2009 OUT Doncaster Rovers
(loan return)
12 MAY 2009 IN Doncaster Rovers
(unattached)
13 JUL 2010 OUT Brighton and Hove Albion
Undisclosed fee (believed to be an initial £250,000, plus possible performance related clauses)

date of birth
14 December 1980


             
             
             
             
           
             

usual positions
central defence

senior career
Clyde 
Blackburn Rovers
Stockport County (loan)
Kilmarnock 
Doncaster Rovers
SWINDON TOWN (loan)
SWINDON TOWN
Brighton & Hove Albion