- Current Team
- Everton, Republic of Ireland
- October 25, 1987
Darron Gibson spent his youth career with Manchester United and showed early promise by being named the clubs Academy Player of the Year in 2006. He went out on loan spells to Royal Antwerp in Belgium where he spent the 2006 / 07 season and then spending the majority of the 2007 / 08 season with Wolverhampton Wanders.
Derry born Gibson began his international career for Ireland in 2007 which kicked off a dispute between FAI and IFA in relation to which national team he could represent. The matter was referred to FIFA who declared that as Irish citizens, people who are born in Northern Ireland can to play for either Northern Ireland or the Republic.
Gibson is known for his desire to strike at goal from long range when he gets the opportunity. However, his goal to game ratio proves that this is not a part of this game that he should rely on. He has established himself as centre midfielder who is well able to put a strong foot into a tackle and then look to pick out a team mate to move the play into the next phase of the attack, whether the team mate is five or fifty yards away.
In picking Gibson for his first start for the national side in October 2008 against Cyprus, Giovanni Trapattoni stated the first reason was the players height, (as the alternative was Liam Miller) the second reason was that he plays with confidence. Gibson scored his only goal for Ireland against Wales in the Aviva Stadium where Ireland won 3-0 in the Nations cup in February 2011.
Gibson moved from Manchester United to Everton in January of 2012 and helped Everton finish seventh in the Premier League. Going into the 2012 European Championship, Gibson had finished higher than any of the twenty Premier League / Championship based players in the Ireland squad but failed to make an appearance at any stage in Ireland’s three games in the tournament.
Disappointed by this, Gibson withdrew from the Ireland squad due to face Kazakhstan in September 2012 and again in March 2013 in the double header against Sweden and Austria. Gibson returned to the Ireland set up in October 2013, starting the 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Germany. Four days later in the Aviva for Ireland’s final game of the qualifying campaign against Kazakhstan Gibson came off before half time with a suspected knee injury. This would keep Gibson out of the International set up for almost a year before he returned to the starting line up for the home friendly against Oman.
- Author: Mickey McCormack