Andre Gray Biography
Andre Gray was born on 26th June 1991, he is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Watford. A product of the Shrewsbury Town youth system, Gray came to prominence after scoring 57 goals in 111 appearances in a two-season spell with Luton Town. He represented England C at international level.re
Andre Gray Age
Full name: Andre Anthony Gray
Date of birth: 26 June 1991 (age 26 as of 2018)
Place of birth: Wolverhampton, England
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Andre Gray Tattoo
Andre Gray’s new tattoo took nine eight-hour sessions to have inked on to his back, but has been three years in the making.
Even the briefest of glances at his back tells you that his tattoo is no ordinary Premier League footballer’s fashion accessory. Muhammad Ali and Bob Marley sit alongside images of Rosa Parks, Marcus Garvey, the Black Panthers and Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who famously protested at the Mexico Olympics. All are inspirations for Watford’s record signing after he first started reading up on the African-American civil rights movement.
Unsurprisingly, the tattoo provoked a huge and varied response after Gray posted a picture of it on Twitter last week, but the 26 year-old is clearly extremely well versed in the pictures and slogans that he has chosen to have permanently imprinted.
“The civil rights movement is something I’ve looked into a lot,” said Gray. “When I was about 23, I started reading up on it all and watching TV programmes. You find you read about one person and then you find there is a documentary you can watch about them and then it usually leads on to something else.”
Asked to pick out one of the figures who has become of particular interest to him, Gray replied: “Marcus Garvey. He was the first person to really start trying to fight back and fight for equal rights. Most interesting for me, he created a ship, which is on the tattoo as well, to take African Americans back to Africa from other countries.
“He was the one a lot of other famous civil rights activists looked up to and he had Jamaican heritage as well, like me, so it was really interesting for me. Then you start watching videos on YouTube and all these other people pop up and you learn more and more.”
Other than reading up and watching videos on civil rights, Gray also took time out during his summer holiday to try to educate himself further before making an £18.5 million move from Burnley to Watford.
“I went to Zanzibar on holiday and there was a lot there about civil rights and there was a museum, where there are old slave chambers,” he said. “It was horrible to go to and they’ve still got the chains there. It opens your eyes a lot. To go to Africa and see some of those things was pretty difficult, but it makes you think.”
Thinking and learning are two things Gray has done a lot of during his rise from non-League football and gang culture that he is sure would have resulted in him going to prison if he had not moved away from Wolverhampton.
He was stabbed in the face during a night out in 2011 and last season served a ban after homophobic tweets he posted in 2012 came to light just after the striker had scored his first Premier League goal against Liverpool.
“I had changed a long time before the tweets were exposed,” said Gray. “I couldn’t even imagine I would have written them because they don’t represent the person I am now. I didn’t know they were there, I thought they were fake.”
Gray, who joined Luton Town from Hinckley United in March 2012, added: “The best thing that happened to me was going to Luton and being able to get away from it all and not be in the position to be dragged back into anything in terms of getting into trouble with the police.
“I try not to think about where I would be now if I had stayed in Wolverhampton. Jail. That’s the way I would have seen it. It was just part and parcel of where I grew up and the lifestyle I was in. I’ve got one friend that hasn’t been to jail – it was just normal and it’s not seen as a massive thing. It’s part of life where I’m from.”
Gray has been the recipient of racist abuse during his career and admitted that his first instinct used to be to fight. But reading the stories of Smith and Carlos, who silently protested while collecting their gold and bronze medals in the Mexico Olympics, has taught him there are other ways to react.
“Yeah 100 per cent and that is why the picture of the Olympians was a big piece that I really wanted to get on the tattoo,” said Gray. “There was also the Australian guy [Peter Norman] who stood with them and supported them, and that was a massive moment. He got a lot of stick and hate for it, but it showed somebody in the limelight could stand up and help change things. It’s something you have to do when you are in that position.”
Gray is still waiting for his first Watford goal, but the team has made a superb start to the season and are unbeaten in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s game against Manchester City at Vicarage Road.
Squaring up to Sergio Aguero is not something Gray could have envisaged five years ago, when the Argentine scored the goal that clinched City’s first top-flight title for 44 years.
“I watched it in a pub with my friends in Wolverhampton,” said Gray. “I think I had been at Luton in the Conference and the season had already finished. I’d have never believed you if you’d have told me I would be sharing a pitch with Aguero, that’s crazy.
“It’s hard to see yourself in the Premier League when you are in the Conference because the jump is so high. When I was there nobody had done it. Jamie Vardy got his move to Leicester, but that was in the Championship so the Premier League seemed like a very long way away.
“The boys at Luton used to tell me I would get a move and people said I’d play in the Premier League, but I found it laughable. I just thought ‘how can you say that?’ You know yourself how good you are, but you are playing in non-League and it’s hard to believe.”
Andre Gray Salary – Andre Gray Wages
Weekly wage – £70,000
Signing fee – £18.5million
Andre Gray Watford
On 9 August 2017, Gray signed for Premier League club Watford on a five-year contract for an undisclosed club record fee, after he rejected the offer of a new contract at Burnley, having entered the final year of his contract.
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Andre Gray Transfer Fee
Watford have confirmed the signing of striker Andre Gray from Burnley for a club-record transfer fee. The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract in a deal worth in the region of £18.5m. Aug 9, 2017
Andre Gray Tweets
Andre Gray Burnley
On 21 August 2015, Gray joined Championship club Burnley on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee – believed to be a club-record £6 million deal – double the previous record jointly held by George Boyd and Steven Fletcher. Gray signed on the eve of Brentford’s Championship clash at Turf Moor but wasn’t eligible to make his debut against his former club, having signed too late.
Gray’s former club Luton Town revealed their financial windfall after the striker’s transfer to Burnley. A club statement read: “We are guaranteed to receive a shade over £1.1 million from the fee which will be spread over three seasons; an initial figure approaching £300,000 followed by two of just over £400,000 each”.
On 29 August 2015, Gray made his Burnley debut in a 2–1 away victory over Bristol City. He followed up his debut by scoring his first goal for the club in second half stoppage time to complete a 3–1 home win over Sheffield Wednesday two weeks later.
Gray’s goalscoring run of eight goals in eight matches during October and November helped Burnley keep pace with the league leaders. A further seven goals in nine matches from late December to early February, including a hat-trick in a 4–0 win over Bristol City increased his goalscoring tally to 15, as Burnley chased the automatic promotion positions in the Championship table.
Gray scored eight goals in Burnley’s remaining matches to help them reach the Championship summit, including one on the final day of the 2015–16 season as Burnley secured the Championship title after a 3–0 away win over Charlton Athletic. During this time, Gray was named Championship Player of the Year and won the Golden Boot award after finishing as Championship top scorer with 25 goals, including the two he scored in his appearances for Brentford.
Gray made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the 2016–17 season in a 1–0 home defeat to Swansea City. One week later, he followed up his Premier League debut by scoring his first Premier League goal in a 2–0 home win over Liverpool.
Gray scored his first Premier League hat-trick in a 4–1 victory over Sunderland on 31 December 2016 to become the first Burnley player to score a Premier League hat-trick and the first Burnley player to score a top flight hat-trick since Peter Noble in 1975. Gray finished the 2016–17 season with 36 appearances and 10 goals, helping Burnley to finish 16th in the Premier League.
Andre Gray Girlfriend – Andre Gray Little Mix
Andre Gray is believed to have become involved with the Little Mix singer towards the end of 2016. Pinnock has posted a number of snaps supporting Gray, including one in the shirt of his former club Burnley. And the pair were seen enjoying the sunshine on holiday in Marbella this summer.
Andre Gray Scar
Andre Gray: ‘Being stabbed turned my life around’
The scar that runs all the way from just beside Andre Gray’s lip to his left ear stands as permanent four-inch proof that the very worst of times can be turned into a life-changing positive. Gray was stabbed while on a night out in Wolverhampton over Christmas 2011 but the realisation of just how life-threatening the injury might have been was to prompt a new start.
“I woke up the next day and instead of dwelling on it and thinking, ‘Oh my God I’ve got a big scar on my face’, I thought it could have been my eye or my neck,” he says. “It could have been a lot worse. It made me get up and get on with it. I had to take it on the chin and move on with my life. And I haven’t looked back since then.”
Gray, who is now 26, was playing in non-league with Hinckley Town at the time of the attack. He would subsequently join Luton Town on loan and then permanently before a move to Brentford last summer where his 16 goals have helped take the club to the brink of the Premier League.
The stabbing, though, was the pivotal moment. He says that the adrenalin meant that he did not feel any physical pain, only a sudden urge to make something of his life. “It was in the street after a club,” he says. “It was the wrong place, wrong time. I didn’t deserve it but I was putting myself in certain situations where it was bound to happen. I was getting into trouble.
“I was a lot worse when I was a kid in gangs. I was in clubs with the wrong crowd who were still in bad trouble with other people. But sometimes it’s hard when they’re your friends to get away from it. I was already coming out of that sort of stuff but it’s the best thing that has happened to me. It made me think, ‘I’ve got something to do with my life unlike a lot of people’. It made me grow as a person but it’s part of where I was from and part of my life.
“I’ll never forget where I came from or who my friends are. But I know there is a time and a place to be with them. That’s not being with 20 or 30 people in a nightclub or walking around the streets.”
Another turning point was becoming a big brother to Cody, who is now five but lost his own dad 18 months ago. “Him not having a father figure now has played a massive part in me having to do even more,” says Gray. Cody is hoping to be at Friday night’s play-off first leg against Middlesbrough at Griffin Park but, if not, he will certainly be there with their mum should Brentford reach Wembley.
The examples of Rickie Lambert, Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin have served as recent proof that the transition from the lower leagues to the Premier League is far from unsurmountable.
“I played against Vardy when he was at Fleetwood and to see the rise he’s had has obviously shown that it’s possible,” says Gray.
“Hopefully I can go down the route of Lambert and sustain Premier League status if I get there. I believe I can be a Premier League player. If I made the step up the leagues I can’t see why not. I made the step up from the Conference North to the Conference Premier. The difference in standard is quite big in those two leagues. I’ve skipped League Two and League One and we’re in the Championship play-offs.
Getting the right people around me made a massive difference. I’ve got a lot of friends but my mum is one of the main ones and my nan and my granddad were.”
Gray also hopes that his story can serve as an inspiration not just to emerging footballers from the lower leagues but young people who may feel trapped by a gang culture. “I’d like to think so,” he says. “I’ve seen a lot, I’ve been through a lot and where I’m from it’s not the easiest to do. There are still people doing the same stupid things but that’s people thinking that’s the life they want to live. I’ve got a lot of people that I’m around now who have a lot bigger ambitions.
“I’ve come this far and I’ve gone past having to pinch myself.”
Andre Gray Homophobic Tweets
The striker subsequently made a passionate apology after the tweet was discovered four years later, and said he is now a “different person”.
— Andre Gray (@AndreGray7) August 20, 2016
Andre Gray News
LITTLE Mix star Leigh-Anne Pinnock showed off her impressive figure in a thong bikini on Greek getaway with boyfriend Andre Gray.
The singer, 26, flashed her bum in skimpy swimwear as she boarded a yacht off the island of Mykonos with the hunky footballer. Leigh-Anne was snapped wearing a red bikini top and black thong-style bikini bottoms.
She wore her curly hair loose and accessorised with a gold necklace. The star joined the topless Watford star, 26, on the boat. He flashed a number of his tattoos for their sunny day out.
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