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Factfile: 10 things you might not know about Sam Gallagher

What links the Rovers new boy with Paul Downing? What current Rover was an opponent when Sam bagged his first Premier League goal? All that and more, here!

14 July 2019

We've looked back at Sam Gallagher's career so far to pick out ten things you might not know about our newest Rover...

  • Born in Crediton, Devon, Sam spent six years in the Plymouth Argyle academy before being signed for the Southampton youth system as a 16-year-old back in April 2012.

  • Progressing through the ranks with The Saints, Sam scored the winner against Rovers in the Premier League Cup Final back in April 2015. Another former Rover in Harrison Reed was sent off for Southampton late in the game, whilst Rovers included Ryan Nyambe in their starting line-up.

  • Sam is eligible to appear for both Scotland and England in his career, and represented the two countries during his youth. The hitman appeared three times for both Scotland and England at Under-19 level, before going on to represent England at Under-20 level as well.

  • With England Under-20s, Gallagher played alongside current Premier League stars in Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks and Leicester City's Demarai Gray, and was coached by Keith Downing, who is the uncle of former Rovers defender Paul Downing.

  • Gallagher would play a part in the Southampton first team squads under numerous managers, but it all started off for the striker when he made his debut away at Sunderland in the Carabao Cup, under Mauricio Pochettino, back in November 2013.

  • It would be back in the north-east at Newcastle United, a month later, where Gallagher would make his Premier League debut, coming on as a late substitute at St James' Park for Jay Rodriguez in a 1-1 draw.

  • He didn't have to wait too much longer for his first professional goal to arrive, producing a superb solo run and finish in a home FA Cup clash against Yeovil Town. Sam's goal secured a 2-0 win for The Saints, with the striker getting the team's second goal with 20 minutes remaining.

  • March 2014 saw Sam bag his first Premier League goal, providing an instant impact off the bench to score Southampton's fourth goal against Norwich City. The visitors that day included fellow Rovers new boy Bradley Johnson in their starting side.

  • Gallagher spent the first part of the 2015-16 on loan at MK Dons, but it was the 2016-17 campaign at Rovers that really saw the striker get regular game time under his belt. Gallagher appeared 47 times in all competitions for the club and scored 12 goals during his first spell at Ewood Park.

  • The following season would see Sam loaned out again to a Championship side. This time it was Birmingham City who took the Devon-born striker to St Andrew's. He would play under four managers - Harry Redknapp, Lee Carsley, Steve Cotterill and Garry Monk - during his time in The Midlands and would go on to score seven times in 34 games for The Blues. He finished as Birmingham's top goalscorer in the league.

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