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Ali Gibb

Ali Gibb
Norwich Career: 1994-1996
Current Club:
Date of Birth: 17/02/1976
Nationality: English

Biography

Ali Gibb is a right sided midfielder from Salisbury. A product of Norwich's youth team, he became a professional in the 1994-95 season making 30 appearances for the Reserves. However he never made the Canaries first team and following a spell on loan to Northampton, he joined the Cobblers for £15,000 in February 1996. He became a regular in their first team ever since and accumulated 131 league appearances and 4 goals by the time of his departure.

After an impressive display for Northampton in the Worthington's Cup against West Ham, it was rumoured that the Hammers were interested in signing Ali. This rumour resurfaced with the £7.5million that West Ham received for the sale of John Hartson to Wimbledon.

Ali was plagued with injuries and has played few games in late 1999. Ambitious Rushden & Diamonds manager Brian Talbot made a bid for Ali in late November 1999 but was informed by new Northampton manager Kevin Wilson that Ali was in his plans for the Cobblers. It appears that these plans were to raise funds as Ali transferred to Stockport County for 50,000 on 19th February 2000. Supposedly Norwich received a small sum in the form of a sell-on clause. He had made 53 appearances for Stockport as of the end of the 2000/01 season

Out of favour with new Stockport manager Sammy Mcilroy, Ali was released from his contract so he could join Bristol Rovers on Transfer Deadline Day (March 25th 2004)

A contract dispute in the summer of 2006 suggested that Ali's spell at the Memorial Ground will soon be over, after making 45(19) appearances for the Pirates. He has been in talk with Danny Wilson's Hartlepool but has also been linked with Stevenage. Ali eventually joined Hartlepool on 31st August 2006

Ali was loaned to Notts County on 11th January 2008 and made his debut the following day in the 3-0 defeat at Bradford City in which Peter Thorne scored a hat-trick. His loan was extended on 31st January 2008 until the end of the 2007/8 campaign

Ali opted to go semi-professional in June 2008, returning to the South West and signing for Conference South side Bath City. In February 2009, Ali was loaned to Yate Town. In June 2009, Ali trialled with Newport Coiunty but if signed, would be competition for Kevin Cooper. He then joined Almondsbury Town

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