Gary Thorne

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Position: Central DefenderGary Thorne
DoB: 22nd March 1977
Birthplace: Swindon

City Career
Transfer Details: Rosenior's first signing for City in March '96 on a free transfer from Swindon where he was a first year professional.
City Debut: Vs. Atherstone United(a) BHLPD, 23rd March 1996, Lost 2-1.
1995/6: 11 Apps, 0 Goals
1996/7: 51(2) Apps, 0 Goals
1997/8: 59 Apps, 3 Goals
1998/9: 47(2) Apps, 2 Goals
1999/0: 35 Apps, 2 Goals
Totals: 203(4) Apps, 7 Goals

Previous Clubs: Swindon Town (2(1)), Gloucester City, Newport County, Bath City, Merthyr Tydfil, Chippenham Town, Weston-super-Mare Town, Mangotsfield United

Honours: FA Trophy Semi's 96/7, City PoY 1997/8, Bath City PoY 02/3, Merthyr Tydfil PoY 03/4

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Thorney was a consistent and reliable performer in the City side with his game typified by immaculate awareness and a self-styled cool approach to the game. Rarely rattled, his calm distribution and well timed interceptions add a little class to the hurly-burly of DML football. Thorney is playing well below the standard he deserves and it is to the surprise of fans that despite trials at Bristol Rovers and Chelsea, no professional side bought him, although Bradford apparently had a bid refused. 
Highly cultured right foot and  a steadying influence at the back, able to hold the line well and always had enough pace to get back to cover most forwards. Passed a century of City games at the tender age of 20 in January 98 ( certainly a record of recent times and quite probably an example of youth torture), and played with such a cool head it was easy to forget he was still so young. Has little of his game to improve, although a few more goals would always be nice - took several seasons to break his goal scoring duck and his main attacking asset remained a powerful long throw. 
His excellent form saw him pick up both the Supporter's and Player's Player of the Year award for 1997/8, and was joined at the club by his younger brother Wayne in the summer of 1998. Proved to be a versatile player, having briefly reverted to his original position of central midfield, and found himself playing as right and even left back as player shortages forced Hughes to patch and mend with his squad.
Eventually the inevitable happened and when Hughes got sacked at the end of February 2000 Thorne followed Kemp to Newport County where they continued their solid central defensive partnership. What really stuck in the throat was to have again lost a top class player on a free transfer, especially as only months previously Forest Green had been offering a transfer fee for him.

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