Often confused with another player of the same name as having previously played for Shamrock Rovers. Gary’s only previous association with the Hoops is the Northern Ireland Milk Cup of 2009 when he played as a guest for the club.
This Gary Shaw had been playing for Newbridge Town before he signed for Bray Wanderers in August 2010. He scored Wanderers’ second goal in the 2-2 draw with the Hoops in the final game of the season – that was a goal that caused a flutter in the hearts of all Rovers’ fans that night as it ensured a tense final 20 minutes in a game in which the Hoops needed at least a point (and thankfully got it!) to win their first Premier Division title in sixteen years.
Gary moved on to Longford Town for the 2012 season with 2014 being his most rewarding year, as he enjoyed tremendous form and played a big part in the ‘Town winning the First Division title. He signed for Rovers in late 2015 and scored his first goal for the club on his 24th birthday in the 3-0 win at home to Sligo.
Gary’s haul of 12 goals earned him the club Player of the Year award in 2017, including winners in Dundalk and Iceland and two braces in Galway. He suffered a horrific injury in Rovers’ second last game in Bray but remarkably returned to action in pre-season just 3 months after the arm-break.