the age of 14, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner was playing
in Jamaica's National Premiere League for Harbour
View and exploded onto the football map at the
1998 World Cup finals with Jamaica's Reggae Boyz.
His impressive showing, including assisting on
Jamaica's first ever World Cup goal, got the attention
of scouts and he was snapped up by Bolton Wanderers
from Harbour View that summer for £1million.
He is a skillful, pacy and predominantly plays
as a left-sided player. He is also the starting
left-back for both Jamaica and Bolton.
Gardner suffered serious cruciate ligament knee
injuries in 2000 and 2004 that sidelined him for
months but he was able to recover and become a
stronger more lethal player. When fully fit Gardner
is a constant threat as he patrols up and down
the left flank. He is regarded by many as one
of Bolton's most loyal and finest assets.
2006, Ricardo Gardner became the first Barclays
Premiership player to be voted 'Player of the
Round' and join the season's Team of The FA Cup.
Gardner was among five players nominated for the
award after his sterling performance against Arsenal
who lost to Bolton 1-0 in the fourth round. Of
the 15,000 votes cast, Gardner won 37 percent
of the votes. Other players included Manchester
Uniteds Rio Ferdinand, Stoke's Ed De Goey.
Saturday, September 25, 1976
CLUB: Bolton Wanderers FC (Eng)
CLUB(s) Harbour View FC (Jam)