goalkeeper Paul Gallacher signed for Norwich on 2nd June 2004
on a free transfer from Dundee United where he was out of contract.
He signed a two year contract with the option of an additional
year and will be challenging Robert Green
for the first choice keeper's position. Paul is Norwich's third
full Scottish international in the squad after Gary
Holt and Malky Mackay, both of whom
helped sell Norfolk to Gallacher.
Lacking in match practice due to Robert Green's form in the first
team and Darren Ward's occupation of the reserve team keeper role,
Nigel Worthington revealed that he would be willing to let Paul
go out on loan to get first team action, albeit on a clause that
he could be recalled at 24 hours notice.
In early December 2004, he joined Gillingham on loan, making
his debut in a 2-0 defeat to Wigan. He was recalled early from
this loan on December 27th when Darren Ward was injured leaving
Robert Green with only young Joe Lewis
as cover. Paul was loaned out again on 18th March 2005, joining
former manager Paul Sturrock at Sheffield Wednesday for a month.
This was extended until the end of the season
In June 2005, speculation linked Paul with a return to Dundee
Paul made his debut for Norwich on 15th April 2005 in a 1-0 defeat
at Sheffield Wednesday following an injury to Robert Green during
the pre-match warm-up. He kept his place for the 3-2 win against
QPR two days later and the 1-0 win at Cardiff the following Saturday.
Although out of contract, Norwich offered him the opportunity
to stay at Carrow Road for another season as Darren Ward was leaving
the club. Former club Dundee United and Scottish side Dunfermline
have also been linked with signing him. He was then linked with
Aberdeen on 29th April 2006. In the end, he signed a new two year
contract on 12th June 2006 and vowed to be Norwich first choice
keper, aided by the fact that Robert Green is injured.
Although first choice keeper following Green's transfer to West
Ham United, Gallacher faced the indignity of being replaced by
loan signings (Jamie Ashdown, Lee
Camp, David Marshall and
Tony Warner) during the 2006/7 season.
There was in May 2007 speculation that Hibs would seek to bring
Gallacher back to Scotland. On 16th May, reports from Scotland
said that Rangers' manager Walter Smith was looking to add Gallacher
to the Rangers' squad. Smith is looking for experienced cover
for first choice Allan McGregor, with 35-year-old German 'keeper
Stefan Klos retiring and reserve team prospect Lee Robinson going
out on loan. City boss Peter Grant said
I haven't had any contact from Rangers, but I wouldn't
be surprised if they were interested because of the Scottish connection.
On 23rd July 2007, Gallacher and Lewis were linked with a loan
move to Brighton following Paul Crichton's
appointment as a coach with the Seagulls. On 17th August 2007,
Paul joined Scottish side Dunfermline on loan until 2nd January
Paul's contract with the Canaries was cancelled by mutual consent
on 31st December 2007. The following day, he signed for Dunfermline
until the end of the season. "I have enjoyed playing first
team football at Dunfermline and everyone at the club has made
me feel welcome. Dunfermline is a great club with a large fan
Paul signed for St Mirren (nicknamed The Buddies), his hometown
club, on 29th June 2009 on a two year contract. "I'm obviously
a local boy as I went to school here in Paisley so I obviously
know a lot about St Mirren by living in the area, it is a great
club to be a part of."
Out of contract at the end of the 2010/11 season, Paul was linked
with a move back to Dunfermline while SPL rivals St Johnstone
are also thought to be among his admirers. However Gallacher said
"Id like to stay at St Mirren because Im
fairly settled there but football is so uncertain at the moment
and you have to look at other options.Yes, there is interest
from other clubs, so well just have to wait and see what
happens. A lot of clubs are cutting back their budgets, so it
makes sense to look at all the options that are on the table.
Gallacher re-signed for Dunfermline on a two year deal on 9th
When Dunfermline went into interim administration on 28th March
2013, eight of their highest earning players were made redundant
including Gallacher. He then signed for Ross County until
the end of the 2012/13 season. Countys interest was natural
given the severity of the hand injury ruling Mark Brown out for
the rest of the campaign. Gallacher will now fight it out with
Michael Fraser for the number one jersey.
Earning an honest wage for the last six months has been impossible
with the Pars perilously close to liquidation. Trouble kicked
off last October when the players first discovered they hadnt
been paid. Initially, they were told the problem would all be
resolved within a couple of months. After six months of struggling
and waiting for their dues, though, administration brought a raft
of redundancies. None of the expunged players know if they will
receive their money. Gallacher is just glad to be shot of it all.
The seven-times capped keeper told the Ross-shire Journal: The
situation at Dunfermline has been really hard to deal with. It
is good to get away from the problems, but the club itself is
a great one, steeped in history. It was fantastic to be involved
in that and play there, but the past six months of part or non-payment
of wages has been really difficult. So to get myself to a club
of this standard and stature one that is on the up
is fantastic. I feel lucky to be here. The boys have done fantastically
well this year, securing the top-six spot with a game to spare.Thats
testament to the hard work and ethic they have here and to the
management team who have obviously worked really hard with them
over the years.
On 31st May 2013, Gallacher signed for Scottish Premier League
newboys Partick Thistle. The 33-year-old has signed a one-year
deal with the option of a further year, and will also take on
the role of goalkeeper coach.
On 16th June 2016, Gallacher joined Hearts as player-coach after rejecting a new deal from Partick. He signed a two year contract with the Tynecastle side. He takes over coaching duties from Neil Alexander, who joined Aberdeen.