It would be true to say that Gary Teale wasn’t the greatest Rams signing in recent history but I have rarely seen a player targeted so much by the boo-boys. Especially a player who always gave his all and appeared an honest and genuine professional. In reality, Teale probably had two or three good months in three and a half years, which was when Clough gave him a consistent run of games in early 2009. The rest of the time, Teale never had more than a bit-part in the squad. He was loaned out for two lengthy spells and no doubt would have left had there been any takers not put of by his prohibitive wages.
However, it should also be remembered that Teale was responsible for a lot of points in the early part of last season with winning goals against Peterborough and Bristol City and countless assists in home victories.
Unfortunately for Teale, he could no right in the eyes of some supporters and his Rams career could be summed up by a cat-call with ten minutes of his Derby career remaining against Cardiff. A head height ball was played to the right-wing; with no chance of controlling it, Teale allowed the full-back head the ball into touch for a Derby throw. The Rams were 2-0 ahead a now had a throw-in deep in the Cardiff half yet still someone bellowed “Don’t bother challenging for it Teale will you!”
We wish Gary Teale good luck, a player who always tried to earn his wages when it probably would have been easier to hide.
The Best of Times
His switch to left wing under Clough and his subsequent three month purple patch spawning the legend – ” he used to be shite, but now he’s all right, walking in a Teale wonderland”. His winner against Bristol City last season – moments after parts of the crowd had been barracking him, was also a sweet moment.
The Worst of Times
Demoralising loan spells at Barnsley and Plymouth. Being relentlessly, verbally abused by the Pride Park crowd – behaviour you just don’t associate with Derby fans.