Gareth Gerald McAuley /məkˈɔːli/ (born 5 December 1979) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion and the Northern Ireland national team.
McAuley began his career playing in Northern Irish football with Linfield, Ballyclare Comrades, Crusaders and Coleraine before joining English side Lincoln City in the summer of 2004. He impressed enough at Sincil Bank to earn a move to Championship side Leicester City. He moved on to Ipswich Town in June 2008 following Leicester's relegation and then on to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in July 2011. McAuley won West Brom's player of the year award for the 2012–13 season.Close