Gary is a real Mr. Versatile who is equally at home in defence or attack.
Doherty started his league career with Luton Town in 1997. The Republic of Ireland international made 84 appearances in total over less than three seasons with the Hatters.
He was bought by Luton old boy David Pleat then Director of Football at Tottenham Hotspur for £1million in March 2000. The player made his Spurs debut as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United in May 2000.
He had a superb season in 2000/01 after breaking into the side on a regular basis in December of that campaign. However, the following season started badly when he broke his leg in a League Cup match against Torquay in September. He returned before the end of the season but found it hard to break back into the side.
His versatility continued to haunt him in following seasons, as he is equally at home at centre-back and centre-forward, though he has never really been considered outstanding in either position. His hair colour and awkward-looking style earned him the moniker 'Ginger Pele'.
At Tottenham, Doherty eventually settled into a defensive role, and although he enjoyed probably his best spell after the turn of the year in 2003/04, he did not manage to consistently reach the form he exhibited before breaking his leg, and was eventually sold by Tottenham's new management team of Frank Arnesen and Martin Jol at the start of the 2004/2005 season to newly promoted Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.
At Norwich, his career started well, earning a regular place at the heart of the defence, but he lost his place in February to Jason Shackell and Norwich were eventually relegated. The following season, however, saw Doherty established as a regular choice at centre-back and his form and consistency improved considerably. Although Norwich City had a difficult and disappointing 2005/06 season, the supporters recognised Doherty's contribution by voting him Norwich City player of the year.
At the end of the 2006-07 season, Doherty signed a one year extension to his contract, keeping him at Carrow Road until summer 2008.
Doherty moved with his family to Luton in England at the age of six, but he came through the youth system of his native country, being part of the UEFA Under-18 Championship winning side in 1998, and the Under-20 side that got to the quarter-finals of the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship.
Doherty has usually played as a striker for his country, won numerous underage awards included a European Championship Under-18 medal in 1998, won his first full cap against Greece in 2000. He missed the World Cup in 2002 due to the fact that he had only just recovered from a broken leg but he has battled back into the Senior squad and now has won 34 caps.
He has since forced his way back into the squad and has gone on to score 4 goals in 34 appearances, although only five of those have been for the full 90 minutes, confirming his role as super-sub.
He is affectionately known by many fans as either 'The Doc' or "Ginger Pele".