Name: Raymond Gaston
Born: 22 December 1946, Belfast
Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Full Cap (1968), 1 Under-23 Cap (1969), Youth Caps.
Club Honours: (with Coleraine) North-West Cup Winner.
Teams........... --Seasons-- --League-- FA Cup
Coleraine ...... 64/65 ........ 2 (0)/ 1
Wolverhampton W. 65/66......... 0 (0)/ 0
Coleraine ...... 65/66-68/69..112(13)/62 (all games)
Oxford United... 68/69-69/70 ..12 (2)/ 0 0(1)/0
Lincoln City.... 69/70..loan ...4 (0)/ 1
Coleraine ...... 70/71-71/72
Ballymena United 71/72
Coleraine ...... 72/73
Ray Gaston was a forward who had two bites of the Football League cherry, but it was with Bertie Peacock's Coleraine side of the 1960s that he made his name.
Having tried his luck with Wolves as a teenager, Gaston returned to a Coleraine side regularly challenging for the top honours. Although he failed to claim any major medals, the North-West Cup aside, Gaston impressed enough for Oxford United to take a chance on him, handing over a £12,500 fee early in the 1968/69 season.
The Manor Ground was never a happy hunting ground for Gaston, and he found the net just twice in his first season, and he made his final appearance for the club against Cardiff City in February 1969.
On the international front that season, Gaston made his only Full appearance for Northern Ireland in a 3-2 friendly win over Israel, coming on as a 70th minute substitute for Derek Dougan. That same season he also added an Under-23 Cap to his collection.
The 1969/70 season saw Gaston stuck in the Oxford United Reserves, and he made his final Football League appearances whilst on loan to Lincoln City in the Fourth Division in February 1970. Gaston moved back home in the summer of 1970. Over the following few seasons he played with Coleraine, Ballymena and Finn Harps with some success.
Northern Ireland Cap Details:
10-09-1968 Israel.. A W 3-2 FR sub
Summary: 0(1)/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 0.