Academy education project celebrates Black History Month
Black footballers from Chelsea’s past and present have been at the forefront of an education project undertaken by our Academy players during this year’s Black History Month.
He has a couple of brothers who have been scholars at other clubs so comes from a football family who are big Chelsea supporters. A development centre graduate, he has been training with Chelsea since the age of six and is a team player with a great attitude.
He made 31 appearances in his first season as a scholar, including two as a substitute in the Youth Cup, and made his development squad debut in March 2017. Among his five goals for the Under-18s, he crucially broke the deadlock in our title decider against Reading, kicking off the Cobham celebrations.
The midfielder continued to feature predominantly for our youth team throughout 2017/18, contributing to another unprecedented trophy haul, including playing in every game as the FA Youth Cup was retained once again.
Gallagher made his England Under-18 debut in a 4-0 win against Qatar in March 2018.
A late addition to the England Under-17 squad, he made his debut prior to the U17 World Cup finals in October 2017 and returned with a winner's medal, featuring regularly as a steadying influence in midfield in the latter stages of games, including the final.
After outings for England Under-19 and 20, he made his Under-21 debut in October 2019 against Solvenia and scored his first goal at that level two games later against Albania in the group stages of the qualifying rounds for the European Championship.
In October 2018, Gallagher signed a new contract at the club that runs until the summer of 2021. After being handed the Academy Player of the Year award after the 2018/19 season, the midfielder joined Charlton Athletic on loan.
In January 2020 he returned from struggling Charlton having missed just one Championship game and scored six goals from midfield. He switched loans to another Championship club, Swansea, who were challenging for the play-offs. There he linked up with fellow Chelsea Academy graduate Marc Guehi, who made the loan move to South Wales a week earlier, as well as Steve Cooper, the England Under-17 manager who had the pair in his team when the young Lions won the World Cup at that age group in 2017.
With the Swans, Gallagher dramatically secured a Championship play-off spot on the last day of the regular season, but despite Swansea having the advantage at the end of the first leg of the semi-finals, Brentford advanced to the Wembley final winning 3-2 on aggregate. The midfielder ended the season with a total of 21 games for the Welsh side.