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The current Sheffield FC Manager began his career in the youth setup at Sheffield Wednesday, a year group behind our Assistant Manager Kirk Jackson. A highly thought of right sided player he was involved with the Owls’ squad which competed in the Intertoto Cup competition in the mid-90s. He joined Worksop Town in 1998, where he would play for several seasons, again crossing paths with Jackson, as the club finished consistently high in the Northern Premier League before being founder members of the newly formed Conference North division in 2004. During the period Town also reached the 1st Round of the FA Cup, playing Bournemouth in November 2001, a game Gavin might not want to remember as he received a red card in the 3-0 defeat!
He joined Sheffield FC in 2005, making his debut when coming from the bench and scoring Club’s only goal of the game against York City. He made 41 appearances in the season, chipping in with 6 goals from defence, as Sheffield finished 4th in the Northern Counties East League, reached the League Cup Final and winning the Senior Cup by beating Parkgate at Hillsborough. In 2006/07 Club achieved promotion to the Northern Premier League with Gavin playing in every game, scoring 8 goals from right back. Through to October of the following year, our 150th anniversary season, he started in 58 consecutive games in all competitions, the run ending after he made his 100th Club appearance in a home win over Kidsgrove. In a hugely successful campaign, he added 52 more appearances and featured in the 150th celebration games against Inter Milan, Ajax, Sheffield United and an FA XI. In May Sheffield missed out on promotion, only after a play-off final defeat on penalties, but recovered quickly to beat Worksop in the Senior Cup Final – with Gavin captaining the side and scoring both goals in a memorable victory over his old club.
Over the following seasons Gavin began to successfully convert from a right-back to a central defender and remained a near permanent fixture in the side. He made his 200th Club appearance in October 2009 in a Senior Cup win as Club once again reached the play-offs and lifted the Senior Cup for the fourth time in just 6 seasons. During that campaign Gavin also linked up with Kirk for a third time during his career as the pair provided experience at either end of the field. He celebrated his 250th appearance for Sheffield FC with a man of the match display, in November 2010, inspiring a 2-0 win at Leek Town and then was involved in the hugely successful tour to India. Gavin played his last game in February 2011, ending his Club career with an impressive record of 260 appearances, placing him 14th on the all-time list, and contributing 37 goals for good measure.
After leaving Sheffield he spent several seasons with Frickley in the NPL Premier Division before a season back at Worksop after which he hung up his boots. Gavin of course re-joined Sheffield FC as Manager in 2018, steering the side to the play-offs in his first season and is undoubtedly a legend of the world’s oldest football club, both on and now off the pitch.