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Mark Gavin

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Mark Gavin (at Rochdale)

Position Left winger
Born 10 Dec 1963, Baillieston (Scotland)
Height 172 cm
Weight 66 kg
International Caps none

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 May 1980 01 Jul 1985 36 4 £0
Hartlepool United 01 Mar 1985   7 1 on loan
Carlisle United 01 Jul 1985 01 Mar 1986 13 1 £10000
Bolton Wanderers 01 Mar 1986 31 Jul 1987 49 3 £20000
Rochdale 31 Jul 1987 01 Feb 1988 23 6 £30000
Heart of Midlothian 01 Feb 1988 01 Oct 1988 9 0 £30000
Bristol City 01 Oct 1988 01 Aug 1990 69 6 £30000
Watford 01 Aug 1990 01 Dec 1991 13 0 £65000
Bristol City 01 Dec 1991 01 Feb 1994 41 2 £0
Exeter City 01 Feb 1994 01 Aug 1996 77 4 £0
Scunthorpe United 01 Aug 1996 01 Sep 1997 11 0 £0
Hartlepool United 01 Sep 1997 01 Jun 1998 3 0  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1982 - 1983 3(4)1 0  0  0  0 
1983 - 1984 10(2)1 0  1(1)  0  0 
1984 - 1985 7(4)1 0(1)  31 0  0 
Total 20(10)3 0(1)  4(1)1 0  0 

Jabba's Comments

Highly-rated as a youngster, but a case of potential unfulfilled? Gavin managed to stay in the professional game for 16 years and clocked up nearly 400 appearances, so his career can't be regarded as a total failure, but when Eddie Gray re-signed him after Allan Clarke had released him he might have seen something of himself in the young winger. As it was, he made less than 40 appearances in 3 seasons and travelled between a dozen or so clubs, rarely staying in one place for much more than a year.

Cheers to Rochdale's programme editor Mark Wilbraham for the photo.

Rich says: Mark Gavin at Bristol City - best winger we had in years, lived up to his Marko Van der Gavin nickname.

Anon says: Mark Gavin left Bolton way too early. Was one of the better players of the dark days in 1987

Steve says: Mark Gavin currently helps to coach a junior team. His son Tom plays for the team and is also a promising left winger. The team won it's league last year without losing a game.

Alan Tonge says: Mark was a good lad. He was at Exeter City with me in the early 1990's and was one of the fittest at the club, always looking after himself and turning out consistent performances. Loved horse racing and was always on his mobile phone to his contacts, supplying the lads with usually good tips and sound information.

Tony Jacobs says: I saw him play at Bristol City during our promotion season 1989/90 and I was very disappointed to see him go to Watford. He was an excellent player on his day, we could do with someone like him on the left wing these days perhaps then we would have got promoted this year!

Gladys Prothero says: Probably one of the worst players I've seen at Vicrage Road in over 30 years of following Watford. But fair play to him - to play over 400 games he must have had something. Although it never appeared at Watford!


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