Gavin McGowan. One of the talents defeated by injury

  • 16 January 1976 Gavin McGowan born  in Blackheath
  • 6 May 1993: Sheffield W 1 Arsenal 0.  First game for Gavin McGowan and Scott Marshall – the last in a run of five without a win.
  • ? May 1994: Gavin played in the FA Youth Cup final v Millwall held over two legs Arsenal winning 5-3 overall.
  • 21 February 1998: Last game for Gavin McGowan Arsenal 1 Crystal Palace 0.    He came on, on 80 minutes for Vernazza.  It was his one appearance in the Second Double season.
  • 26 June 1998: Gavin McGowan sold to Luton Town

Gavin McGowan joined Arsenal aged 16 as a defender, although I don’t have the exact date, and played seven times for Arsenal, six in the league and once in the FA Cup. 

In all he made four starts and three appearances as a sub.

Gavin was injured in the 1999/2000 season and left the club in 2001, moving into non-league football with Horsham, Hornchurch, Bromley, Redhill, and Dulwich Hamlet.

It is said that he is now a sports teacher at Edenham High School, in Croydon, and the school’s web site describes him as being in charge of the football academy.

Years Team Lge Games Goals
1992–1998 Arsenal 7 0
1997 Luton Town (loan) 10 0
1998–2001 Luton Town 60 0
Total   77 0

Details of his non-league appearances are not available.

Gavin’s Arsenal appearances were limited to one a season except 1995/6 when he played once in the league and once in the FA Cup.




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