Gavin Gordon (footballer)
Gavin Kenyatta Gordon (born 24 June 1979) is an English former professional footballer, who played as a striker.
|Full name||Gavin Kenyatta Gordon|
|Date of birth||24 June 1979|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2002||→ Oxford United (loan)||6||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 November 2008 (UTC)|
Gordon played in the Football League between 1995 and 2006, playing for Hull City, Lincoln City, Cardiff City, Oxford United and Notts County. In 2006, he moved into Non-league football and appeared for Crawley Town and Histon before retiring in 2008. In 2012, he joined the coaching staff of Sleaford Town and also shortly afterwards he came out of retirement as well as continuing his role as a coach.
A youth player at Hull City, Gordon became the second youngest player to ever play for them when he came on as a substitute against Coventry City in the Football League Cup. But he struggled to ever establish himself at Hull and was allowed to leave and join Lincoln City for £30,000 in November 1997 where he formed a very effective strike partnership with Lee Thorpe. His scoring feats at Lincoln lead Cardiff City to pay £550,000 for him in December 2000, with the amount due to rise depending on appearances but he never reached the required amount. He made his debut for the Bluebirds on New Year's Day and found the net with a header during a 6–1 victory over Exeter City, but the rest of his season was spent on the treatment table with persistent back problems. The same injury ruled him out of a large part of the following year, although one of the matches he did manage to play in was a Football League Trophy match against Rushden & Diamonds which ended in a 7–1 victory for Cardiff with Gordon finding the net five times.
He spent a short time on loan at Oxford United to gain fitness. At Oxford he scored the winning goal on his debut against York City before returning to Ninian Park where he finally broke into the first team but at the end of the year he was released. He was signed by Notts County where he managed to regain some of the form he showed at Lincoln. After a stuttering second year he left to join Crawley Town on a free transfer but suffered a serious injury during the season which has seen him out of action for over a year. He signed for Histon at the start of the 2007–08 season but did not make an appearance for them due to the injury. He then went on to play for Heckington, amateur side.
In October 2012, he was appointed to act as coach to Kris Jones who had taken over the running of Sleaford Town's reserve team in the Lincolnshire Football League. He also made occasional appearances for the team, debuting in the 2–0 home defeat to Grimsby Borough Reserves on 13 October 2012 and making 3+4 league appearances in which he netted three times including a brace against Louth Town Reserves. In June 2013, with Kris Jones having been promoted to first team manager, Gordon stepped up to become first team coach at Sleaford Town with his one-time Lincoln City teammate Terry Fleming acting as assistant manager. He later played for several non-league clubs before retiring.
- As of 9 June 2009
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Oxford United (loan)||2002–03||6||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||7||1|
- Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 75. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.
- "Cork fails to keep it bottled up". The Guardian. 12 February 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
- "Gordon signs for Cardiff" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
- "Gordon deal depends on Jamaica" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
- "Cardiff 7–1 Rushden". BBC. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "York 0–1 Oxford". BBC. 28 September 2002. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- "Gordon confirms Notts County Exit" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
- "Crawley bring in striker Gordon" BBC Sport Retrieved on 9 January 2008
- "Jones in new reserve manager". Sleaford Town F.C. Official Website. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Gavin Gordon's 2012–13 Playing Statistics". Football.mitoo.co.uk. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Good form goes on for reserves". Sleaford Standard. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
- "Former professionals join management team". Sleaford Town F.C. Official Website. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- Watters, David. "Third Time Lucky For Hot-Shot". Isthmian League. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- "Redhill FC – The Team". Redhill F.C. Retrieved 10 July 2018.