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Gavin Whyte (born 31 January 1996) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and winger for Oxford United. He has previously played at Under 21 level for Northern Ireland.

Gavin Whyte
Personal information
Date of birth (1996-01-31) 31 January 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Playing position Winger / Forward
Club information
Current team
Oxford United
Number 10
Youth career
2009–2014 Crusaders
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2018 Crusaders 132 (43)
2018– Oxford United 36 (7)
National team
2015–2018 Northern Ireland U21 7 (0)
2018– Northern Ireland 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:17, 30 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:42, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

He was called up to the Northern Ireland national team in May 2018.

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Club careerEdit

CrusadersEdit

Whyte's Crusaders team won three league titles in four years between 2015 and 2018 and he attracted interest from Scotland and England, most notably in trials with Premier League side Everton and Scottish side Celtic during the summer of 2016.[1]

Whyte received the Player of the Round after his performance in the Scottish Challenge Cup quarter-finals in a game against defending champions Dundee United, when he netted an injury-time winner to send Crusaders into the semi-finals against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[2][3]

During the 2017–18 season he scored 23 goals in 20 games,[4] winning his third NIFL Premiership league title[5] and also the County Antrim Shield[6] with Crusaders, and was voted the Ulster Footballer of the Year award for 2017–18[7] and also the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Association Player of the Year award for 2017–18.[8]

Oxford UnitedEdit

On 13 July 2018, Oxford United announced the signing of Whyte on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed transfer fee.[9][10] He made his debut as an 82nd-minute substitute in Oxford's opening league match of the season, a 4–0 away defeat at Barnsley.[11] His first start, and first goal, came in the first round of the EFL Cup against Coventry City ten days later; Whyte scored the second goal in a 2–0 win for Oxford.[12] His first league goal followed in the next game, when he scored the opener in a 2–3 home defeat to Accrington Stanley.[13]

On 22 April 2019, Whyte scored his first hat-trick for the club, in a 2–3 away win against Shrewsbury Town.

ControversyEdit

Whyte was spoken to by police, and publicly apologised, in January 2019 after filmed footage appeared of him exposing his genitals in the street during an evening out with friends in Belfast.[14]

International careerEdit

On 14 March 2018, after impressing for Crusaders, Whyte was called up the Northern Ireland U21 squad by Manager Ian Baraclough for matches against Spain U21s and Iceland U21s in the European Under-21 Championships qualifying group stage fixtures.[15] He impressed on 26 March 2018, as Northern Ireland U21 played out a goalless draw with Iceland.[16]

On 16 May 2018, after impressing at club level and for the U21s, Whyte was named in Northern Ireland's squad ahead of friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica.[17]

On 11 September 2018 Whyte scored on his Northern Ireland senior debut, scoring after 108 seconds in a 3–0 win against Israel at Windsor Park.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 4 May 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Crusaders 2013–14[19] NIFL Premiership 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2014–15[19] NIFL Premiership 34 9 2 1 1 0 0 0 37 10
2015–16[19] NIFL Premiership 27 3 3 0 0 0 1[a] 0 31 3
2016–17[19] NIFL Premiership 34 10 1 0 0 0 2[b] 0 37 10
2017–18[19] NIFL Premiership 36 21 1 1 2 1 5[c] 1 44 24
Total 132 43 7 2 3 1 8 1 150 47
Oxford United 2018–19[19] League One 36 7 4 0 3 2 4[d] 0 47 9
Career total 168 50 11 2 6 3 12 1 197 56
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in NIFL Charity Shield
  2. ^ One appearance in UEFA Champions League, one in NIFL Charity Shield
  3. ^ Two appearances in UEFA Europa League, three appearances and one goal in Scottish Challenge Cup
  4. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

InternationalEdit

As of match played 8 June 2019[20]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Northern Ireland 2018 4 1
2019 1 0
Total 5 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Northern Ireland's goal tally first.[20]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 September 2018 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1   Israel 3–0 3–0 Friendly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ O'Keeffe, Greg (18 May 2015). "Everton trialist Gavin Whyte extra determined after Finch Farm spell". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Dundee United 1–2 Crusaders". BBC Sport. 11 November 2017. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  3. ^ Chalk, Paul (14 November 2017). "It's Inverness Caley Jags v Crusaders in Irn-Bru Cup semis". Inverness Courier. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Games played by Gavin Whyte in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Irish Premiership: Crusaders are crowned champions". BBC Sport. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018. Crusaders' title triumph was their third in four seasons and the seventh in the Seaview club's history.
  6. ^ Jackson, Lyle (23 January 2018). "County Antrim Shield final: Ballymena United 2-4 Crusaders". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Gavin Whyte: Winger named Ulster Footballer of the Year". BBC Sport. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  8. ^ Hanna, Gareth (7 May 2018). "Gavin Whyte scoops Player of the Year double at NI Football Awards". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  9. ^ Edwards, Mark (13 July 2018). "Oxford United sign winger Gavin Whyte for undisclosed fee". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Gavin Whyte: Oxford United sign Crusaders winger for undisclosed fee". BBC Sport. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Barnsley 4 Oxford United 0". BBC Sport. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  12. ^ Pritchard, David (14 August 2018). "Oxford United 2 (Browne 39, Whyte 50), Coventry City 0". Oxford Mail. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Oxford United 2 Accrington Stanley 3". BBC Sport. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Gavin Whyte apologises over lewd act video". BBC Sport. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Bailey Peacock-Farrell continues magnificent March with international call-up". Leeds Live. 14 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Whyte impresses again but Northern Ireland U21s draw a blank against Iceland". Belfast Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  17. ^ "Northern Ireland Announce Squad of Central America". Belfast Live. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  18. ^ Petrie, Richard (11 September 2018). "Northern Ireland 3 Israel 0". BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d e f "G. Whyte: Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Whyte, Gavin". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 24 September 2016.

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