Gavin Gunning

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Gavin Gunning
Personal information
Full name Gavin Jude Gunning[1]
Date of birth (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Birmingham City
Number 5
Youth career
2000–2004 St. Joseph's Boys
2004–2007 Crumlin United
2007–2008 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2009 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 6 (0)
2010 Rotherham United (loan) 24 (0)
2010 Bury (loan) 2 (0)
2011 Motherwell (loan) 14 (0)
2011–2014 Dundee United 83 (8)
2014– Birmingham City 0 (0)
National team
Republic of Ireland U17
Republic of Ireland U19
2009–2012 Republic of Ireland U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:01, 7 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 March 2012

Gavin Jude Gunning (born 29 January 1991) is an Irish footballer, who currently plays for Football League Championship club Birmingham City. He has previously played for Blackburn Rovers, Tranmere Rovers, Rotherham United, Bury, Motherwell and Dundee United .

Early life[edit]

Gunning attended St. Benildus College in Kilmacud. He played Gaelic football for Naomh Ólaf and Kilmacud Crokes.

Club career[edit]

After starting his career at Irish sides Ballyogan Celtic, St. Joseph Boys and Crumlin United as a youth player, Gunning joined Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in January 2006.[2] He was given the number 29 shirt by Rovers manager Sam Allardyce for the 2009–10 season. On 6 August 2009, he was loaned out to Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan,[3] making six league appearances while at the club. On 22 January 2010, he followed this up with a second loan spell in that season when he joined Rotherham United on an initial one-month emergency loan.[4]

In November 2010, he joined Bury on loan until 11 December 2010[5] before extending his loan until the end of January 2011.[6] On 28 January 2011, Gunning joined Motherwell on loan until the end of the season.[7] He started the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic and struck a terrific long-range shot in the 35th minute which bounced off the crossbar. Celtic won the match 3–0.[8]

On 12 August 2011, Gunning joined Dundee United on a 3-year contract.[9] On 4 September 2013, Gunning was offered a three-match ban by the SFA after an incident involving Celtic's Virgil van Dijk, where he was alleged to have kicked out at his opponent.[10] Dundee United appealed against the ban, but this was rejected by the SFA's judicial panel.[11] Gunning left United at the end of his contract, after the end of the 2013–14 season.

He was poised to sign for Sheffield Wednesday , but the deal fell through after Gunning failed a medical.[12] Gunning then signed a one year contract with Birmingham City.[13]

International career[edit]

Having represented the Republic of Ireland at under-19 level, Gunning made his under-21 debut against Georgia in a 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification match on 9 October 2009.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 11 July 2014
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 2008–09[15] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[16] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[17] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2009–10[16] League One 6 0 0 0 6 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2009–10[16] League Two 21 0 3[a] 0 24 0
Bury (loan) 2010–11[17] League Two 2 0 0 0 2 0
Motherwell (loan) 2010–11[17] Scottish Premier League 14 0 4 0 0 0 18 0
Dundee United 2011–12[18] Scottish Premier League 31 2 2 1 2 0 35 3
2012–13[19] Scottish Premier League 25 3 2 0 2 0 2[b] 0 31 3
2013–14[20] Scottish Premiership 27 3 4 1 2 0 33 4
Total 83 8 8 2 6 0 2 0 99 10
Birmingham City 2014–15[21] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 126 8 12 2 6 0 5 0 149 10
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Two play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Temporary Transfers of Players under Written Contract Between 01/11/2010 and 30/11/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Gavin Gunning | Blackburn Rovers | Team | 1st Team Profiles
  3. ^ "Tranmere snap up defender Gunning". BBC Sport. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Millers land Gunning on loan". Sky Sports. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rover Gunning in". Bury FC. 12 November 2010. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Bury extend loan spell of Blackburn's Gavin Gunning". BBC Sport. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Motherwell sign Gunning and extend Humphrey contract". BBC Sport. 28 January 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Motherwell 0 – 3 Celtic". BBC Sport. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Terrors confirm Gunning deal". Sky Sports. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Dundee Utd: Gavin Gunning faces SFA hearing over alleged kick". BBC Sport. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Dundee United's Gavin Gunning receives three-match ban". BBC Sport. 5 September 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Gavin Gunning fails medical". HeraldScotland. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Birmingham sign Gavin Gunning, David Edgar & Wes Thomas, BBC Sport
  14. ^ Gavin Gunning – U21 Squad, UEFA.com
  15. ^ "Games played by Gavin Gunning in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "Games played by Gavin Gunning in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c "Games played by Gavin Gunning in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Games played by Gavin Gunning in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Games played by Gavin Gunning in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Gavin Gunning in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Gavin Gunning in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 

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