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 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]

Blackburn Rovers[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, beating off competition from Chelsea.[2][3] After featuring in the academy and reserve sides, Gunning was described as "one of the most promising prospects from Blackburn Rovers' Academy" and in 2008, signed a two-year professional contract.[4]

He was given the number 29 shirt by Rovers manager Sam Allardyce for the 2009–10 season, having given number 42 the previous season, though it was thought to be likely that he would be sent out on loan.[5] On 6 August 2009, he moved to Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan,[6] making six league appearances while at the club.

On 22 January 2010, Gunning started his second loan spell during that season when he joined Rotherham United on an initial one-month emergency loan.[7] After making two appearances, his loan was extended until the end of the season.[8] In the second leg of the 2009–10 League Two Play-offs against Aldershot Town, Gunning set up a goal for Adam le Fondre, as Rotherham won 3–0 on aggregate.[9] Gunning was in the starting line-up in the play-offs finals, however Rotherham were defeated 3–2 by Dagenham & Redbridge, missing out on promotion to League One[10]

In November 2010, Gunning joined Bury on loan until 11 December 2010, [11] then extending the deal until the end of January 2011.[12]

On 28 January 2011, Gunning joined Scottish Premier League club Motherwell on loan until the end of the season.[13] He made his debut for the club on 2 February 2011, against Kilmarnock coming on as a substitute for Steven Hammell in a 1–0 defeat[14] On 27 February 2011, he assisted one of John Sutton's two goals, as Motherwell beat Celtic 2–0 at Fir Park,[15] Gunning started the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic and struck a terrific long-range shot in the 35th minute which bounced off the crossbar. Celtic went on to win the match 3–0.[16] At the end of the season, he returned to Blackburn Rovers[17]

Ahead of the 2011-12 season, Gunning was linked with a return to Motherwell and a move to Aberdeen, both as loan deals.[18] He then went on trial at Scunthorpe United.[19] After playing in a friendly match against Rotherham United, Manager Alan Knill said he was satisfied with Gunning's performance, but thought that he, along with other players on trial with the club, needed to do more to get a contract.[20] After playing for Scunthorpe in another friendly, Knill said he was hoping to get Gunning signed on a permanent contract.[21]

Dundee United[edit]

Having reportedly already rejected a move to Dundee United in July, as part of a swap deal involving David Goodwillie moving to Blackburn,[22] Manager Peter Houston then said that the club were hopeful of completing the signing of Gunning..[23][24]

On 12 August 2011, Gunning joined The Tangerines on a 3-year contract.[25] Upon signing, he said he was very excited to be joining the club and he revealed he'd had other options in England and Scotland.[26] He made his debut for the club on 13 August 2011, in a 5–1 defeat against Celtic coming on as a substitute for Willo Flood in the 78th minute.[27] He scored his first goal for the club against St. Johnstone on 27 August 2011, his goal making it 3–3.[28] He scored his second goal of the season on 5 February 2012, scoring with a powerful header, as Dundee United beat Rangers 2-0 in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.[29] His third goal for the club came on 24 February 2012, as Dundee United beat Hearts 2–0, his goal coming after he had earlier cleared an effort off his own goal line.[30] At the end of the season, Gunning was one of five Dundee United players alongside Paul Dixon, Gary Mackay-Steven, Johnny Russell and Jon Daly to be named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.[31] He was linked with a summer move to Ipswich Town, but that was dismissed by Dundee United.[32]

In the 2012–13 season, Gunning appeared in both legs of the third qualifying round of the Europa League, as Dundee United faced the Russian club Dynamo Moscow. Unfortunately, after a 2–2 draw in the first leg at Tannadice,[33] United lost the second leg 5–0, going out 7–2 on aggregate.[34] He scored his first goal of the season against Dundee on 17 August 2012, as Dundee United won the Dundee derby 3–0.[35] Gunning scored two goals in three games between 26 December 2012 and 2 January 2013 against St. Johnstone[36] and Aberdeen.[37] On 9 February 2013, in a match against Hearts, Gunning sustained an injury during the match. Afterwards, it was announced that he would be out for the rest of the season.[38] Ahead of the following season Gunning said that Dundee United should have finished the season higher than they did, with the squad they had available.[39]

Gunning made his return from injury on 17 August 2013, in a 1-1 draw against Hibernian. However he was sent off along with Kevin Thomson in the 65th minutes after an off the ball incident between the pair following a foul by Gunning.[40] While Hibernian unsuccessfully appealed Thomson's red card, Dundee United decided not to appeal the red card shown to Gunning.[41] 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.[42] Dundee United appealed against the ban, but this was rejected by the SFA's judicial panel.[43] Following this incident, Dundee United officials banned both the BBC and STV from further interviews with the club, feeling that the BBC's highlighting of the incident had led to the suspension.[44]

In December 2013, Gunning said that he was looking at signing a new contract with Dundee United.[45] On 29 January 2014, Gunning suffered a knee injury during training.[46] He made his return against Motherwell on 21 February 2014, where he scored twice as Dundee United won 3–1.[47] This was the start of a run of four goals in three games for Gunning as he followed up those two with a goal on 28 February 2014, in a 3–1 win over Hibernian[48] and then another one in the quarter-final of Scottish Cup, in a 5–0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 9 March 2014.[49] In the Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers, Gunning set up Dundee United's first goal, scored by Stuart Armstrong, in a 3–1 win.[50] In the Scottish Cup Final, Gunning started at centre back, alongside Seán Dillon, as Dundee United lost 2–0 to St. Johnstone at Celtic Park.[51]

With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Gunning was linked with a pre-contract move away from the club throughout the season, with Rangers amongst those mentioned, although Dundee United Manager Jackie McNamara said there had been no contact from them.[52] In April, Gunning stated he would be willing to stay at the club, although he was uncertain about his future at Dundee United[53] After the Scottish Cup Final though, he said that he had probably played his last game for the club and that he would be leaving at the end of his contract.[54]

Dundee United confirmed on 4 June 2014, that Gunning had left the club at the end of his contract.[55]

Birmingham City[edit]

After leaving Dundee United, Gunning was initially set to sign for Sheffield Wednesday, but the deal fell through after he failed a medical.[56] On 12 June 2014, Gunning then signed a one-year contract with Championship club Birmingham City.[57] He made his debut in the first-round League Cup match against Cambridge United, but was leaving the field injured just as Cambridge scored an equaliser; Birmingham won 3–1 after extra time.[58] The injury was diagnosed as posterior cruciate ligament damage and was provisionally expected to keep him out for several months.[59]

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.[60]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 12 August 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[61] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10[62] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11[63] 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[62] League One 6 0 0 0 6 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2009–10[62] League Two 21 0 3[a] 0 24 0
Bury (loan) 2010–11[63] League Two 2 0 0 0 2 0
Motherwell (loan) 2010–11[63] Scottish Premier League 14 0 4 0 0 0 18 0
Dundee United 2011–12[64] Scottish Premier League 31 2 2 1 2 0 35 3
2012–13[65] Scottish Premier League 25 3 2 0 2 0 2[b] 0 31 3
2013–14[66] 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[67] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Career total 126 8 12 2 7 0 5 0 150 10
  1. ^ Appearances in Football League Two play-offs
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Individual honours

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