Gavin Massey

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Gavin Massey
Personal information
Full name Gavin Alexander Massey[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-04) 4 October 1992 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Watford, England[2]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[3]
Playing position Forward
Winger
Club information
Current team
Colchester United
Number 21
Youth career
2008–2010 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 Watford 7 (0)
2011 Wealdstone (loan) 6 (1)
2011–2012 Yeovil Town (loan) 16 (3)
2012 Colchester United (loan) 3 (0)
2012 Colchester United (loan) 5 (0)
2012– Colchester United 116 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:21, 3 May 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gavin Alexander Massey (born 4 October 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Colchester United.

Career[edit]

Watford[edit]

Massey began his career with his hometown club, Watford. One of the first players to progress through the Harefield Academy, Massey made his first team debut on 2 May 2010, replacing Danny Graham 85 minutes into a 4–0 win over Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.[4][5] He signed his first professional two-year contract later that month.[6] He stayed with the Championship club despite interest from Premier League giants Liverpool.[7] He progressed in the 2010–11 season, playing regularly for the reserves and youth team, as well as making further substitute appearances in the first team.[8]

On 12 September 2011, Massey signed on loan with League One side Yeovil Town, initially for one-month but later extended until January 2012,[9] and scored his first professional goals in a 2–2 draw with Colchester United.[10] He scored once more for Yeovil, against Chesterfield, before having his loan deal terminated by new Yeovil manager Gary Johnson.

In January 2012 he went on loan again, this time to Colchester United. Due to weather restrictions, he only managed 3 games while at the U's. He was recalled back to Watford as cover due to their injury crisis, on 17 February 2012.[11] He re-signed for Colchester on 16 March 2012 for a month-long loan deal.[12]

Colchester United[edit]

On 21 August 2012, Massey signed permanently for Colchester United in an undisclosed three-year deal, having made eight appearances in two loan spells with the U's in the 2011–12 season.[13][14] He made his full debut for the U's on 25 August 2012 in a 1–1 draw with Sheffield United, coming on as a substitute for Freddie Sears in the 88th minute.[15] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 win over Hartlepool United on 29 September 2012.[16] Massey received his first red card for Colchester in a 5–1 defeat to MK Dons on 24 November 2012.[17] Massey scored a brace in Colchester's 3–2 win over Portsmouth on 2 February,[18] and also opened the scoring in a 2–2 draw away at Coventry City on 12 March 2013.[19] His fifth goal of the season came in a vital 2–1 victory over Leyton Orient on 6 April 2013, heading in a Bradley Garmston cross.[20] He helped Colchester to League One safety, scoring the opening goal in a 2–0 victory at Carlisle United on the final day of the 2012–13 season.[21]

Massey opened his scoring account in the second game of the 2013–14 season, providing the only goal in a win against Port Vale at the Community Stadium on 10 August 2013, turning in Jabo Ibehre's rebounded effort from a Chris Neal save.[22] He made his first appearance since 23 November 2013 on 11 February 2014 following an injury lay off, coming on as a substitute in a 2–0 away defeat to Port Vale.[23] Massey scored his first goal since the opening day of the season in a 2–1 home victory over Coventry City on 8 March.[24] He followed this goal up with another in a 2–2 draw with Bristol City on 22 March, bundling home a centre from Marcus Bean.[25]

Massey scored his first goals of the 2014–15 season in a man of the match performance on 11 October 2014 as Colchester came from behind to win 2–1 against Fleetwood Town. He grabbed an equaliser with a finely taken volley following a cross from Freddie Sears. He then scored with a shot from the edge of the box mid-way through the second half to seal the U's first home win of the season.[26] With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Massey signed a contract extension on 16 October to see him through to the summer of 2017 with the club.[27] His third of the season was an equalising goal in Colchester's 2–2 away draw with Swindon Town at the County Ground on 25 October.[28] His fourth opened the scoring on 9 November when Colchester defeated Gosport Borough 6–3 in the first round of the FA Cup, driving the ball home from close range.[29] His next goal came as a consolation in the U's 4–1 home defeat to Rochdale on 13 December after coming on as a half-time substitute.[30] Massey's sixth goal of the season helped Colchester to a 2–0 win against relegation rivals Leyton Orient on 24 January 2015, sweeping the ball home after 14 minutes of play.[31] He was involved in all three goals for Colchester's 3–1 home win against Barnsley on 6 April. He stabbed home Jacob Murphy's cross on 62 minutes to level the scores, and then turned provider for Murphy to head home on 80 minutes to hand the U's the lead. Six minutes later, he passed through to George Moncur to seal the victory.[32] He stabbed in his eighth goal of the season on 25 April with an equalising goal in the 84th minute of a 3–2 win against Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.[33]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2015.
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford 2009–10[34] Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2010–11[35] Championship 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12[36] Championship 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Total 7 0 1 0 1 0 9 0
Wealdstone (loan) 2010–11[37] Isthmian League Premier Division 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Yeovil Town (loan) 2011–12[36] League One 16 3 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 17 3
Colchester United (loan) 2011–12[36] League One 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Colchester United 2012–13[38] League One 40 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 41 6
2013–14[39] League One 30 3 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 31 3
2013–14[40] League One 46 7 3 1 1 0 1[a] 0 51 8
Total 116 16 4 1 1 0 2 0 123 17
Career total 152 20 5 1 3 0 3 0 163 21
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in Football League Trophy

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/08/2012 and 31/08/2012" (PDF). The Football Association. 31 August 2012. p. 8. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "FootballSquads – Colchester United – 2012/13". FootballSquads. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Gavin Massey". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Fletcher, Paul (9 December 2010). "Watford break the mould in youth development". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Coventry 0 – 4 Watford". BBC Sport. 2 May 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gavin Massey signs professional contract at Watford". BBC Sport. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Smith, Frank (19 May 2010). "Liverpool target signs pro deal with Watford". Watford Observer. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Smith, Frank (9 December 2010). "Former Liverpool target Gavin Massey will not face Swindon Town in FA Youth Cup due to QPR clash". Watford Observer. Retrieved 8 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Yeovil Town bring in Watford's Gavin Massey on loan". BBC Sport. 12 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Colchester 2–2 Yeovil". BBC Sport. 8 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Watford cut short Gavin Massey's Colchester United loan". BBC Sport. 17 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Freddie Sears and Gavin Massey secure Colchester United deals". BBC Sport. 16 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Striker seals deal with Colchester United". Watford F.C. 21 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "U's Flash: Massey is back!". cu-fc.com. 21 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Ex-Owl Clinton Morrison blunts the Blades". EADT. 26 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Colchester 3–1 Hartlepool". BBC Sport. 29 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "MK Dons 5–1 Colchester". BBC Sport. 24 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Portsmouth 2–3 Colchester". BBC Sport. 2 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "Coventry 2–2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 12 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Colchester 2–1 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 6 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Carlisle 0–2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 28 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Colchester 1–0 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 11 August 2013. 
  23. ^ "Port Vale 2–0 Colchester". BBC Sport. 11 February 2014. 
  24. ^ "Colchester 2–1 Coventry". BBC Sport. 8 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Colchester 2–2 Bristol City". BBC Sport. 22 March 2014. 
  26. ^ Ridgard, Will (11 October 2014). "Massey at the double as U's down the Cod Army". Green'Un (Ipswich). Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  27. ^ Marston, Carl (16 October 2014). "Gavin Massey the latest to put pen to paper on a new contract at Colchester United". Green'Un (Ipswich). Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "Swindon 2–2 Colchester". BBC Sport. 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  29. ^ "Gosport Borough 3–6 Colchester". BBC Sport. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Colchester 1–4 Rochdale". BBC Sport. 13 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  31. ^ "Colchester 2–0 Leyton Orient". BBC Sport. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  32. ^ "Colchester 3–1 Barnsley". BBC Sport. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  33. ^ "Fleetwood 2–3 Colchester". BBC Sport. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Gavin Massey in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  35. ^ "Games played by Gavin Massey in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  36. ^ a b c "Games played by Gavin Massey in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  37. ^ "Wealdstone 2010/2011 player appearances". Wealdstone FC. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Gavin Massey in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  39. ^ "Games played by Gavin Massey in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  40. ^ "Games played by Gavin Massey in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 

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