Gavin Ward (footballer)

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Gavin Ward
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Personal information
Full name Gavin John Ward
Date of birth (1970-06-30) 30 June 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
(Goalkeeping Coach)
Youth career
1985–1987 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Aston Villa 0 (0)
1988–1989 Shrewsbury Town 0 (0)
1989 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
1989–1993 Cardiff City 59 (0)
1993–1995 Leicester City 38 (0)
1995–1996 Bradford City 36 (0)
1996–1999 Bolton Wanderers 22 (0)
1998 Burnley (loan) 17 (0)
1999–2002 Stoke City 79 (0)
2002–2003 Walsall 7 (0)
2003–2004 Coventry City 12 (0)
2004 Barnsley (loan) 1 (0)
2004–2006 Preston North End 7 (0)
2006–2007 Tranmere Rovers 38 (1)
2007–2008 Chester City 0 (0)
2008 Wrexham 54 (0)
2009 Hednesford Town
2009–2011 Gainsborough Trinity 7 (0)
2012–2013 Shrewsbury Town 0 (0)
Total 377 (1)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Gainsborough Trinity (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:20, 20 October 2012 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Gavin John Ward (born 30 June 1970) is a former professional footballer and coach who is goalkeeping coach of Football League Championship side Nottingham Forest.

He played in the position of goalkeeper from 1987 until 2011. He notably played Premier League football for Leicester City as well as playing for Aston Villa, Shrewsbury Town, West Bromwich Albion, Cardiff City, Bradford City, Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Stoke City, Walsall, Coventry City, Barnsley, Preston North End, Tranmere Rovers, Chester City, Wrexham, Hednesford Town and Gainsborough Trinity.

Playing career[edit]

Ward was born in Sutton Coldfield and began his career with Aston Villa before moving on to Shrewsbury Town. He failed to make an appearance for either club and left for West Bromwich Albion where he made his professional debut in a League Cup match against Bradford City. He then moved to Cardiff City where he finally found regular football becoming a regular in the 1991–92 season and helped the "Bluebirds" win the Division Three title in 1992–93.[1]

He made over 60 league and cup appearances for Cardiff in four seasons before moving to Leicester City for a transfer fee of £175,000 in 1993 where he help them to win promotion to the Premier League in 1994.[2] After leaving Leicester he had a short spell at Bradford City before Bolton Wanderers paid £300,000 for his services in 1996, allowing Ward to again taste top-flight action. He spent three seasons at the Reebok Stadium acting as back-up to Keith Branagan. He spent the first half of the 1998–99 season on loan at Burnley before joining Stoke City on a permanent basis in March 1998. He instantly established himself as first choice 'keeper at the Britannia Stadium and he played in all the club's 60 fixtures during a hectic 1999–2000 season which saw Stoke win the Football League Trophy and reach the play-offs as Stoke lost controversially to Gillingham. He was second choice at Stoke in 2000–01 and 2001–02 and joined Walsall in the summer of 2002.

After spells at Walsall, Coventry City, Barnsley and Preston North End he joined Tranmere Rovers in June 2006. Ward made a bright start to the 2006–07, even managing to score a goal, which came from a free kick just outside his box in the 9th minute against Leyton Orient on 2 September 2006. [3]

He was released by Tranmere in May 2007 and made the short journey to Chester'[4] where he was reserve and coach to John Danby. Ward's only competitive appearance for Chester was as a half-time substitute for the injured Danby against Crewe Alexandra in the Football League Trophy on 4 September 2007, with Chester going on to win a penalty shoot-out after a 1–1 draw. On 8 January 2008, Ward moved to arch-rivals Wrexham on a free transfer.[5] He played in over 50 matches for the club before being released at the end of the 2008–09 season.[6] Ward went on to play for Hednesford Town during the 2008–09 season.

Coaching career[edit]

Following the appointment of Brian Little as manager of Gainsborough Trinity Ward was appointed Assistant Manager as well as signing on as the club's reserve goalkeeper.[7]

Ward retired from playing at the end of the 2010–11 season. On 18 July 2011, he left his post at Gainsborough to become Goalkeeping Coach at Shrewsbury Town.[8] He was registered as a player after 2nd choice goalkeeper Joe Anyon picked up an injury in October 2012 Ward took his place on the bench.[9]

On 4 July 2013, Ward agreed to be Goalkeeping Coach at Nottingham Forest

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1987–88 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shrewsbury Town 1988–89 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
West Bromwich Albion 1989–90 Second Division 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Cardiff City 1989–90 Third Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
1990–91 Fourth Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1991–92 Fourth Division 24 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 26 0
1992–93 Third Division 32 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 35 0
Total 59 0 1 0 0 0 7 0 67 0
Leicester City 1993–94 First Division 32 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 39 0
1994–95 Premier League 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Total 38 0 1 0 3 0 4 0 45 0
Bradford City 1995–96 Second Division 36 0 3 0 6 0 1 0 46 0
Total 36 0 3 0 6 0 1 0 46 0
Bolton Wanderers 1995–96 Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
1996–97 First Division 11 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
1997–98 Premier League 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Total 22 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 28 0
Burnley (loan) 1998–99 Second Division 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Total 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
Stoke City 1998–99 Second Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1999–2000 Second Division 46 0 1 0 4 0 9 0 60 0
2000–01 Second Division 17 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 22 0
2001–02 Second Division 10 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Total 79 0 2 0 7 0 12 0 100 0
Walsall 2002–03 First Division 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Coventry City 2003–04 First Division 12 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Barnsley (loan) 2003–04 Second Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Preston North End 2004–05 Championship 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
2005–06 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tranmere Rovers 2006–07 League One 38 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 41 1
Chester City 2007–08 League One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Wrexham 2007–08 League Two 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Career Total 338 1 15 0 21 0 25 0 399 1
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League play-offs and Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Cardiff City

Bolton Wanderers
Leicester City
Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gavin Ward". Soccerbase. Racing Post. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "The history of Leicester City Football club". Leicester City F.C. Retrieved 26 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Ward Shocked to Score". Sky Sports. 3 September 2006. Retrieved 31 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Ward Makes Chester Move". Sky Sports. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2007. 
  5. ^ "Keeper Ward agrees Wrexham move". London: BBC Sport. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Saunders begins Wrexham revamp". London: BBC Sport. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Gainsborough appoint Gavin Ward as assistant manager". London: BBC Sport. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Town job bringing career full circle for nomadic goalkeeper". Shrewsbury Chronicle. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Portsmouth 3-1 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 

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