Gavin Maguire

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Gavin Maguire
Personal information
Full name Gavin Terence Maguire
Date of birth (1967-11-24) 24 November 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1984 Northwood 2 (0)
1984–1989 Queens Park Rangers 40 (0)
1989–1993 Portsmouth 91 (0)
1992Newcastle United (loan) 3 (0)
1993–1994 Millwall 12 (0)
1994Scarborough (loan) 2 (0)
1997 Northwood 3 (0)
National team
1989–1991 Wales 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gavin Terence Maguire (born 24 November 1967) is an English-born Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international.

Club career[edit]

Maguire began his career as a forward with Northwood,[1] moving to Defence when the clubs regular centre back suffered a broken ankle.[2] He signed for Queens Park Rangers, after being recommended to one of the clubs scouts, and made his debut in a 1–0 win over Oxford United at the age of 18 in Division One. Maguire was taken to court later in his career for a tackle during his time with Queens Park Rangers which ultimately lead to the retirement of Danny Thomas,[3] resulting in an out-of-court settlement of £130,000.[4]

He went on to make 40 league appearances at Loftus Road before moving to Portsmouth in January 1989 for a fee of £175,000. After several years at Fratton Park, Maguire suffered a serious knee injury and, after being unable to win his place in the back, he spent time on loan with Newcastle United before joining Millwall in March 1993. However, he struggled to return to full fitness and, after a short period on loan at Scarborough,[5] retired from professional football at the age of 26.[2]

International career[edit]

Born in England, Maguire was also eligible to represent both Wales and Republic of Ireland through his parents. He eventually decided to play for Wales, making his international debut on 6 September 1989 in a 1–0 defeat to Finland as a substitute in place of Peter Nicholas.[6] He played in Wales' next four matches before winning his final two caps fifteen months later, making his last appearance on 16 October 1991 in a 4–1 defeat to Germany.[7]

After football[edit]

Following his retirement, Maguire travelled the United States for over a year before returning to England where he worked as a personal trainer for two years. After a friend suggested moving into hairdressing, he undertook a nine-month course and now runs his own hairdressing business in Somerset.[2]


  • Hayes, Dean P. (2004). Wales The Complete Who's Who of Footballers Since 1946. Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-3700-9.
  1. ^ "Gavin McGuire". Northwood F.C. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Gavin Maguire: It's nice to see Southampton lose even after all these years". Portsmouth Today. 3 October 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2010.
  3. ^ Henderson, Charlie (31 January 2007). "Were you there?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Rupert (4 February 1993). "Durrant settles out of court". London: The Independent. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  5. ^ "On the move". London: The Independent. 27 March 1994. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Wales – International Results 1980–1989 – Details". Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Wales – International Results 1990–1999 – Details". Retrieved 27 January 2010.