Gavin McCann

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Gavin McCann
Gavin McCann 2014.jpg
McCann during Jody Craddock's testimonial game
Personal information
Full name Gavin Peter McCann
Date of birth (1978-01-10) 10 January 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Blackpool, England
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton (Under 18's assistant manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1998 Everton 11 (0)
1998–2003 Sunderland 116 (8)
2003–2007 Aston Villa 110 (3)
2007–2011 Bolton Wanderers 75 (1)
Total 312 (12)
National team
2001 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gavin Peter McCann (born 10 January 1978) is an English retired footballer who played as a midfielder in the English Premier League. He has one England cap to his name, playing against Spain at Villa Park in 2001. He is the current Under-18s assistant manager at Bolton Wanderers.

Club career[edit]

McCann played junior football for Y.M.C.A juniors in Lytham St Annes. He signed for Everton where he was a product of their academy. In 1998, he moved to Sunderland where he was a member of the side which won the Division One title and promotion to the Premiership with 105 points in 1999.

He signed for Aston Villa in 2003, where he had numerous injury setbacks. He scored one goal in the 2006–07 season in a 3–1 home loss to Manchester City. He was no longer guaranteed first team football, so decided to leave Villa Park,[citation needed] and in June 2007, he signed a five-year contract with Bolton Wanderers.

McCann scored his first goal for Bolton in their 1–0 UEFA Cup group win over Red Star Belgrade in December 2007[1] and followed this up with a goal in a 1–1 draw with Sporting Clube de Portugal at the Reebok Stadium three months later in the knockout stage of the cup.[2] He scored his first league goal for Bolton in a 1–0 victory over Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on 19 April 2008.[3]

In November 2008 he received high acclaim from the Bolton manager Gary Megson who stated that the midfielder was playing some of the best football of his career since moving to the Reebok Stadium.[4]

McCann's contract ran out at the end of June 2010, McCann had picked up a knee injury and Owen Coyle said that once he recovered from the injury, he would have a chance to earn a new contract.[5] He was not included in Bolton's 25-man squad for the 2010–11 season.

In early 2011, teammate Kevin Davies confirmed on the social networking site Twitter that McCann had retired from the game having failed to overcome injury. McCann remained active at Bolton in the backroom at youth level until he left to join Hyde's management team, and is studying for his professional coaching badges. McCann is now making a name for himself for Wrea Green FC on a Sunday morning. Whilst also playing in a soccer sixes league back where he started at Lytham YMCA. [6]

In 2015, he was back at Bolton, coaching their U15 team.[7] As of 2018, he's coaching Bolton's U18 team.[8]

International career[edit]

McCann has played once for the England national team, in a friendly against Spain at Villa Park in 2001.[9]


In February 2008, McCann launched his own football academy in Lytham St Annes, the first one on the Fylde coast. The Milligan-McCann Academy is aimed at 8 to 12-year olds and runs at King Edward VII and Queen Mary School. McCann teamed up with former Blackpool players, Jamie Milligan, who has been at Fleetwood Town since 2004 and John Hills who also signed for Fleetwood Town in August 2008, both of whom were born in Blackpool and grew up with McCann, to create the academy.[10] In October 2008 the academy landed a major sponsorship deal with Northern Care, with coaching sessions continuing at King Edward VII & Queen Mary School each weekend as well as week-long summer courses. The academy has also received a grant to encourage children to play "park football".[11]

In May 2012, he was appointed as Assistant Manager and first team coach at Hyde, alongside manager Scott McNiven.[12]

Personal life[edit]

McCann lives in Lytham St Annes[11] with his wife Lisa and daughters Ruby & Maddie.[13]


  1. ^ "Red Star Belgrade 0–1 Bolton". BBC. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  2. ^ "Bolton 1–1 Sporting". BBC. 6 March 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  3. ^ Hassan, Nabil (19 April 2008). "Middlesbrough 0–1 Bolton". BBC. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  4. ^ "McCann Earns Megson Praise". Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Coyle plans Bolton changes". Sky Sports. 27 April 2010.
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  9. ^ "Player Info: Gavin Peter McCann". Retrieved 10 March 2012.
  10. ^ Thomas, Cherry (28 February 2008). "Academy for young sports aces". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  11. ^ a b Canavan, Steve (23 October 2008). "Gavin McCann – The Premier League's quiet man". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  12. ^ "Gary Lowe and Martyn Booty leave Hyde FC". Hyde F.C. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  13. ^ Mossop, James (13 January 2008). "England a fleeting memory for Gavin McCann". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 November 2008.

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