Gavin McGowan

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Gavin McGowan
Personal information
Full name Gavin Gregory McGowan
Date of birth (1976-01-16) 16 January 1976 (age 39)
Place of birth Blackheath, London, England
Playing position Defender, Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1998 Arsenal 7 (0)
1997 Luton Town (loan) 10 (0)
1998–2001 Luton Town 60 (0)
Total 77 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Gavin McGowan (born 16 January 1976 in Blackheath, England) is a retired English football defender. He played for Arsenal in the Premier League and for Luton Town in the Football League Championship.

McGowan joined Arsenal's youth team in 1992 [1] at the age of 16, and was with the Premier League club for over six years and made seven appearances (six in the Premier League, one in the FA Cup) for the London side. In 1994, he won the FA Youth Cup with Arsenal when they beat Millwall 5–3 in the final.[2] He only played one Premier League game (against Crystal Palace) as Arsenal won the 1997-98 FA Premier League, meaning he did not qualify for a winners' medal.[3]

Unable to win a first-team place at Arsenal, McGowan moved to Luton Town in the summer transfer window of 1998, having already spent a period on loan there. McGowan was initially a first-team player but an injury during the 1999–2000 season limited his appearances. Unable to play to the best of his ability, he left the club on a free transfer in 2001 after a clearout by recently employed manager Joe Kinnear. Since then he has played in non-League football, including spells at Horsham, Hornchurch, Bromley, Redhill and Dulwich Hamlet.

McGowan is now a P.E. teacher at Edenham High School in the borough of Croydon but is referred to as one of the best centre-backs called Gavin to ever play for Arsenal F.C. in the 1990s.[citation needed]