Gavin Oliver

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Gavin Oliver
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Oliver playing for Bradford City.
Personal information
Full name Gavin Ronald Oliver
Date of birth (1962-09-06) 6 September 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Felling, England
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
1979–1980 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Sheffield Wednesday 20 (0)
1983 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 17 (1)
1985 Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 16 (0)
1985–1995 Bradford City 313 (9)
Total 366 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gavin Ronald Oliver (born 6 September 1962) is an English former professional footballer who played as a central defender.


Oliver played for Sheffield Wednesday, Tranmere Rovers, Brighton & Hove Albion and Bradford City.[1][2][3]

He began his career as a centre forward but switched to playing as a central defender following an injury to a player in that position in a youth match. He joined Sheffield Wednesday's groundstaff in July 1979, and turned professional in August 1980. After loan spells at Tranmere Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion he signed for Bradford City for £20,000 in November 1985.[4]

After retiring as a player, in November 2007 he was working as Sunderland's recruitment officer.[5]


  1. ^ "Profile". The Sheffield Wednesday Archive. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gavin Oliver". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Profile". Bradford City A.F.C. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Paul Fraser (3 November 2007). "Sunderland a shining light in academy world". Northern Echo. Retrieved 7 January 2017.