Gavin Strachan

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Gavin Strachan
Personal information
Full name Gavin David Strachan
Date of birth (1978-12-23) 23 December 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
(Head Coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Coventry City 16 (0)
1999 Dundee (loan) 6 (0)
2002 Motherwell (loan) 0 (0)
2003 Peterborough United 2 (0)
2003 Southend United 7 (0)
2003–2007 Hartlepool United 78 (7)
2005 Stockport County (loan) 4 (0)
2007 Peterborough United (loan) 2 (0)
2007–2008 Peterborough United 17 (3)
2008–2009 Notts County 25 (1)
2009–2010 Corby Town 13 (2)
2010–2011 Hinckley United 24 (4)
2011 St Neots Town 1 (0)
Total 195 (17)
National team
1998 Scotland U21 8 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2015 Peterborough United (youth team coach)
2015– Ilkeston

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:30, 30 January 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 07:45, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

Gavin David Strachan (born 23 December 1978 in Aberdeen) is a Scottish former professional footballer, current coach and sports journalist. He is the son of manager and former player Gordon Strachan, and currently is manager at Ilkeston following a spell as youth team coach at Peterborough United.

Spending most of his early years with Coventry City, Strachan has played for ten different senior clubs, and is a self-described journeyman.[1] He was capped eight times for the Scotland national under-21 football team.[2]

As part of a degree in sports journalism at Staffordshire University Strachan wrote a blog for BBC News 2008–2009.[3]

Club career[edit]

Strachan began his football career at Coventry City where his father, Gordon Strachan, had taken over as player-manager in 1996. He was loaned out to Dundee in 1998, making nine appearances. Back at Coventry he played in sixteen league games, eleven of them as a substitute;[4] he left soon after the senior Strachan stepped down as manager in late 2001. He scored once during his spell at Coventry; scoring a penalty against Preston North End in the League Cup.[5]

In March 2003 Strachan joined Peterborough United, in a loan deal scheduled for the remainder of the season.[6] He joined Southend on a free transfer shortly afterwards however, but was released by the club six weeks later, at the end of 2002/03.[7] He then moved to Hartlepool United on a free transfer. He enjoyed more success here and managed to play regular first team football for three seasons, appearing in seventy-eight matches and scoring seven. During this, the most successful spell of his playing career, Strachan was pencilled into the Scotland international squad, but the call for his first full international cap never came.

During the 2005/06 season, Strachan missed a large amount of the season after fracturing a foot against Blackpool. Despite the injury, he managed to complete the match. After recovering, he was loaned out to Stockport County in his third season at Hartlepool.

In the 2006/07 season, Strachan saw limited selection by new Pools boss Danny Wilson after the signings of Gary Liddle and Willie Boland. He consequently signed for Peterborough United initially on loan in January 2007, before making the move permanent just two days before the close of the January transfer window.[8]

Strachan signed for Notts County on 10 January 2008 after his release from Peterborough United.[9] He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–1 victory against Exeter City on 10 January 2009.[10]

On 30 April 2009, Notts County announced that five players would be released from the club at the end of the season, Strachan being among them.[11]

He subsequently joined Corby Town F.C. on 24 July 2009.[12]

In June 2010 Strachan signed a 1-year deal with Hinckley United[13]

Strachan joined United Counties League side St Neots Town in March 2011[14] scoring on his debut in the UCL cup. St Neots were later investigated as Strachan's registration papers had been delayed.[15]

In July 2011, Strachan returned to Peterborough United as youth team coach, replacing David Oldfield who departed to take up a similar role with West Bromwich Albion.[3]

In June 2015, Strachan was appointed the new manager of Ilkeston which will be his first managerial job after Kevin Wilson left the club to manage National League North side Nuneaton Town.[16]

International career[edit]

Strachan received eight caps for the Scotland national under-21 football team, though had no appearances for the senior team.[2] His first call-up was in a friendly against Denmark in March 1998.[17]


In September 2008, Strachan began writing a blog for the BBC News site to help his degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting at Staffordshire University.[1]


As of 29 March 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ilkeston England 2 June 2015 Present 0 0 0 0 !
Total 0 0 0 0 !


  1. ^ a b "Welcome to the Gavin Strachan blog". BBC Sport. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-24. 
  2. ^ a b Strachan, Gavin (2 April 2009). "Remembering my international heyday". Gavin Strachan's blog. BBC News. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ Herringshaw, George. "Gavin Strachan". Sporting Heroes. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Preston 1–3 Coventry". BBC Sport. 19 September 2000. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Strachan joins Posh". BBC Sport. 14 March 2003. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Southend release Strachan". BBC Sport. 7 May 2003. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Posh seal permanent Strachan deal". BBC Sport. 29 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  9. ^ "Strachan completes County switch". BBC Sport. 10 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  10. ^ "Notts County vs Exeter City". Notts County FC & FL Interactive Ltd 1997–2008. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  11. ^ "Notts County let five players go". Sport – Football (BBC News). 30 April 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2009. 
  12. ^ "STRACHAN MOVE CONFIRMED". Corby Town F.C. 24 July 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Strachan signs for Hinckley". Hinckley United Official site. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "Strachan signs for St Neots". Hunts Post. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  15. ^ "Neots Face UCL Cup expulsion". Hunts Post. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
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  17. ^ Buckland, Simon (25 March 1998). "Young Dane a class apart". Sport – Football (London: The Independent). Retrieved 2009-04-30. 

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