|Full name||Gavin Glenrick Tomlin|
|Date of birth||21 August 1983|
|Place of birth||Gillingham, Kent, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Striker / Winger|
|2005||→ St Albans City (loan)||4||(1)|
|2006||Windsor & Eton||15||(5)|
|2010–2012||Dagenham & Redbridge||36||(2)|
|2011||→ Torquay United (loan)||12||(4)|
|2012||→ Gillingham (loan)||10||(6)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:14, 26 April 2015 (UTC).
Gavin Glenrick Tomlin (born 21 August 1983) is a professional footballer who plays for League Two club Crawley Town. He is a versatile player who can play as a striker, on both left and right wings and attacking midfield.
A former Gillingham youth team player, he played non-league football for Aylesbury United, Staines Town, St Albans City, Yeading and Windsor & Eton, before having a brief spell in the Football League with Brentford in 2006. He returned to the non-league scene with Fisher Athletic, before winning a contract at Yeovil Town in June 2008. Two years later he switched to Dagenham & Redbridge, but was not a success at his new club, and was loaned out to Torquay United and Gillingham. He signed with Southend United in July 2012, and played in the club's defeat in the 2013 Football League Trophy Final. He joined Port Vale in June 2013, and stayed with the club for one season before moving on to Crawley Town.
Tomlin was a youth team player at Gillingham, but played senior football for the first time for Aylesbury United on 26 November 2002, scoring a goal in a 4–0 win over Wokingham Town in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup. He then played one Isthmian League match on 14 December, in a 1–1 draw with Basingstoke Town.
He signed with Staines Town in December 2003, having spent some time out of the game after breaking his leg during a trial at Barnet. He scored 11 minutes into his "Swans" debut. He had a trial with Notts County in June 2004. He scored 13 goals in the 2004–05 season, but left Staines in March to go on trial at Exeter City. The following month, he joined Conference South club St Albans City on loan.
He moved on to Conference South side Yeading, but made only six starts and nine substitute appearances in the 2005–06 season. He went on to have brief stay at Isthmian League side Windsor & Eton.
Brentford and Fisher Athletic
Tomlin signed a one-year contract with Leroy Rosenior's Brentford in July 2006. He failed to break into the "Bees" first team, despite a man-of-the-match performance against Northampton early in the 2006–07 season, and he was allowed to leave Griffin Park at the end of the calendar year by new boss Scott Fitzgerald.
Tomlin joined League One club Yeovil Town on trial in June 2008. His trial was successful as he impressed enough to win a two-year contract from Russell Slade; Tomlin stated that "this is my third chance at league football and I am not going to let it slip this time." He finished the 2008–09 season as the "Glovers" leading goalscorer with nine goals. Included in this tally was a goal against Premier League side Middlesbrough in a 5–1 defeat at the Riverside Stadium.
He found the net seven times in 35 league games in the 2009–10 campaign. On 16 June 2010, he agreed to sign a new contract with Yeovil boss Terry Skiverton, though he later changed his mind and left Huish Park on a free transfer.
Dagenham & Redbridge
In June 2010, Tomlin signed a three-year deal with League One newcomers Dagenham & Redbridge. However he made only 16 starts in the 2010–11 season, scoring just two goals as John Still's "Daggers" were relegated in 21st place. He joined Paul Buckle's League Two side Torquay United on a one-month loan in March 2011, which was later extended until the end of the season. He played in the play-off final, as the "Gulls" were beaten 1–0 by Stevenage at Old Trafford.
He played 22 matches for Dagenham in the 2011–12 without scoring a goal at Victoria Road. In January 2012 he signed for Gillingham on loan until the end of the season. He scored six goals in ten League two games for Andy Hessenthaler's "Gills", but was sidelined from March onwards after picking up a hamstring injury.
In July 2012, Tomlin signed for Southend United on a one-year contract after being tracked by manager Paul Sturrock for a period of five years. He scored 16 goals in 42 games in the 2012–13 season for the "Shrimpers" and finished joint-top-scorer with strike partner Britt Assombalonga. He did though go 13 games without a goal, and thanked Paul Sturrock for sticking by him during this spell before the start of the 2013 Football League Trophy Final despite the fact that Sturrock had by then been replaced by Phil Brown. Southend were beaten 2–0 by Crewe Alexandra in the Wembley final.
He signed with newly promoted League One club Port Vale in June 2013. Upon joining the club he stated that he was expecting to play as a striker, rather than as a utility forward, though he admitted he faced a challenge in dislodging either of free-scoring duo Tom Pope and Lee Hughes. He was dropped from the starting line-up after failing to find the net in his first few games, and then spent a month out injured with ankle, hamstring and toe troubles. He returned to action in December, and scored in four consecutive games. He finished the 2013–14 campaign with six goals in only 27 appearances; in the summer Southend United manager Phil Brown confirmed that he was attempting to re-sign Tomlin. Tomlin decided to move back to his native London, and determined on a move South from the Midlands.
Tomlin joined League One side Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee in June 2014 as "Reds" manager John Gregory stated "I have always admired Gavin". He scored three goals in 40 appearances in the 2014–15 season as Crawley were relegated into League Two.
Style of play
In June 2010, Dagenham & Redbridge manager John Still stated Tomlin to be "a clever striker with good movement who links play well. He's a hard worker who is equally adept playing as a forward or wide." Speaking in March 2011, Torquay manager Paul Buckle described Tomlin as a player that was "big, strong and has plenty of pace".
"One of the things I like about him is that if the ball goes astray he's still hungry and always wants it, and when he's on the ball things might happen. He has a confidence about him, and that's what you need. You can't go hiding in that position."
- As of 8 May 2015.[a]
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Aylesbury United||2002–03||Isthmian League||1||0||0||0||—||1[b]||1||2||1|
|Yeovil Town||2008–09||League One||42||7||2||0||2||1||1[c]||1||47||9|
|Dagenham & Redbridge||2010–11||League One||19||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||20||2|
|Torquay United (loan)||2010–11||League Two||12||4||0||0||0||0||3[d]||0||15||4|
|Gillingham (loan)||2011–12||League Two||10||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||6|
|Southend United||2012–13||League Two||33||13||5||2||0||0||4[c]||1||42||16|
|Port Vale||2013–14||League One||23||5||3||1||1||0||0||0||27||6|
|Crawley Town||2014–15||League One||35||3||1||0||1||0||3[c]||0||40||3|
- with Southend United
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