Hugh Gavin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Hugh Gavin
Personal information
Full name Lodovic Hugh Gavin
Date of birth 25 October 1878
Place of birth Stawell, Victoria
Date of death 13 November 1940(1940-11-13) (aged 62)
Place of death Melbourne
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1897–1902, 1904 Essendon 112 (21)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
Western Australia
Mines Rovers
4 (1–3–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1904.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Lodovic Hugh Gavin (25 October 1878 – 13 November 1940) was an Australian rules footballer who played 108 games for the Essendon Football Club in the years following the formation of the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Gavin, a key defender, was a member of Essendon's inaugural premiership side in 1897 and was listed as Essendon's best player in the 1901 grand final. In 1902 he supposedly won a best and fairest award for his performances for Essendon. He was a regular Victorian representative in interstate football and in 1903 he spent a season in the West Australian goldfields with Boulder City, and being described as the top player of the goldfields in that year. He returned home to Essendon in 1904 and during the season took over as captain of the club.

In 1905 he played with Essendon Association in the Victorian Football Association. He then returned to Western Australia and played with the Boulder Stars in 1906 where he was subsequently suspended for "professionalism" after he sued a club official for agreed wages. Despite his honesty he was sidelined for two years; however, his career still flourished. He captained the 1910 Goldfields side that beat Port Adelaide and then was captain-coach of the 1911 Western Australian carnival side which played at Adelaide. In 1915 he captained Mines Rovers, of the Western Australian Goldfields, to a premiership.

Hugh Gavin died on 13 November 1940 in Melbourne.


  • Hugh Gavin's statistics from AFL Tables
  • Hugh Gavin's profile from
  • Holmesby, Russell and Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers. 7th ed. Melbourne: Bas Publishing.
  • Everett, Les. book Gravel Rash – 100 Years of Goldfields Football.
  • Maplestone, Michael. Flying High.
  • Maplestone, Michael. Those Magnificent Men.