Luke Gambin

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Luke Gambin
Personal information
Full name Luke David Gambin[1]
Date of birth (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Sutton, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Luton Town
Number 22
Youth career
AFC Wimbledon
2009–2012 Barnet
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Barnet 124 (15)
2011–2012 Hemel Hempstead Town (loan) 4 (0)
2012 Hendon (loan) 2 (0)
2017– Luton Town 21 (2)
National team
2016– Malta 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:19, 9 December 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:49, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Luke David Gambin (born 16 March 1993) is a professional footballer who plays as a winger for League Two club Luton Town and the Malta national team.

Career[edit]

Barnet[edit]

Born in Sutton, London,[1] Gambin began his career in the youth system at AFC Wimbledon before moving to Barnet as an apprentice in 2009.[2][3] He made his first-team debut in a 4–0 win at home to former club AFC Wimbledon on 28 April 2012, coming on as a late substitute for Scott McGleish,[4] before signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2012.[5] Gambin made his first appearance of 2012–13 after being introduced as a 66th-minute substitute in a 3–0 defeat away to Bradford City on 15 September 2012.[6] He found first-team opportunities limited, joining Isthmian League Premier Division club Hendon on loan in November 2012 and debuted as a substitute in a 2–1 defeat away to Aldershot Town in the FA Cup first round.[7][8] He completed the loan spell with three appearances.[7] Gambin broke into the Barnet first-team towards the end of the season and scored his first goal for the club in a 4–1 win at home to Morecambe on 9 March 2013.[6] He finished the season with two goals from 10 appearances,[6] but was unable to help Barnet prevent relegation to the Conference Premier.[9]

Gambin signed a new long-term contract with Barnet a little more than a week before the start of 2013–14.[10] He scored Barnet's first goal in a 3–0 win at home to Chester on the opening day of the season and finished 2013–14 with one goal from 25 appearances.[11] Gambin scored four goals in 26 league appearances for Barnet in 2014–15 as the club won the Conference Premier title and therefore promotion into League Two.[11] After the end of the season, Barnet took up the option to extend Gambin's contract.[12] In Barnet's first season back in the Football League, Gambin scored four goals in 49 appearances,[13] as they finished 15th in League Two.[14]

Gambin made his first appearance of 2016–17 in the starting lineup away to Cambridge United on the opening day of the season, which finished as a 1–1 draw.[15] Barnet accepted a bid in excess of £100,000 from Leyton Orient for Gambin in August 2016, but he rejected the opportunity and instead stayed with the club.[16] His first goal of the season came on 8 October 2016 against Doncaster Rovers, when he scored a late equaliser in the 86th minute to make the score 2–2, although Barnet went on to lose 3–2.[17] After four goals from 21 appearances, Gambin was transfer listed after he rejected an offer of a new contract for the fourth time.[18]

Luton Town[edit]

On 16 January 2017, Gambin signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with League Two club Luton Town for an undisclosed fee, with the option of a one-year extension.[3] He debuted five days later, starting Luton's 1–1 draw away to Wycombe Wanderers.[19] Gambin scored his first goal for Luton with the second goal in a 3–0 victory at home to Hartlepool United on 14 February.[20] He was an unused substitute in both legs of the play-off semi-final defeat to Blackpool, losing 6–5 on aggregate,[21][22] and finished 2016–17 with 17 appearances and one goal.[23]

International career[edit]

Gambin is of Maltese descent and joined the Malta squad for training in June 2015.[24] His application for Maltese citizenship was successful and he was called up to the national team in May 2016.[25] He debuted later that week, starting in a 6–0 friendly defeat to the Czech Republic.[26]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 9 January 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnet 2011–12[4] League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13[6] League Two 10 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2013–14[11] Conference Premier 24 1 0 0 1[a] 0 25 1
2014–15[11] Conference Premier 26 4 2 0 2[a] 0 30 4
2015–16[13] League Two 44 4 2 0 2 0 1[b] 0 49 4
2016–17[23] League Two 19 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 21 4
Total 124 15 5 0 3 0 4 0 136 15
Hemel Hempstead Town (loan) 2011–12[27] Southern League Premier Division 4 0 1[c] 1 5 1
Hendon (loan) 2012–13[7] Isthmian League Premier Division 2 0 1 0 3 0
Luton Town 2016–17[23] League Two 16 1 1[d] 0 17 1
2017–18[28] League Two 5 1 2 0 1 0 4[d] 1 12 2
Total 21 2 2 0 1 0 5 1 29 3
Career total 151 17 8 0 4 0 10 2 173 19
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in FA Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  3. ^ Appearance in Southern League Cup
  4. ^ a b Appearance(s) in EFL Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 12 November 2017[29]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Malta
2016 6 0
2017 7 0
Total 13 0

Honours[edit]

Barnet

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Luke Gambin". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Luke Gambin". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Simmonds, Mike (16 January 2017). "Hatters snap up Maltese international Gambin from Barnet". Luton Today. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Games played by Luke Gambin in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Luke Gambin agrees pro deal with Barnet". Barnet & Potters Bar Times. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Games played by Luke Gambin in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c "Former staff – Luke Gambin". Hendon F.C. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Aldershot Town 2–1 Hendon". Hendon F.C. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Davies, Tom (28 April 2013). "Barnet and Aldershot slide into Conference after AFC Wimbledon win". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Newson, Adam (2 August 2013). "Barnet youngsters Elliot Johnson and Luke Gambin have signed new long-term contracts with the club". Barnet & Potters Bar Times. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "L. Gambin". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  12. ^ Bodell, Tom (9 May 2015). "Cook and Saville released as Barnet announce retained list". Barnet & Potters Bar Times. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Games played by Luke Gambin in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "League Two: 2015/16: Latest table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Cambridge United 1–1 Barnet". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Barnet winger Luke Gambin rejects move to Leyton Orient". Sky Sports. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Doncaster Rovers 3–2 Barnet". BBC Sport. 8 October 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  18. ^ Walker, Ron (12 January 2017). "Barnet midfielder Luke Gambin transfer listed after turning down new deal at The Hive". Barnet & Potters Bar Times. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Simmonds, Mike (21 January 2017). "Mullins dismissed as Luton are held by Wycombe". Luton Today. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Luton Town 3–0 Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 14 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017. 
  21. ^ Middleton, Nathan (14 May 2017). "Blackpool 3–2 Luton Town". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  22. ^ Mitchell, Brendon (18 May 2017). "Luton Town 3–3 Blackpool (agg: 5–6)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  23. ^ a b c "Games played by Luke Gambin in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  24. ^ Azzopardi, Kevin (2 June 2015). "Barnet winger Gambin starts five-day trial". Times of Malta. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Luke Gambin selected to play for Malta!". Barnet F.C. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  26. ^ Brincat, Henry (27 May 2016). "Malta succumbs to heavy 0–6 defeat against Czech Republic". The Malta Independent. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "The team: Luke Gambin: 2011/12 season". Hemel Hempstead Town F.C. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Luke Gambin in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  29. ^ "Gambin, Luke". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 14 November 2017. 

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