Pat Gavin

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Pat Gavin
Personal information
Full name Patrick John Gavin
Date of birth (1967-06-05) 5 June 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Hammersmith, London, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
–1989 Hanwell Town
1988–1989 Gillingham 13 (7)
1989–1991 Leicester City 3 (0)
1989–1990 Gillingham (loan) 34 (1)
1991–1993 Peterborough United 23 (5)
1993–1993 Northampton Town 14 (4)
1993–1995 Wigan Athletic 42 (8)
1995–1997 Farnborough Town
2005–2007 Hanwell Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Patrick John "Pat" Gavin (born 5 June 1967 in Hammersmith, London) is a retired English footballer. He played as a striker for several clubs, with probably his most successful spell coming at Gillingham.


Gavin started out playing for non-league Hanwell Town whilst working as a postman (earning him the nickname "Postman Pat") before he was signed on a short-term contract by Third Division Gillingham towards the end of the 1988-89 season. This was the first transfer deal for which Hanwell had ever received a fee.[1] He scored seven goals in just thirteen games, although this was not enough to save the Gills from relegation. Impressed with his ability, Gillingham moved quickly to sign him to a permanent contract, however due to an oversight the contract was not correctly registered with the Football League. As this left Gavin technically out of contract, First Division club Leicester City were able to sign him up. After protracted wranglings, Leicester agreed to allow him to return to Gillingham on loan for the 1989-90 season but the controversy affected his form and he scored just one goal in over thirty matches.

Upon his return to Leicester he was unable to secure a first-team place and moved on to Peterborough United. He later played for Northampton Town and Wigan Athletic before drifting into non-league football, starting with two seasons at Farnborough Town.[2] During his time with Northampton Town, he scored two goals against Shrewsbury Town on the last day of the 1992-93 season which left Northampton as 3-2 winners, thus preserving their league status.

In 2005 Gavin returned to the club where he had started his career, Hanwell Town, initially as player-coach. In January 2006 he stepped up to the role of joint manager, but his tenure ended in February 2007.