Steve Gatting

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Steve Gatting
Personal information
Full name Stephen Paul Gatting
Date of birth (1959-05-29) 29 May 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth Willesden, London, England
Playing position Centre half, central midfielder
Youth career
1975–1977 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1981 Arsenal 58 (5)
1981–1991 Brighton & Hove Albion 316 (19)
1991–1993 Charlton Athletic 64 (3)
Teams managed
2007– Arsenal (Under 21's Manager)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Stephen "Steve" Paul Gatting (born 29 May 1959) is an English former footballer, who is best known for playing for Brighton & Hove Albion in the 1983 FA Cup Final. He is currently a youth team coach at Arsenal.[1]


Gatting started his career at Arsenal, joining as an apprentice in July 1975. He turned professional in 1977, and quickly rose up the ranks, making his first-team debut as a substitute against Lokomotiv Leipzig in a UEFA Cup match on 13 September 1978; Arsenal won 3-0. He immediately held down a first-team place, making 30 appearances in the 1978-79 season, although he did not make the cut for Arsenal's 1979 FA Cup Final-winning side, where they beat Manchester United 3-2 with a late Alan Sunderland goal.

Gatting continued to feature for Arsenal over the next two seasons, but the presence of Brian Talbot in the side meant he was never an automatic first-choice. In September 1981, having made 76 appearances with six goals to his name, he left Arsenal for Brighton & Hove Albion. There, he was part of the side that reached the 1983 FA Cup Final, which his team eventually lost to Manchester United in a replay. Gatting made over 300 appearances for Brighton in ten years, before finishing his career at Charlton Athletic, retiring in 1993.

After retiring as a player, Gatting became a coach. He spent seven years coaching at Christ's Hospital school. He rejoined Arsenal as youth team coach under Steve Bould in July 2007.

Gatting was also a competent cricketer, who made several appearances for Middlesex's second eleven [2]

Personal life[edit]

Gatting's brother is the former England cricketer Mike Gatting, and his son Joe Gatting is currently a cricketer for Hampshire.[3]


  1. ^ "Arsenal F.C. Academy: Staff". 
  2. ^ Williamson, Martin. "England/Players/Steve Gatting". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Gatting Leaves the Seagulls". Seagulls World. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2008.