Steve McGavin

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Steve McGavin
Personal information
Full name Steven James McGavin[1]
Date of birth (1969-01-24) 24 January 1969 (age 54)
Place of birth North Walsham, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Sudbury Town
1992–1994 Colchester United 58 (17)
1994–1995 Birmingham City 23 (2)
1995–1999 Wycombe Wanderers 123 (15)
1999 Southend 11 (0)
1999 Northampton Town 0 (0)
1999–2001 Colchester United 75 (18)
2001–2002 Dagenham & Redbridge 32 (6)
2002–2003 Harwich & Parkeston
2003–2004 Stanway Rovers
2004 Clacton Town
2004–2006 Bury Town 34 (10)
Managerial career
2002–2003 Harwich & Parkeston
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Steven James "Steve" McGavin (born 24 January 1969) is an English former professional footballer. He currently works as head of recruitment at Norwich City after leaving Ipswich Town's academy.


Born in North Walsham, McGavin played non-League football for Sudbury Town in his late teens and early 20s, before being signed by Colchester United for £10,000 in July 1992.[3] After scoring 17 goals in 58 games, he was signed by Birmingham City for £150,000 in January 1994.[3] However, after 23 matches and only two goals, he was sold to Wycombe Wanderers for £175,000 in March 1995.

In January 1999 he was released by Wycombe, and in February signed for Southend United on a free transfer, but failed to score in eleven appearances. He signed for Northampton Town in August that year, but did not make a first team appearance. In October he returned to Colchester, where he made 75 appearances over two seasons.

After being released by Colchester in July 2001, he returned to non-League football and signed for Dagenham & Redbridge. He later moved on to Harwich & Parkeston (where he was player-manager),[4] Stanway Rovers, Clacton Town,[5] and Bury Town. McGavin also played amateur football for Real Benalmadena in Andalucia, Spain.

Coaching career[edit]

McGavin was briefly player-manager of Harwich & Parkeston in the 2002-03 season.[4] After retirement, McGavin worked within Colchester United's commercial department. Additionally, he shortly coached at youth level: training the U12's at Marbella Paraiso CF.[6]

In August 2012, McGavin was appointed Head of Academy Recruitment at Ipswich Town. He joined Norwich City in 2017, and later Aston Villa in similar roles.[7]

Personal life[edit]

McGavin's youngest son, Brett McGavin, currently plays for Torquay United F.C.



Colchester United[8][9]


  • Non-League Player of the Year: 1991-92[10]


  1. ^ "Steve McGavin". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (1997). Rothmans Football Yearbook: 1997–98 (28th ed.). London: Headline. p. 535. ISBN 9780747277385. OCLC 1194925023.
  3. ^ a b Steve McGavin at Soccerbase
  4. ^ a b Soccer: Steve takes time to mull over options Clacton Gazette, 10 January 2003
  5. ^ McGavin joins Clacton 1 April 2004
  6. ^ Alevines 'A' Marbella Paraiso
  7. ^ Preece, Ashley (24 June 2022). "Aston Villa to announce 'exciting' Wilson and Simpson academy deals". BirminghamLive. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Conference Honours".
  9. ^ "FA Trophy Honours".
  10. ^ "Individual Awards".

External links[edit]

  • Steve McGavin at Colchester United Archive Database
  • Steve McGavin at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database