Gavin Gunning Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Gavin Jude Gunning
  • Born: January 29th, 1991 (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
  • Height: 6' 2
  • Position: Defender
  • Signed: August 12th, 2011
  • First Manager: Peter Houston
  • Career Totals: 119 appearances, 10 goals
  • Also Played For: Blackburn Rovers, Bury, Greenock Morton, Grimsby Town, Motherwell, Port Vale, Rotherham United, Tranmere Rovers


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
2015-16 20 0 4 0 25.0% 20.0% 55.0%
2013-14 32 (1) 4 7 1 48.5% 18.2% 33.3%
2012-13 31 3 3 0 35.5% 35.5% 29.0%
2011-12 33 (2) 3 2 0 45.7% 25.7% 28.6%
Totals: 116 (3) 10


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 09/04/16 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (H) 0 - 2
 05/04/16 Premiership vs. Partick Thistle (A) 0 - 1
 02/04/16 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 0
 20/03/16 Premiership vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 2
 11/03/16 Premiership vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 2

 Recent First Team Goals
 09/03/14 Quarter Final vs. Inverness CT (A) 5 - 0
 28/02/14 Premiership vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 1
 21/02/14 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 1
 02/01/13 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 2
 26/12/12 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 09/03/14 Quarter Final vs. Inverness CT (A)  5 - 0
 28/02/14 Premiership vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 21/02/14 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 1
 21/02/14 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 1
 02/01/13 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 2
 26/12/12 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 1
 19/08/12 SPL vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 0
 25/02/12 SPL vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 0
 05/02/12 5th Round vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 0
 27/08/11 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 3

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 09/04/16 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (H)  0 - 2
 05/04/16 Premiership vs. Partick Thistle (A)  0 - 1
 02/04/16 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 0
 20/03/16 Premiership vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 2
 11/03/16 Premiership vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 2
 02/03/16 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 1
 27/02/16 Premiership vs. Ross County (A)  3 - 0
 20/02/16 Premiership vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 1
 16/02/16 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 3
 13/02/16 Premiership vs. Hamilton (A)  0 - 0
 06/02/16 5th Round vs. Partick Thistle (H)  1 - 0
 23/01/16 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (H)  5 - 1
 15/01/16 Premiership vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 4
 02/01/16 Premiership vs. Dundee (A)  1 - 2
 30/12/15 Premiership vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 3
 19/12/15 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (A)  2 - 2
 12/12/15 Premiership vs. Partick Thistle (H)  0 - 1
 05/12/15 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 28/11/15 Premiership vs. Hamilton (H)  1 - 2
 21/11/15 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 17/05/14 Final vs. St Johnstone (N)  0 - 2
 11/05/14 Premiership vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 06/05/14 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 03/05/14 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (A)  1 - 1
 26/04/14 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H)  5 - 1
 19/04/14 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 2
 12/04/14 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N)  3 - 1
 05/04/14 Premiership vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 2
 29/03/14 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 26/03/14 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (H)  2 - 1
 21/03/14 Premiership vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 1
 15/03/14 Premiership vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 2
 12/03/14 Premiership vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 1
 09/03/14 Quarter Final vs. Inverness CT (A)  5 - 0
 28/02/14 Premiership vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 1
 21/02/14 Premiership vs. Motherwell (H)  3 - 1
 12/01/14 Premiership vs. Inverness CT (A)  1 - 1
 05/01/14 Premiership vs. Hibernian (H)  2 - 2
 01/01/14 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 26/12/13 Premiership vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 4
 21/12/13 Premiership vs. Ross County (H)  1 - 0
 14/12/13 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (A)  4 - 1
 29/11/13 4th Round vs. Kilmarnock (H)  5 - 2
 23/11/13 Premiership vs. Partick Thistle (H)  4 - 1
 09/11/13 Premiership vs. Motherwell (A)  4 - 0
 02/11/13 Premiership vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 1
 29/10/13 Quarter Final vs. Inverness CT (A)  1 - 2
 26/10/13 Premiership vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 0
 19/10/13 Premiership vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 1
 05/10/13 Premiership vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 0
 25/09/13 3rd Round vs. Partick Thistle (H)  4 - 1
 31/08/13 Premiership vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 1
 17/08/13 Premiership vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 1
 09/02/13 SPL vs. Hearts (H)  3 - 1
 02/02/13 5th Round vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 0
 26/01/13 SPL vs. Ross County (H)  1 - 1
 22/01/13 SPL vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 4
 19/01/13 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A)  3 - 2
 02/01/13 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 2
 30/12/12 SPL vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 4
 26/12/12 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 1
 23/12/12 SPL vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 15/12/12 SPL vs. Inverness CT (H)  4 - 4
 09/12/12 SPL vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 0
 01/12/12 4th Round vs. Stranraer (A)  5 - 0
 27/11/12 SPL vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 2
 24/11/12 SPL vs. Ross County (A)  2 - 1
 16/11/12 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H)  3 - 3
 11/11/12 SPL vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 07/11/12 SPL vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 04/11/12 SPL vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 2
 31/10/12 Quarter Final vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 27/10/12 SPL vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 20/10/12 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 1
 29/09/12 SPL vs. Inverness CT (A)  0 - 4
 25/09/12 3rd Round vs. QOS (A)  1 - 0
 22/09/12 SPL vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 3
 14/09/12 SPL vs. Ross County (H)  0 - 0
 01/09/12 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 0
 25/08/12 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 3
 19/08/12 SPL vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 0
 09/08/12 3rd Qual. Round 2nd Leg vs. Dynamo Moscow (A)  0 - 5
 05/08/12 SPL vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 0
 02/08/12 3rd Qual. Round 1st Leg vs. Dynamo Moscow (H)  2 - 2
 06/05/12 SPL vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 0
 21/04/12 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A)  2 - 0
 07/04/12 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 3
 31/03/12 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 24/03/12 SPL vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 0
 17/03/12 SPL vs. Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 11/03/12 Quarter Final vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 4
 05/03/12 SPL vs. Inverness CT (H)  3 - 0
 25/02/12 SPL vs. Hearts (A)  2 - 0
 21/02/12 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H)  4 - 0
 18/02/12 SPL vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 11/02/12 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A)  5 - 1
 05/02/12 5th Round vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 0
 21/01/12 SPL vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 02/01/12 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 28/12/11 SPL vs. St Mirren (A)  2 - 2
 24/12/11 SPL vs. Hibernian (H)  3 - 1
 17/12/11 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (A)  1 - 1
 10/12/11 SPL vs. Inverness CT (A)  3 - 2
 04/12/11 SPL vs. Celtic (H)  0 - 1
 26/11/11 SPL vs. Motherwell (A)  0 - 0
 19/11/11 SPL vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 0
 05/11/11 SPL vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 3
 29/10/11 SPL vs. Dunfermline (A)  4 - 1
 25/10/11 4th Round vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 2
 22/10/11 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 0
 15/10/11 SPL vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 3
 01/10/11 SPL vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 3
 24/09/11 SPL vs. Hibernian (A)  3 - 3
 20/09/11 3rd Round vs. Airdrie Utd (A)  2 - 0
 17/09/11 SPL vs. Inverness CT (H)  3 - 1
 10/09/11 SPL vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 1
 27/08/11 SPL vs. St Johnstone (A)  3 - 3
 20/08/11 SPL vs. Dunfermline (H)  0 - 1
 13/08/11 SPL vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 5


Biography

As a youth player with St Josephs Boys Club and Crumlin Utd, Gavin signed for Blackburn Rovers as a youth player in 2006. Prior to that, he had also played Gaelic Football for Naomh Olaf! He spent periods on loan at Tranmere Rovers, Rotherham United, Bury and Motherwell, during which he became an Under-21 international for Ireland. He eventually left Blackburn to sign for United on a three-year contract in 2011.

Gavin became an instant hit with the United fans and a regular in Peter Houston's starting eleven as a tall, commanding centre-half. He remained a fixture in Houston's United team until the arrival of new manager Jackie McNamara, when a bad knee injury forced him onto the sidelines.

He re-established himself in the starting lineup a few months into the 2013-14 season and in May, he collected a runners-up medal in the Scottish Cup Final against St Johnstone. In June 2014, Gavin left the Club following the expiry of his contract.

After signing a season long deal at Birmingham City, Gavin's new move ended in disaster as he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his first game. Unsurprisingly, his contract was not renewed and the following season he signed for Oldham on a short term deal. Out of contract after his Boundary Park spell, Gavin returned to Tannadice as Mixu Paatelainen's first signing, agreeing a deal until the end of the 2015-16 season.

His second United tenure ultimately ended prematurely and in a cloud of controversy after bizarrely picking the ball up and leaving the field of play during a 2-0 defeat to Inverness CT. His contract was terminated on April 12, 2016.

Debut (as sub)

August 13th, 2011
Celtic 5 - 1 Dundee United

League (SPL)

Full Debut

August 20th, 2011
Dundee United 0 - 1 Dunfermline Athletic

League (SPL)


Timeline

  • Date of Birth

    Gavin was born on this date in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    As a youth player with St Josephs Boys Club and Crumlin Utd, Gavin signed for Blackburn Rovers as a youth player in 2006. Prior to that, he had also played Gaelic Football for Naomh Olaf! He spent periods on loan at Tranmere Rovers, Rotherham United, Bury and Motherwell, during which he became an Under-21 international for Ireland. He eventually left Blackburn to sign for United on a three-year contract in 2011.

  • Three matches into the 2011/12 SPL season and United already had five points on the board: a decent start but up next was a daunting visit to Parkhead. Peter Houston made only one change to his United line-up from the previous week’s 1-1 draw at home to St Mirren: Scott Severin who had suffered a horrific triple-leg break during that game dropped out of the side with Scott Robertson taking his place in the starting 11. Republic of Ireland Under-21 international defender, Gavin Gunning - who had signed for United during the week from Blackburn Rovers – was given a place on the bench.

  • Following on from a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Dunfermline Athletic the previous week, Peter Houston’s side were now under pressure to start recording some wins after an indifferent start to the season. Up next was a trip to Perth and the United manager made two changes to his starting line-up for the first Tayside Derby of the new season. With Jon Daly ruled out through injury Houston gave a starting debut to new signing Lauri Dalla Valle: a Finnish Under-21 striker on loan from Fulham. Houston also gave young midfielder Stuart Armstrong a place in the starting eleven with Scott Robertson dropping to the bench.

  • United turned out an expert performance this afternoon to reach the Scottish Cup semi final with a dominant 5-0 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle, sending their large and very noisy travelling support home with one of the most enjoyable Scottish Cup days since the final of 2010 added to the memory bank.

  • Mixu Paatelainen named the same starting 11 which narrowly lost to Partick Thistle in midweek with the sole change coming on the subs bench with Coll Donaldson coming in for Mark Durnan.