Gavin Holligan

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Gavin Holligan
Personal information
Full name Gavin Victor Holligan
Date of birth (1980-06-30) 30 June 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Lambeth, London, England
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 Walton and Hersham
1998 Kingstonian 17 (5)
1998–2001 West Ham United 1 (0)
1999Leyton Orient (loan) 1 (0)
2000Exeter City (loan) 3 (0)
2001Kingstonian (loan) 7 (2)
2001–2004 Wycombe Wanderers 43 (8)
2003–2004Crawley Town (loan)
2004 Hornchurch
2004–2005 Havant and Waterlooville 22 (6)
2005 Lewes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gavin Victor Holligan (born 30 June 1980) is an English former footballer and musician.

Football career[edit]

Holligan turned down a university scholarship to study music in order to play football.[1] He started his footballing career with Walton and Hersham in August 1997 and at one stage had 18 of 20 Premier League teams representatives watching him play.[1] Having impressed in non-league football he made a £150,000 move from Conference side Kingstonian to the Premiership with West Ham United in November 1998. However, he failed to break into the first team, making just one appearance in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in February 1999 coming on as a late substitute for Joe Cole.[1][2] Subsequent loan spells with Leyton Orient and Exeter City and a return to Kingstonian failed to reignite his career and he was released by West Ham in 2001. After a trial he had impressed manager Lawrie Sanchez and was signed by Wycombe Wanderers and played there for three seasons[3] until he was released by new Wycombe manager Tony Adams.[1] He also had spells with Crawley Town, Hornchurch, and Havant & Waterlooville.

Music career[edit]

In 2006 a severe thigh injury ended Holligan's football career and he moved into the music industry. He is an autodidact pianist, session musician, singer-songwriter, producer and entrepreneur.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Belton, Brian (2000). The Black Hammers. London: Pennant Books. pp. 222–223. ISBN 0-9550394-5-2.
  2. ^ Bramwell, Neil (22 February 1999). "Football: Foe has friends in high places". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  3. ^ James, Stuart. "HOLLIGAN ACCEPTS WYCOMBE OFFER". Retrieved 23 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Striker-Turned-Singer: Gavin Holligan Interview". Retrieved 23 August 2011.

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