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Gavin David Strachan (born 23 December 1978 in Aberdeenmarker) is a Scottishmarker association football player and sports journalist. He is the son of manager and former player Gordon Strachan.

Spending most of his early years with Coventry City, Strachan has played for ten different senior clubs, and is a self-described journeyman. He was cap eight times for the Scotland national under-21 football team.

As part of a degree in sports journalism at Staffordshire University he began a blog for BBC News in September 2008.

Club career

Strachan began his football career at Coventry City where his father, Gordon Strachan, took over as player-manager in 1996. He was loaned out to Dundee in 1998, making nine appearances. Back at Coventry he played in sixteen league games, eleven of them as a substitute; he left soon after the senior Strachan stepped down as manager in late 2001.

In March 2003 Strachan joined Peterborough United, in a loan deal scheduled for the remainder of the season. He joined Southend on a free transfer shortly afterwards however, but was released by the club six weeks later, at the end of 2002/03. He then moved to Hartlepool United on a free transfer. He enjoyed more success here and managed to play regular first team football for three seasons, appearing in seventy-two matches and scoring six.

During the 2005/06 season, Strachan missed a large amount of the season after fracturing a foot against Blackpool. Despite the injury, he managed to complete the match. After recovering, he was loaned out to Stockport County in his third season at Hartlepool.

In the 2006/07 season, Strachan saw limited selection by new Pools boss Danny Wilson after the signings of Gary Liddle and Willie Boland. He consequently signed for Peterborough United initially on loan in January 2007, before making the move permanent just two days before the close of the January transfer window.

Strachan signed for Notts County on 10 January 2008 after his release from Peterborough United. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 victory against Exeter City on 10 January 2009.

On 30 April 2009, Notts County announced that five players would be released from the club at the end of the season, one of them Strachan.

On 24 July 2009, It was announced that Gavin would be joining Corby Town. He was thought to be on the verge of joining Kidderminster Harriers.

International career

Strachan received eight cap for the Scotland national under-21 football team, though had no appearances for the senior team. His first call-up was in a friendly against Denmark in March 1998.


In September 2008, Strachan began writing a blog for the BBC News site in order to help his Masters degree in Sports Broadcast Journalism at Staffordshire University.


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