Full Name: Gavin Tomlin
Date of Birth: 12 November 1982
Place of Birth: Plaistow, London, England
Early Life and Youth Career
Gavin Tomlin was a young player trying to establish himself in the non-league game he then trained with the ASPIRE academy, impressing the coaching team so much with his enthusiasm, technical ability but more importantly the way he helped younger players improve themselves on and off the pitch. ASPIRE then recommended Gavin to Brentford for a trial where he earned himself a contract and made his senior professional debut and went on to make over 200 EFL appearances.
Gavin Tomlin was born on November 12, 1982, in Plaistow, London, England. Like many aspiring footballers, he likely started playing football at a young age, displaying a passion and talent for the sport. He may have honed his skills in local youth clubs and school teams as he worked towards pursuing a career in professional football.
Professional CareerGavin Tomlin’s professional football journey began in the lower tiers of English football. He played for a number of clubs in the Football League and non-league divisions, showcasing his goal-scoring abilities and offensive skills.
Over the course of his career, Tomlin represented various clubs, including Yeading, Fisher Athletic, Queens Park Rangers, Dagenham & Redbridge, Torquay United, and Southend United, among others. During his time with these teams, he contributed with crucial goals and assists, leaving an impact on the clubs he represented.
Notable AchievementsWhile Gavin Tomlin’s career primarily took place in the lower divisions of English football, he had several notable achievements, including helping Southend United secure promotion from League Two (fourth tier) to League One (third tier) during the 2014-2015 season.
Dagenham & Redbridge
Tomlin joined Isthmian League Premier Division club Dulwich Hamlet in August 2016, following a successful trial ahead of the 2016–17 season. He went on to score 19 goals in 60 appearances across all competitions in his first season at the club, and helped Hamlet to the play-off final, where they were beaten 2–1 by Bognor Regis Town. The Hamlet again qualified for the play-offs with a second-place finish in the 2017–18 campaign, and Tomlin scored the equalising goal in the final against Hendon at Imperial Fields before Hamlet secured promotion with a victory in the penalty shoot-out.
On 23 January 2019, Tomlin joined Southern Counties East League Premier Division club Cray Valley Paper Mills.He scored on his debut for the club against Lordswood on 23 January 2019.The “Millers” won the league title at the end of the 2018–19 season and reached the 2019 FA Vase final.Tomlin scored in the final at Wembley Stadium, but Mills were beaten by 3–1 Chertsey Town after extra-time. The 2019–20 Isthmian League season was formally abandoned on 26 March, with all results from the season being expunged, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in England.He did not feature in the 2020–21 season, but scored one goal from twelve appearances in the 2021–22 campaign.