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Rover of the Day: Paddy Gavin

6 June 2020

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Paddy Gavin born June 6 1929.

Drogheda-born Paddy played Gaelic Football as a youngster before switching to the association game and playing for Dundalk, where he earned selection for the League of Ireland representative team. In June 1953 he crossed the Irish Sea to join Rovers, managed by fellow Irishman Peter Doherty.

He became a regular member of the side in the 1956-57 season, missing only four League games and contributing five goals, two from the penalty spot. The following season he was capped at “B” level for the Republic of Ireland. He left Rovers in 1960 and played for Doncaster United for a while. He settled in Doncaster, working in his father-in-law’s ice cream business before owning a grocery store. His record for Rovers was six goals in 156 games. He died in 2004, aged 76.


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