Gadston, Joseph

Birth Date

13th September 1945

Birthplace

Hanwell, England

Occupation

Forward

Biographical Text

On the books at West Ham United as an amateur, Gadston gained his first professional contract at Brentford in August 1964.

However, he never made the first team at Griffin Park and then joined Southern League Corby Town where he scored 6 goals in 12 matches.

Cheltenham Town then signed Gadston for the princely sum of £22 and ten shillings. During his stay at Cheltenham, Gadston netted around 40 goals for the club.

Bristol Rovers gave him a route back into the Football League as they signed Gadston in May 1968 for a fee of £1,500. He went on to make 11 league outings, scoring five goals.

Exeter City signed him in November 1969 for a reported fee of £1,000 after the player had turned down a move to Nuneaton Borough.

Gadston was to enjoy the best spell of his career. Making his debut against his former club, Brentford, at St James’ Park, Gadston went on to score 9 goals in 26 appearances in his first season.

He was to form an excellent partnership with Alan Banks in 1970-71, as he scored 18 times in 39 outings (Banks scored 21 goals).

However, the 1970-71 season didn’t prove as good and he was in and out of the side.

Gadston had a one month loan spell with Poole Town in January 1972. Released on a free transfer, he joined Aldershot in July 1972, but he was to only feature in four league games for them.

Gadston also had a short spell on loan with Hartlepool in February 1973, playing just the once.

After just one season with the Shots, he signed for Wimbledon. He then worked as a youth coach at Brentford, when Steve Perryman was manager.

Gadston, who moved to live in Dorset where he ran a successful business, later became a director at Exeter City and asked Perryman to help the club out as an adviser.

Appearances

85

Goals

31

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