Gwinnett, Melvyn

Birth Date

14th May 1963

Birthplace

Worcester, England

Occupation

Goalkeeper

Biographical Text

Gwinnett was given his Football League opportunity by Peterborough United who signed him from Stourbridge in May 1981.

Unfortunately he was unable to break into the Posh first team and he then moved to Hereford United in September 1982.

Playing just the one league match for the Bulls, Gwinnett then linked up with Southern League, Gloucester City.

However, he was back in the Football League with Bradford City in June 1984, but once again, didn’t make the first team.

Joining Exeter City in August 1985, he was understudy to John Shaw, but he did get two opportunities in his first season with the club, playing against Colchester United at Layer Road, and then Preston North End at St James’ Park.

The following season Gwinnett again shared the goalkeeping duties with Shaw and this time featured in three league matches.

However, it was in 1987-88 that he finally enjoyed a run of games and made a total of 24 league outings.

Gwinnett played in the opening 17 league matches of the 1988-89 season before losing his place to Dave Walter.

He asked to go on the transfer list in December 1988. In the same month he joined Yeovil Town on loan. Gwinnett then joined Weymouth on loan in March 1989.

The deal with Weymouth was made a permanent one the same month when Gwinnett signed for them in a £10,000 package deal that also took City player Richard Cooper to the Terras.

Gwinnett later returned to Exeter City and became Youth Football Director, before taking on the role of goalkeeping coach, a position he has held from the 2008-09 season until the summer of 2017.

He joined Paul Tisdale at MK Dons in 2017, as part of his very extensive back room staff.

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