Gavin Holligan played a small number of games for Exeter City when on loan from West Ham United. He later appeared for Wycombe Wanderers before dropping into non-league and becoming a jazz and soul musician.
A talented musician even in his youth Gavin was on Crystal Palace’s books when at school. He then played for Walton & Hertsham before stepping up the leagues to sign for Kingstonian. A series of eye-catching performances, for a rising side, quickly led to a £150,000 move to West Ham United in December 1998 although - in nearly three seasons at Upton Park - Gavin was to only make a solitary substitute appearance for the first-team just a few months after signing.
Gavin had already had a brief loan stint at Leyton Orient when he arrived at Exeter City on a similar basis in October 2000. Making his debut in a goalless draw at Kidderminster Harriers, Gavin featured in the next two matches for the Grecians prior to returning to West Ham.
He was transferred to Wycombe Wanderers in August 2001 where he had 43 league outings (8 goals) whilst also being loaned to Crawley Town and Hornchurch. Leaving Adams Park in May 2004, Gavin played for Havant & Waterlooville and Lewes before a severe thigh injury ended his career in 2006.
Gavin then concentrated on music and, after studying at the BRIT school, embarked upon a successful career as a jazz/soul singer, keyboard player and songwriter performing alongside the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jocelyn Brown, Aswad and Floetry.
Gavin’s musical career is described, and his work showcased, on his website.