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Gavin Mahon

Personal information
Full nameGavin Andrew Mahon
Date of birth2 January 1977(age 40)
Place of birthBirmingham, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Club information
Current clubNotts County

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Gavin Andrew Mahon (born 2 January 1977 in Birmingham, England) is an English footballer who is currently on a pay-as-you-play deal at League One club Notts County.

Mahon was a trainee with Wolverhampton Wanderers but did not do enough to secure a professional deal with the club. He was signed on a free transfer by Hereford United in 1996 and spent two and a half seasons at Edgar Street. In all he made 83 competitive appearances and scored four goals for the Bulls, indeed he played in every league game in 1997 98. His performances impressed Brentford manager Ray Lewington who signed him for a nominal fee of £50,000, which eventually increased to £130,000 under the terms of the transfer deal. Mahon went on to make over 150 appearances for Brentford over a 4 year period before attracting the attentions of Division One side Watford. Mahon joined Watford in March 2002 for £150,000 and found himself part of a struggling side.

Mahon was one of several players who took a voluntary pay cut during Watford's financial troubles in the post-Vialli era and became a much respected figure among the fans for doing so. Following the departure of Sean Dyche under Aidy Boothroyd, Mahon was installed as captain and his play continued to go from strength to strength. His leadership and combative nature became a key part of Watford's Championship campaign in 2005 2006 season which ended with him lifting the play-off trophy after a 3 0 defeat of Leeds United. After gaining promotion Mahon signed a two year contract extension at Watford, which was due to take him through to the end of the 2008 2009 season as a Watford player. However on December 15, 2007 it was announced by Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd that Mahon's contract would not be renewed for the 2008 2009 season. Mahon subsequently joined Queens Park Rangers on December 31, 2007 on an 'emergency loan' basis, with a permanent transfer following in January 2008.

Mahon joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the 2010-2011 season on 24 March 2011, but did not make an appearance for the Eagles before his spell at Selhurst Park ended.

Following his release from Queens Park Rangers, Mahon signed for Notts County F.C. on a pay-as-you play deal until January next year.

Mahon is an avid follower of Birmingham City and attends games where he can.

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