WFFC Advent Calendar: 6 – Gavin King

A good team is always built on a solid goalkeeper, and that certainly the case between 2003 and 2005, when Gavin King was first choice goalkeeper for Forest.

King was signed on the eve of the 2003-4 season, at a time when Peter Goodman was the only recognised ‘keeper at the club.

In fact, King had spent the pre-season campaign with Redbridge and played for them against us in the final friendly before the start of the season.

So impressed with King’s performance, Hakan Hayrettin brought King to Forest and immediately made him first choice, starting with a 1-0 victory over Harlow Town on the opening day of the season.

King would go on to make 45 strong performances in his debut season for the club.

The following season, King remained first choice and made 38 appearances, in a run only interrupted by injury, which saw Emeka Aneke and Nej Hussein deputise.

However, King returned to the team to see out the final two games of the 2004-5 season, and was part of the historic Forest team which beat Berkhamstead Town 10-1 in April 2005.

The 2005-6 season saw the arrival of Dave Muir at Forest, and the influx of a number of younger players, including Charlie Hasler.

Hasler was favoured as first-choice goalkeeper by the management, and sadly, King would only make one full appearance in the 2005-6 season.

King did however go out on a high, producing an incredible display to ensure that his final match was a 3-2 victory over Great Wakering Rovers.

From there, King moved onto Wingate & Finchley, before reuniting with Hakan Hayrettin to play in the Conference South at Thurrock.

Before long, King was back at Wingate & Finchley, where he was part of the successful Division 1 North play-off winning squad, also adding a London Senior Cup to his honours. Despite perhaps now being classed in the veteran category, King continues to play in the Ryman Premier Division with Wingate.

King made a total of 84 appearances for Forest, and takes his place as our 20th most capped player.

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