|Date of birth||4 February 1993|
|Place of birth||Salford, England|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Playing position||Defender, Midfielder|
|1998–1999||Barr Hill JFC|
|2012–2013||→ Antwerp (loan)||24||(2)|
|2015||→ Atherton Collieries (loan)||1||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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Luke Giverin (born 4 February 1993) is an English retired footballer who played as a defender or midfielder. A youth player at Manchester United, he had a short professional career before playing semi-professionally in the lower tiers of England and Australia.
Early life and Manchester United
Born in Salford, England, Giverin began playing football at the age of five with local club Barr Hill JFC. He joined Manchester United when he was seven years old, rising through the club's youth ranks as high as the reserve team. While still a scholar, Giverin attended St George's Roman Catholic High School and Salford City College.
Giverin's high point with Manchester United came in May 2012. In the span of a week, he made his lone appearance for the first team, a testimonial match for Harry Gregg, and then scored to help the club lift the Manchester Senior Cup. Giverin spent the 2012–13 season on loan in the Belgian Second Division with Antwerp, joining the club that August on an initial loan until January 2013. The deal was then extended until the end of the season, with Giverin ending his time in Belgium having scored three times from 26 appearances in all competitions.
Giverin was released by United in the summer of 2013 and spent the next season without a club. He had trials at Derby County and Bury, as well as other English Football League clubs, but was told he was too small and did not receive a contract. He then dropped down to Non-League football, making 32 league appearances for Hyde in 2014–15 before spending time with Salford City and on loan to Atherton Collieries.
Seeking "a new challenge in football", Giverin moved to Australia to go on trial with National Premier Leagues NSW club Manly United, signing for the club a week later. He spent the next two years both playing and coaching, one season with Manly and the following year scoring 16 goals in 21 games with Dulwich Hill. Giverin departed Dulwich to move back to England and be closer to family, returning to his former club Atherton Collieries. He spent his final two seasons as a player in the Northern Premier League, appearing for the club while also working as a youth trainer.
Following his playing retirement, Giverin stayed in the sport by running a personal football training business and began a traineeship as a barber. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he gained attention while working at an Asda supermarket, across the street from the City of Manchester Stadium where he had scored in the Manchester Senior Cup final nine years prior.
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- Raward, Charlie (15 April 2016). "MUFC Profile: Luke Giverin". Manly United FC. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
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