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Adrian Littlejohn
Personal information
Full name Adrian Sylvester Littlejohn[1]
Date of birth September 26, 1970 (1970-09-26) (age 39)
Place of birth    Wolverhampton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder/Forward
Youth career
1988–1989 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1991
1991–1995
1995–1998
1998
1998–2001
2001–2003
2003–2004
2004–2005
2005
2005–2006
2006
2007–2008
Walsall
Sheffield United
Plymouth Argyle
Oldham Athletic
Bury
Sheffield United
Port Vale
Lincoln City
Rushden & Diamonds
Mansfield Town
Leek Town
Retford United
044 0(1)
069 (12)
110 (29)
021 0(5)
099 (14)
003 0(0)
049 (10)
008 0(0)
015 0(0)
007 0(0)
004 0(0)[2]
00? 0(?)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Adrian Sylvester Littlejohn (born 26 September 1970 in Wolverhampton) is an English former footballer, who played as a midfielder and a striker.

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Playing career

Littlejohn started his footballing career at West Bromwich Albion, but failed to play a match and was release at the end of the 1988-89 season in order to find first team football elsewhere. He stayed in his native West Midlands and joined Walsall prior to the 1989-90 season, Littlejohn played 54 games, scoring one goal in his two seasons with the club.

Prior to the 1991-92 season, Littlejohn joined Sheffield United, where he played a part in the Blades seasons in the FA Premier League, Littlejohn played in the first ever Premier League season, scoring 8 goals in 27 games. In the following seasons, Littlejohn became less of a regular and moved to Plymouth Argyle, who paid United £100,000 for his services in September 1995. He was the club's top scorer in his debut season at Home Park, which helped Plymouth finish 4th in the Third Division. They were just one point short of automatic promotion, but managed to gain promotion via the play-offs with 1-0 win over Darlington. The two following seasons the club were involved in relegation battles, Littlejohn had escaped the cycle however, joining Oldham Athletic in March 1998.

At Oldham he joined Neil Warnock, the manager who had signed him at Plymouth. Littlejohn scored his début against Watford. Both men's stay at Boundary Park was a short one however; Bury appointed Warnock manager in May 1998 and six months later bought Littlejohn for £75,000. He scored 16 goals in 112 games in close to three seasons at the club. In December 1999 Warnock was made manager of Sheffield United and in October 2001 he brought Littlejohn back to the club,[3] on a non-contract basis.[4] He remained loyal to Warnock, refusing to sign a permanent contract with Carlisle United,[5] though he was to only play three competitive matches for the first team, two of those coming from off the bench. Leaving the club in February 2003 he rejected the chance to sign with Bradford City,[6] instead signing with Port Vale.[7] After impressing manager Brian Horton his initial one month deal was extended to the end of the season.[8]

In August 2004 he put pen to paper with Lincoln City,[9] failing to make at impact at Sincil Bank and was released in January 2005.[10] He then joined Rushden & Diamonds on a contract expiring at the end of the season. The ageing striker made fifteen appearances for the club and also gave the younger players the benefit of his experience.[11] In September 2005 he signed with Mansfield Town,[12] making seven substitute appearances in the league over the course of the 2005-06 season.

He wound his career down with a few games for non-league Leek Town, playing for the club from March[13] to October in 2006. In June 2007 Littlejohn agreed to return to playing at Retford United for his old teammate Peter Duffield, he stayed for just the 2007-08 season.

Coaching career

Towards the end of his playing days, Littlejohn began working at the Sheffield United academy.[13] Currently working towards his Pro football badge.

References

  1. ^ "Adrian Littlejohn". redimps.com. http://www.redimps.com/archive3/index.mv?cat=players&drop=playerdetsdrop&play=litt03. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack. SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL YEARBOOK 2006-2007 (37th ed.). Headline Publishing Group. pp. 499. ISBN 0-7553-1526-X.  
  3. ^ "Littlejohn denies move". BBC Sport. 29 November 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/1682985.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  4. ^ "Littlejohn rejoins Blades". BBC Sport. 23 October 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/sheff_utd/1615992.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  5. ^ "Littlejohn in Carlisle talks". BBC Sport. 26 November 2001. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/carlisle_united/1677266.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  6. ^ "Littlejohn rejects Bantams". BBC Sport. 11 February 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/bradford_city/2709621.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  7. ^ "Littlejohn set for debut". BBC Sport. 17 February 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/2773063.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  8. ^ "Vale want pair for another month". BBC Sport. 25 March 2003. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/p/port_vale/2884227.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  9. ^ "Littlejohn moves to Lincoln". BBC Sport. 12 August 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/lincoln_city/3558588.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  10. ^ "Littlejohn completes Rushden move". BBC Sport. 7 January 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/l/lincoln_city/4154925.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  11. ^ "Adrian Littlejohn". thediamondsfc.com. 13 May 2009. http://www.thediamondsfc.com/page/A-ZofDiamonds/0,,10784~1253306,00.html. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  12. ^ "Mansfield sign forward Littlejohn". BBC Sport. 12 September 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/m/mansfield_town/4238958.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  
  13. ^ a b "LITTLEJOHN COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT TO HELP LEEK". Non-league Daily. 01/04/2006. http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?newsmode=FULL&nid=34087. Retrieved 2009-06-10.  

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