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Frank McLintock
Personal information
Full name Francis McLintock
Date of birth 28 December 1939 (1939-12-28) (age 70)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Wing half, centre half
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1957-1964
1964-1973
1973-1977
Leicester City
Arsenal
Queens Park Rangers
168 (25)
314 (26)
127 0(5)   
National team
1963-1971 Scotland 009 (1)
Teams managed
1977-1978
1984-1987
Leicester City
Brentford

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

Francis "Frank" McLintock MBE (born 28 December 1939) is a Scottish former footballer.

Born in Glasgow and brought up in the Gorbals, McLintock started his career in the Scottish Juniors with Shawfield[1], before moving to Leicester City in 1957 as a wing half, making his debut for them in 1959. He spent seven years at Filbert Street, reaching, but losing, two FA Cup finals (1961 and 1963) and a winning League Cup final (1964). During this time he also made his debut for Scotland, against Norway on 4 June 1963, and in his third appearance for Scotland, against Spain on 13 June 1963, scored one of the goals in a 6-2 win.

In October 1964, he was signed by Arsenal and went straight into the first team. McLintock spent the next nine seasons with the Gunners, moving from midfield to centre half. He was a first-choice player throughout, and became the club's captain in 1967, and would go on to skipper the club during their period of success under Bertie Mee. Firstly, he reached another two League Cup finals (losing both, in 1968 and 1969), and became so disheartened he handed in a transfer request in 1969. Arsenal manager Bertie Mee managed to persuade him to stay, and McLintock went on to win three major trophies in the space of two years.

Firstly, McLintock led Arsenal to a Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final win in 1969-70, beating Anderlecht 4-3 on aggregate. The following year, he lifted club's first League and FA Cup Double in 1970-71; he also won the 1971 Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award, and having only played once for Scotland since 1964, earned a recall to the Scotland side in 1970, winning a further four caps to bring his total to nine.

McLintock led Arsenal to their sixth Wembley final in 1972 (which they lost to Leeds), and second place in the First Division following year, before being sold to QPR in June 1973. In total, he had played 403 matches for Arsenal, scoring 32 goals. He spent four seasons with the Hoops, and was part of the side that qualified for the UEFA Cup after finishing a close second to Liverpool in 1975-76. He finally retired from the game in the 1977 close season. In all, he played over 700 times for his three clubs combined. He was made an MBE in 1972.

After retiring from playing, he had an unsuccessful stint as manager of his old club Leicester City, finishing bottom of the First Division and relegated to the Second in his only season in charge. He was later manager of Brentford between 1984 and 1987, and then as a coach at Millwall, helping the club gain promotion to the old Division One. Mclintock and Docherty were sacked in February 1990. Mclintock was more successful as a businessman, and made a successful career as an after dinner speaker, and as a pundit for first BBC Radio, and more recently Sky Sports. In 2009, McLintock was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.[2]

References

  • Harris, Jeff & Hogg, Tony (ed.) (1995). Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.  
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