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Frank Sinclair
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Personal information
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair
Date of birth 3 December 1971 (1971-12-03) (age 38)
Place of birth Lambeth, London, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Wrexham
Number 15
Youth career
1988–1990 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007 Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009– Wrexham 14 (0)
National team
1998–2001 Jamaica 28 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:10, 20 February 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:45, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

Frank Mohammed Sinclair (born 3 December 1971) is an English-born Jamaican footballer, who plays for Wrexham in the Conference National.

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Club career

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Chelsea

Sinclair started his club career with Chelsea, joining as an apprentice in April 1988 and turning professional in May 1990.[1] He had a short loan spell at West Bromwich Albion in the middle of the 1991–92 season. He impressed on his Albion debut, which came in a 1–1 draw away at Bradford City on 14 December 1991, but was sent off in his second match for the club two weeks later in another 1–1, this time at Exeter City, when he was involved in a clash of heads with the referee and later received a hefty fine.[1]

Sinclair returned to Chelsea before the end of the 1991-92 season and two years later played in the FA Cup final against Manchester United, but his foul on Andrei Kanchelskis in the second half saw him give away a penalty which was scored by Eric Cantona to force a 2-0 lead for United, and Chelsea went on to lose the game 4-0.

However, Sinclair still had an opportunity to play in European competition the following season, and helped Chelsea reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (they were able to compete in this competition as United had qualified for the European Cup as Premier League champions). He also helped them reach the FA Cup semi-final the following season.

He was an FA Cup winner with Chelsea as they beat Middlesbrough 2–0 in the 1997 final. The following season, Sinclair scored for Chelsea in the League Cup Final, again over Middlesbrough, in a 2-0 win, but his first team chances were starting to become limited as new manager Gianluca Vialli built a new team which consisted mostly of continental stars. He was not in the squad that won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup that season.

Leicester City

He moved on to Leicester City in August 1998, for a fee of £2,000,000. He was part of the team that won the 2000 League Cup, beating Tranmere Rovers 2–1 at Wembley. During his time with Leicester, Sinclair developed an unfortunate reputation for scoring own goals.[2] This was caused initially by two own goals in consecutive weekends in 1999. The first was a great leap at Highbury to give Arsenal a 2-1 win. He managed to refrain from putting through his own net against Coventry the following Wednesday, but then scored another at home to former club Chelsea, where he beat Tore André Flo to the ball to smash it into his own net and lose Leicester their one goal lead. The importance of these goals was accentuated by the fact that both came in the last minute of the match, and both caused Leicester to drop points.

Sinclair was fined two weeks wages by Leicester in September 2001 for his part in an incident at a Heathrow hotel. Sinclair, along with four Chelsea players, had gone on a five-hour drinking binge and had stripped off, swore and vomited in front of American tourists.[3]

In 2002, Sinclair scored the most bizarre of his own goals. After 3 minutes into a game at Middlesbrough, he slotted the ball past keeper Ian Walker in a seemingly laid-back situation.[4] This resulted in a 1-0 defeat for Leicester. This own goal against Middlesbrough was not to be his last for the club.[5] In March 2004, Sinclair and his Leicester City teammates, Paul Dickov and Keith Gillespie were arrested in Spain over sexual assault charges, while on a training holiday.[6] The charges were later dropped.[7] Leicester released Sinclair at the end of the 2003–2004 season.

Burnley

In June 2004, Sinclair signed for Burnley on a free transfer.[8] He became an astute Bosman ruling transfer signing for the Clarets, and made numerous appearances across the defence, impressing throughout both the 2004–05 and 2005–06 campaigns. This culminated in his appointment as club captain, a role he seemed to relish but of which he was relieved for the 2006–07 season in favour of Wayne Thomas. He scored his first and only Burnley goal in a 2-1 home win against Rotherham United on 12 March 2005.[9]

Huddersfield Town

Sinclair on trial with Bury.

On 8 February 2007, he moved to Huddersfield Town on an emergency loan deal. On 24 March, he was sent off against Brighton & Hove Albion in a match which finished 0-0. Upon his return to Burnley, he was released on a free transfer. Sinclair signed a one year contract at Huddersfield Town on 14 May.[10] He cited manager Andy Ritchie as a reason for staying on: "he's been successful in League One before", he told HTAFC.com. On 6 October 2007, he received his second red card of his short career at the Galpharm Stadium, in Town's 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. He received his third during Town's 4-1 defeat by Southend United at Roots Hall on 5 December 2007. Huddersfield released Sinclair at the end of his contract in May 2008.[11]

Lincoln City

Sinclair signed a one year contract for Football League Two side Lincoln City on 1 July 2008, reuniting with manager Peter Jackson who originally brought him to Huddersfield Town.[12] Jackson hailed Sinclair's "determination, his personality and his will to win", and said that both Wycombe Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion were interested in signing the player.[13] In March 2009, Sinclair made the surprise move to Wycombe Wanderers on loan from Lincoln City. His presence helped Wycombe to achieve promotion from League Two. In May 2009, he was one of seven players released [14] by Lincoln City.

Wrexham

Both Wycombe and Bury had expressed no interest in signing Sinclair for the 2009–10 season,[15] but he eventually signed a one year deal with Wrexham.[16][17]

International career

Sinclair was one of a group of seven English-born players of Jamaican origin who opted to play for Jamaica in their bid to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The other English-born players were Deon Burton, Marcus Gayle, Robbie Earle, Paul Hall, Fitzroy Simpson and Darryl Powell. All seven went on to play in the finals tournament in France. In total, Sinclair appeared 28 times for his country.

Honours

Chelsea
Leicester City

References

  1. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. pp. 214–215. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  2. ^ Armitage, Clive (2002-03-03). "It's Frank the plank as own goal sincs 'em". Sunday Mirror. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_20020303/ai_n12836184. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Hotel shame costs Sinclair". BBC Sport. 2001-09-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/1560848.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  4. ^ Edgar, Bill (2006-07-17). "Hilarity and tragedy: curse of the own goal". London: Times online. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,27-2273127,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  5. ^ "You can almost taste it...". BBC Sport. 2003-03-19. http://www.bbc.co.uk/leicester/sport/clubs/lcfc/2003/03/18/match_report_away_burnley.shtml. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Sex charges for Leicester three". BBC Sport. 2004-03-06. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/3536777.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Leicester trio charges 'dropped'". BBC Sport. 2004-05-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3732707.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  8. ^ "Sinclair joins Clarets". BBC Sport. 2004-07-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/3919183.stm. Retrieved 2007-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Burnley 2-1 Rotherham". BBC. 12 March 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/4321327.stm. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Huddersfield net veteran Sinclair". BBC Sport. 2007-05-14. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/h/huddersfield_town/6655191.stm. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  11. ^ Thompson, Dougie (2008-05-06). "Stan Ternent clears out Town players". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. http://www.examiner.co.uk/huddersfield-town-fc/huddersfield-town-news/2008/05/06/stan-ternent-clears-out-town-players-86081-20873818/. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  12. ^ "Lincoln sign Sinclair and Burch". BBC Sport. 2008-07-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/lincoln_city/7482971.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  13. ^ "Jackson hails arrival of Sinclair". BBC Sport. 2008-07-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/lincoln_city/7485193.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  14. ^ "Seven Players To Leave". The Forgotten Imp. 2009-05-06. http://www.theimp.lincolnfans.co.uk/news1853.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  15. ^ "Wycombe Want Frank Sinclair". The Forgotten Imp. 2009-06-04. http://www.theimp.lincolnfans.co.uk/news1885.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  16. ^ "Wrexham to sign veteran Sinclair". Non-League Daily. 2009-08-24. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wrexham/8218578.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  17. ^ "Sinclair coup for Dragons". Non-League Daily. 2009-08-24. http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/news/index.php?&newsmode=FULL&nid=60215. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Robbie Blake
Burnley F.C. Captain
2005-2006
Succeeded by
Wayne Thomas
Awards
Preceded by
N/A
Leicester City
Players' Player of the Season

2002
Succeeded by
Muzzy Izzet

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