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Garry Flitcroft
Personal information
Full name Garry William Flitcroft
Date of birth 6 November 1972 (1972-11-06) (age 37)
Place of birth    Bolton, England
Height 6'0"
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1991–1996
1992
1996–2006
2006
Manchester City
Bury (loan)
Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield United
116 (13)
012 0(0)
248 (14)
006 0(0)   
National team
1993 England U21 010 0(3)
Teams managed
2009– Leigh

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

Garry William Flitcroft (born 6 November 1972 in Bolton, Lancashire, England) is an English football manager, currently in charge of Leigh.

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Playing Career

Flitcroft's career started when he left Harper Green School and sent applications to all 92 English football league clubs asking for trials, however only Manchester City gave him a trial and in 1991 he joined them, having a brief spell at Bury on loan in March 1992. After five years at with City, having played 142 games, some as captain, he joined Blackburn in March 1996 for £3.5m after City were going through financial difficulties and their then chairman Francis Lee told the then manager Alan Ball to sell their most profitable player, which turned out to be Flitcroft. The combative midfielder was signed after Rovers' talks with rising French star William Prunier broke down. Despite being sent off after just three minutes of his debut, he went on to serve as Blackburn's captain, and was a very tenacious, albeit technically ungifted midfielder.

During the 2001-02 season however, he was unmasked in the newspapers as allegedly having had an extramarital affair. The lawsuit resulting from this allegation, A v B (A Company), was notable for the way it weighed personal privacy rights against the right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights (applicable since the Human Rights Act 1998 came into force in 2000).

The allegations of infidelity did not halt Garry's career, as he continued to make appearances for the club, his 250th coming during the 2003-04 season. Blackburn allowed him to join Sheffield United on a free transfer on 12 January 2006 where his Premiership experience was expected to make him a permanent figure in United's midfield. However, due to a persistent knee injury and a lack of form, Flitcroft was forced to retire in July 2006 after just a handful of games for the club.

Coaching Career

On 23rd March, it was announced that Flitcroft would replace Lee Merricks as manager of Unibond League side Leigh. This also came with the news that the club have moved into their new ground at Leigh Sports Village.[1]

Personal

Garry's brother, David, was also a midfielder who played in the lower divisions for clubs including Chester City, Bury and Rochdale, where he is now assistant manager. Garry was educated at Turton High School, Bolton.

Honours

League Cup: 2001–02

External links

  • A v B & C 2002 EWCA Civ 337, a discussion of Garry's lawsuit

References

  1. ^ "New manager, new home". Leigh Genesis F.C.. 2009-03-23. http://www.leighgenesis.com/news/396/New-manager-new-home.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  
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