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Ian Snodin
Personal information
Full name Ian Snodin
Date of birth 8 March 1963 (1963-15-08) (age 46)
Place of birth    Thrybergh, Rotherham, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
–1980 Doncaster Rovers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1980–1985
1985–1987
1987–1995
1994
1995–1997
1997–1998
1998–2000
Doncaster Rovers
Leeds United
Everton
Sunderland (loan)
Oldham Athletic
Scarborough
Doncaster Rovers
188 (25)
051 0(6)
148 0(3)
006 0(0)
057 0(0)
036 0(0)
002 0(0)   
National team
England U-21

England U-23

Teams managed
1998–2000 Doncaster Rovers

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

Ian Snodin (born 15 August 1963, Thrybergh, Rotherham, Yorkshire) is a retired footballer most notable for playing for Doncaster Rovers and Everton. He also played for Leeds United, Sunderland, Oldham Athletic and Scarborough.

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Early career

He started as a trainee at Doncaster along with his brother Glynn under manager Billy Bremner and played in midfield for the club. Even though Doncaster were in the third division at the time Ian managed to earn several call-ups to both the England Under-21s and the under-23s due to being such a strong player at such a young age. He soon caught the interest of the Leeds United manager Eddie Gray and was transferred to the club in the summer of 1985 for £200,000. Bremner soon followed Ian to Leeds United not being able to resist the call from his old club and Ian was appointed captain, replacing Leeds legend Peter Lorimer who had retired from the game. Snodin added class and bite to United’s midfield and became the key player in the side.

Move to Everton

It wasn’t long before Division One’s bigger clubs approached Leeds for his services. Everton and Liverpool both offered £840,000 in 1987, and cash-strapped Leeds accepted. Ian chose Everton as his next team, even though he had agreed terms with Liverpool, and moved there in January 1987. Ian helped his new club to win the title in his debut season. His never-say-die attitude was well received by the Everton fans, but it wasn't until Ian played as an emergency right-back that he flourished for the club. This transformation to a defender happened so quickly with such ease and in February 1989 he was called up into the full England squad for a friendly international in Greece. Unfortunately however Snodin was forced to withdraw because of injury and his problems became worse only a few weeks later when he was carried off during a game against Sheffield Wednesday with a serious hamstring problem. Despite lengthy periods of rest and several operations, Snodin struggled to regain his fitness and spent the whole of the 1991-92 season on the sidelines.

After Everton

In October 1994 he spent a while on loan with Sunderland and then in January 1995 he moved to Oldham Athletic. He later played at Scarborough before returning to Doncaster Rovers in 1998 to manage his home town club. He managed the club for 18 months before moving in to radio commentary.

Snodin was a regular analyst on Sky Sports' coverage of the Football Conference, before taking on a similar role at Setanta Sports following a change in the broadcasting rights. He also co-hosts Terrace Talk, a football magazine show, with Liverpool F.C. legend Ian St John every Saturday at midday on Liverpool music station Radio City 96.7 and City Talk 105.9 and occasionally comentates on covering Everton for the same radio network.

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