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Ronnie Sinclair
Personal information
Full name Ronald McDonald Sinclair
Date of birth 19 November 1964 (1964-11-19) (age 45)
Place of birth    Stirling, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Stoke City (academy coach)
Youth career

Stirling Boys Club
Nottingham Forest
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Nottingham Forest
Wrexham (loan)
Derby County (loan)
Sheffield United (loan)
Leeds United (loan)
Leeds United
Halifax Town (loan)
Halifax Town (loan)
Bristol City
Walsall (loan)
Stoke City
Bradford City (loan)
Chester City
Stoke City
Leek Town
Witton Albion
00 (0)
11 (0)
00 (0)
00 (0)
00 (0)
08 (0)
04 (0)
10 (0)
44 (0)
10 (0)
80 (0)
00 (0)
70 (0)
00 (0)
National team
Scotland Youth and Schoolboys

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

Ronnie Sinclair (born 19 November 1964, Stirling) is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Although born in Scotland, Sinclair spent his career in England, with the majority of his appearances coming with Bristol City, Stoke City and Chester City. He is now a coach with Stoke.


Playing career

Capped by Scotland at youth and schoolboy level, Sinclair joined Nottingham Forest as an apprentice from Stirling Boys Club and he signed professional forms in November 1982. However he failed to make a first-team appearance for the City Ground club and it was in a loan spell with Division Four side Wrexham in the closing stages of the 1983–84 season that Sinclair gained his first Football League action. Over the following two seasons he spent time on loan with Derby County, Sheffield United and Leeds United without making the first-team, but he was snapped up on a permanent basis by Leeds in June 1986 for £10,000. He made eight league appearances the following season before twice joining Halifax Town on loan.

In September 1989 Sinclair moved to Bristol City, who he helped win promotion from Division Three in his first season at Ashton Gate. By the early stages of the 1991–92 campaign he was out on loan again though, spending time with Walsall before beginning a five year stay with Stoke City in a £25,000 move in November 1991. Sinclair faced regular competition for the goalkeeper’s jersey with Stoke but played more than 20 games in his first three seasons at the club.

After falling out of favour, Sinclair joined Chester City on a free transfer in August 1996. After conceding just 43 goals in 1996–97, Chester qualified for the Division Three play-offs with Sinclair voted the club’s player of the season. Unfortunately the Blues lost to Swansea City in the semi-finals and the following season saw Sinclair miss 13 league games following the emergence of Wayne Brown. He was not selected again after a 5–0 thrashing at Exeter City on 4 April 1998 and manager Kevin Ratcliffe announced later in the month that Sinclair’s contract would not be renewed. [1]


Sinclair never played professionally again after leaving Chester and has spent most of his time working as goalkeeping coach with Stoke City (where he initially was registered again as a player). He now is an academy coach with the club.[2]

He has also played non-league football with Leek Town and Witton Albion.[3] Sinclair in recent times has continued to pull on his gloves and regularly appears in charity games[4] and alongside former team-mates in the Masters series.[5]


Bristol City

Football League Division Three runners-up: 1989–90

Chester City

• Player of the Season: 1996–97

Personal life

Sinclair lives with his wife Claire and two sons Cameron, who used to play for the Stoke City academy, and Craig, who does play for the Stoke City Academy. They live in Stone, Staffordshire.

External links


  1. ^ "Sinclair Released by City". (see 29 April). 1998-04-29. Retrieved 2008-01-04.  
  2. ^ "Where is Ronnie?". 2007-10-30. Retrieved 2008-01-04.  
  3. ^ "Ronnie sizes up challenge to keep Witton at the top". Guardian Series. 1999-12-08. Retrieved 2008-01-04.  
  4. ^ "Former Stoke and Vale players got Happy". BBC Stoke & Staffordshire. 2007-11-16. Retrieved 2008-01-04.  
  5. ^ "Central Masters". Masters Football (see squad lists). Retrieved 2008-01-04.  


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