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Scott Flinders
Personal information
Full name Scott Liam Flinders
Date of birth June 12, 1986 (1986-06-12) (age 23)
Place of birth    Rotherham, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Hartlepool United
Number 1
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Crystal Palace
Gillingham (loan)
Brighton & Hove Albion (loan)
Yeovil Town (loan)
Blackpool (loan)
Falkirk (loan)
Hartlepool United
14 (0)
08 (0)
09 (0)
12 (0)
09 (0)
00 (0)
08 (0)
24 (0)   
National team2
2005 England U20 04 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:23, 2 January 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 08:11, 13 September 2008 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Scott Liam Flinders (born 12 June 1986 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire) is an English football goalkeeper currently playing for Hartlepool United. He has also played for the England Under-20 team.


Club career

Flinders started out at Barnsley, making his league debut in 2005, when he replaced the injured Ross Turnbull in the Barnsley goal. He made an instant impression, and played eleven games in the next three months, which led to a call-up to the England U-20 side.

In the 2005–06 season, he was picked to play for a "Football League XI", in a match against their Italian counterparts. He also went back to being second choice at Barnsley, this time to Nick Colgan. Because of this, he only made a few more league and cup appearances in which he again impressed, leading to trials at Chelsea and Wigan Athletic. Flinders moved to Crystal Palace as part of a deal that took Sam Togwell to Barnsley in the summer of 2006.

Flinders made his competitive debut for Palace in a Football League Cup tie with Notts County, playing the full game as Palace were beaten 2–1. This would be his last appearance before going on loan to League One club Gillingham, where he made his debut in a 2–1 away win against Doncaster Rovers on 9 September 2006. His loan with Gillingham was extended for a second month, [1] but this extended loan did not last its full spell. He returned to the Crystal Palace bench by 28 October.

For the next game, a trip to Sheffield Wednesday, Flinders made his league debut with The Eagles, while Hungarian international Gábor Király was dropped to the bench for a game which ended in a 3–2 defeat. This was quickly followed by a game at Loftus Road, against Queens Park Rangers, which ended in a 4–2 loss, after which he was dropped, not returning until late December.

On 20 February 2007, Flinders was sent out on loan again. He signed for Palace's rivals, Brighton & Hove Albion, after their first choice goalkeeper Michel Kuipers was injured. He made his Seagulls debut at his previous club Gillingham, a game which his new team won 1–0.

Flinders was sent out on loan again in February 2008, this time to Yeovil Town, after their first choice goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was injured. However, despite Yeovil signing him for further month loan period, on 27 March, Championship club Blackpool signed him on loan until the end of the season as competition for first-choice keeper, Paul Rachubka. With Blackpool's next match being an away game at Crystal Palace he was not allowed to make his debut for the club until after that match.[2] However, his loan period finished without him making an appearance for Blackpool. During August 2008, Flinders signed for Scottish Premier League side Falkirk on loan until January 2009, and he returned to Palace at the end of this spell.[3] Flinders was released by Crystal Palace on 6 May 2009.[4]

On 26 June 2009, Flinders signed for North-East League 1 side Hartlepool United.[5]

International career

Flinders was called up to play for the England Under 20 team in 2005.

Club career statistics

(correct as of 29 November 2008)
Club Season League Cup[6] Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barnsley 2004-05 11 0 - - - - 11 0
Barnsley 2005-06 3 0 4 0 - - 7 0
Crystal Palace 2006-07 8 0 3 0 - - 11 0
Gillingham (loan) 2006-07 9 0 - - - - 9 0
Brighton (loan) 2006-07 12 0 - - - - 12 0
Crystal Palace 2007-08 0 0 2 0 - - 2 0
Yeovil (loan) 2007-08 9 0 - - - - 9 0
Blackpool (loan) 2007-08 0 0 - - - - 0 0
Falkirk (loan) 2008-09 8 0 0 0 - - 8 0
Career totals 59 0 9 0 - - 68 0


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