Andy Hinchcliffe

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Andy Hinchcliffe
Personal information
Full name Andrew George Hinchcliffe
Date of birth (1969-02-05) 5 February 1969 (age 46)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1990 Manchester City 112 (8)
1990–1998 Everton 182 (7)
1998–2002 Sheffield Wednesday 86 (7)
Total 380 (22)
National team
1988 England U21 1 (0)
1996–1998 England 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew George "Andy" Hinchcliffe (born 5 February 1969 in Manchester, Lancashire) is a former English professional footballer and Sports Television pundit.

As a player he was a defender from 1986 until 2002 for Manchester City, Everton and Sheffield Wednesday.

Playing career[edit]

Having started his career with Manchester City he established himself as the club's first choice left back. Whilst at City, Hinchcliffe was one of the scorers in the Manchester derby on 23 September 1989 in a 5–1 victory over Manchester United.[1] Hinchcliffe won the 1995 FA Cup while with Everton and enjoyed the best form of his career at the club, winning seven full England caps. His England debut came in a 3–0 away victory over Moldova on 1 September 1996, in what was manager Glenn Hoddle's first game in charge.[2]

Hinchcliffe's speciality was set pieces, he aimed the ball very accurately and so often subsequent goals resulted from an Andy Hinchcliffe corner or free kick, often by Duncan Ferguson during his time at Everton.

After injuring his cruciate ligament whilst in the form of his career in December 1996, Hinchcliffe didn't return until September 1997, under new management after Howard Kendall had replaced Joe Royle. Kendall was known to be a big Hinchliffe fan, having sold him previously whilst Manchester City manager. He was sold by the Toffees to Sheffield Wednesday only 5 months into Kendall's reign for £2.65m where he played for a further four years. Hinchcliffe retired from playing football in March 2002 following surgery on his left knee.[3] He only made two appearances in his final season at the club (2001–02), one of which was in the League Cup semi final first leg against Blackburn Rovers,[4] the other in the league against Crewe Alexandra.[5]

Media career[edit]

Hinchcliffe now works as a co-commentator on Sky Sports.

Personal life[edit]

Hinchcliffe has stated that he was encouraged to take up a football career from his father who was a season ticket holder at Crewe Alexandra F.C. He was also given a Nigeria national football team shirt with the name Tolu on the back for his 6th Birthday. Hinchcliffe was educated at Manchesters William Hulme's Grammar School for Boys, a Rugby (and non-Football) playing school. Like his Everton team-mate, Duncan Ferguson, Hinchcliffe has inspired a composition by the Finnish composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä, who wrote an orchestral work titled Hinchcliffe Thumper - Tha' Bloody Intermezzo in 1993. The work was premiered in Malmö, Sweden in 1994.[6]




  1. ^ "The last Maine Road derby: your views". BBC Sport. 9 November 2002. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  2. ^ "England Expects". BBC Sport. 27 February 2001. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  3. ^ "Hinchcliffe forced to quit". BBC Sport. 27 March 2002. Retrieved 5 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Rich, Tim (8 January 2002). "Cole helps Blackburn to seize advantage". London: The Independent. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sheff Wed 1-0 Crewe". BBC. 12 January 2002. Retrieved 18 April 2010. 
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