Andy Sinton

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Andy Sinton
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Personal information
Full name Andrew Sinton
Date of birth (1966-03-19) 19 March 1966 (age 49)
Place of birth Cramlington, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left Midfielder (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1985 Cambridge United 93 (3)
1985–1989 Brentford 149 (28)
1989–1993 Queens Park Rangers 161 (22)
1993–1996 Sheffield Wednesday 62 (3)
1996–1999 Tottenham Hotspur 83 (6)
1999–2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 71 (3)
2002–2004 Burton Albion 38 (2)
2004 Bromsgrove Rovers 6 (0)
2004–2007 Fleet Town 21 (1)
Total 684 (68)
National team
1990–1992 England B 3 (0)
1991–1993 England 12 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2010 Fleet Town
2010–2013 A.F.C. Telford United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Andrew "Andy" Sinton (born 19 March 1966 in Cramlington, Northumberland) is an English former professional footballer and now a manager, most recently with A.F.C. Telford United. During his playing career, he notably played for Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Tottenham Hotspur, and also earned 12 caps playing as an international footballer for England.


Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Sinton was a schoolboy footballer, playing for the England Under 15 team. He signed for Cambridge United on leaving school, and made his debut aged 16 years 228 days on 2 November 1982. He is the youngest player to play a league game for Cambridge, and is one of only two product of the club's youth team to become a full England international:[1] John Ruddy of Norwich City followed Andy to this accolade in 2012. Andy was the outstanding player in a poor Cambridge side, which suffered successive relegations in 1983–84 and 1984–85.

He was signed by Brentford F.C. in 1985 for just £25,000. He was signed for QPR by Trevor Francis in 1989 for £350,000 and went on to play 160 league games, scoring 22 goals including the first goal in the notable 4–1 QPR victory at Old Trafford in 1992. Sinton played for QPR in the first year of the Premiership, where he scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 win against Everton on 28 December 1992,[2] before moving to Sheffield Wednesday for a then club record £2.75million in August 1993.[3]

He spent two and a half years at Hillsborough but returned to London early in 1996 to link up with former Rangers boss Gerry Francis at Tottenham Hotspur. He came on as an 89th-minute substitute for David Ginola as Spurs clinched the 1999 League Cup at Wembley with a last-gasp 1–0 win over Leicester City.

He made his last Premiership appearance for Tottenham Hotspur in 1999, before spending three years with Wolverhampton Wanderers and then signing for Nigel Clough's Burton Albion in August 2002.

International career[edit]

On the international front, Sinton made his England debut in a 1–1 draw in Poland in November 1991, and went on to acquire 12 caps – including two in Sweden during a disappointing European Championships campaign. He played David Platt through on goal for England's penalty claim that was turned down in their 2–0 defeat against the Netherlands in Rotterdam in October 1993, towards the end of Graham Taylor's reign. His last appearance for his country came the following month, in the 7–1 rout of San Marino in Bologna.[4]

Management career[edit]

Sinton was appointed manager of Isthmian League Division One outfit Fleet Town in summer 2005, having spent the previous season as the club's Football Development Officer.[5] On 26 May 2010 it was announced that, from a large field of applicants, Sinton had been appointed manager of AFC Telford United in Conference North.[6] In his first season in charge, he led them to a second-place finish in the league and clinched promotion to the Conference via the playoffs. In his second season at the club, he kept them out of the Conference National's relegation zone all season and secured safety with two games still remaining. On 31 January 2013, it was announced that Sinton had left A.F.C. Telford United by mutual consent after a 16-match winless run, the worst in the club's history.[7]


  1. ^ "Former Player News: The Wolves connection". Cambridge United F.C. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Fox, Norman (29 December 1992). "Everton's day of dismissals". The Independent (London). Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Put the champaigne on ice". Sheffield Wednesday F.C. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Archive: Andy Sinton". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "First team player profiles". Fleet Town F.C. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "AFC Telford Utd". A.F.C. Telford United. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "AFC Telford Utd". A.F.C. Telford United. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 

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