|Date of birth||9 January 1965|
|Place of birth||Hartlepool, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Centre-back (retired)|
|1985||→ Leeds United (loan)||0||(0)|
|1999||→ Mansfield Town (loan)||10||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
He notably spent time in the Premier League with Ipswich Town and in the Scottish Premier League with Dunfermline Athletic. He also played in the Football League for Hartlepool United, Derby County, Shrewsbury Town, Blackpool, Mansfield Town and Chester City. He also had spells in Non-league with Southport and Hyde United.
Born in Hartlepool, County Durham, Linighan began his career at Hartlepool in 1982 as a 17-year-old. He remained at Victoria Park for four years, making close to 100 league appearances for the club.
Linighan joined Ipswich Town in 1988 for £300,000, and it was at Portman Road that he would spend the majority of his career. In eight years, he made 277 league appearances, netting twelve goals.
In 1995, Linighan was signed by Sam Allardyce to join up with his Blackpool team. He played under three managers during his three years at Bloomfield Road, the others being Gary Megson and Nigel Worthington, scoring five goals in a century of league appearances.
Scottish club Dunfermline Athletic came in for the defender's services in 1998, and he moved north of the border for what proved to be just one game. During his time with the Pars, he was loaned to Mansfield Town, whom he would join on a permanent basis in 1999.
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