Mike Stringfellow

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Mike Stringfellow
Personal information
Full name Michael David Stringfellow
Date of birth (1943-01-27) 27 January 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Kirkby-in-Ashfield, England
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1962 Mansfield Town 57 (10)
1962–1975 Leicester City 315 (82)
1975–? Nuneaton Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michael David "Mike" Stringfellow (born 27 January 1943 in Kirkby-in-Ashfield) is a retired English footballer who played 14 seasons as a winger for Leicester City in the 1960s and 1970s. He is the uncle of fellow footballer Ian Stringfellow.[1]

Stringfellow began his career at Mansfield Town whom he joined as a schoolboy in 1957. He was a star in Mansfield's youth team, and signed a professional contract in February 1960, shortly after his 17th birthday. He made his first-team debut six months later, playing as an outside-left in the game against Rochdale on 30 August 1960.[1]

Despite his young age, Stringfellow remained a regular in the Mansfield side, and scored 12 goals in 65 appearances for the Stags, before moving to Leicester City for £25,000 in January 1962 – the highest transfer fee ever paid for an 18-year-old at the time.[2]

By his second season at Filbert Street, Stringfellow was a regular in the Leicester side. He was a member of the Leicester side that lost against Manchester United in the 1963 FA Cup Final, and scored one of the goals when the Foxes won the League Cup the following season with a 4–3 aggregate win against Stoke City.

In 1968, Stringfellow suffered a serious cartilage injury, and was never the same player. Nevertheless, he remained on Leicester's books, mostly in a reserve role, until 1975 when he quit the professional game and finished his career with non-league Nuneaton Borough. In all competitions, Stringfellow played 377 games for Leicester and scored 98 goals.[3]

After his retirement from football, Stringfellow settled in Enderby, Leicestershire, where he worked as a newsagent.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bracegirdle, Dave and Hartshorn, Steve (2004). The Legends of Mansfield Town. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-435-3. 
  2. ^ a b Retter, Jack (1995). Who's Who – The Stags 1902–1995. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-31-3. 
  3. ^ *"allfootballers.com". Since 1888 - The searchable Premiership and Football League player database (Subscription required). Retrieved 10 September 2009.