Ronnie Sinclair

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Ronnie Sinclair
Personal information
Full name Ronald McDonald Sinclair
Date of birth (1964-11-19) 19 November 1964 (age 50)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Stirling Boys Club
1981–1982 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1986 Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
1984 Wrexham (loan) 11 (0)
1984 Derby County (loan) 0 (0)
1985 Sheffield United (loan) 0 (0)
1986 Leeds United (loan) 0 (0)
1986–1989 Leeds United 8 (0)
1987 Halifax Town (loan) 4 (0)
1988–1989 Halifax Town (loan) 10 (0)
1989–1991 Bristol City 44 (0)
1991 Walsall (loan) 10 (0)
1991–1996 Stoke City 80 (0)
1994 Bradford City (loan) 0 (0)
1996–1998 Chester City 70 (0)
1998 Stoke City 0 (0)
1999 Leek Town
1999–2000 Witton Albion
Total 237 (0)
National team
Scotland Youth and Schoolboys
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ronnie Sinclair (born 19 November 1964, Stirling) is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Although born in Scotland, Sinclair spent his career in England, with the majority of his appearances coming with Bristol City, Stoke City and Chester City.

Playing career[edit]

Capped by Scotland at youth and schoolboy level, Sinclair joined Nottingham Forest as an apprentice from Stirling Boys Club and he signed professional forms in November 1982. However he failed to make a first-team appearance for the City Ground club and it was in a loan spell with Division Four side Wrexham in the closing stages of the 1983–84 season that Sinclair gained his first Football League action. Over the following two seasons he spent time on loan with Derby County, Sheffield United and Leeds United without making the first-team, but he was snapped up on a permanent basis by Leeds in June 1986 for £10,000. He made eight league appearances the following season before twice joining Halifax Town on loan.

In September 1989 Sinclair moved to Bristol City, who he helped win promotion from Division Three in his first season at Ashton Gate. By the early stages of the 1991–92 campaign he was out on loan again though, spending time with Walsall before beginning a five-year stay with Stoke City in a £25,000 move in November 1991. Sinclair faced regular competition for the goalkeeper's shirt with Stoke but played more than 20 games in his first three seasons at the club.

After falling out of favour, Sinclair joined Chester City on a free transfer in August 1996. After conceding just 43 goals in 1996–97, Chester qualified for the Division Three play-offs with Sinclair voted the club's player of the season. The Blues lost to Swansea City in the semi-finals and the following season saw Sinclair miss 13 league games following the emergence of Wayne Brown. He was not selected again after a 5–0 thrashing at Exeter City on 4 April 1998 and manager Kevin Ratcliffe announced later in the month that Sinclair's contract would not be renewed. [1]

Coaching[edit]

Sinclair never played professionally again after leaving Chester and has spent most of his time working as goalkeeping coach with Stoke City (where he initially was registered again as a player).[2] He became the assistant academy manager before moving to Aston Villa to become the academy goalkeeping coach.[3]

He has also played non-league football with Leek Town and Witton Albion.[4] Sinclair in recent times has continued to pull on his gloves and regularly appears in charity games[5] and alongside former team-mates in the Masters series.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wrexham (loan) 1983–84 Fourth Division 11 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 12 0
Leeds United 1986–87 Second Division 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 0
Halifax Town (loan) 1986–87 Fourth Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1988–89 Fourth Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Bristol City 1989–90 Third Division 27 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 32 0
1990–91 Second Division 17 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 21 0
Walsall (loan) 1991–92 Fourth Division 10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Stoke City 1991–92 Third Division 26 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 28 0
1992–93 Second Division 29 0 2 0 2 0 5 0 38 0
1993–94 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1994–95 First Division 24 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 28 0
1995–96 First Division 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Chester City 1996–97 Third Division 37 0 3 0 1 0 3 0 44 0
1997–98 Third Division 33 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 35 0
Career Total 237 0 12 0 9 0 17 0 275 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Italian Cup, Football League Trophy, Football League play-offs and Full Members Cup.

Honours[edit]

Bristol City
Stoke City
Chester City

Personal life[edit]

His son Craig (* 1992 in Stoke-upon-Trent) is also a footballer. The Defender played in his youth for Stoke City F.C.[7] and is currently playing for Henley Town F.C..[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sinclair Released by City". chester-city.co.uk (see 29 April). 29 April 1998. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  2. ^ "Where is Ronnie?". BoothenEnd.com. 30 October 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Profile at AVFC.co.uk
  4. ^ "Ronnie sizes up challenge to keep Witton at the top". Guardian Series. 8 December 1999. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Former Stoke and Vale players got Happy". BBC Stoke & Staffordshire. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "Central Masters". Masters Football (see squad lists). Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  7. ^ "Former Stoke and Vale players got Happy". BBC Stoke & Staffordshire. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 
  8. ^ "Former Stoke and Vale players got Happy". BBC Stoke & Staffordshire. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2008. 

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