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 49)
Place of birth Manchester, England
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Left-back
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

Andrew George Hinchcliffe (born 5 February 1969 in Manchester, Lancashire) is an English former 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, with Everton then under new management after Howard Kendall had replaced Joe Royle. Kendall was not known to be a big Hinchliffe fan, having sold him previously whilst Manchester City manager. He was subsequently 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. He mainly does co-commentary for the Skybet Championship games with some Premier League games as well. He also sometimes appears on Sky Sports News HQ in a morning with other football guests to talk about transfers and games that have gone on recently.

Personal life[edit]

Hinchcliffe has stated that he was encouraged to take up a football career by his father who was a season ticket holder at Crewe Alexandra F.C. Hinchcliffe was educated at Manchester's William Hulme's Grammar School for Boys, a Rugby (and non-Football) playing school. Like his Everton teammate, 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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