Andy Sinton

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Andy Sinton
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Personal information
Full name Andrew Sinton[1]
Date of birth (1966-03-19) 19 March 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Cramlington, England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left midfielder
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
(Club Ambassador)
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 England Schoolboys
1990–1992 England B 3 (0)
1990 Football League XI 1 (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

Andrew Sinton (born 19 March 1966 in Cramlington, Northumberland) is an English former professional footballer. During his playing career, he notably played for Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur and also earned 12 caps playing as an international footballer for England. As a player, he was described as "a hard-working midfielder with a good footballing brain and who created many goals".[2] He is currently club ambassador at his former team Queens Park Rangers.

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:[3] John Ruddy of Norwich City followed Sinton to this accolade in 2012. Sinton was the outstanding player in a poor Cambridge side, which suffered successive relegations in 1983–84 and 1984–85.[citation needed][4]

He was signed by Brentford 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,[5] before moving to Sheffield Wednesday for a then club record £2.75million in August 1993.[6]

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, in the 1999 Football League Cup Final that Spurs won 1–0 over Leicester City.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9] His last appearance for his country came the following month, in the 7–1 rout of San Marino in Bologna.[10] He also played for England Schoolboys, England B and the Football League XI.[1][8]

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.[11] On 26 May 2010 it was announced that, from a large field of applicants, Sinton had been appointed manager of A.F.C. Telford United in Conference North.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

In May 2015 Sinton was back in football when he was appointed as former club Queen’s Park Rangers first club ambassador. His role includes attending games and fan events, working with commercial partners as well as with the club's Media and Communications, Marketing and Club in the Community teams to help promote Queen's Park Rangers. He was a driving force in creating 'Forever Rs', the club's former players association, in 2016.


As a player[edit]

Tottenham Hotspur

As a manager[edit]

A.F.C. Telford United

As an individual[edit]


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  2. ^ "Brentford FC Your favourite 80s player?". Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Former Player News: The Wolves connection". Cambridge United F.C. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
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  7. ^ a b "Andy Sinton | Football Stats | No Club | Season 1998/1999 | 1983–2004 | Soccer Base". Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Andy Sinton". Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Jackson, Jamie (1 October 2006). "How did it feel ..." The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Archive: Andy Sinton". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "First team player profiles". Fleet Town F.C. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sinton confirmed as Telford boss". 26 May 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  13. ^ a b "AFC Telford United results for the 2010-2011 season -". Archived from the original on 9 September 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  14. ^ "AFC Telford United results for the 2011-2012 season -". Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "AFC Telford Utd". A.F.C. Telford United. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Croxford, Mark; Lane, David; Waterman, Greville (2011). The Big Brentford Book of the 80s. Legends Publishing. p. 383. ISBN 978-1906796716. 

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