Andy Warrington

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Andy Warrington
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Warrington in 2010
Personal information
Full name Andrew Clifford Warrington
Date of birth (1976-06-10) 10 June 1976 (age 41)
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Grimsby Town (Goalkeeping Coach)
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 York City 61 (0)
1999–2007 Doncaster Rovers 196 (0)
2006 Bury (loan) 1 (0)
2007 Bury 19 (0)
2007–2013 Rotherham United 205 (0)
2013–2014 Buxton 46 (0)
2015– Grimsby Town 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Andrew Clifford "Andy" Warrington (born 10 June 1976) is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for League Two side Grimsby Town where he is also employed as the goalkeeping coach. Warrington holds a UEFA 'B' Coaching Licence.

Playing career[edit]

York City[edit]

Warrington's first professional club was York City, whom he joined in 1994 as a YTS trainee. Most notably, he was on the bench when they famously beat Manchester United in a League Cup tie at Old Trafford. An injury to York City's then first choice goalkeeper, Dean Kiely, meant Warrington was required to make his debut for the Minstermen in the return fixture at Bootham Crescent. While York City eventually lost the game 1-3, to a Manchester United team containing Schmeichel, Beckham, Giggs, Scholes, Cole and Cantona amongst others,[1] it was enough to see the Yorkshire side into the next round.

The following season saw Warrington involved again as York City pulled off another League Cup shock with a 3-2 victory over Everton at Bootham Crescent,[2] after the first game at Goodison Park ended in a 1-1 draw.[3]

During the five years he spent with the club he made 61 appearances, without quite cementing a place in the starting eleven.

Doncaster Rovers[edit]

In 1999, Warrington joined another Yorkshire club Doncaster Rovers. Arguably, his best days were spent at Rovers, and Warrington was an ever-present in his first season at the club. Then, after breaking his jaw in a game at Southport, the following season, he was forced to spend several months on the sidelines.

He was part of the team that won the 2003 Football Conference Playoff Final[4] held at the Britannia Stadium, after saving two crucial penalty kicks in the shoot-out against Chester City to decide the semi-final.[5][6][7] The following year, with Warrington as first choice goalkeeper, Doncaster Rovers went on to win the 2003-04 Third Division title.[8]

On 21 September 2005, during extra time in a League Cup tie against Premier League side Manchester City,[9] Warrington was again seriously injured after a collision with City’s Nedum Onuoha.[10] While Rovers went on to win the game, Warrington would never play a competitive game again for the South Yorkshire side. He was a fans' favourite[11] at the club, where he made 196 league appearances during an incredible eight years at Belle Vue.

Bury[edit]

In November 2006, Bury agreed a loan deal for Warrington from Doncaster Rovers,[12] however he only made one league appearance. The following year, in January 2007, Bury then signed him on a permanent basis[13] where he would make a further 19 appearances in the season before moving on from Gigg Lane.

Rotherham United[edit]

In 2007, Rotherham United moved in for Warrington. Within the first two years of his arrival at the club, Warrington had already made 97 appearances, firstly at Millmoor and then at the Don Valley Stadium. Issues off the field at the time, however, meant that Warrington's, and the team's, excellent performances on it were left unrewarded. The club were deducted 10 points during the 2007-08 season and 17 points prior to the start of 2008-09 season, without which playoff qualification would have been achieved.

The culmination of the 2009-10 season, however, saw Warrington and his Rotherham United team mates play at Wembley Stadium, as they narrowly missed out on promotion to League 1, following defeat in the League 2 Playoff Final.[14][15]

On 26 January 2013, Warrington made his 200th league appearance for Rotherham United[16] against his former team York City at the New York Stadium, as he continued to keep summer signing Scott Shearer out of the team, following his recall earlier in the campaign.[17] During the 2012-13 season, in what proved to be his last with Rotherham United, Andy made 27 league appearances, as The Millers achieved promotion to League 1, finishing in 2nd place in League 2.

On 2 May 2013 Rotherham manager Steve Evans announced the club had decided to release the fans' favourite[18] with immediate effect, describing it as "as tough a decision as I have had to make in my managerial career"[19]

Buxton[edit]

On 27 July 2013, Warrington signed a contract with Northern Premier League outfit Buxton for the 2013-14 season,[20] after featuring for The Bucks during their pre-season fixtures. He began his Northern Premier League career at Silverlands by keeping four clean sheets in his first 10 games.

Grimsby Town[edit]

Grimsby having already won a play-off spot; Warrington played in the final game of the 2015–16 season against Tranmere Rovers.[21][22]

Warrington was a member of the squad that eventually gained promotion with Grimsby's 3–1 victory over Forest Green Rovers in the 2016 National League play-off Final at Wembley, seeing Grimsby promoted to League Two after a six-year absence from the Football League.[23][24]

Coaching career[edit]

Warrington completed the UEFA 'B' football coaching licence in 2013.[25]

Grimsby Town[edit]

It was announced in July 2015 that Andy had accepted the role of full-time Goalkeeping Coach at Grimsby Town in the National League.[26] Manager Paul Hurst confirmed on Grimsby's 'Mariners World' on 16 July 2015, that Warrington would also be No 2 while youth Callum Bastock continues his rehabilitation from a knee cruciate ligament injury and deputise for first choice goalkeeper James McKeown.[27]

Honours[edit]

Doncaster Rovers

Rotherham United
Grimsby Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ "York City v Manchester United (3 October 1995)". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "York City v Everton (24 September 1996)". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Everton v York City (18 September 1996)". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Doncaster seal League return". BBC Sport. 10 May 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Doncaster win shoot-out". BBC Sport. 5 May 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Johnston, Neil (6 May 2003). "Warrington saves Rovers' dream of League return". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Gubba, Ron (6 May 2003). "Doncaster indebted to Warrington". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Champions 2003-04". Doncaster Rovers FC: Official Site. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Doncaster Rovers v Manchester City (21 September 2005)". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Turner, Georgina (23 September 2005). "Onuoha red rescinded". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Monday Profile: Andy Warrington". The Two Unfortunates. 14 March 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bury bring in keeper". Sky Sports. 23 November 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Shakers land Warrington". Sky Sports. 15 January 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Fletcher, Paul (30 May 2010). "Dagenham & Redbridge 3 - 2 Rotherham United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Dagenham & Redbridge v Rotherham United (30 May 2010)". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Rotherham United v York City (26 February 2013)". www.11v11.com. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Warrington sees his chance". Rotherham Advertiser. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Millers release three players". Sky Sports. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "'Tough decision' to release Warrington". Rotherham Advertiser. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Buxton 0 Macclesfield Town 2 - Match Report". Derbyshire Times. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Tranmere 1–0 Grimsby". BBC Sport. 30 April 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  22. ^ Findlater, James (3 May 2016). "Grimsby Town goalkeeping coach shows he's still got it at Tranmere!". Grimsby Telegraph. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  23. ^ Garry, Tom (15 May 2016). "Forest Green 1–3 Grimsby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  24. ^ Charles, Andy (15 May 2016). "Grimsby secure promotion back to Football League at Wembley". Sky Sports. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  25. ^ "Millers old boy refuses to hang up gloves". The Star. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  26. ^ "Grimsby Town name Andy Warrington as new goalkeeper coach". Grimsby Telegraph. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "Summer Update - The Gaffer". Grimsby Town F.C. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 

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