Warrington in 2010
|Full name||Andrew Clifford Warrington|
|Date of birth||10 June 1976|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Grimsby Town (Goalkeeping Coach)|
|2006||→ Bury (loan)||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.
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, 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, after the first game at Goodison Park ended in a 1-1 draw.
During the five years he spent with the club he made 61 appearances, without quite cementing a place in the starting eleven.
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 held at the Britannia Stadium, after saving two crucial penalty kicks in the shoot-out against Chester City to decide the semi-final. The following year, with Warrington as first choice goalkeeper, Doncaster Rovers went on to win the 2003-04 Third Division title.
On 21 September 2005, during extra time in a League Cup tie against Premier League side Manchester City, Warrington was again seriously injured after a collision with City’s Nedum Onuoha. 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 at the club, where he made 196 league appearances during an incredible eight years at Belle Vue.
In November 2006, Bury agreed a loan deal for Warrington from Doncaster Rovers, however he only made one league appearance. The following year, in January 2007, Bury then signed him on a permanent basis where he would make a further 19 appearances in the season before moving on from Gigg Lane.
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.
On 26 January 2013, Warrington made his 200th league appearance for Rotherham United 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. 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 with immediate effect, describing it as "as tough a decision as I have had to make in my managerial career"
On 27 July 2013, Warrington signed a contract with Northern Premier League outfit Buxton for the 2013-14 season, 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.
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.
It was announced in July 2015 that Andy had accepted the role of full-time Goalkeeping Coach at Grimsby Town in the National League. 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.
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