Colin Collindridge

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Colin Collindridge
Personal information
Full name Colin Collindridge[1]
Date of birth (1920-11-15)15 November 1920[1]
Place of birth Barnsley, England[1]
Date of death 14 April 2019(2019-04-14) (aged 98)
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m)[1]
Playing position(s) Forward
Youth career
Barough Green
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1937 Wombwell Main
1937–1938 Rotherham United
1938 Barough Green
1938–1950 Sheffield United 142 (52)
1940–1941Chesterfield (guest)
1942–1945Notts County (guest)
1944–1945Lincoln City (guest)
1945–1946Oldham Athletic (guest)
1950–1954 Nottingham Forest 151 (45)
1954–1956 Coventry City 34 (6)
1956–1957 Bath City
1957–1958 Arnold St Mary's
Total 327 (103)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Colin Collindridge (15 November 1920 – 14 April 2019)[2] was an English footballer who played either as an outside left or a centre forward. Born in Barnsley, the early part of his playing career coincided with World War II but he subsequently represented Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City in the Football League.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Collindridge was working as a miner and playing as an amateur for local side Wombwell Main when he was offered a trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1937.[1] Having failed to secure a contract with Wolves, Collindridge signed an amateur contract with Rotherham United the following summer, remaining with the Millers for a season before turning out for Barough Green, his home-town side in 1938.[1] It was here that Collindridge was spotted by Sheffield United, who signed him on amateur terms in December 1938, and professionally a month later in January 1939.[1]

Collindridge was initially utilised in the reserves and did not make his first team debut until October 1939, by which time World War II had commenced and competitive football in England had been abandoned.[1] Playing regularly for United in the wartime leagues, Collindridge also represented Chesterfield, Notts County, Lincoln City and Oldham Athletic as a guest player during the war.[1] By the end of the war Collindridge was established as a first team choice for Sheffield United and he finally made his Football League debut in August 1946 in a 1–0 home loss to Liverpool. Initially deployed as an outside left Collindridge was increasingly asked to play as a centre forward during this period, despite it not being his preference.[1]

In 1950 Collindridge rejected a move to Preston North End but did eventually sign for Nottingham Forest for £12,500 in August 1950.[1] Winning a Third Division South championship medal in 1950–51, Collindridge remained with Forest for four years before joining Coventry City on a free transfer in June 1954.[1] After a further two seasons with City, and with his career winding down, Collindridge joined non-league Bath City in 1956 before finishing his career with Arnold St Mary's.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Born in the Baraugh Green area of Barnsley, Collindridge worked as a miner in Wombwell Main Colliery during his early playing days and continued this role during the early years of the Second World War.[1] In 1941 however, Collindridge enlisted in the RAF and was employed as an armourer for the remainder of the conflict.[1] After the end of his playing career Collindridge was involved in the catering trade before retiring to Newark-on-Trent.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. pp. 86–87. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7.
  2. ^ "RIP Colin Collindridge". Sheffield United. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Colin Collindridge". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  4. ^ Colin Collindridge at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database