David Sadler (footballer)

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David Sadler
Personal information
Date of birth (1946-02-05) 5 February 1946 (age 71)
Place of birth Yalding, Kent, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
000?–1963 Maidstone United
Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1973 Manchester United 272 (22)
1973 Miami Toros (loan) 1 (0)
1973–1977 Preston North End 105 (3)
Total 378 (25)
National team
1962–? England Amateur ? (?)
1967–1970 England 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Sadler (born 5 February 1946 in Yalding, Kent, England) is an English former football player. He was a skilful central defender who could also play usefully in midfield or even as a forward. He is currently secretary of the Manchester United Former Players' Association.

Sadler started his career with Maidstone United, but signed a professional contract with Manchester United in 1963, helping the club win the 1965 and 1967 First Division Football League championships as well as the 1968 European Cup. He left United in 1974 after scoring 27 goals for the club to join Preston North End, who were being managed by Sadler's former team-mate Bobby Charlton.

He made 121 appearances (including one as substitute) for the Deepdale club and scored four goals before retiring due to injury in 1977, by which time Charlton had resigned as manager.

Sadler was capped four times for England.

Post-football career[edit]

Sadler became a manager for a building society in Hale, Greater Manchester. He also became involved with Charlton in corporate hospitality.[1]