Frank Sinclair

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Frank Sinclair
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Sinclair in 2009
Personal information
Full name Frank Mohammed Sinclair[1]
Date of birth (1971-12-03) 3 December 1971 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Lambeth, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1982–1990 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1998 Chelsea 169 (7)
1991–1992West Bromwich Albion (loan) 6 (1)
1998–2004 Leicester City 164 (3)
2004–2007 Burnley 92 (1)
2007Huddersfield Town (loan) 13 (0)
2007–2008 Huddersfield Town 29 (0)
2008–2009 Lincoln City 23 (0)
2009Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2011 Wrexham 57 (0)
2011 Hendon 10 (0)
2012–2015 Colwyn Bay 66 (8)
2015 Brackley Town 13 (0)
Total 651 (20)
National team
1998–2003 Jamaica 28 (0)
Teams managed
2013–2015 Colwyn Bay
2015 Brackley Town (caretaker)
2015–2016 Hednesford Town
2016 Hednesford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Frank Mohammed Sinclair (born 3 December 1971) is a Jamaican former professional footballer.

Sinclair, a defender most notably spent time playing in the Premier League for both Chelsea and Leicester City. He has also played as a professional for West Bromwich Albion, Burnley, Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Wycombe Wanderers, Wrexham and Hendon. Between 2013 and 2015, he was the player-manager of Colwyn Bay, followed by a stint with Hednesford Town.

Born in England, Sinclair's Premier League appearances led him to be selected for Jamaica where he picked up 28 caps in his career including games played during FIFA World Cup 1998.

Club career[edit]


Sinclair was born in the London Borough of Lambeth and grew up in Clapham which is based in the Borough.[2] He attended Pimlico School in Westminster and was offered trials at Chelsea, Arsenal and Wimbledon whilst he represented the West London district team.[2] He later joined Chelsea as an eleven-year-old, stating that supporting the club was a major influence in his decision making.[3] He progressed through the youth age groups going on to sign as an apprentice in April 1988 before turning professional in May 1990.[4] In April 1991, after a run of four consecutive defeats, Chelsea manager Bobby Campbell decided to blood some youngsters for the end of season clash with Luton Town.[5] Sinclair was chosen out of position at left-back, but impressed on debut as Chelsea fought back from 3–0 down to draw the match 3–3 despite having ten men for the whole second-half.[5] He kept his place in the side for the next three fixtures at left-back but was subbed off at half-time in a 7–0 away defeat to Nottingham Forest and then rested for the remainder of the season.[5]

He made his first appearance of the 1991–92 campaign in the first away game season, a disappointing 3–0 defeat to Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.[5] After this performance he was dropped from the side and failed to make a match day squad. In December 1991 he was sent on a short loan spell at Third Division side West Bromwich Albion to gain some more experience.[5] He impressed on his Albion debut, which came in a 1–1 draw away at Bradford City on 14 December 1991.[4] In only his second appearance for the club, he was sent off for violent conduct in the draw with Exeter City when he was involved in a clash of heads with referee Paul Alcock.[4] Despite video evidence showing that the "butting" was accidental he was still found guilty by the FA and received a nine match ban and a £600 fine.[6] He went on to make a total of six appearances for the Baggies, scoring once before returning to Chelsea in March 1992.[4] He made his comeback for Chelsea in a 1–0 victory over Norwich City in March and made a further six appearances that season, scoring his first Chelsea goal with a header in the 3–1 defeat to Aston Villa in April.[5]

An ankle injury kept Sinclair out of the side at the beginning of the 1992–93.[5] He returned to the side in late September in a televised match against Manchester City with Chelsea winning 1–0. However, Sinclair's mentor, Paul Elliott, suffered a career ending injury in the match.[5] Despite this setback he managed to make a total of thirty-nine appearances in all competitions, primarily at left-back, as Chelsea finished in mid-table.[5] His impressive performances saw him awarded the Chelsea Player of the Year award in 1993.[5]

Glenn Hoddle was appointed as manager for the 1993–94 season replacing David Webb, and preferred using a sweeper system which saw Sinclair convert into a central defender.[5] He excelled in this position, however, the teams performances were poor and the side were involved in a relegation battle for the most of the campaign.[5] Despite the poor league form Chelsea made it to the 1994 FA Cup Final against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, their first major cup final since 1972.[5] Chelsea could not prevent United from claiming the league and cup double in a 4–0 defeat, with Sinclair conceding the penalty for a foul on Andrei Kanchelskis in the second-half, which was scored by Eric Cantona to make it 2–0.[7] Despite the defeat Chelsea qualified for the next seasons UEFA Cup Winners' Cup as runners-up, their first European campaign in over twenty years.[5]

Sinclair scored on the opening day of the 1994–95 season with a composed finish in the 2–0 win over Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.[5] He scored after four minutes his debut in European football with a header in the 4–2 win over Czech side Viktoria Žižkov in the Cup Winners' Cup.[5] He played in all but one of the European matches as Chelsea reached the semi-finals, where they were knocked out by Real Zaragoza 4–3 on aggregate.[5] Chelsea again had a disappointing league campaign, finishing in 11th position, but Sinclair went on to have his best return for the club making 47 appearances in all competitions, also chipping in with further goals against Queens Park Rangers and Wimbledon.[5]

He was an FA Cup winner with Chelsea, as they beat Middlesbrough 2–0 in the 1997 final.[8][9] The following season, Sinclair scored for Chelsea in the League Cup Final, again over Middlesbrough, in a 2–0 win,[10] but his first team chances were starting to become limited, as new manager Gianluca Vialli built a new team, which consisted mostly of continental stars. He was not in the squad that won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in the same season as the League Cup triumph.

Leicester City[edit]

He moved on to Leicester City in August 1998, for a fee of £2 million.[11] He was part of the team that won the 2000 League Cup, beating Tranmere Rovers 2–1 at the Wembley Stadium.[12] During his time with Leicester, Sinclair developed an unfortunate reputation for scoring own goals.[13] This was caused initially by two own goals in consecutive weekends in 1999. The first was a great leap at Highbury to give Arsenal a 2–1 win.[14] He managed to refrain from putting through his own net against Coventry City the following Wednesday, but then scored another at home to former club Chelsea,[15] where he beat Tore André Flo to the ball to smash it into his own net and lose Leicester their one-goal lead. The importance of these goals was accentuated by the fact that both came in the last minute of the match, and both caused Leicester to drop points, although it wasn't enough to prevent him from remaining a first team regular.

Sinclair was fined two weeks wages by Leicester in September 2001 for his part in an incident at a Heathrow hotel. Sinclair, along with four Chelsea players, had gone on a five-hour drinking binge and had stripped off, swore and vomited in front of American tourists just hours after the 11 September attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people in America.[16]

In 2002, Sinclair scored the most bizarre of his own goals. After 3 minutes into a game at Middlesbrough, he coolly slotted the ball past keeper Ian Walker in a seemingly laid-back situation.[17] This resulted in a 1–0 defeat for Leicester. This own goal against Middlesbrough was not to be his last for the club.[18] In March 2004, Sinclair and his Leicester City teammates, Paul Dickov and Keith Gillespie were arrested in Spain over sexual assault charges, while on a training holiday.[19] The charges were later dropped.[20] Leicester released Sinclair at the end of the 2003–04 season.


In June 2004, Sinclair signed for Championship side Burnley on a free transfer, signing a one-year contract.[21] On the same day he went straight into the squad for the pre-season friendly against Everton, starting at centre-half in the 1–1 draw.[22] He made his debut for the club on 7 August in the opening match of the season against Sheffield United. He struck up an impressive partnership at the centre of the defence with fellow new recruit John McGreal at the start of the season, starting in the majority of games.[22] On 24 December 2004, Sinclair signed a new two-year contract extension until June 2007, with Clarets manager Steve Cotterill stating that, "he has been an integral part of our defence".[23] In January 2005, he was appointed as captain following the departure of Robbie Blake to Birmingham City.[22] On 5 February 2005, he received a red card in the local derby defeat to Leeds United for receiving two bookings.[24] His first goal for the club came on 12 March, in a 2–1 home win over Rotherham United with Sinclair scoring a header.[25] Towards the end of the season he received plaudits for his impressive partnership with young loan signing Gary Cahill and made a total of 42 appearances in his first season with the club as the side finished in mid-table.[22]

He remained a regular during the 2005–06 season but more often than not he was asked to play out at right-back rather than his preferred central position, even playing when not fully fit due to the sides injury problems.[22] On 1 November he was on the receiving end of alleged racism in a 2–1 win over Millwall, with opposing player Ben May being sent-off in the tunnel at half-time for words said to Sinclair.[26] However, both players later denied that the incident happened.[26] He made a total of 40 appearances in all competitions as Burnley finished in 17th place.[22]

At the start of the 2006–07 season, with his first team place no longer assured, Steve Cotterill handed over the captaincy to new signing Wayne Thomas.[22] He played invariably at the start of the season and usually played in the right-back position.[22] On 18 November, he was sent-off in the 3–0 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion for two bookings in what was his hundredth appearance for the club.[27] Whilst suspended and injured he lost his place in the side and struggled to regain it.[22] His final game for the Clarets came on 23 January in a 1–0 home defeat to Stoke City.[22] He made a total of 102 appearances for Burnley scoring only once.[22]

Huddersfield Town[edit]

Sinclair on trial with Bury.

On 8 February 2007, he moved to Huddersfield Town on an emergency loan deal. On 24 March, he was sent off against Brighton & Hove Albion in a match which finished 0–0. Upon his return to Burnley, he was released on a free transfer. Sinclair signed a one-year contract at Huddersfield Town on 14 May.[28] He cited manager Andy Ritchie as a reason for staying on: "he's been successful in League One before", he told On 6 October 2007, he received his second red card of his short career at the Galpharm Stadium, in Town's 4–0 drubbing at the hands of Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. He received his third during Town's 4–1 defeat by Southend United at Roots Hall on 5 December 2007. Huddersfield released Sinclair at the end of his contract in May 2008.[29]

Lincoln City[edit]

Sinclair signed a one-year contract for Football League Two side Lincoln City on 1 July 2008, reuniting with manager Peter Jackson who originally brought him to Huddersfield Town.[30] Jackson hailed Sinclair's "determination, his personality and his will to win", and said that both Wycombe Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion were interested in signing the player.[31] In March 2009, Sinclair made the surprise move to Wycombe Wanderers on loan from Lincoln City. His presence helped Wycombe to achieve promotion from League Two. In May 2009, he was one of seven players released [32] by Lincoln City.


Both Wycombe and Bury had expressed interest in signing Sinclair for the 2009–10 season,[33] but he eventually signed a one-year deal with Wrexham. He played a major role for Wrexham in the 2010–11 season, he played in the play-off semi final against Luton, where Wrexham lost 3–0 in the first leg and 2–1 in the second (5–1).[34][35] He left the club in July 2011 after failing to agree a new contract on reduced terms.


Sinclair signed for Hendon on 11 November 2011, as a favour to Junior Lewis.[36]

Colwyn Bay[edit]

On 6 January 2012, he joined up with Colwyn Bay.[37] He made his debut the next day and scored an injury-time winning goal as his new team beat Altrincham 4–3.[38] He was appointed Colwyn Bay player-manager on 11 February 2013.[39]

International career[edit]

Sinclair was eligible to represent England through birth and also qualified for Jamaica through his parents who were born in the country.[40] Following on from his impressive form for Chelsea in the 1994–95 season, he was called up by Terry Venables to the England squad for the Umbro Cup final match against Brazil in June 1995.[40][41] However, he failed to make an appearance and this proved to be his only call-up to the side.[41]

Despite wanting to represent England at international level, an opportunity to represent Jamaica arose early in November 1997 following their qualification to the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[42][43] Manager René Simões had called up a number of English-born players such as Deon Burton, Robbie Earle, Paul Hall, and Fitzroy Simpson in the qualification matches and wanted Frank to join the group.[42] Sinclair stated, "I was playing the best football of my career and was still not involved with England. Jamaica came up and I thought an opportunity like that might never happen again so I took it."[40] He was called up to the squad for the 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup held in February, making his debut in the opening group stage match against Brazil which finished in a 0–0 draw at the Miami Orange Bowl.[44] He played in the remaining two group stage games as Jamaica qualified for the knockout stage with wins over Guatemala and El Salvador.[45] Jamaica were knocked out in the semi-finals due to a 1–0 golden goal defeat to Mexico, and finished in fourth place overall as they lost to Brazil in the third place play-off match.[45] Sinclair made a total of five appearances in the tournament.[45]

Sinclair was included in the Jamaica squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France, making history as they became the first English-speaking Caribbean country to qualify for a World Cup.[41] He started in all three group matches against Croatia, Argentina and Japan.[41] Jamaica lost the opening two games but claimed their first ever points at a World Cup with the 2–1 victory over Japan in Lyon, but were still eliminated finishing third in the group.[41] Over the next couple of years Sinclair represented the side in a number of friendly matches and was included in the squad for the 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[45] He played in the two group stage matches, a 1–0 defeat to Colombia and 2–0 defeat to Honduras as Jamaica were knocked out at the first stage.[45]

In July 2000, the newly appointed Jamaica technical director of football, Clovis de Oliveria, decided to axe the five based British-based players, including Sinclair, from the upcoming 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for "disciplinary reasons".[46] However, Sinclair was later re-instated into the side and appeared in four qualifying matches in June and September 2001, but Jamaica failed to qualify for the World Cup only winning two of the ten matches.[45] It was two years before he made another appearance for the side and in August 2003 Sinclair stated that his appearance in the summer friendly against Nigeria would be "more than likely" his last appearance for Jamaica.[47] He wanted to give the younger players a chance of breaking into the team and wished to focus on his club career with Leicester City, stating that the transatlantic travel could affect his form.[47] In September 2003, he reversed his decision and was included in the squad for the friendly against Australia played at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, Berkshire.[48] The friendly against Brazil at the Walkers Stadium, Leicester, in October 2003 proved to be his final appearance for Jamaica, with Sinclair earning a total of twenty-eight caps.[49]

Managerial career[edit]

Colwyn Bay[edit]

After being appointed player-manager, Sinclair helped save Colwyn Bay from relegation. Despite being nine points from safety with two weeks of the season remaining, a run of six straight wins saw the Seagulls stay up with five points to spare. Sinclair led Colwyn Bay to twelfth place in the Conference North in his first full season in charge, winning 14 matches.

On 4 January 2015, Sinclair resigned as player-manager of Colwyn Bay.

Brackley Town[edit]

After the resignation of John Brady, Sinclair was appointed Caretaker Manager of Brackley Town in October 2015 until Kevin Wilkin was appointed.

Hednesford Town[edit]

On 15 December 2015, Sinclair was appointed manager of National North League Hednesford Town[50] On 1 March 2016, he was sacked.[51]

Stoke City[edit]

Sinclair began working as Stoke City U23 assistant manager in December 2016.[52] He left Stoke in January 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Sinclair now lives in Lostock, Bolton, having previously resided in Weybridge, Surrey, and is married to Nicola Wealleans.[53] He has three children, Lee (born 1991), Cherelle (born 1997) and Tyrese (born 2001).[54] Tyrese previously played in the youth team of Blackburn Rovers but was released from the club in 2017.[55] Tyrese turned professional with Mansfield Town in July 2019.[56]

In September 2005, Sinclair was found guilty of drink driving at Bolton Magistrates' Court and was banned from driving for three years and given a £2,000 fine.[57]

Career statistics[edit]


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 1990–91[58] First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1991–92[58] First Division 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
1992–93[58] Premier League 32 0 1 0 6 1 39 1
1993–94[58] Premier League 35 0 7 0 3 0 45 0
1994–95[58] Premier League 35 3 3 1 2 0 7[a] 2 47 6
1995–96[58] Premier League 13 1 0 0 2 0 15 1
1996–97[58] Premier League 20 1 6 0 0 0 26 1
1997–98[58] Premier League 22 1 0 0 5 1 6[b] 1 33 3
Total 169 7 18 1 18 2 13 3 218 13
West Bromwich Albion (loan) 1991–92[1] Third Division 6 1 6 1
Leicester City 1998–99[59] Premier League 31 1 2 1 6 0 39 2
1999–2000[60] Premier League 34 0 3 0 7 0 44 0
2000–01[61] Premier League 17 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 19 0
2001–02[62] Premier League 35 0 1 0 2 0 38 0
2002–03[63] First Division 33 1 2 0 2 0 37 1
2003–04[64] Premier League 14 1 1 0 2 0 17 1
Total 164 3 10 1 20 0 0 0 194 4
Burnley 2004–05[65] Championship 36 1 4 0 2 0 42 1
2005–06[66] Championship 37 0 1 0 2 0 40 0
2006–07[67] Championship 19 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
Total 92 1 5 0 5 0 102 1
Huddersfield Town (loan) 2006–07[67] League One 13 0 13 0
Huddersfield Town 2007–08[68] League One 29 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
Total 42 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 48 0
Lincoln City 2008–09[69] League Two 23 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 24 0
Wycombe Wanderers (loan) 2008–09[69] League Two 9 0 9 0
Wrexham 2009–10[70][71] Conference Premier 18 0 2 0 0 0 20 0
2010–11[70] Conference Premier 39 0 1 0 3[d] 0 43 0
Total 57 0 3 0 3 0 63 0
Hendon 2011–12[72] IL Premier Division 10 0 10 0
Colwyn Bay 2011–12[70] Conference North 18 2 18 2
2012–13[70][73] Conference North 34 4 1 0 0 0 35 4
2013–14[70][74] Conference North 11 0 1 0 1[e] 0 13 0
2014–15[70] Conference North 3 2 0 0 0 0 3 2
Total 66 8 2 0 1 0 69 8
Brackley Town 2014–15[70] Conference North 12 0 12 0
2015–16[70] Conference North 1 0 1 0
Total 13 0 13 0
Career total 651 20 43 2 44 2 18 3 756 27
  1. ^ Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  2. ^ Five appearances and one goal in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one in FA Charity Shield
  3. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  4. ^ Two appearances in Conference Premier play-offs, one in FA Trophy
  5. ^ Appearance in FA Trophy


Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Jamaica[45] 1998 9 0
1999 5 0
2000 5 0
2001 6 0
2003 3 0
Total 28 0


As a player[edit]


Leicester City

As a manager[edit]

Colwyn Bay


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