Sinclair in 2009
|Full name||Frank Mohammed Sinclair|
|Date of birth||3 December 1971|
|Place of birth||Lambeth, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|1991–1992||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||6||(1)|
|2007||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||13||(0)|
|2009||→ Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||9||(0)|
|2015||Brackley Town (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Managerial career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Sinclair was born in the London Borough of Lambeth and grew-up in Clapham which is based in the Borough. He attended Pimlico School in Westminster and was offered trials at Chelsea, Arsenal and Wimbledon whilst he represented the West London district team. He later joined Chelsea as an eleven-year-old, stating that supporting the club was a major influence in his decision making. He progressed through the youth age groups going on to sign as an apprentice in April 1988 before turning professional in May 1990. He had a short loan spell at West Bromwich Albion in the middle of the 1991–92 season. He impressed on his Albion debut, which came in a 1–1 draw away at Bradford City on 14 December 1991, but was sent off in his second match for the club two weeks later in another 1–1, this time at Exeter City, when he was involved in a clash of heads with the referee and later received a hefty fine.
Sinclair returned to Chelsea, before the end of the 1991–92 season and two years later, played in the FA Cup Final against Manchester United, but his foul on Andrei Kanchelskis in the second half saw him give away a penalty, which was scored by Eric Cantona to force a 2–0 lead for United, and Chelsea went on to lose the game 4–0.
However, Sinclair still had an opportunity to play in European competition the following season, and helped Chelsea reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (they were able to compete in this competition as United had qualified for the Champions League as Premier League champions). He also helped them reach the FA Cup semi-final the following season.
He was an FA Cup winner with Chelsea, as they beat Middlesbrough 2–0 in the 1997 final. The following season, Sinclair scored for Chelsea in the League Cup Final, again over Middlesbrough, in a 2–0 win, 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.
He moved on to Leicester City in August 1998, for a fee of £2 million. He was part of the team that won the 2000 League Cup, beating Tranmere Rovers 2–1 at the Wembley Stadium. During his time with Leicester, Sinclair developed an unfortunate reputation for scoring own goals. 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. 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, 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.
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. This resulted in a 1–0 defeat for Leicester. This own goal against Middlesbrough was not to be his last for the club. 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. The charges were later dropped. Leicester released Sinclair at the end of the 2003–04 season.
In June 2004, Sinclair signed for Burnley on a free transfer. He became an astute Bosman ruling transfer signing for the Clarets, and made numerous appearances across the defence, impressing throughout both the 2004–05 and 2005–06 campaigns. This culminated in his appointment as club captain, a role he seemed to relish but of which he was relieved for the 2006–07 season in favour of Wayne Thomas. He scored his first and only Burnley goal in a 2–1 home win against Rotherham United on 12 March 2005.
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. He cited manager Andy Ritchie as a reason for staying on: "he's been successful in League One before", he told HTAFC.com. 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.
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. 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. 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  by Lincoln City.
Both Wycombe and Bury had expressed interest in signing Sinclair for the 2009–10 season, 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). He left the club in July 2011 after failing to agree a new contract on reduced terms.
On 6 January 2012, he joined up with Colwyn Bay. He made his debut the next day and scored an injury-time winning goal as his new team beat Altrincham 4–3. He was appointed Colwyn Bay player-manager on 11 February 2013.
Sinclair was eligible to represent England through birth and also qualified for Jamaica through his parents who were born in the country. 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. However, he failed to make an appearance and this proved to be his only call-up to the side.
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. 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. 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." 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. He played in the remaining two group stage games as Jamaica qualified for the knockout stage with wins over Guatemala and El Salvador. 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. Sinclair made a total of five appearances in the tournament.
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. He started in all three group matches against Croatia, Argentina and Japan. 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. 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. 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.
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". 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
After the resignation of John Brady, Sinclair was appointed Caretaker Manager of Brackley Town in October 2015 until Kevin Wilkin was appointed.
Sinclair now lives in Lostock, Bolton, having previously resided in Weybridge, Surrey, and is married to Nicola Wealleans. He has three children, Lee (born 1991), Cherelle (born 1997) and Tyrese (born 2001). Tyrese previously played in the youth team of Blackburn Rovers but was released from the club in 2017.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||1991–92||Third Division||6||1||—||—||—||6||1|
|Leicester City||1998–99||Premier League||31||1||2||1||6||0||—||39||2|
|Huddersfield Town (loan)||2006–07||League One||13||0||—||—||—||13||0|
|Huddersfield Town||2007–08||League One||29||0||5||0||1||0||0||0||35||0|
|Lincoln City||2008–09||League Two||23||0||0||0||0||0||1[c]||0||24||0|
|Wycombe Wanderers (loan)||2008–09||League Two||9||0||—||—||—||9||0|
|Hendon||2011–12||IL Premier Division||10||0||—||—||—||10||0|
|Colwyn Bay||2011–12||Conference North||18||2||—||—||—||18||2|
|Brackley Town||2014–15||Conference North||12||0||—||—||—||12||0|
As a player
As a manager
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