Garry Flitcroft

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Garry Flitcroft
Personal information
Full name Garry William Flitcroft
Date of birth (1972-11-06) 6 November 1972 (age 43)
Place of birth Bolton, Lancashire, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Manchester City 116 (13)
1992 Bury (loan) 12 (0)
1996–2006 Blackburn Rovers 248 (14)
2006 Sheffield United 6 (0)
Total 382 (27)
National team
1993 England U21 10 (3)
Teams managed
2009–2010 Leigh Genesis
2010–2015 Chorley

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Garry William Flitcroft (born 6 November 1972 in Bolton, Lancashire) is an English former professional footballer and most recently football manager of Conference North side Chorley.

As a player he was a midfielder from 1991 to 2006, and played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield United, as well as playing in the Football League for Bury. He was capped 10 times by England U21, scoring three goals. In 2009 he became manager of Leigh Genesis and the following year took over as manager of Chorley.

Playing career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

At the age of 12 Flitcroft rejected Manchester United's overtures in favour of a move to Manchester City. Garry then spent two years honing his skills at Lilleshall as a teenager before making his name as a professional. Following a brief spell on loan at Bury in 1992, where he made twelve appearances, he then broke into the City first team and went on to play 142 times, scoring 15 goals. After five years at with City, having played 142 games, some as captain, he joined Blackburn Rovers in March 1996 for £3.5m after City were going through financial difficulties and their then chairman Francis Lee told the then manager Alan Ball to sell their most profitable player, which turned out to be Flitcroft.

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

The combative midfielder was signed after Blackburn Rovers' talks with rising French star William Prunier broke down. Despite being sent off after just three minutes of his debut, he went on to serve as Blackburn's captain. Flitcroft made his 250th appearance for the club during the 2003–04 season.

Sheffield United[edit]

Blackburn allowed him to join Sheffield United on a free transfer on 12 January 2006 where his Premiership experience was expected to make him a permanent figure in United's midfield. However, due to a persistent knee injury and a lack of form, Flitcroft was forced to retire in July 2006 after just a handful of games for the club.


Flitcroft played for the England U21's 10 times in 1993. He was also called up to Terry Venables' get-together England squad in April 1995,[1] but ultimately was never capped for the senior side.

Managerial career[edit]

On 23 March 2009, it was announced that Flitcroft would replace Lee Merricks as manager of Northern Premier League side Leigh Genesis. This also came with the news that the club had moved into their new ground at Leigh Sports Village.[2]

Flitcroft left Leigh Genesis after revealing to the media that he and many of his players had not been paid at Leigh for some time, and moved to Leigh's rivals, Chorley F.C. in May 2010.[3] Flitcroft has taken Chorley up into the NPL Premier Division in his first attempt, as they won the Play-Off Final 2–0 vs A.F.C. Fylde on 6 May 2011. In his second season at the club, Chorley FC managed to reach the playoffs again, but were defeated 0–2 at home to FC United of Manchester in the Semi-Final. In his third season (2012–13), Flitcroft guided the club to 8th in the table. Since then, he has signed a 2-year extension to his contract, which is due to end at the finish of the 2014–15 season. The following season (2013–14, Flitcroft won the Northern Premier Division with Chorley earning promotion to the Conference North. The following season (2014–15) ended in disappointment after losing the Conference Play Off Final to Guiseley. Chorley lost the match 2-3 after being 2-0 up in the game. Although, Chorley lost the Play Off Final they did win the Lancashire Challenge Trophy defeating Clitheroe 3-0 at the Macron Stadium.

Flitcroft resigned from Chorley FC in July 2015 due to work but stayed at the club as a director role.

Personal life[edit]

Flitcroft was educated at Turton High School, Bolton. His brother, David, was also a midfielder who played in the lower divisions for clubs including Chester City, Bury and Rochdale. He was the manager of Barnsley and is the current manager of Bury.

Flitcroft married Karen, whom he had met at Turton High School, and the couple had three children. The couple Later separated.[4]

Legal cases[edit]

During his marriage, Flitcroft had two affairs, one with a nursery nurse and the second with a lap dancer. After a disagreement with one of the women, the media began to pursue the story, so Flitcroft took out a High-Court injunction, banning media coverage of the affairs.[5]

After a long legal battle, during the 2001–02 season Flitcroft was unmasked in the newspapers as having had two extramarital affairs.[6] The lawsuit resulting from this allegation, presided over by Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf, was notable for the way it weighed personal privacy rights against the right to freedom of expression under the European Convention on Human Rights (applicable since the Human Rights Act 1998 came into force in 2000).[7]

In September 2011, Flitcroft was named as a "core participant" in the Leveson Inquiry into the News International phone hacking scandal.[4][8]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of July 2015.
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref
P W D L Win %
Chorley May 2010 July 2015 197 102 44 51 51.8 [9]
Total 197 102 44 51 51.8


  1. ^ "Venables places emphasis on youth". The Independent. 19 April 1995. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "New manager, new home". Leigh Genesis F.C. 23 March 2009. Archived from the original on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Garry Flitcroft appointed Chorley Manager". Lancashire Telegraph. 11 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-11. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b O'Carroll, Lisa (22 November 2011). "Leveson inquiry: Steve Coogan gives evidence on phone hacking - live | Media |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  5. ^ "I JUST DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE | Sunday Mirror Newspaper". Find Articles. Retrieved 2011-11-28. [dead link]
  6. ^ Allen, Peter. "Unmasked: the cheating soccer star". Daily Mail (London). 
  7. ^ "'Kiss and tell' case footballer may be named". Daily Mail (London). 
  8. ^ "Hacking inquiry: Core participant status for dozens". BBC News. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Managers: Garry Flitcroft". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

  • A v B & C 2002 EWCA Civ 337, a discussion of Garry Flitcroft's lawsuit