Sinclair training with Swansea City in 2011
|Full name||Scott Andrew Sinclair|
|Date of birth||25 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Bath, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2007||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||15||(2)|
|2007||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||9||(1)|
|2008||→ Charlton Athletic (loan)||3||(0)|
|2008||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||6||(2)|
|2009||→ Birmingham City (loan)||14||(0)|
|2009–2010||→ Wigan Athletic (loan)||18||(1)|
|2013–2014||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||8||(0)|
|2015||→ Aston Villa (loan)||9||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:25, 14 June 2015 (UTC).
Scott Andrew Sinclair (born 25 March 1989) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for Aston Villa. He previously played for Bristol Rovers, Chelsea, Plymouth Argyle, Queens Park Rangers, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Swansea City. He represented England at youth level, from the under-17s to the under-21s, and also played for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Career statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Sinclair joined Bristol Rovers at the age of nine. He became the second-youngest Bristol Rovers first-team debutant – at the age of 15 years 277 days – as a late substitute for Junior Agogo in the League Two game against Leyton Orient in December 2004.
Chelsea signed Sinclair in July 2005. A Football League tribunal set the compensation to be paid to Bristol Rovers at an initial £200,000, with increments up to a potential £750,000 to be paid if and when the player met various appearance milestones at club or international level. Chelsea would also have to pay Rovers 15% of the profit on any future sale.
Sinclair was called up for Chelsea's squad to play Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup on 6 January 2007 but remained on the bench. His debut came four days later as a very late substitute in the 2007 League Cup semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers. He scored his first goal for Chelsea in September 2007, in the 37th minute of the League Cup Third Round against Hull City to help Chelsea win 4–0. He provided the assist for Frank Lampard's 100th goal for Chelsea, in a 3–1 victory over Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup. He made his league debut for Chelsea on 6 May 2007, when he came off the bench to replace Shaun Wright-Phillips for the final ten minutes of the game against Arsenal.
Plymouth Argyle (loan)
During the January transfer window, Sinclair was signed on a month's loan by Plymouth Argyle, whose manager Ian Holloway had noticed him as a 10-year-old prospect at former club Bristol Rovers. He made his debut as a substitute in the 3–2 victory over Coventry City at Home Park. In his second game, the FA Cup 4th round tie against Barnet, he scored a fine individual goal to seal a 2–0 victory, taking the ball half the length of the pitch before beating the goalkeeper and scoring a smashing goal.
On 17 February 2007 Sinclair scored the second goal, with a looping header from a David Norris cross, as Argyle defeated Derby County 2–0 in their FA Cup 5th round tie. This result put the club through to the last eight for the first time since 1984. He played well in the quarter final, but Plymouth eventually went down 1–0 to Watford and he was substituted in the second half of the game due to injury.
Return to Chelsea
On 6 May 2007 he was named in the Chelsea squad to face Arsenal, which was one of Chelsea's most crucial matches of the season as anything but a win would have handed Manchester United the Premier League title. Sinclair came on as a substitute for Shaun Wright-Phillips but was unable to stop Chelsea drawing 1–1. He made his first start for Chelsea in the following Premier League game against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge. Sinclair suffered a broken metatarsal after a challenge from Wes Brown. For the season 2007/08 Sinclair was awarded the number 17 shirt, a change from the number 49 that he had worn previously. He came on as a second-half substitute for Joe Cole during Chelsea's FA Community Shield game against Manchester United.
Sinclair was rewarded with a new four-year deal on 15 August 2007. Later that year, on 25 September he scored his first senior goal for the club in a 4–0 win against Hull City in the League Cup. He was picked in the starting eleven against Leicester City in the fourth round of the League Cup. Sinclair assisted Frank Lampard with the equaliser to make the score 1–1, and then later on in the match was denied only by the post with one of his shots.
Sinclair played his first game back with Chelsea shortly after his loan with QPR ended. Sinclair started for the Blues and was later replaced by Joe Cole in a 2–0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Short loan spells
On 6 November, it was confirmed that Queens Park Rangers had won the battle to sign Sinclair on loan with eight other Championship clubs also looking to get him. Sinclair's last goal for Plymouth was against Crystal Palace, and he followed this up by scoring his first for QPR against Palace.
Leicester City manager Ian Holloway revealed on 5 February 2008 that he wanted to sign Sinclair on a loan deal, having previously signed him while managing at Plymouth Argyle. However, Chelsea rejected the loan offer, because they wanted Sinclair to sign for a club which was near the top of the Championship table.
On 27 March 2008, Sinclair joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the 2007/08 season, scoring twice against Hull and Burnley in six appearances and helping Palace to 5th place in the Championship and qualification for the 2008 Football League Championship play-offs.
Return to Chelsea
Sinclair was offered a chance by then new manager Luiz Felipe Scolari to prove himself as a first team player, although he still played in most of the Reserves' matches. On 8 August 2008, Sinclair was handed the number 16 for Chelsea, swapping with José Bosingwa (wore 16 during pre-season) who was given Sinclair's previous number 17. He was the second youngest player in the Chelsea first team for the season, older than the youngest, striker Franco Di Santo, by thirteen days. He made his first league appearance of the season at Middlesbrough on 18 October in Chelsea's 5–0 win.
Birmingham City (loan)
In January 2009, Sinclair joined Championship club Birmingham City on loan for an initial period of one month, which was later extended to the remainder of the 2008–09 season. He made 14 appearances for the club, and returned to Chelsea on 4 May when his contract expired.
Return to Chelsea
On 17 May 2009, Sinclair was included in the substitute bench by Interim Manager Guus Hiddink in a game against Blackburn. Sinclair was selected by new coach Carlo Ancelotti to travel to the United States for a pre-season tour, and featured in two matches.
Wigan Athletic (loan)
It was announced on 6 August 2009 that Sinclair would be spending the 2009–10 season on loan at Premier League side Wigan Athletic. He scored his first goal for Wigan in a 2–1 defeat at Hull City on 3 October 2009. He scored his second Wigan goal incidentally against Hull again, in the FA Cup on 2 January 2010.
In summer 2010, Sinclair was linked with a move to Blackpool, who had recently been promoted to the Premier League under Sinclair's former manager Ian Holloway, but a move never materialised so he signed a three-year deal at Swansea City on 9 August 2010 for a £500,000 fee, with the potential for the fee to rise to £1m depending on his future success at the club. He made his debut in a 4–0 win against Preston North End on 14 August. He was unfortunate to have a goal disallowed which would have made it five. He scored his first goal for the club against Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup, and his first League goal for Swansea was scored on 28 August in the 1–0 home win against recently relegated Burnley. Sinclair scored his first career hat-trick on 21 September in a 3–1 League Cup win against Peterborough United. A brace against Leeds United on 26 February 2011 took his goal tally for the season to 22. Swansea qualified for the end-of-season play-offs and reached the final, hosted at Wembley Stadium on 30 May. In a "pulsating" match against Reading, Sinclair scored a hat-trick that included 2 penalties as Swansea won 4–2 and became the first Welsh club to compete in the Premier League. The result meant a return to the top division of English football for the club, having been relegated from the old First Division in 1982–83.
Sinclair scored Swansea's first Premier League goal on 17 September 2011 in a 3–0 win against West Bromwich Albion by scoring a penalty. Sinclair then became Swansea's main penalty taker in the Premier League, scoring penalties against Stoke City, Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Arsenal. On 31 January 2012, Sinclair scored a goal against his former club Chelsea, in a game that ended in a 1–1 draw. After scoring 13 penalties since joining the club, his streak ended on 15 March when Manchester City's Joe Hart saved his attempt. Swansea won the match 1–0, and Sinclair said he was still willing to continue taking Swansea's penalties.
With one season remaining on his contract with Swansea, it was confirmed on 17 August that Sinclair would not be signing a new deal with the club. On the opening day of 2012–13 season, Sinclair scored in a substitute appearance as Swansea beat Queens Park Rangers 5–0 at Loftus Road.
Sinclair signed a four-year contract with champions Manchester City on 31 August 2012. He was given the number 11 shirt for the 2012–13 Premier League season. He made his debut on 15 September 2012, playing 74 minutes of a 1–1 draw away to Stoke City. He started against Arsenal on 23 September, coming off at half-time and was thereafter relegated to the bench. He made only one further start all season, away at Dortmund in the Champions League group stage on 4 December, with both teams' final position already decided. His twelve other appearances that season were all coming on late from the bench. His final appearance of the season came as an 83rd minute substitute on 21 April 2013, in a 3-1 loss away to Tottenham Hotspur. On 8 May, he had surgery on a blood clot in his shoulder. As a result he was ruled out for any remaining games, ending a disappointing season that finished with the winger only making 3 starts among a meagre 15 appearances for the club. In total, he played 190 minutes of league football, less than three full matches.
West Bromwich Albion (loan)
On 22 August 2013, it was announced that Sinclair had joined West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan, with the option to complete a permanent deal. Sinclair found it hard to break in the team mostly playing in reserve team matches.
On 30 January 2015, after failing to break into the Manchester City starting eleven, Sinclair joined Aston Villa for the remainder of the season on loan. He made his debut in a 5–0 defeat at Arsenal on 1 February, replacing Andreas Weimann after 65 minutes. Sinclair scored his first goal for Villa after 89 minutes of a 2–1 win in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Leicester City on 15 February, and six days later, scored their only goal in a 2–1 defeat at home to Stoke City. He scored again in Villa's 2–0 FA Cup quarter final victory over local rivals West Brom.
On 19 May 2015, after Villa had secured Premier League safety, it was announced that Sinclair would be joining on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee at the end of the season, after he signed a four-year contract. Whilst talking about the move Sinclair said that "This is the happiest I have been in a long time."
On 12 November 2010 he was called up for the England under-21s for their friendly against the German under-21s. He earned his first cap playing in this friendly where England lost 2-0. In May 2011, Sinclair was named in the England squad for the Under-21 European Championships.
Great Britain Olympic football team
His brother Martin has cerebral palsy, and was selected in the Great Britain Cerebral Palsy football team for the 2012 Summer Paralympics. As of 2015, his younger brother Jake played professionally for Southampton.
Sinclair has been in a relationship with actress Helen Flanagan since 2009, with whom he lives. In late December 2014, Flanagan announced that she is pregnant with her and Sinclair's first child. Their daughter Matilda Jessica Sinclair was born on 29th June 2015.
- As of match played 24 May 2015
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Bristol Rovers||2004–05||League Two||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Plymouth Argyle (loan)||2006–07||Championship||15||2||3||2||—||—||18||4|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2007–08||Championship||9||1||—||—||—||9||1|
|Charlton Athletic (loan)||2007–08||Championship||3||0||—||—||—||3||0|
|Crystal Palace (loan)||2007–08||Championship||6||2||—||—||2[b]||0||8||2|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2008–09||Championship||14||0||—||—||—||14||0|
|Wigan Athletic (loan)||2009–10||Premier League||18||1||3||1||1||0||—||22||2|
|Manchester City||2012–13||Premier League||11||0||2||0||1||0||1[c]||0||15||0|
|West Bromwich Albion (loan)||2013–14||Premier League||8||0||1||0||2||0||—||11||0|
|Aston Villa (loan)||2014–15||Premier League||9||1||3||2||—||—||12||3|
|Aston Villa||2015–16||Premier League||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||0||0|
- Birmingham City
- Swansea City
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Scott Sinclair.|
- Profile at Chelsea F.C. website (via archive.org)
- Swansea City A.F.C. profile at swanseacity.net
- Scott Sinclair profile at ESPNsoccernet
- Scott Sinclair career statistics at Soccerbase (Bristol Rovers statistics)
- Scott Sinclair career statistics at Soccerbase (all statistics since Bristol Rovers)