|Full name||Trevor Lloyd Sinclair|
|Date of birth||2 March 1973|
|Place of birth||Dulwich, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|1993–1998||Queens Park Rangers||167||(16)|
|1998–2003||West Ham United||177||(37)|
|2014–2015||Lancaster City (player/assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Sinclair was a versatile winger, able to play on both the left and right flanks, who played in the Premier League and made twelve appearances for the England national team, including four at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He retired in 2008, after a nineteen-year professional career, on being released by Football League Championship side Cardiff City.
Sinclair was born in Dulwich, London but grew up in Manchester. He began his career at Blackpool where he played from 1989 to 1993. When he made his debut for Blackpool, on 19 August 1989, he became the club's youngest ever player, at 16 years, five months, breaking Colin Greenall's record set nine years earlier. Sinclair's record was in turn broken by Matty Kay in November 2005.
Sinclair was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006. Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Sinclair is in the 1990s.
He made 112 league appearances for the Seasiders, scoring 15 goals.
Queens Park Rangers
In 1993, Sinclair moved to Queens Park Rangers for £600,000, a figure which broke Blackpool's record transfer sale. He won the October 1995 Premier League Player of the Month award, although he was unable to prevent QPR from being relegated from the Premier League that season. Throughout the 1995-96 season, Sinclair's name was constantly linked with a move to several of the Premier League's leading clubs, namely Leeds United, Manchester United and Newcastle United - with fees of up to £6million being mentioned.
In five years at QPR, he made 168 league appearances, scoring 16 goals.
West Ham United
In January 1998, Sinclair moved to West Ham United for a combined fee of £2.3 million; £2.7 million minus West Ham players Iain Dowie and Keith Rowland moving to Q.P.R as part of the deal. He scored seven goals in the remaining 14 games to help West Ham achieve an eighth-place finish in the Premier League. He was a regular over the next two seasons, but a serious knee injury ruled him out of the final four months of the 2000–01 season. His absence coincided with a loss of form for the team, and by the end of the season manager Harry Redknapp had been sacked. Sinclair recovered in time for the 2001–02 season and featured 34 times, often on the left wing, as he won his bid to play at the World Cup for England in that position.
2002–03 was Sinclair's final season with West Ham. Despite several strong displays from himself, the team struggled with the absence of Paolo Di Canio and Frederic Kanoute and was relegated at the end of the season. Forced to cut costs West Ham accepted a £3.3m bid for the player from Manchester City.
In total Sinclair spent five years at Upton Park, playing in a variety of positions including wingback, left and right wing and as a striker when called upon. He made 177 league appearances and scored 37 goals including two goals on his West Ham debut, on 31 January 1998, in a 2–2 home draw against Everton.
After West Ham's relegation, Sinclair joined Manchester City in 2003 for £3.3 million, and went on to score City's first competitive goal at the new City of Manchester Stadium in a UEFA Cup tie against Welsh side Total Network Solutions.
At the beginning of his career at Manchester City, he played on the left wing, where he had performed for England at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. However, the departure of Shaun Wright-Phillips presented the opportunity for Sinclair to play on his preferred right wing.
On 10 July 2007, he joined Championship club, Cardiff City. He began the season as a first team player, scoring his first Cardiff goal on 24 September in a 4–2 win in the League Cup over West Bromwich Albion. Early on in the season, he suffered from a buildup of fluid in his knee and underwent two operations on the injury which ruled him out until mid-February. He made his return on 16 February 2008 coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 FA Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
On 12 April 2008, Sinclair faced his first club, Blackpool, for the first time since leaving them fifteen years earlier. He scored Cardiff's second goal in a 3–1 win; however, he refused to celebrate his goal. On 17 May he made an 86th-minute substitute appearance in the 2008 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, which Cardiff lost 1–0 to Portsmouth. However, four days later it was announced that his contract would not be renewed for the forthcoming season and he was released.
Sinclair was called up to Terry Venables' get-together England squad in April 1995, but was not capped for the senior side until 2001. Sinclair earned 12 caps for England, four of which came in the 2002 World Cup, in which he was a last-minute replacement for the injured Danny Murphy. In turn, he replaced Owen Hargreaves, who was injured early in the competition, in the team and was widely regarded as one of England's best players in the tournament, doing a job on England's then "problem left hand side".
He lives on the Fylde coast and is a supporter of his previous clubs, West Ham, Manchester City, Blackpool and QPR. In February 2015 he revealed that three of his children had joined Blackpool's academy. In November, 2017 Sinclair was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, common assault and criminal damage after a woman was hit by a car in Lytham St Anne's.
On 2 January 2018, Sinclair was convicted of drink driving and racially abusing a police officer by calling him a 'white cunt'. He was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay £500 compensation to the abused police officer.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Queens Park Rangers||1993–94||Premier League||32||4||1||0||3||1||—||36||5|
|West Ham United||1997–98||Premier League||14||7||—||—||—||14||7|
|Manchester City||2003–04||Premier League||29||1||4||0||2||0||3[d]||1||38||2|
- West Ham
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