Random 1990s Footballer Tuesday: #16 Garry Flitcroft
Name: Garry Flitcroft
In his 1990s prime for: Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers
Lowdown: After rejecting Manchester United in favour of playing for the blue half of Manchester, Flitcroft started his career in 1991, making 142 appearances for the club.
He joined Blackburn in 1996 for an impressive £3.5million, and was promptly sent off less than five minutes into his debut. Flitcroft reportedly did not want to leave Manchester City, but was forced to due to the club’s precarious financial position.
The central midfielder made over 250 appearances for Rovers over a ten year period, and was finally allowed to join Sheffield United on a free transfer in 2006. Flitcroft should have been able to carry on his career to a high level but sustained a series of injuries, meaning he retired in the summer of 2006.
Although a solid player, he only won one honour (League Cup 2002) and failed to gain an international cap, making ten appearances for the England Under 21s.
Now: In March 2009 Flitcroft took over as manager of Leigh Genesis, but left the club after he revealed that he had not been paid regularly. He moved almost immediately to Chorley FC, where he has done a fantastic job in gaining promotion in his first full season.
In his personal life, Flitcroft became infamous for being the subject of the first high-profile super injunction, after it was revealed that he cheated on his partner twice with a nursery nurse and a lapdancer. Flitcroft was also the subject of News of the World phone hacking, and blamed the controversy around his personal life for the death of his father, who committed suicide in 2008.