DAVID FL­ITCROFT FACT­FILE

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Born: Bolton, 1974 (Age 39)

North Play­ing ca­reer: Fl­itcroft was an ap­pren­tice at Pre­ston End, where he signed pro­fes­sional forms in May 1992. But he strug­gled to make a first-team br eak­through and joined

a mid­field­Ch­ester City the fol­low­ing Christ­mas. Fl­itcr oft was er like his brother, Garry, who notably played for Manch­ester City and Black­burn. He en­joyed his best spell with Ch­ester, amass­ing 187 ap­pear­ances for the club be­fore re­ject­ing a new deal in favour of Rochdale. He spent six years ther e dur­ing which the Dale reached the FA Cup fifth round, only to lose to Wolves. Fl­itcroft spent prac­ti­cally all of his play­ing ca­reer in Greater Manch­ester af­ter spells with both Mac­cles­field and later Bury be­fore mov­ing into non­league football with Hyde. Fl­itcroft re­turned to Spot­land un­der good friend Keith Hill in 2006. Dur­ing the fi­nal spell of his play­ing ca­reer he did still man­age to dig out his boots one last time in the black and blue strip of Rochdale, ap­pear­ing as a sub­sti­tute in the fi­nal home game of the 2008-2009 sea­son. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Af­ter fi­nally hang­ing up his boots on an 18-year play­ing car eer Fl­itcroft joined the coach­ing staff at Rochdale and was ap­pointed as­sis­tant man­ager un­der Hill – who later took Fl­itcroft with him to the Cham­pi­onship when Hill landed the Bar ns­ley post in June 2011. Hill was sacked ear­lier this sea­son af­ter his side plunged to the bot­tom of the league and the club asked Fl­itcroft to take tem­po­rary charge

as a per­from New Year’s Day. Fl­itcroft was then ap­pointed ma­nent man­ager in Jan­uary fol­low­ing his side’s 2-0 home win over York­shire ri­vals Leeds United.

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