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Born: Bolton, 1974 (Age 43) 1992-99 A mid­fielder, Fl­itcroft made his Pre­ston de­but in 1992, scor­ing twice in eight games be­fore mov­ing to Ch­ester in 1993. He spent six years at the Deva, win­ning pro­mo­tion to Divi­sion Three in 1994 and scor­ing 18 goals in 187 matches.


Hav­ing re­jected a new con­tract at Ch­ester, Fl­itcroft joined Rochdale in 1999. Part of the side that reached the Divi­sion Three play-offs in 2002, he played 160 games for Dale, scor­ing four times. Af­ter 15 games for Mac­cles­field, Fl­itcroft joined Bury in 2004 and made 122 ap­pear­ances be­fore drop­ping out of the Foot­ball League to join Hyde.


Fl­itcroft re­turned to Rochdale as player-as­sis­tant to Keith Hill in 2007. The pair twice tasted de­feat in the League Two play-offs be­fore se­cur­ing Dale’s first pro­mo­tion for 41 years in 2010. In 2011, Fl­itcroft fol­lowed Hill to Barns­ley, help­ing to se­cure the club’s Cham­pi­onship sta­tus.


When Hill was sacked by Barns­ley in Oc­to­ber 2012, Fl­itcroft took care­taker charge and even­tu­ally be­came man­ager, com­plet­ing a re­mark­able es­cape from rel­e­ga­tion on the fi­nal day of the sea­son. Sacked in Novem­ber 2013, he was named Bury boss a week later and in 2014-15 se­cured pro­mo­tion to League One. Af­ter a solid 16th place last sea­son, Fl­itcroft was sacked in Novem­ber. He now works on the back­room staff at Le­ices­ter.

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