DAVID FLITCROFT FACTFILE
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.