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David Flitcroft

David Flitcroft
Personal information
Full name David John Flitcroft[1]
Date of birth (1974-01-14) 14 January 1974 (age 45)[2]
Place of birth Bolton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
000?–1992 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Preston North End 8 (2)
1993Lincoln City (loan) 2 (0)
1993–1999 Chester City 187 (18)
1999–2003 Rochdale 160 (4)
2003–2004 Macclesfield Town 15 (0)
2004–2006 Bury 122 (4)
2006–2007 Hyde United[3] 5 (0)
2007–2011 Rochdale 1 (0)
Total 500 (28)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Barnsley
2013–2016 Bury
2017–2018 Swindon Town
2018–2019 Mansfield Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:50, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

David John Flitcroft (born 14 January 1974) is an English football manager and former player who is currently the Assistant Manager at Bolton Wanderers. He has previously managed Swindon Town, Bury, Barnsley and Mansfield Town. He is the younger brother of the former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City player Garry Flitcroft.

Playing career

Born in Bolton, Lancashire,[2] Flitcroft began his career as an apprentice with Preston North End, who he signed professional forms with in May 1992. He was to spend the following season briefly involved in the first-team at Deepdale, but after a loan spell with Lincoln City, he was allowed to join Chester City in December 1993. Flitcroft was to make eight appearances as Chester pipped Preston to promotion from Division Three. Apart from some long spells out injured, Flitcroft was a regular in the Chester midfield until the end of the 1998–99 season when he rejected a new contract and joined Rochdale.

In four years at Spotland, Flitcroft helped Rochdale qualify for the Division Three play-offs in 2001–02 and reach the FA Cup fifth round the following season. He switched to Macclesfield Town in July 2003 before moving on again, to fellow north-west side Bury just six months later. He was to spend three years as a regular with the Shakers, making exactly 100 league appearances until he joined non-leaguers Hyde United.

But Flitcroft returned to Rochdale as assistant manager to Keith Hill midway through the 2006–07 season.[4] Towards the end of the 2008–09 season Flitcroft came on as substitute in the last scheduled game of the season at home to fellow play-off rivals Gillingham.[5] The following season, he started a Football League Trophy game against Bradford City in what proved to be his final match as a professional.[6]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Flitcroft joined the coaching staff at Rochdale.[7] On 1 June 2011, Flitcroft was appointed assistant manager at Barnsley after following manager Keith Hill to Oakwell.[8] He was made caretaker manager of Barnsley after Hill was sacked during the 2012–13 season.[7] After two wins in three games as caretaker manager,[7] Flitcroft was appointed to the position.[9] Flitcroft guided the Club to Championship safety on the final game of the 2012–2013 season, following an impressive set of results in 2013 and a 2–2 away draw at Huddersfield Town. He signed a rolling contract on 9 May 2013 to keep him at the club, alongside assistants Martin Scott and Micky Mellon. On 30 November 2013 Flitcroft was sacked by Barnsley after a 3–0 home defeat by Birmingham City.[10]

Bury F.C

Flitcroft was officially announced as the manager of Bury on 9 December 2013.[11] Flitcroft took the club from the face of relegation to a 12th-place finish in the top half of the table including a 1–4 win at Mansfield Town and a 4–0 win against Plymouth Argyle. During the next season, Flitcroft led Bury to promotion back to League One with a 1–0 win over Tranmere Rovers on the final day of the season. On 16 November 2016, Flitcroft was sacked after a run of 11 games without a win.[12]

Swindon Town F.C

On 5 June 2017, Flitcroft was appointed as manager of Swindon Town,[13]. Flitcroft guided the Robins to seventh before taking up the managers vacancy at fellow League Two contenders Mansfield Town on 1 March 2018.[14][15]

Mansfield Town F.C

Flitcroft was announced as Mansfield Town manager on 1 March 2018[14] following the resignation of Steve Evans[16]. Flitcroft presided over a poor run of form with the Stag's gaining only two wins in twelve, ultimately leading them to three points outside the League Two playoffs in eighth place. At the end of the season, amongst pressure from fans, Flitcroft promised to build a 'promotion winning squad'[17] leading to the addition of six new players.

By the end of December Mansfield Town had only lost once under Flitcroft in the 2018/19 season. They were additionally the only side in the top four English divisions unbeaten away from home, until a 2-1 loss against Carlisle[18].

Flitcroft's contract was terminated by Mansfield Town on 14 May 2019 together with assistant Ben Futcher after failing to achieve promotion to League One, having lost to Newport County in the play-off semi-final.[19]

Bolton Wanderers F.C

On 31 August 2019, Flitcroft was named Assistant Manager at his home town team, Bolton Wanderers, as assistant to new Bolton manager Keith Hill, the duo working together once again after spells together at both Rochdale and Barnsley.[20]

Managerial statistics

As of 12 May 2019[21]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Barnsley 29 December 2012 30 November 2013 45 14 13 18 031.1
Bury 9 December 2013 16 November 2016 157 64 39 54 040.8
Swindon Town 5 June 2017 1 March 2018 42 21 3 18 050.0
Mansfield Town 1 March 2018 14 May 2019 68 26 25 17 038.2
Total 312 125 80 107 040.1





  1. ^ "David Flitcroft". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-84596-601-0.
  3. ^ "Player statistics: David Flitcroft". Hyde United F.C. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Flitcroft starts in new Dale role". BBC Sport. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Rochdale 0-1 Gillingham". BBC. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Rochdale 1 - 2 Bradford". BBC. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "David Flitcroft set for Barnsley job". Sky Sports. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Barnsley get their man: Keith Hill". Barnsley F.C. 1 June 2011. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  9. ^ "David Flitcroft Appointed as Manager". Barnsley F.C. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  10. ^ "David Flitcroft: Barnsley sack boss with club bottom of league". BBC Sport. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Bury appoint David Flitcroft as their new manager". BBC Sport. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Statement from the board of directors". Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  13. ^ "BREAKING: Flitcroft Named New Town Manager". Swindon Town Official Site. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  14. ^ a b David Flitcroft Announced As New Mansfield Town Manager Mansfield 103.2 FM, local commercial radio station, 1 March 2018. Retrieved 1 March 2018
  15. ^ "David Flitcroft: Mansfield Town appoint former Swindon manager as boss". BBC Sport. 1 March 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Steve Evans: Mansfield Town manager resigns with club in fifth place". 27 February 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  17. ^ Reid, Ben (6 May 2018). "Flitcroft vows to build 'promotion winning squad' after Mansfield miss out". nottinghampost. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  18. ^ "Carlisle United 3-2 Mansfield Town". 5 January 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Club statement". Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Keith Hill: Bolton Wanderers appoint ex-Rochdale boss as manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  21. ^ "David Flitcroft". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 April 2013.

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