Trevor Sinclair

For the Australian radio host, see Trevor Sinclair (radio presenter).
Trevor Sinclair
Personal information
Full name Trevor Lloyd Sinclair[1]
Date of birth (1973-03-02) 2 March 1973[1]
Place of birth Dulwich, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1993 Blackpool 112 (15)
1993–1998 Queens Park Rangers 168 (16)
1998–2003 West Ham United 177 (37)
2003–2007 Manchester City 82 (5)
2007–2008 Cardiff City 21 (1)
2014–2015 Lancaster City 1 (0)
Total 560 (74)
National team
1993–1998 England U21 14 (5)
1998 England B 1 (0)
2001–2003 England 12 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4:42, 4 August 2010 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 September 2006

Trevor Lloyd Sinclair (born 2 March 1973) is an English former professional footballer.

Sinclair was a versatile winger, able to play on both the left and right flanks who played in the Premier League and made twelve appearances for the England national team, including four at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He retired in 2008, after a nineteen-year professional career, after being released by Football League Championship side Cardiff City.

Club career


Sinclair was born in Dulwich, London. He began his career at Blackpool where he played from 1989 to 1993. When he made his debut for Blackpool, on 19 August 1989, he became the club's youngest ever player, at 16 years, five months, breaking Colin Greenall's record set nine years earlier. Sinclair's record was in turn broken by Matty Kay in November 2005.

Sinclair was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.[2] Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Sinclair is in the 1990s.[3]

He made 112 league appearances for the Seasiders, scoring 15 goals.

Queens Park Rangers

In 1993, Sinclair moved to Queens Park Rangers for £600,000, a figure which broke Blackpool's record transfer sale. He won the October 1995 Premier League Player of the Month award.

In 1997, he won the BBC's Match of the Day "Goal of the Season" competition with a bicycle kick from outside the penalty area whilst playing for QPR in an FA Cup match against Barnsley.[4]

In five years at QPR, he made 168 league appearances, scoring 16 goals.

West Ham United

In January 1998, Sinclair moved to West Ham United for a combined fee of £2.3 million; £2.7 million minus West Ham players Iain Dowie and Keith Rowland moving to Q.P.R as part of the deal.[5] He scored seven goals in the remaining 14 games to help West Ham achieve an eighth-place finish in the Premier League. He was a regular over the next two seasons, but a serious knee injury ruled him out of the final four months of the 2000–01 season. His absence coincided with a loss of form for the team, and by the end of the season manager Harry Redknapp had been sacked. Sinclair recovered in time for the 2001–02 season and featured 34 times, often on the left wing, as he won his bid to play at the World Cup for England in that position.

2002–03 was Sinclair's final season with West Ham. Despite several strong displays from himself, the team struggled with the absence of Paolo Di Canio and Frederic Kanoute and was relegated at the end of the season. Forced to cut costs West Ham accepted a £3.3m bid for the player from Manchester City.

In total Sinclair spent five years at Upton Park, playing in a variety of positions including wingback,[6] left and right wing and as a striker when called upon.[7] He made 177 league appearances and scored 37 goals including two goals on his West Ham debut, on 31 January 1998, in a 2–2 home draw against Everton.

Manchester City

After West Ham's relegation, Sinclair joined Manchester City in 2003 for £3.3 million, and went on to score City's first competitive goal at the new City of Manchester Stadium in a UEFA Cup tie against Welsh side Total Network Solutions.[8]

At the beginning of his career at Manchester City, he played on the left wing, where he had performed for England at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. However, the departure of Shaun Wright-Phillips presented the opportunity for Sinclair to play on his preferred right wing.

Sinclair was released by Manchester City at the end of the 2006–07 season.[9]

Cardiff City

On 10 July 2007, he joined Championship club, Cardiff City.[10] He began the season as a first team player, scoring his first Cardiff goal on 24 September in a 4–2 win in the League Cup over West Bromwich Albion.[11] Early on in the season, he suffered from a buildup of fluid in his knee and underwent two operations on the injury which ruled him out until mid-February. He made his return on 16 February 2008 coming on as a late substitute in a 2–0 FA Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

On 12 April 2008, Sinclair faced his first club, Blackpool, for the first time since leaving them fifteen years earlier.[12][13] He scored Cardiff's second goal in a 3–1 win; however, he refused to celebrate his goal.[14] On 17 May he made an 86th-minute substitute appearance in the 2008 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, which Cardiff lost 1–0 to Portsmouth. However, four days later it was announced that his contract with the Bluebirds would not be renewed for the forthcoming season and he was released.[15]

International career

Sinclair was called up to Terry Venables' get-together England squad in April 1995,[16] but was not capped for the senior side until 2001. Sinclair earned 12 caps for England, four of which came in the 2002 World Cup, in which he was a last-minute replacement for the injured Danny Murphy. In turn, he replaced Owen Hargreaves, who was injured early in the competition, in the team and was widely regarded as one of England's best players in the tournament, doing a job on England's then "problem left hand side".[17]

Coaching career

Sinclair was the assistant manager of Lancaster City. On 25 August 2014, he made a substitute appearance in the second half of a 3-1 defeat to Clitheroe in the league.

Personal life

In 1998, Sinclair was convicted of causing criminal damage to a car, following a night of drinking in an Essex nightclub.[18]

He lives on the Fylde coast and is a supporter of his previous clubs, West Ham, Manchester City and Blackpool. In February 2015 he revealed that three of his children had joined Blackpool's academy.[19]


  1. 1 2 3 Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2003). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2003/2004. Queen Anne Press. p. 391. ISBN 1-85291-651-6.
  2. Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 102–105. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8.
  3. "The Hall of Fame – 1980's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  4. "Ask Albert, Who have been the last five winners of Match of the Day's Goal of the season?". BBC Sport. 7 December 2000. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  5. Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics Trevor Sinclair
  6. "Sinclair screamer". BBC News. 27 December 2000.
  7. Sinclair's arrested development
  8. "Man City off to a flyer". BBC. 14 August 2003. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  9. "Sinclair to end Man City career". BBC Sport. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  10. "Sinclair wings his way to Cardiff". BBC Sport. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 7 August 2007.
  11. "West Brom 2–4 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 25 September 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2009.
  12. Canavan, Steve (11 April 2008). "Sinclair's special memories of the 'terrific' Tangerines". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  13. "Cardiff 3–1 Blackpool". BBC Sport. 12 April 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  14. Canavan, Steve (21 May 2008). "Pool legend in hunt for new club". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  15. "Bluebirds Release winger Sinclair". BBC Sport. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  16. "Venables places emphasis on youth". The Independent. 19 April 1995. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  17. Corrigan, James (24 September 2007). "An email conversation with Trevor Sinclair: 'I didn't have a Plan B. If I hadn't made it, I'd have struggled'". London: The Independent. Retrieved 21 May 2008.
  18. Steven Gerrard and the Top 10 footballers who have felt the long arm of the law
  19. Watt, William (19 February 2015). "Sinclair: Don't blame Clark for Pool's problems". Blackpool Gazette. Retrieved 19 February 2015.

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