Played For Both: David Flitcroft

There have been a whole catalogue of players who have turned out for Macc and Chester over the years – quite a few of them will be on show at the Deva Stadium on Monday.

Yet as part of the build up to the match, we feature the current Swindon Town Manager David Flitcroft who was a strong and powerful midfielder for both sides not too long ago.

David started his career at Preston North End and having worked his way through their youth setup, turned professional in May 1992.

Yet he went on to make just eight appearances for the Lancashire outfit, before he was loaned to Lincoln City and then made the permanent move away from Deepdale to join Chester City in December 1993.

Although Flitcroft only made eight appearances for our Cheshire neighbours that season, he would prove to be an important part of the side who pipped North End to the Division Three title.

Due to the fact that David always played with total commitment to the cause, injuries were always going to be a negative side to his game. Yet despite several knock backs, he would cement himself in to the Chester midfield for just under six years.

 

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Dvid Flitcroft. (Pic courtesy of Silkmen Archives).

 

He made just under two hundred league appearances for the Cestrians, before turning down a new contract in the summer of 1999 in order to join Rochdale.

David would spend four years at Spotland, during which time he helped the club qualify for the 2001-02 Division Three Playoffs as well as reaching the FA Cup Fifth Round the following season.

After making over one hundred and fifty league appearances for Dale, the tenacious midfielder joined David Moss’ Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2003.

Moss instantly installed Flitcroft as Captain at the Moss Rose, yet his stint in the hallowed blue shirt proved to be shorter than expected.

Having made just fifteen appearances for Macc, David’s contract was terminated by mutual consent the following January with many fans disappointed by the decision.

Shortly after, Flitcroft joined Bury where he would make exactly one hundred league appearances for The Shakers, before he returned to Spotland to become Keith Hill’s Assistant Manager.

In June 2011 David followed Hill to Barnsley, and the following season was installed as Manager at Oakwell after Keith was relieved of his duties.

Despite having kept the Yorkshire outfit in the Championship in 2013, Flitcroft himself was sacked three months in to the 2013-14 season.

Shortly after, David returned to Gigg Lane and masterminded Bury’s promotion from League Two during the 2014/15 season.

He was installed as Swindon Town’s new Manager last summer, after being sacked by Bury in November 2016.

 

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