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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 [1]
Place of birth Bolton, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bury (manager)
Youth career
000?–1992 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1993 Preston North End 8 (2)
1993 Lincoln City (loan) 2 (0)
1993–1999 Chester City 187 (18)
1997–2003 Rochdale 160 (4)
2003–2004 Macclesfield Town 15 (0)
2004–2006 Bury 122 (4)
2006–2007 Hyde United[2] 5 (0)
2007–2011 Rochdale 1 (0)
Total 500 (28)
Teams managed
2012–2013 Barnsley
2013– Bury
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:50, 1 June 2011 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David John Flitcroft (born 14 January 1974) is an English football manager and former footballer who is currently the manager of Bury, having formerly managed Barnsley. He is a younger brother of the former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City player Garry Flitcroft.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Managerial statistics 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Playing career

Born in Bolton, Lancashire,[1] 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.[3] Towards the end of the 2008–09 season Flitcroft was required to dig out his playing boots again, and came on as sub in the last scheduled game of the season at home to fellow play-off rivals Gillingham.[4] The following season he started a Football League Trophy game against Bradford City in what proved to be his final match as a professional.[5]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Flitcroft joined the coaching staff at Rochdale.[6] On 1 June 2011, Flitcroft was appointed assistant manager at Barnsley after following manager Keith Hill to Oakwell.[7] He was made caretaker manager of Barnsley after Hill was sacked during the 2012–13 season.[6] After two wins in three games as caretaker manager,[6] Flitcroft was appointed to the position.[8] 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.[9]

Flitcroft was officially announced as the manager of Bury on 9 December 2013.[10] 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. Flitcroft continued his career at Bury the season after, having a good start for the shakers, even nearly beating rivals Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium.

He is well known for his use of the phrase "special human beings" and "Synergy" .[11]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 6 December 2014.[12]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Barnsley 29 December 2012 30 November 2013 45 14 13 18 31.11
Bury 9 December 2013 Present 51 20 17 14 39.22


  1. ^ a b c d Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2010). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2010–11. Mainstream Publishing. p. 152.  
  2. ^ "Player statistics: David Flitcroft". Hyde United F.C. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Flitcroft starts in new Dale role". BBC Sport. 8 January 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rochdale 0-1 Gillingham". BBC. 2 May 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rochdale 1 - 2 Bradford". BBC. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "David Flitcroft set for Barnsley job". Sky Sports. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Barnsley get their man: Keith Hill". Barnsley F.C. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "David Flitcroft Appointed as Manager". Barnsley F.C. 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "David Flitcroft: Barnsley sack boss with club bottom of league". BBC Sport. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bury appoint David Flitcroft as their new manager". BBC Sport. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Special human being". 
  12. ^ "David Flitcroft". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 

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