Trevor Sinclair

Trevor Lloyd Sinclair ( born March 2, 1973 in Dulwich, London ) is a former English footballer. As an offensive winger who could be equally used on the left and right side, he was after training with FC Blackpool active for many years for the London-based club Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United. In addition, he completed between 2001 and 2003 a total of twelve A- international matches for the English national football team and participated in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea in part.

Professional career

In the club

Blackpool FC (1989-1993)

Sinclair began his professional career as a winger for FC Blackpool and made his debut on 19 August 1989 at the age of just 16 years and five months as at that time the youngest player in the history of " Tangerines " in a league game. In the fourth division club at the time he was in his first season in 1989/90 in nine Championship games available for use in the subsequent year and already he was with 31 matches integral part of the team. Greatest success was in May 1992, the rise in the third highest league, which was named after the introduction of the Premier League from now on " Second Division ". Here, the FC Blackpool had beaten in the play- off final Scunthorpe United on penalties, where Sinclair was only a substitute in the course of the game for Phil Horner. His performance in the 1992/93 season ended up leaving höherklassigere clubs attention. With eleven league goals he added to his qualities as a fast (mostly right ) winger a new facet as a striker added and so he moved to relegation made ​​safe in August 1993 for 750,000 pounds for first division side Queens Park Rangers.

Queens Park Rangers (1993-1998)

In his first two season on the " highest national stage," Sinclair developed as a replacement for Andy Sinton under coach Gerry Francis immediately with 65 league inserts for regular players of " QPR " and 62 times he was chosen. Because of its speed and the technical skills he was going to speak on the outer wing positions in midfield and as something back hanging striker a valuable player who was difficult to separate from the ball at full speed. Rare breaks of a few games were owed ​​only minor injuries and tonsillitis in March 1995 and immediately thereafter he attended, among others, with a spectacular winning goal against Coventry City that he is on the U- 21 team in the expanded group of Terry Venables supervised senior team played. In the relegation battle, the 1995/96 season Sinclair was a great hope and the early months, his four competitive goal that his club lost none of the encounters. It should, however, follow no further goals more in the later stages and in spite of his many " assists " he missed with his team as a table next to last in the league.

Despite extensive speculation about a possible change of club Sinclair QPR remained faithful also in the second division and in addition consistently good performance he made with an acrobatic overhead kick from 16 yards in the FA Cup against Barnsley FC for one of the few highlights in the 1996 / 97th After an injury in March 1997 that he had contracted against Portsmouth, but the season was ended prematurely for him. The direct re-emergence was also not succeeded and as the Queens Park Rangers in the subsequent season 1997/98 even were in a relegation battle, Sinclair joined in January 1998 for a transfer fee of 2.3 million pounds for West Ham United and thus back to the top game class.

DC against Everton on his debut Sinclair scored two goals and on the right side of midfield or in attack center - the latter in injury-related failures of striker John Hartson and Paul Kitson - he was in the team of Harry Redknapp at once a reinforcement. In the end he had scored seven goals in the remaining 14 Premier League games of the season. Other signs of its flexibility he showed in the 1998 /99 in the Redknapp let him play as often active foreign defender in the so-called wingback position, and he had therefore increased to master defensive duties. Thus it was less to be found in the attacking half, but the tactical requirements and worked for a " double " on the last game against Middlesbrough FC ( 4:0), he reached with the " hammer " surprising fifth place in the Premier League. After subsequently winning the Intertoto Cup, his club qualified for the UEFA Cup, where, however, he was already in the second round failed after an initial success against the Croatian club NK Osijek to Steaua Bucharest. As a regular player he confirmed in his second full year in London's East End and its increasing importance in addition to its new root position on the right side of defense he helped again by the injuries of Paulo Wanchope and Paolo Di Canio successfully in the middle of. This earned him in 2000 the Association's internal award for best player ( "Hammer of the Year ").

The first setbacks suffered Sinclair with West Ham United in the 2000/ 01 season. Already at the beginning of the season he was struggling with a groin problem and after a return with away wins against Leeds United and Southampton FC and a " Goal of the Month " in December against Charlton Athletic followed in mid-January 2001, a cartilage damage in the knee. Thus it fell out to the end of the season and his team closed the season a little disappointing only ranked 15 from. Meanwhile, again mostly in the right side of midfield as a winger - sometimes left - used, Sinclair was under new coach Glenn Roeder back to old Constance back and at the end of season 2001 /02, which the club athletic again earned a significantly improved overall result with number 7 he even took part in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

After his return from the Far East Sinclair fought but its shape and the new year 2003, he found himself temporarily only on the bench again. In his comeback against West Bromwich Albion 's shot then two goals, but although he gradually his confidence was back and shot another important goal against Aston Villa and Middlesbrough FC, meant the third to last place for West Ham United to transition to the second division. Then Sinclair moved for 2.5 million pounds to Manchester City, which was only a year earlier returned under manager Kevin Keegan back into the Premier League.

Manchester City (2003-2007)

Although he completed a majority of the games for his new club from the beginning, Sinclair's performance has been mixed; the only league goal he succeeded after coming on in the derby against Manchester United. Injury problems were considered to be in his second season in 2004 / 05, in which he came only to a handful of missions. After his last appearance in the Carling Cup against Arsenal, he eventually had to undergo a corrective knee surgery and sidelined for the remaining games. For the new season 2005/ 06 Sinclair returned to the team, then had a further knee injury in the game against Bolton Wanderers and a subsequent two-month break again pitch before he could recommend with good performances on both midfield pages again. Although he was granted in September 2006, the honor of the first gate in the new City of Manchester Stadium against TNS from Wales, was also the fourth and final year in Manchester under an unlucky star. Again he was in just 14 league games in the starting lineup, and then he moved to the 2007/08 season to Cardiff City.

Cardiff City (2007-2008)

Before Robbie Fowler and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Sinclair was the first of three " big names " who found their way to the Welsh club in the second highest English league. Shortly after a promising start, as Sinclair was a regular in the starting line and scored his first goal on 24 September 2007 against West Bromwich Albion, but he had to undergo two surgeries on the knee after there had formed liquid. The injury made ​​sure that he had to pause from 2008 to mid-February and then again took place on the substitutes' bench. On May 17, 2008, he coach Dave Jones joined in the cup final in the 86th minute against FC Portsmouth when the score was 0:1 - without success, as it remained at this defeat. Just a few days later, he opened the club's management of the " Bluebirds " that the contract would not be renewed.

England national team

After a total of fourteen missions in the U21 national team and another game in the B team Sinclair was on 10 November 2001 in the match against Sweden made ​​his debut for the English national team. After Kieron Dyer injured on the final day and was uncertainty over his fitness for the upcoming 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, Sinclair was ordered on demand and a further violation of Danny Murphy took care of his nomination at the last minute. After then Owen Hargreaves after only a few minutes of the second preliminary round game against Argentina and injured Sinclair took up his position, he established himself for the rest of the competition in the team and came up with four inserts. His last assignment for the English team graduated from Sinclair in August 2003 against Croatia.

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