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Garry FLITCROFT

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After 5 successful seasons, lifting the Lancashire Trophy twice, winning two promotions and taking the club to within a whisker of the National League, Garry stepped down as manager to concentrate on family and business commitments with Flitcraft Ecobuild, but remained  at Victory Park when he joined the board of directors.

A former England Under 21 international, Garry Flitcroft was appointed manager of Chorley Football Club on Monday May 10th 2010, succeeding Steve Waywell in the Victory Park hotseat.

Having rejected Manchester United’s overtures in favour of a move to Manchester City at the age of 12, Garry then spent two years honing his skills at Lilleshall as a teenager before making his name as a professional.

Following a brief spell on loan at Bury, where he made twelve appearances, he then broke into the City first team and went on to play 142 times, scoring 15 goals; not a bad record for a combative midfielder!

During his time with City, Garry was also selected for England at under-21 level, winning 10 caps and netting three goals.

Financial troubles forced then City manager Alan Ball to sell his most saleable asset, so Garry made the short trip to Blackburn Rovers in exchange for £3.5m in 1996.  He stayed at Ewood Park for a total of ten years, scoring 20 goals in 282 appearances. His finest moment came in 2001 when he captained the team to promotion from The Championship.

The following season, Garry also led the club to the Worthington Cup final but, sadly, he was suspended for the final, when Rovers beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

After a decade at the club, playing under respected managers such as Roy Hodgson, Graeme Souness and Mark Hughes, Garry left Rovers in 2006 and had a brief spell at Sheffield United, before a persistent knee injury forced him to retire early at the age of 33.

Since hanging up his boots, Garry has taken his coaching badges with one eye on a career in management.  He currently holds a UEFA ‘B’ Licence.

He was initially approached by Leigh Genesis to sign as a player but instead he became the club’s manager, replacing ex-Magpie Lee Merricks.

Although he arrived too late to prevent Genesis dropping out of the UniBond Premier Division, he did a fantastic job of guiding the troubled club to within a whisker of the First Division North play-offs last term.

Garry left Leigh shortly after the end of the 2009/10 season, following the news that Genesis were on the move to Atherton LR, having failed to obtain an agreement to use the Leigh Sports Village as a permanent home.

Garry has two younger brothers who are both involved in Football.  David, the middle brother, is currently the assistant to ex-Magpie Keith Hill at Barnsley and has playing experience with Preston North End, Lincoln City, Chester City, Rochdale, Macclesfield Town, Bury and Hyde United. Youngest brother Steve joined Chorley at the same time as Garry from Leigh Genesis and has also played for Blackburn Rovers, Accrington Stanley, Stockport County, Barrow and Bamber Bridge

Former clubs (player): Manchester City, Bury (loan), Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United

Former clubs (management):  Leigh Genesis

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