Winger On His Time In TangerineIn 1989 Trevor Sinclair became Blackpool’s youngest ever debutant at 16-years-old. The winger spent four years with the club before joining QPR in 1993. Capped 12 times for England during his career, here he looks back on his formative days in tangerine.
What can you remember about your debut?
It was at home against Wigan and I got booked for elbowing a centre-half that I was very scared of. I stood out on the left-wing for the rest of the game.
What would you say your favourite goal for the club was?
It was a goal that was disallowed. I was on the wing and the goalkeeper came out to clear the ball and screwed it straight to me, I took a touch and then half-volleyed it side foot on a slippery surface into the near post. The linesman gave offside for someone who was nowhere interfering with play.
My favourite actual goal was against Bruce Grobbelaar when we played Stoke away. I played up front and went one-on-one with a famous goalkeeper from the Liverpool era and beat him easily.
If you could re-live one game from your career in tangerine, which one would you choose?
It would be that play-off final that we won. It’s not every day you can go and play on that Wembley pitch.
In terms of dressing room banter, what was the best prank you witnessed?
Wow, all kinds of stuff used to happen all the time. The old one was deep heat in the pants and it definitely would have been Ginge (Mike Davies) because he was usually the prankster. It would have been one of the young lads who got it for having a bit too much to say.
On reflection, what achievement are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I played at such a young age – if I’d not gone to Lilleshall and trained day in, day out for two years then physically I wouldn’t have been able to have stepped up to the plate. I put the graft in because I wasn’t the biggest athlete.
I’m also proud that I got to a standard where I got interest from Premier League clubs, even though I partied a lot as a young lad. Luckily I still had the work ethic that got me a move to the Premier League, which is where my ambition was.
Best player you played with…
It’s got to be David Eyres. He was a top player and realistically he could have gone and played in the Premier League but it didn’t quite happen for him. He was a top bloke.
Ginge (Mike Davies). He’s got Charlie Chaplin ankles so he couldn’t really do anything about it. He’d get out of it by talking his way through the session quite well.
I loved Briggsy (Gary Briggs). He was one of those players who would put it about in a game and you’d realise what an absolute warrior he was. Throughout the week he was like a dainty teenager who wouldn’t get involved in any tackles and was very softly spoken. He was a very nice, popular guy.
That would be Ginge again, he was just unbelievable. He’s not an oil painting so if he said anything to anyone then in reality he should have got it back. His lyrics and sharpness were second to none and you couldn’t say anything because he’d come back ten times at you and ruin you. He was brilliant to play with and great for team spirit.
Who did you see as most likely to go into management…
I thought Bambs (Dave Bamber) might have got involved in football because he always had an opinion and most people listened to what he had to say because of the size of him. If he wasn’t such a property tycoon he might have got involved, although I think his two daughters keep him busy enough.