Ronnie Sinclair (born 19 November 1964, Stirling) is a former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Although born in Scotland, Sinclair spent his career in England, with the majority of his appearances coming with Bristol City, Stoke City and Chester City.
Capped by Scotland at youth and schoolboy level, Sinclair joined Nottingham Forest as an apprentice from Stirling Boys Club and he signed professional forms in November 1982. However he failed to make a first-team appearance for the City Ground club and it was in a loan spell with Division Four side Wrexham in the closing stages of the 1983–84 season that Sinclair gained his first Football League action. Over the following two seasons he spent time on loan with Derby County, Sheffield United and Leeds United without making the first-team, but he was snapped up on a permanent basis by Leeds in June 1986 for £10,000. He made eight league appearances the following season before twice joining Halifax Town on loan.
In September 1989 Sinclair moved to Bristol City, who he helped win promotion from Division Three in his first season at Ashton Gate. By the early stages of the 1991–92 campaign he was out on loan again though, spending time with Walsall before beginning a five-year stay with Stoke City in a £25,000 move in November 1991. Sinclair faced regular competition for the goalkeeper’s shirt with Stoke but played more than 20 games in his first three seasons at the club.
After falling out of favour, Sinclair joined Chester City on a free transfer in August 1996. After conceding just 43 goals in 1996–97, Chester qualified for the Division Three play-offs with Sinclair voted the club’s player of the season. The Blues lost to Swansea City in the semi-finals and the following season saw Sinclair miss 13 league games following the emergence of Wayne Brown. He was not selected again after a 5–0 thrashing at Exeter City on 4 April 1998 and manager Kevin Ratcliffe announced later in the month that Sinclair’s contract would not be renewed. Sinclair never played professionally again after leaving Chester and has spent most of his time working as goalkeeping coach with Stoke City (where he initially was registered again as a player). He became the assistant academy manager before moving to Aston Villa to become the academy goalkeeping coach.
He has also played non-league football with Leek Town and Witton Albion. Sinclair in recent times has continued to pull on his gloves and regularly appears in charity games and alongside former team-mates in the Masters series
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|1984||Derby County (loan)||0||(0)|
|1985||Sheffield United (loan)||0||(0)|
|1986||Leeds United (loan)||0||(0)|
|1987||Halifax Town (loan)||4||(0)|
|1988–1989||Halifax Town (loan)||10||(0)|
|1994||Bradford City (loan)||0||(0)|
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The following came from Leeds United FC History.
Sinclair: Ronald McDonald (Ronnie)
1986-1989 (Player Details)
Born: Stirling: 19-11-1964
Debut v Blackburn Rovers (a): 23-08-1986
5’10” 11st 9lb (1987)
He went to Nottingham Forest from school and was signed as a professional in October 1982. He did not get a first-team break at the City Ground, but was loaned to Wrexham in March 1984, figuring in eleven League games and playing in the Welsh Cup Final that year against Shrewsbury Town. He was also loaned to Derby County, in November 1984, Sheffield United, in August 1985 and Leeds in March 1986, but never played a League game for any of them. He was impressive at Leeds and was signed on a free-transfer in June 1986. A Scottish Schoolboy and Youth International, Sinclair was deputy to Mervyn Day in his time at Leeds. However, his chances were few and in March 1987 he was loaned to Halifax Town for four games. He returned to Halifax in 1988-89 for another brief loan spell in which he played ten League games. Sinclair moved to Bristol City in September 1989 on a free transfer and played forty-four League games in just under two seasons. Yet another loan period followed, at Walsall in September 1991, where he had ten League games, but he enjoyed his longest spell of first team football at Stoke City, whom he joined in November 1991 for £25,000. He featured in the Potters’ 1992-93 Second Division Championship-winning team, before going on loan to Bradford City in August 1994. However, he then forced his way back into Stoke’s first team midway through that season. He was released by Stoke City at the end of the 1995-96 season, after playing a total of eighty League appearances, two as substitute. He joined Chester City in August 1996, where he made seventy appearances before leaving in June 1998. He then had spells at Cardiff City and Stoke City without getting any League games. He later played with Non-League Leek Town and Witton Albion and was goalkeeping coach at Stoke City.
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