Colin Collindridge

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Colin Collindridge
Personal information
Full nameColin Collindridge [1]
Date of birth(1920-11-15)15 November 1920 [1]
Place of birth Barnsley, England [1]
Date of death 14 April 2019(2019-04-14) (aged 98)
Height 5 ft 10.5 in (1.79 m) [1]
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Barough Green
Senior career*
1936–1937 Wombwell Main
1937–1938 Rotherham United
1938 Barough Green
1938–1950 Sheffield United 142 (52)
1940–1941Chesterfield (guest)
1942–1945Notts County (guest)
1944–1945Lincoln City (guest)
1945–1946Oldham Athletic (guest)
1950–1954 Nottingham Forest 151 (45)
1954–1956 Coventry City 34 (6)
1956–1957 Bath City
1957–1958 Arnold St Mary's
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Colin Collindridge (15 November 1920 – 14 April 2019) [2] was an English footballer who played either as an outside left or a centre forward. Born in Barnsley, the early part of his playing career coincided with World War II but he subsequently represented Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City in the Football League. [3] [4]

Association football Team field sport

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Sheffield United F.C. association football club

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Collindridge was working as a miner and playing as an amateur for local side Wombwell Main when he was offered a trial with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1937. [1] Having failed to secure a contract with Wolves, Collindridge signed an amateur contract with Rotherham United the following summer, remaining with the Millers for a season before turning out for Barough Green, his home-town side in 1938. [1] It was here that Collindridge was spotted by Sheffield United, who signed him on amateur terms in December 1938, and professionally a month later in January 1939. [1]

Wombwell Main F.C.

Wombwell Main Football Club is a football club based in Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England. They are currently members of the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League Premier Division and play at Hough Lane.

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Association football club

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Rotherham United F.C. association football club

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Collindridge was initially utilised in the reserves and did not make his first team debut until October 1939, by which time World War II had commenced and competitive football in England had been abandoned. [1] Playing regularly for United in the wartime leagues, Collindridge also represented Chesterfield, Notts County, Lincoln City and Oldham Athletic as a guest player during the war. [1] By the end of the war Collindridge was established as a first team choice for Sheffield United and he finally made his Football League debut in August 1946 in a 1–0 home loss to Liverpool. Initially deployed as an outside left Collindridge was increasingly asked to play as a centre forward during this period, despite it not being his preference. [1]

Chesterfield F.C. English association football club

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Notts County F.C. association football club

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Lincoln City F.C. association football club

Lincoln City Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. Nicknamed the "Imps" after the legend of the Lincoln Imp, they have played at the 10,120-capacity Sincil Bank since their move from John O'Gaunts in 1895. Traditionally they play in red and white striped shirts with black shorts and red and white socks. They hold rivalries with other Lincolnshire clubs, particularly Football League sides Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.

In 1950 Collindridge rejected a move to Preston North End but did eventually sign for Nottingham Forest for £12,500 in August 1950. [1] Winning a Third Division South championship medal in 1950-51, Collindridge remained with Forest for four years before joining Coventry City on a free transfer in June 1954. [1] After a further two seasons with City, and with his career winding down, Collindridge joined non-league Bath City in 1956 before finishing his career with Arnold St Mary's. [1]

Preston North End F.C. association football club

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Nottingham Forest Football Club, often referred to as simply Forest, is a professional football club based in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England. Forest were founded in 1865 and have played home matches at the City Ground since 1898. They compete in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

Coventry City F.C. English football club

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Personal life

Born in the Baraugh Green area of Barnsley, Collindridge worked as a miner in Wombwell Main Colliery during his early playing days and continued this role during the early years of the Second World War. [1] In 1941 however, Collindridge enlisted in the RAF and was employed as an armourer for the remainder of the conflict. [1] After the end of his playing career Collindridge was involved in the catering trade before retiring to Newark-on-Trent. [1]

Barnsley town in South Yorkshire, England

Barnsley is a town in South Yorkshire, England, located halfway between Leeds and Sheffield. Historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the town centre lies on the west bank of the Dearne Valley. Barnsley is surrounded by several smaller settlements which together form the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley, of which Barnsley is the largest and its administrative centre. At the 2011 Census, Barnsley had a population of 91,297.

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Newark-on-Trent market town in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands of England

Newark-on-Trent or Newark is a market town and civil parish in the Newark and Sherwood district of the county of Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of England. It stands on the River Trent, the A1 – on the route of the ancient Great North Road) – and the East Coast Main Line railway. The origins of the town are possibly Roman, as it lies on an important Roman road, the Fosse Way. The town grew around Newark Castle, now ruined, and a large market place, now lined with historic buildings. It was a centre for the wool and cloth trades. In the English Civil War, it was besieged by Parliamentary forces and had to be relieved by Prince Rupert, in a battle known as the Relief of Newark.

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