Mike Whitlow

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Mike Whitlow
Personal information
Full nameMichael William Whitlow
Date of birth (1968-01-13) 13 January 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Northwich, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Mansfield Town
(Under 21s manager)
Youth career
1985–1986 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
1987–1988 Witton Albion ? (?)
1988–1992 Leeds United 77 (4)
1992–1997 Leicester City 147 (8)
1997–2003 Bolton Wanderers 132 (2)
2003–2004 Sheffield United 17 (1)
2004–2007 Notts County 24 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Michael William Whitlow (born 13 January 1968 in Northwich, Cheshire) is an English former professional footballer and Under 21s manager at Football League Two side Mansfield Town.

Northwich town in Cheshire

Northwich is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It lies in the heart of the Cheshire Plain, at the confluence of the rivers Weaver and Dane. The town is about 18 miles (29 km) east of Chester, 15 miles (24 km) south of Warrington, 19 miles (31 km) south of Manchester and 12 miles (19 km) south of Manchester Airport. The population of the civil parish was 19,924 in 2011. Northwich was named as one of the best places to live in the United Kingdom by The Sunday Times in 2014.

Cheshire County of England

CheshireCHESH-ər, -⁠eer; archaically the County Palatine of Chester) is a county in North West England, bordering Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south and Flintshire, Wales and Wrexham county borough to the west. Cheshire's county town is the City of Chester (118,200); the largest town is Warrington (209,700). Other major towns include Crewe (71,722), Ellesmere Port (55,715), Macclesfield (52,044), Runcorn (61,789), Widnes (61,464) and Winsford (32,610), Northwich (19,924)

Association football Team field sport

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.


As a player, he was a defender from 1987 to 2007. He notably played for Leeds United, and in the Premier League for Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers, and in the Football League for Sheffield United and Notts County

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals.

Leeds United F.C. English association football club

Leeds United Football Club is a professional football club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The club was formed in 1919 following the disbanding of Leeds City F.C. by the Football League and took over their Elland Road stadium. They play in the Championship, the second tier of English football.

Premier League Association football league in England

The Premier League is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL).

Playing career

As a player,Whitlow was primarily used as left-back. He began his professional career at Leeds United, whom he joined from non-league Witton Albion in November 1988. He spent four seasons at Leeds, and played slightly below 100 games for the team. In March 1992, Whitlow was sold to Leicester City for a £250,000 transfer fee. Leeds went on to win the old First Division a few months later which Whitlow had contributed to with ten league appearances and a goal against rivals Sheffield Wednesday. [1] Despite making enough appearances to earn a medal, he did not receive one at the time as he already left for Leicester by the time Leeds had been confirmed as champions. However, 10 years on, he received a letter from the Professional Footballers' Association informing him that he would belatedly receive the medal he was entitled to. [2]

Witton Albion F.C. English football club

Witton Albion F.C. are a football club based in Northwich, England. They were founded in 1887. They have won the Cheshire Senior Cup 11 times since 1902. Their most recent success in this competition was in 2006, when they defeated Stalybridge Celtic in the final. They have also reached the FA Cup Second Round on at least three occasions. The club will play in the Northern Premier League Division One North in the 2015–16 season.

Leicester City F.C. Association football club

Leicester City Football Club is an English professional football club based in Leicester in the East Midlands. The club competes in the Premier League, England's top division of football, and plays its home games at the King Power Stadium.

The Football League First Division is a former division of the Football League and from 1888 to 1992, it was the top tier division in the English football league system. Following the creation of the Premier League, it became the second tier division. It was rebranded as the Football League Championship in 2004 and in 2016 adopted its current name of the EFL Championship.

At Leicester, Whitlow became a first-team regular, and was a member of the side that won the 1997 League Cup. In total, he played 180 games for the Foxes, and scored nine goals. He then moved on to Bolton Wanderers in September 1997 for a £500,000 fee. At Bolton, Whitlow is remembered for being sent off in the dramatic 2000 playoff semi-final against Ipswich Town that Ipswich went on to win 5-3 after extra time, following a Jim Magilton equaliser in the last minute of normal time. [3] The following season, Whitlow missed most of the action because of injury, but he returned to the side just in time for the playoffs, where Bolton this time got promoted to the Premier League. [4]

1997 Football League Cup Final association football match

The 1997 Football League Cup Final was played between Middlesbrough and Leicester City. The first game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 6 April 1997 ended in a 1–1 draw after extra time. Fabrizio Ravanelli opened the scoring only for Leicester's Emile Heskey to equalise in the last minute of extra time. Leicester won the replay, and their second League Cup, in the game played at Hillsborough Stadium on 16 April 1997 with another extra-time goal, this time from Steve Claridge.

Bolton Wanderers F.C. Football club in England

Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a professional football club in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in EFL League One, the third tier of English football. Formed as Christ Church Football Club in 1874, it adopted its current name in 1877 and was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. Bolton have spent more seasons than any other club in the top flight without winning the title. They finished third in the First Division in 1891–92, 1920–21 and 1924–25. Bolton won the FA Cup three times in the 1920s, and again in 1958. The club spent a season in the Fourth Division in 1987–88 before regaining top-flight status in 1995 and qualifying for the UEFA Cup twice, reaching the last 32 in 2005–06 and the last 16 in 2007–08.

Ipswich Town F.C. Association football club

Ipswich Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. They play in League One, the third tier of the English football league system, having been relegated from the Championship in the 2018/19 season.

After six seasons at Bolton, with 163 first-team appearances to his name, Whitlow was released at the end of the 2002-03 season. He spent the 2003-04 season at Sheffield United, scoring once against Burnley, [5] and then joined Notts County the following season as player-coach. His last competitive match for County came in March 2005, although he remained registered as a player at the club until 2007.

Sheffield United F.C. Association football club

Sheffield United Football Club is an English professional association football club based in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The club competes in the Premier League, the top division of English football. The football club was formed in 1889 as an offshoot of Sheffield United Cricket Club, and are nicknamed The Blades due to Sheffield's history of steel production. The club have played their home games at Bramall Lane since their formation in 1889. Bramall Lane is an all-seater ground with a current capacity of 32,125.

Notts County F.C. association football club in Nottingham, England

Notts County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Nottingham, England. The team participates in the National League, the fifth tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1862, they are the oldest professional association football club in the world, and predate The Football Association itself. The club became one of the 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888. They are nicknamed the "Magpies" due to the black and white colour of their home strip, which inspired Italian club Juventus to adopt the colours for their kit in 1903. After playing at different home grounds during their first fifty years, including Trent Bridge, the club moved to Meadow Lane in 1910 and have remained there since. Notts County hold a local rivalry with city neighbours Nottingham Forest, as well as with other nearby clubs such as Mansfield Town.

Coaching career

After leaving Notts County, Whitlow worked for Derby County's youth academy, before being appointed head of youth development at Mansfield Town in May 2009, following the departure of David Jervis., [6] he stayed in this job for just over a year before joining Burton Albion in a similar capacity. [7]

Derby County F.C. Association football club

Derby County Football Club is a professional association football club based in Derby, Derbyshire, England. The club competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football, and has played its home matches at Pride Park Stadium since 1997.

In 2014 Whitlow was appointed caretaker manager at Burton Albion after manager Gary Rowett and his coaching staff left the club to join Birmingham City. Whitlow's first game in charge was 1-1 home draw with Plymouth Argyle on 1 November 2014. [8] Whitlow returned to his original role at the club following the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager. In the summer of 2016 he returned to former club Mansfield Town as under 21s manager.


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  1. "Leeds United: Season 1991 - 1992: Division One". leeds-fans.org.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  2. "Medal for Mike after 10 years!". menmedia.co.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  3. Ipswich 5-3 Bolton, soccerbase.com (17 May 2000)
  4. Bolton 3-0 Preston, soccerbase.com (28 May 2001)
  5. "Burnley 3-2 Sheff Utd". BBC. 6 December 2003. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  6. [Whitlow appointed as Head of Youth], Mansfield Town official site (29 May 2009)
  7. "Albion aiming to be the centre of attention for kids". Burton Mail. 2 July 2010. Archived from the original on 10 July 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  8. Burton 1-1 Plymouth