Date: 8th January 2008 at 5:34pm
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David Linighan celebrates his 43rd birthday today and John Riddle has written a profile of the Poolie whose career spanned nearly 20 years.

David Linighan was born in Hartlepool 9th January 1965. He played for his local team Hartlepool United and in his travels around the football league joined Leeds United, Derby County, Shrewsbury Town, Ipswich Town, Blackpool, Mansfield, Southport, Chester City and one appearance north of the border at Dunfermline Athletic.

David began his career at Victoria Park as 17 year old in 1982 making almost 100 appearances for Pools after leaving English Martyrs School.

After a brief spell and Leeds United and Derby County he joined Shrewsbury Town for a £30,000. In two years he made 65 appearances scoring one goal.

But David`s move to Ipswich Town in 1998 cost £300,000 and it was at Portman Road that he would spend the best years of his career. In eight years he made 277 league appearances, netting twelve goals.

In 1995 Sam Allardyce signed David to shore up Blackpool`s leaky defence. During his three years at Bloomfield Road he played under Big Sam. Gary Megson and Nigel Worthington chalking up five goals in a century of appearances.

Scottish club Dunfermline Athletic came in for David in 1998 and he moved north for what proved to be just one appearance.
He was loaned out by The Pars to Mansfield Town who he would join in on a permanent basis in 1999.

David moved to non-league Southport before moving to Chester City in 2001 and finally to Hyde United before announcing his retirement.

David made a total of 603 appearances at the dozen clubs he played scoring 25 goals from his position as centre back. Together with his brother Andy, the Linighan brothers graced the grounds of
English football. They played a total of 1200 league games scoring 65 goals.

They both were truly giants in the beautiful game.

John Riddle
© John Riddle 2007

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